Game of Thrones Seasons 1-2 & Speaker for the Dead

After plenty of time spent being stubborn, I finally decided to start watching Game of Thrones. The first two seasons are excellent and I would encourage anyone who has not watched the show to do so. The books I find to be more enjoyable in plenty of aspects, but the show is remarkably well done. Some of Martin’s best writing comes when he is character building. Some of those really well written smaller scenes are taken out. It is very understandable, even in a show format it is hard to fit all that Martin has to offer. It is still disappointing nonetheless.

One of the characters I was disappointed with was Sansa. In the first season she is a bit too reserved. In the book she written in such a stuck up way it was hard to even read without getting frustrated. That makes her transition as a character more rewarding. I think Sophie Turner does an excellent job as the show progresses, but I was definitely hoping for more from her in the first season.

The character I think is best realized is Tyrion Lannister. Peter Dinklage is brilliant as Tyrion. It is an incredibly tough role to play, and he is excellent at finding the right balance between clever pettiness and real pain at his circumstances. He is the smallest person on screen, but easily steals every scene he is in.

I really enjoyed the first two seasons and am looking forward to the rest of the show.

No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one’s life is nothing. Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them, at least a little, from their sins.

I finished Orson Scott Card’s Speaker for the Dead a month ago. It is an incredible peace of work, and while it at times is a bit preachy, it is beautifully written and told.

The book is a sequel to Ender’s Game, but it is not necessary to read Ender’s Game to enjoy this book. Ender is the main agent in this book, and his role as Speaker is terrific. While I will not spoil too much, how we handle guilt and how we grieve for those we have lost is the driving point of this book. It is absolutely heartbreaking, but in the end puts forward not only a moving story but a compelling argument for being honest about those who pass. It is a tough read, but incredibly worthwhile.