It’s official- I have become a “Game of Thrones” junkie. Nobody dares disturb me from 9:00 to 10:00 on Sunday nights. But I don’t know if I’ve spoiled it a little for myself by reading ahead in the books. I suppose it takes some of the surprise off, and my emotional reactions are tempered a bit since I can anticipate most of what’s going to happen, although the series in regards to at least one story line (Theon Greyjoy) has jumped ahead into Book 5, I believe. So there are surprises there for me.
I have read all of Book 3, “A Storm of Swords”, by George R.R. Martin, and I must say I am hooked. It’s marvelous how he can keep so many characters and story lines going at once, and as soon as I think I have figured out what’s going to happen next, the author manages to astonish me with a twist I never saw coming! And even though I have seen every TV episode at least 2 or 3 times, I always manage to pick up some tidbit or nuance I didn’t notice before. I guess I love the complexity. Some sections tend to bog down, but I just skim through those, and some important events need to be read twice to really understand what all is happening.
Even though I am not surprised at everything that happens on TV, I still delight in the reactions of my friends who have not read the book when we share observations on Monday mornings.
So the question is, should I continue to read ahead with the next book, or am I missing out on some of the fun of the TV series? Any thoughts?
I finally saw the movie, “One for the Money”, based on the Janet Evanovich book, and was pleasantly surprised. It even kept my husband interested, and he’s not a movie person. But I would have done some of the casting differently. I would have liked to see Sandra Bullock as Stephanie (she would be a better tough Jersey girl, but they probably wanted someone younger for the part) and Debbie Reynolds was entirely too well coiffed and, for lack of a better word, too “normal” for the way I pictured Grandma Mazur.
Shemar Moore would have made a good Ranger, but Daniel Sunjata was fine. I would have preferred a “prettier” Joe Morelli. Any casting suggestions?
I also saw “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” from the Stieg Larsson trilogy, and loved it. It might be hard to follow though, if you haven’t read the book. The movie of the next installment is in the planning stages, and I can’t wait!
As for “The Laws of Our Fathers” by Scott Turow, I finally finished that book, but I can’t really think of anything more to say about it than I already have. I’ll only say if you enjoy legal thrillers and appreciate good writing, it’s well worth your time.