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Cuando los reyes están en guerra, toda la tierra tiembla…
 
“Ahora hay más reyes en el reino que ratas en un castillo”, afirma uno de los personajes de Choque de reyes. Después de la sospechosa muerte de Robert Baratheon, el monarca de los Siete Reinos, su hijo Joffrey ha sido impuesto por la fuerza, aunque “quienes realmente gobiernan son su madre, un eunuco y un enano”, como dice la voz del pueblo. Cuatro nobles se proclaman, a la vez, reyes legítimos, y las tierras de Poniente se estremecen entre guerras y traiciones. Y todo este horror se encuentra presidido por la más ominosa de las señales: un inmenso cometa color sangre suspendido en el cielo.

En esta novela prodigiosa nada es realmente lo que parece ser. Los protagonistas, trazados con una complejidad asombrosa, son capaces de hacerse odiar o amar desde las primeras páginas. George R. R. Martin, con pulso firme y enérgico, vuelve a ofrecernos un brillante despliegue de personajes en una trama rica, densa y sorprendente. Nos convierte en testigos de luchas fratricidas, intrigas y traiciones palaciegas en una tierra maldita, donde fuerzas ocultas se alzan de nuevo y acechan para reinar en las noches del largo invierno que se avecina.


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mmmm, 3.8? I was leaning 3ish as it was quite slow in bits, all intrigue & insane #'s of people to keep straight-but really picked up toward the end.
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Oh George R. R. Martin, what is the matter with you? Such misery, such raping and pillaging and horrible treatment of women, children, horses, men, etc.? It is both hard and easy to read these books. The story is told with such page turning ease and building suspense and utter readability. But the content nearly kills you with it's violence and misery.
I'm still hooked, though. I want to know what happens to these people and this place and I will keep reading. But I will space my reads out with warm fuzzy stories in between just to keep from flinging myself into the Charles in despair.
Winter is coming, indeed.more
Read from June 18 to 24, 2011You know how with some series, the author feels the need to go into detail about what happened in the previous book? George doesn't do that and I really appreciate it. He gives you just enough detail to jog your memory and then keeps the story moving forward.I really hope the next keeps moving along like this one did because, seriously, these books are just getting better! There were moments of "OMG, DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?!" And also moments of, "WHOA, THIS MAN IS BRILLIANT."more
A Clash of Kings is infused with magic, dragons, dreams, sex and of course war, as the title implies, all of which was scarcely found in the first book, if in there at all. I really loved the tricks and twists of the different battles as well as the new characters, and the further character development of the Starks. As usual, Tyrion Lannister and Arya became the stories that most caught and held my interests, but Sansa has started gaining my attention more as well. I'm very much enthused to get a start of A Storm of Swords to see how A Clash of Kings cliffhangers pan out.more
Yet another 5 rating for this series. I'd love to thank George R.R. Martin for allowing me to completely avoid all household chores, errands, and other really important stuff while I become completely and totally absorbed in the world that is this series.

So much information is already out there about the content of the book, but let's summarize and say that we've gone from one clear cut king to everyone wanting to be a king. Sort of humorous, if I do say so - many mentions were made throughout the book to refer to characters as "Your Grace" now that they've deemed themselves kings.

Arya is still, by far, my favorite - she's just feisty beyond all belief and I keep cheering for her every step of the way! I felt for her though - how do you, um..."make water" when you're really a girl, in the midst of boys and men who think you're a boy, but really think you're a girl? Gotta love it.

Martin is a genius, I tell you. Genius. I will NOW watch season two and then go into book 3. Going to try that one on audiobook now that I think I've got the characters in my head. ;)more
While I'm a slow reader, and this took me awhile to read, I was satisfied throughout my reading. Always wanted to know what was going to happen next. While there are SO MANY characters, which I sometimes find confusing, the plot keeps the story moving quickly. Am looking forward to the next one.more
Since I read this after reading the first book in the series, I just kind of wanted to finish it after getting about halfway done. I definitely needed a break from the series since two thousand pages of the same story and same characters was getting exhausting. I liked how Martin would let the story continue in between chapters told through the perspective of the same characters. However, there were times when I wish they better told what had happened in that time. I have the same critique that I had for the first book as well. There are so many characters and places that it gets hard to keep track of them all. However, along with this, I truly appreciate all of the though put into the series and how complex it is. It is as if the series is legit a world in itself.more
Not as good as the first one - a lot of advancing each character one step without real development - but still incredibly entertaining.more
I am interested to see where this goes though I think I will wait to read the third book until after the 2nd season of Game of Thrones.more
This was also lent to me by the same friend. Sadly, I didn't love it as much as the first book. I found it stagnant, and there were too many irritating characters. Some were so irritating that I wanted to reach into the book and slap some sense into them. I think it suffers from the problem of the author knowing where his story is going, but losing the thread of how to get there. There was too much in it that was surplus to requirements. It has put me off reading the rest of the series.more
This book was even harder to put down than the first. The extreme violence against women, every commoner, every character you ever like, and well...pretty much all the characters is still there, and often grating. I understand the kind of atmosphere he's trying to provoke, but it's just difficult to read about that much rape and violence, really difficult. While I'm sure the political intrigue is the main draw for most, I'm really curious about the more fantastic threats from the north and east. My fondness for Tyrion kept me interested in the intrigue for the most part in this one. The end of this book was totally unsatisfying. The beginning of the following book even has many scenes that run parallel to this one. Still I couldn't put it down and I moved straight into the following one. I'll stop after the third, since the 4th and 5th run parallel and the 5th has yet to be published.more
Dedicated to all the authors out there. Without you, any of these wouldn’t have been possible!

*******************************************************************
Acknowledgements

They say that reading is a lonely business. They lie. And this book was no different. A lot of people helped me while reading this novel which took me almost 2 months to read. For that I would like to thank the editor who found it appropriate to print this book as it was and didn’t dare to edit out anything. Secondly, I would like to thank my friends for understanding my plight and accepting my lame excuses for not hanging out for a couple of months. I would like to thank my wife for letting me stay weekends at home hunched over my copy of this book and not uttering a word of complaint until I had completed reading the second installment of this epic tale.

And last but not the least, I would like to thank George R. R. Martin, the author of this book for writing it and guiding me through the thick and thin of the task that is book reading. I would never forget the moment when I thought that I could remember all the major names of Martin’s Epic tale. Then came Davos. I recall being frustrated and adamant on not turning back pages to remember who the hell Davos was. But then Martin came to my rescue after reading almost half of Davos’s chapter and reminded me that he was the pirate turned lord in Stannis’s service. Thank you ser Martin for that!

And thank you also for giving Theon Greyjoy his own chapters as prior to this; I was pretty confused between Greyjoy and Greatjon. At one moment, a Greyjoy was a boy and then suddenly when the next time he appeared he was an old man and then it was bloody confusing. So, thank you for making Theon Greyjoy one of the major characters and an interesting one too. And in conclusion, I would thank Martin for retaining Tyrion Lannister’s witticism from the first installment.

Hodor!
more
A Clash of Kings definitely suffers from comparisons to A Game of Thrones, in which all of the political machinations, betrayals, and follies committed by very realistic characters made that book a thrilling read. Each chapter’s change of perspective unfurled a different dimension of the action. You could sense the greatness that was being set up: the advancing of a Targaryen, the return of winter, the oncoming war, and the rising and falling fates of many beloved characters. As an infrequent fantasy reader, perhaps part of my enjoyment of that first installment was the novelty of such a book.

Since I was so charmed by A Game of Thrones, I was kind of surprised that getting through A Clash of Kings was such an irksome struggle. At the start, it seemed that we would be off and running again with another juicy episode of political intrigue as the four kings try to assert their power. But as the story continued, it felt like we were just treading water for the most part. Yes, there were some wily “chess moves” setting up for future action, but there was too little of this for a 900-page book. The brilliant bits—mostly in the Tyrion, Arya, and (arguably) Dany chapters—were drowned out by the tediousness of excessive details about dress and food and sigils and the different houses. Rather than carry me into that world, they simply exasperated the hell out of me and by the halfway mark, I was brazenly skimming all of these details in every slow-as-molasses chapter.

The characterization seemed a bit one-dimensional this time around as well—the good were really good and the bad were fucking scumbags; not much complexity and nuance as compared to what I remember from the first book. I suppose Cersei’s lamentations on the injustice of being treated as inferior simply because of her sex was a half-hearted attempt to give her some depth, but meh—that seemed mechanical, like so many parts of this book. Oh, and apropos of nothing, I just want to mention that every time I had to suffer through Bran’s chapters, a little piece of me died from boredom. All of this third eye/wolf business holds little fascination for me. I was probably one of the few readers who wasn’t happy to find out Bran is still alive. This means future Bran chapters to suffer through.

Yet despite my complaints, I still got goose bumps from Jon’s last chapter and am already both dreading and looking forward to seeing how the repercussions from this chapter unfold in the future, not to mention finding out how Arya and Dany fare in their stories. So, of course, I’ll keep on with the series (eventually) and just hope that subsequent books are better.

I waffled between rating this either 3 or 2 stars. There were parts that made good on the promise of book one, but we had to wade through so many uninspired parts. At the end, the not-so-good parts were too many for me to ignore, as was the consequent feeling of dread I had each time I had to pick up the book.



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For some reason, the highlight of this book for me was Sansa. Oh, Sansa honey, don't worry, it'll be okay. Not any time soon, but some day, I'm sure.more
Like the title suggests, A Clash of Kings involves more battles and less politics, which I find marginally less engaging (but only marginally.) More importantly, it features Tyrion being Awesome throughout. I love Tyrion.

It's grimmer than Game of Thrones but not too grim, in my opinion. This is important, because as I dimly recall, Martin eventually does hit "too grim." This volume, though, generally features people hoist in their own petard, which is satisfying. Plus, Tyrion!more
This is fun stuff.
I liked season one much better than book one, but liked book two better than season two.
Is it just my imagination, or did the writing improve with this one?more
On many accounts, I think A Clash of Kings is a 5 star read. Many of the characters and their stories are excellent, fresh and engaging. The author's writing is masterful. I'm thoroughly engaged and seldom bored despite a tome of over 1000 pages. Still, some of the descriptions go on and on and I wonder why so much padding - but that is a matter of taste. Also, while the violence and depravity, such as child rape, may be necessary, the descriptions are mostly over the top and leave me sickened, which is not why I read novels, especially when I could turn on the news media for that. Still, what a story!more
Like the first book I started reading and wasn't too sure, sometimes I think the writing is going to be too simplistic and the story too straightforward. There is a lot going on here however and it has been fitted togeher very well. The story maintains a stately pace and sometimes takes interesting twists and unexpected turns. This is definitely superior fantasy writing here and well worth the huge amount of time you do have to invest in these gargantuan novels. The big question is, do I invest in the blu-ray tv series box sets?more
I picked up this book early November and I have finally finished it… four months later. The reason this took me so long to read (aside from the hundreds of pages of small and dense print) was that I kept picking up other books and reading them and putting this aside. Not because I didn’t like it but because in my mind those other books were shorter and if I finished those then I could go back to focusing on this. On and on again.Despite taking me what felt like forever to read this book I still love it. It’s just as great as the first book. The writing style is breath taking and unparalleled in my opinion. The characters make you laugh, cry or scream out in rage and it is easy to find favorites in the boundless characters present. And while some chapters may start out dull, they almost always end on a cliffhanger where you’re left having to read another 60 or so pages before you continue with that plot line.A Clash of Kings keeps you on your toes and wanting for more. While it is long, and sometimes I had to take a break from it, the book was amazing and I can’t wait to start on book three, and then four and five (and then wait impatiently for six and seven to be written/released). Even though I had seen the second season of HBO’s adaptation A Game of Thrones and knew what would happen, I was still gasping at times and speed reading to make sure my favorite character wasn’t going to die like Martin makes you believe. (I swear this man kills off everyone and I know one day my favorite will die and I just don’t want to read it).If you haven’t already started this series and are a fan of fantasy/epic fantasy I say GO GET A COPY NOW AND READ IT. This series is amazing and my absolute favorite epic fantasy series so far. (I haven’t read LOTR but it was read to me as a child. So while I am also a huge fan of that I can’t say it’s my favorite if I haven’t read it yet). These books are just amazing and each one seems to be even better than the first. Off to read book three!more
An excellent continuation of everything Martin brought to the table in A Game of Thrones. The characters and plot expand and develop so well throughout the entire book. A Clash of Kings isn’t a sequel – it is the perpetuation of a story with amazing depth and fascinating characters that gets better with every chapter. I can’t wait to read the next one.more
I read this in preparation for watching "Game of Thrones" season 2. I wasn't entirely crazy about the first book, but sometimes you want to know how the story turns out enough to put up with writing that annoys you.Unfortunately, I enjoyed this installment less than the first. It seems to simultaneously have a lot and not much at all happening. I'm not sure how that was achieved, but there it is. I'm not going to sway anyone's opinions one way or another - it's the second in a popular series, so if you liked the first one and/or want to know what happens, you'll read this one no matter what I say about it. And I'm sure I'll read the third one, too. Even though I could probably just watch the show, I like being able to provide some back story for my husband as we watch.So instead of any real review, I'm going to transcribe a couple of the notes I made while I was reading the book."Ways to make the book shorter: -cut ridiculously unnecessary descriptions. Example - someone saw a rabbit, "brown and fat. It had long ears and a twitching nose." Yes, I know what a rabbit is. I don't need details unless it's 8 feet tall, purple, or has 7 legs.-cut endless paragraphs of food, especially if two banquets within twenty pages of each other have a lot of the same food. Don't write when you're hungry!"If I never read the words "boiled leather" again, it will be too soon.Overall, it was kind of boring. People have been moved around to possibly interesting positions, but I'm not sure it required these 700 pages to get them there.Recommended for: completists, people who like to read descriptions of battles, insomniacs.Quote: "Littlefinger gestured languidly. "A trade envoy from Lys once observed to me that Lord Stannis must love his daughter very well, since he'd erected hundreds of statues of her all along the walls of Dragonstone. 'My lord,' I had to tell him, 'those are gargoyles.'"more
Yep, I'm slow, I finally got around to reading the Song of Ice and Fire series just now. (Funnily enough, the waiting list at the library for a fifteen-year-old book is hundreds of people long, thanks to the current TV show.) Anyway, the first book in the series was great; it was well-written and engrossing, but it was just one downer after another. The second book, though...oh, this book. Besides the fact that it doesn't have a proper beginning or end, this book is practically flawless. It was hard to imagine how Martin could even improve on this installment, but...more
I found this book slow going after Song of Fire and Ice, bit disappointing. The disparate story lines where too disparate, and feels like a long tale going now where fast. Finished more out of sense of duty then anything else.more
The characters are still great. There are a few new ones to keep life interesting. A few further twists have been thrown in. When can I get my hands on the next book!!?more
The detail and depth of this book was just as interesting and deep as the first book. Although, it was dense and took awhile to read, it was well worth it.more
A Clash of Kings is a wonderful book that surpasses its predecessor. It continues the legacy of the wonderful characters, the wonderful settings, and the corrupted story line that made A Game of Thrones so good. You will not want to put it down until the very end. The story starts picks up where it left off in A Game of Thrones. The Seven Kingdoms are at war, and their are more kings in the land than there have ever been. The stories of Arya, Catelyn, Tyrion and Bran continue unabated and become even more twisted. The different threads and plots from the first book make reappear in this book and are brought to full fruition. But even still, George R.R. Martin creates more questions and secrets than he does answers. The characters are put into increasingly tense situations and I learned a whole lot more about them. Every character has a bit of good in them and a bit of evilness in them. This really makes the characters more realistic than others in different books who are either completely good or completely evil. Different settings and regions make their first appearance in A Clash of Kings. These new places are all unique and are really well explained. I loved how much detail he put into developing the areas as he went on through the story. Martin also added much larger battle scenes to the book. These scenes are some of the most tense and wonderfully described parts of the book. This truly made A Clash of Kings stand out from the first book, A Game of Thrones. If he continues to add some of these larger battles throughout any future books, the books will continue to grow and be much more interesting to read. A Clash of Kings surpassed its predecessor in many ways. It adds larger battles, more characters, more plots, and more regions to explore. The book answered many questions from the first book, but added just as many and left me wanting to read whatever happens next. The added depth to the plot allows many more stories to be told throughout future books. A Clash of Kings is a hallmark book of the fantasy genre and will please any type of reader.more
Great book! Great series. Can't wait to read more!more
George R. R. Martin is an amazing writer. The depth of the characters and the story keep you reading and wanting more. I am invested in these characters. I'm anxious to start the next book in the series.more
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mmmm, 3.8? I was leaning 3ish as it was quite slow in bits, all intrigue & insane #'s of people to keep straight-but really picked up toward the end.
more
Oh George R. R. Martin, what is the matter with you? Such misery, such raping and pillaging and horrible treatment of women, children, horses, men, etc.? It is both hard and easy to read these books. The story is told with such page turning ease and building suspense and utter readability. But the content nearly kills you with it's violence and misery.
I'm still hooked, though. I want to know what happens to these people and this place and I will keep reading. But I will space my reads out with warm fuzzy stories in between just to keep from flinging myself into the Charles in despair.
Winter is coming, indeed.more
Read from June 18 to 24, 2011You know how with some series, the author feels the need to go into detail about what happened in the previous book? George doesn't do that and I really appreciate it. He gives you just enough detail to jog your memory and then keeps the story moving forward.I really hope the next keeps moving along like this one did because, seriously, these books are just getting better! There were moments of "OMG, DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?!" And also moments of, "WHOA, THIS MAN IS BRILLIANT."more
A Clash of Kings is infused with magic, dragons, dreams, sex and of course war, as the title implies, all of which was scarcely found in the first book, if in there at all. I really loved the tricks and twists of the different battles as well as the new characters, and the further character development of the Starks. As usual, Tyrion Lannister and Arya became the stories that most caught and held my interests, but Sansa has started gaining my attention more as well. I'm very much enthused to get a start of A Storm of Swords to see how A Clash of Kings cliffhangers pan out.more
Yet another 5 rating for this series. I'd love to thank George R.R. Martin for allowing me to completely avoid all household chores, errands, and other really important stuff while I become completely and totally absorbed in the world that is this series.

So much information is already out there about the content of the book, but let's summarize and say that we've gone from one clear cut king to everyone wanting to be a king. Sort of humorous, if I do say so - many mentions were made throughout the book to refer to characters as "Your Grace" now that they've deemed themselves kings.

Arya is still, by far, my favorite - she's just feisty beyond all belief and I keep cheering for her every step of the way! I felt for her though - how do you, um..."make water" when you're really a girl, in the midst of boys and men who think you're a boy, but really think you're a girl? Gotta love it.

Martin is a genius, I tell you. Genius. I will NOW watch season two and then go into book 3. Going to try that one on audiobook now that I think I've got the characters in my head. ;)more
While I'm a slow reader, and this took me awhile to read, I was satisfied throughout my reading. Always wanted to know what was going to happen next. While there are SO MANY characters, which I sometimes find confusing, the plot keeps the story moving quickly. Am looking forward to the next one.more
Since I read this after reading the first book in the series, I just kind of wanted to finish it after getting about halfway done. I definitely needed a break from the series since two thousand pages of the same story and same characters was getting exhausting. I liked how Martin would let the story continue in between chapters told through the perspective of the same characters. However, there were times when I wish they better told what had happened in that time. I have the same critique that I had for the first book as well. There are so many characters and places that it gets hard to keep track of them all. However, along with this, I truly appreciate all of the though put into the series and how complex it is. It is as if the series is legit a world in itself.more
Not as good as the first one - a lot of advancing each character one step without real development - but still incredibly entertaining.more
I am interested to see where this goes though I think I will wait to read the third book until after the 2nd season of Game of Thrones.more
This was also lent to me by the same friend. Sadly, I didn't love it as much as the first book. I found it stagnant, and there were too many irritating characters. Some were so irritating that I wanted to reach into the book and slap some sense into them. I think it suffers from the problem of the author knowing where his story is going, but losing the thread of how to get there. There was too much in it that was surplus to requirements. It has put me off reading the rest of the series.more
This book was even harder to put down than the first. The extreme violence against women, every commoner, every character you ever like, and well...pretty much all the characters is still there, and often grating. I understand the kind of atmosphere he's trying to provoke, but it's just difficult to read about that much rape and violence, really difficult. While I'm sure the political intrigue is the main draw for most, I'm really curious about the more fantastic threats from the north and east. My fondness for Tyrion kept me interested in the intrigue for the most part in this one. The end of this book was totally unsatisfying. The beginning of the following book even has many scenes that run parallel to this one. Still I couldn't put it down and I moved straight into the following one. I'll stop after the third, since the 4th and 5th run parallel and the 5th has yet to be published.more
Dedicated to all the authors out there. Without you, any of these wouldn’t have been possible!

*******************************************************************
Acknowledgements

They say that reading is a lonely business. They lie. And this book was no different. A lot of people helped me while reading this novel which took me almost 2 months to read. For that I would like to thank the editor who found it appropriate to print this book as it was and didn’t dare to edit out anything. Secondly, I would like to thank my friends for understanding my plight and accepting my lame excuses for not hanging out for a couple of months. I would like to thank my wife for letting me stay weekends at home hunched over my copy of this book and not uttering a word of complaint until I had completed reading the second installment of this epic tale.

And last but not the least, I would like to thank George R. R. Martin, the author of this book for writing it and guiding me through the thick and thin of the task that is book reading. I would never forget the moment when I thought that I could remember all the major names of Martin’s Epic tale. Then came Davos. I recall being frustrated and adamant on not turning back pages to remember who the hell Davos was. But then Martin came to my rescue after reading almost half of Davos’s chapter and reminded me that he was the pirate turned lord in Stannis’s service. Thank you ser Martin for that!

And thank you also for giving Theon Greyjoy his own chapters as prior to this; I was pretty confused between Greyjoy and Greatjon. At one moment, a Greyjoy was a boy and then suddenly when the next time he appeared he was an old man and then it was bloody confusing. So, thank you for making Theon Greyjoy one of the major characters and an interesting one too. And in conclusion, I would thank Martin for retaining Tyrion Lannister’s witticism from the first installment.

Hodor!
more
A Clash of Kings definitely suffers from comparisons to A Game of Thrones, in which all of the political machinations, betrayals, and follies committed by very realistic characters made that book a thrilling read. Each chapter’s change of perspective unfurled a different dimension of the action. You could sense the greatness that was being set up: the advancing of a Targaryen, the return of winter, the oncoming war, and the rising and falling fates of many beloved characters. As an infrequent fantasy reader, perhaps part of my enjoyment of that first installment was the novelty of such a book.

Since I was so charmed by A Game of Thrones, I was kind of surprised that getting through A Clash of Kings was such an irksome struggle. At the start, it seemed that we would be off and running again with another juicy episode of political intrigue as the four kings try to assert their power. But as the story continued, it felt like we were just treading water for the most part. Yes, there were some wily “chess moves” setting up for future action, but there was too little of this for a 900-page book. The brilliant bits—mostly in the Tyrion, Arya, and (arguably) Dany chapters—were drowned out by the tediousness of excessive details about dress and food and sigils and the different houses. Rather than carry me into that world, they simply exasperated the hell out of me and by the halfway mark, I was brazenly skimming all of these details in every slow-as-molasses chapter.

The characterization seemed a bit one-dimensional this time around as well—the good were really good and the bad were fucking scumbags; not much complexity and nuance as compared to what I remember from the first book. I suppose Cersei’s lamentations on the injustice of being treated as inferior simply because of her sex was a half-hearted attempt to give her some depth, but meh—that seemed mechanical, like so many parts of this book. Oh, and apropos of nothing, I just want to mention that every time I had to suffer through Bran’s chapters, a little piece of me died from boredom. All of this third eye/wolf business holds little fascination for me. I was probably one of the few readers who wasn’t happy to find out Bran is still alive. This means future Bran chapters to suffer through.

Yet despite my complaints, I still got goose bumps from Jon’s last chapter and am already both dreading and looking forward to seeing how the repercussions from this chapter unfold in the future, not to mention finding out how Arya and Dany fare in their stories. So, of course, I’ll keep on with the series (eventually) and just hope that subsequent books are better.

I waffled between rating this either 3 or 2 stars. There were parts that made good on the promise of book one, but we had to wade through so many uninspired parts. At the end, the not-so-good parts were too many for me to ignore, as was the consequent feeling of dread I had each time I had to pick up the book.



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For some reason, the highlight of this book for me was Sansa. Oh, Sansa honey, don't worry, it'll be okay. Not any time soon, but some day, I'm sure.more
Like the title suggests, A Clash of Kings involves more battles and less politics, which I find marginally less engaging (but only marginally.) More importantly, it features Tyrion being Awesome throughout. I love Tyrion.

It's grimmer than Game of Thrones but not too grim, in my opinion. This is important, because as I dimly recall, Martin eventually does hit "too grim." This volume, though, generally features people hoist in their own petard, which is satisfying. Plus, Tyrion!more
This is fun stuff.
I liked season one much better than book one, but liked book two better than season two.
Is it just my imagination, or did the writing improve with this one?more
On many accounts, I think A Clash of Kings is a 5 star read. Many of the characters and their stories are excellent, fresh and engaging. The author's writing is masterful. I'm thoroughly engaged and seldom bored despite a tome of over 1000 pages. Still, some of the descriptions go on and on and I wonder why so much padding - but that is a matter of taste. Also, while the violence and depravity, such as child rape, may be necessary, the descriptions are mostly over the top and leave me sickened, which is not why I read novels, especially when I could turn on the news media for that. Still, what a story!more
Like the first book I started reading and wasn't too sure, sometimes I think the writing is going to be too simplistic and the story too straightforward. There is a lot going on here however and it has been fitted togeher very well. The story maintains a stately pace and sometimes takes interesting twists and unexpected turns. This is definitely superior fantasy writing here and well worth the huge amount of time you do have to invest in these gargantuan novels. The big question is, do I invest in the blu-ray tv series box sets?more
I picked up this book early November and I have finally finished it… four months later. The reason this took me so long to read (aside from the hundreds of pages of small and dense print) was that I kept picking up other books and reading them and putting this aside. Not because I didn’t like it but because in my mind those other books were shorter and if I finished those then I could go back to focusing on this. On and on again.Despite taking me what felt like forever to read this book I still love it. It’s just as great as the first book. The writing style is breath taking and unparalleled in my opinion. The characters make you laugh, cry or scream out in rage and it is easy to find favorites in the boundless characters present. And while some chapters may start out dull, they almost always end on a cliffhanger where you’re left having to read another 60 or so pages before you continue with that plot line.A Clash of Kings keeps you on your toes and wanting for more. While it is long, and sometimes I had to take a break from it, the book was amazing and I can’t wait to start on book three, and then four and five (and then wait impatiently for six and seven to be written/released). Even though I had seen the second season of HBO’s adaptation A Game of Thrones and knew what would happen, I was still gasping at times and speed reading to make sure my favorite character wasn’t going to die like Martin makes you believe. (I swear this man kills off everyone and I know one day my favorite will die and I just don’t want to read it).If you haven’t already started this series and are a fan of fantasy/epic fantasy I say GO GET A COPY NOW AND READ IT. This series is amazing and my absolute favorite epic fantasy series so far. (I haven’t read LOTR but it was read to me as a child. So while I am also a huge fan of that I can’t say it’s my favorite if I haven’t read it yet). These books are just amazing and each one seems to be even better than the first. Off to read book three!more
An excellent continuation of everything Martin brought to the table in A Game of Thrones. The characters and plot expand and develop so well throughout the entire book. A Clash of Kings isn’t a sequel – it is the perpetuation of a story with amazing depth and fascinating characters that gets better with every chapter. I can’t wait to read the next one.more
I read this in preparation for watching "Game of Thrones" season 2. I wasn't entirely crazy about the first book, but sometimes you want to know how the story turns out enough to put up with writing that annoys you.Unfortunately, I enjoyed this installment less than the first. It seems to simultaneously have a lot and not much at all happening. I'm not sure how that was achieved, but there it is. I'm not going to sway anyone's opinions one way or another - it's the second in a popular series, so if you liked the first one and/or want to know what happens, you'll read this one no matter what I say about it. And I'm sure I'll read the third one, too. Even though I could probably just watch the show, I like being able to provide some back story for my husband as we watch.So instead of any real review, I'm going to transcribe a couple of the notes I made while I was reading the book."Ways to make the book shorter: -cut ridiculously unnecessary descriptions. Example - someone saw a rabbit, "brown and fat. It had long ears and a twitching nose." Yes, I know what a rabbit is. I don't need details unless it's 8 feet tall, purple, or has 7 legs.-cut endless paragraphs of food, especially if two banquets within twenty pages of each other have a lot of the same food. Don't write when you're hungry!"If I never read the words "boiled leather" again, it will be too soon.Overall, it was kind of boring. People have been moved around to possibly interesting positions, but I'm not sure it required these 700 pages to get them there.Recommended for: completists, people who like to read descriptions of battles, insomniacs.Quote: "Littlefinger gestured languidly. "A trade envoy from Lys once observed to me that Lord Stannis must love his daughter very well, since he'd erected hundreds of statues of her all along the walls of Dragonstone. 'My lord,' I had to tell him, 'those are gargoyles.'"more
Yep, I'm slow, I finally got around to reading the Song of Ice and Fire series just now. (Funnily enough, the waiting list at the library for a fifteen-year-old book is hundreds of people long, thanks to the current TV show.) Anyway, the first book in the series was great; it was well-written and engrossing, but it was just one downer after another. The second book, though...oh, this book. Besides the fact that it doesn't have a proper beginning or end, this book is practically flawless. It was hard to imagine how Martin could even improve on this installment, but...more
I found this book slow going after Song of Fire and Ice, bit disappointing. The disparate story lines where too disparate, and feels like a long tale going now where fast. Finished more out of sense of duty then anything else.more
The characters are still great. There are a few new ones to keep life interesting. A few further twists have been thrown in. When can I get my hands on the next book!!?more
The detail and depth of this book was just as interesting and deep as the first book. Although, it was dense and took awhile to read, it was well worth it.more
A Clash of Kings is a wonderful book that surpasses its predecessor. It continues the legacy of the wonderful characters, the wonderful settings, and the corrupted story line that made A Game of Thrones so good. You will not want to put it down until the very end. The story starts picks up where it left off in A Game of Thrones. The Seven Kingdoms are at war, and their are more kings in the land than there have ever been. The stories of Arya, Catelyn, Tyrion and Bran continue unabated and become even more twisted. The different threads and plots from the first book make reappear in this book and are brought to full fruition. But even still, George R.R. Martin creates more questions and secrets than he does answers. The characters are put into increasingly tense situations and I learned a whole lot more about them. Every character has a bit of good in them and a bit of evilness in them. This really makes the characters more realistic than others in different books who are either completely good or completely evil. Different settings and regions make their first appearance in A Clash of Kings. These new places are all unique and are really well explained. I loved how much detail he put into developing the areas as he went on through the story. Martin also added much larger battle scenes to the book. These scenes are some of the most tense and wonderfully described parts of the book. This truly made A Clash of Kings stand out from the first book, A Game of Thrones. If he continues to add some of these larger battles throughout any future books, the books will continue to grow and be much more interesting to read. A Clash of Kings surpassed its predecessor in many ways. It adds larger battles, more characters, more plots, and more regions to explore. The book answered many questions from the first book, but added just as many and left me wanting to read whatever happens next. The added depth to the plot allows many more stories to be told throughout future books. A Clash of Kings is a hallmark book of the fantasy genre and will please any type of reader.more
Great book! Great series. Can't wait to read more!more
George R. R. Martin is an amazing writer. The depth of the characters and the story keep you reading and wanting more. I am invested in these characters. I'm anxious to start the next book in the series.more
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