The third book of the Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords continues events in Westeros, and holds nothing back. Ned Stark’s murder in A Game of Thrones proved that no character is safe, but Swords takes that ideal to the next level, removing no less than six major characters from the story, some in rapid succession, leaving the reader’s head spinning.
Not only do deaths abound in A Storm of Swords, but major and surprising events take place at every turn. The book’s pace is relatively lazy during the first half of the novel, but once the first of those major deaths mentioned earlier occurs, the second-half of the book turns into a rapid page-turner that leaves no stone unturned.
Routinely, I am asked what programs I recommend for this or that; removing viruses, spyware, making computers run faster, etc. Until recently, my suggestions might have been quite different. So here are the programs I recommend be installed on every computer, and why:
The second entry in the Song of Ice and Fire Saga, A Clash of Kings, written by George R.R. Martin begins a bit slowly, but introduces us to new viewpoint characters, such as Stannis Baratheon, the true heir to the Iron Throne. It’s quite clear by the end of Kings however, that those with the most gold and swords aligned with them can claim the throne for themselves.
The sequel to the most successful R-rated comedy of all time received a tremendous amount of hype, and had huge shoes to fill. Did Part II recapture the magic of the first Hangover? Did it live up to the hyper, or even surpass it? Was it even a good movie?
It’s hard to beat “The Hangover” in originality, and Part II certainly deserves praise for trying. Unfortunately, it can’t quite live up to the original in terms of surprises, and WTF moments.