Saturday, August 11, 2012

Beyond the Wall [Review]



Stats:
240 pages
Published 26 June 2012
ISBN: 1936661748
[Amazon::Barnes&Noble]


Synopsis:
Go beyond the Wall and across the narrow sea with this collection about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.

The epic game of thrones chronicled in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. In Beyond the Wall, bestselling authors and acclaimed critics offer up thought-provoking essays and compelling insights:

Daniel Abraham reveals the unique challenges of adapting the original books into graphic novels.
Westeros.org founders Linda Antonsson and Elio M. GarcĂ­a, Jr., explore the series’ complex heroes and villains, and their roots in the Romantic movement.


Wild Cards contributor Caroline Spector delves into the books’ controversial depictions of power and gender.

Plus much more, from military science fiction writer Myke Cole on the way Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder shapes many of the leading characters to author and television writer Ned Vizzini on the biases against genre fiction that color critical reactions to the series



My Thoughts:
Beyond the Wall is a good educational companion to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. It's a compilation of different essays written about different subject matters relating to the books. I personally found R.A. Salvatore's foreward fascinating, as well as, Alyssa Rosenberg's essay about the sexual politics in the series. I also found the Westeros.org founders' essay about romanticism really interesting and talked about it with my husband (who has also read the books). The essays are a great starting point for discussion for all SoI&F fans.

Thank you to NetGalley and BenBella Books, Inc for the galley!


Previous Review:
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich {here}

1 comment:

My anxious life said...

NetGalley huh? I will have to check on there and see if it is still there!!


Angie
Angela's Anxious Life