I haven’t tossed a good non-fiction title your way in awhile, and with Season Three of Game of Thrones fast approaching I thought now might be a great time to get my geek on.
BEYOND THE WALL: EXPLORING GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, edited by James Lowder, is an intriguing collection of thought-provoking essays covering the series from A Game of Thrones to A Dance With Dragons. In these essays, characters are looked at from new angles that may not have occurred to many readers.
- How are Arya’s reactions to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so different from Theon Greyjoy’s that each can take their own experiences and have them completely re-order their lives in such vastly different way?
- How does each of the female characters live up to, or fall short of the expectations of power and gender?
- Does A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE transcend the traditional fantasy tropes and present something new to readers?
- Is Petyr Baelish a true representation of a classic psychopath?
- How reliable is the heavily myth-based past that the characters rely upon?
- A wonderful essay about the collectible factor when it comes to first editions, first printings, and UK vs. US editions of the series.
This is a great collection of insights into a series that has more layers than Davos’ sigil. If you jump into these essays you will find more light shed onto a world that seems to operate under the cover of many shadows.