Old words for old worlds

On the use of the past to explain the present

Tag: Game of Thrones

My review of A Song of Ice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire is an award-winning fantasy epic written by American novelist and screenwriter George R.R. Martin. The available titles are, as of today:

Winter Is Coming

  1. A Game of Thrones
  2. A Clash of Kings
  3. A Storm of Swords
  4. A Feast for Crows
  5. A Dance with Dragons

Book 1 was published in 1996 and Book 5, the latest in a series of 7 (or so I read everywhere), appeared on the shelves in July of this year. A few shorter novellas, made up of selected chapters involving a single character, were published as well at various points during this time span.

By the way, for a much shorter and lighter review, and yet still spoiler-free like mine below, you may read this one instead, by the inimitable game reviewer Matt Drake. I agree completely with his conclusion.

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Dragon Age vs Tolkien redux: words

As a follow-up to my post comparing Fantasy à la Bioware‘s Dragon Age with J. R. R. Tolkien‘s own imaginative world, I have the following to add. The one true aspect where Dragon Age is actually the most Tolkienesque is… linguistics. Dragon Age still remains rather unsophisticated for Tolkien-level standards, but it definitely represents a step in the right direction. I appreciate this franchise for this reason.

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