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on 6 April 2013
There are some interesting spots in this book and its sheer cheapness means it is impossible to grumble about being ripped off. If you dislike the TV series and view it as a disgrace to the heritage of the books then you will enjoy this. If, like myself and thousands of others, you have become obsessed with ASOIAF through the brilliant TV series first then you may find yourself irritated by this writer. He has the same smug, condescending, arrogant tone to the TV programme that can be found in many other sources which cover the series (mantra: books good - tv bad). Roughly 40% of this mercifully short book goes under the title: The differences between the Novel and the Episode. What this actually creates is a chance to whine about what the producers have done wrong. This is then conducted in a nit-picking style: the use of the push zoom is embarrassing; they should have been on horses, etc.
The whole text reads as if it has been written for fans - quite rightly - but a very specific set: those who view the TV series as heresy to the original texts to the extent that even arguably successful changes (the subtlety and sympathy of the portrayal of Cersei Lannister) are presented as obvious weaknesses. The writer, again like many of his peers who "know better" because they read the books first, see the weaknesses as obvious with such certainty that they come across as Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons - someone who assumes that their superior knowledge makes their views unquestionable. The writer has obviously been indulged by the ASOIAF community, which contains several people like this and far too little self-critique.