A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones

The first book in George R.R. Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, A Game of Thrones, was first published in 1996, and in those twenty-plus years, it has become iconic, especially with the recent television series airing on HBO since 2011. If you’re wondering what all the hype is about (or you’re just ready to jump on the bandwagon since Season 7 has just begun), the Aurora Public Library District is here to help you get started!

A Game of Thrones follows three different storylines simultaneously, introducing numerous important characters and plots in which families fight for control over the Iron Throne. In the first book, we are introduced to the Stark and Lannister families, Jon Snow, Prince Joffrey, Princess Daenerys, and more; each character has his or her own agenda. Families are split apart, alliances are made, and characters are forced to make decisions that test their characters. And hanging over all the plots and subplots is the fact that winter is coming with no end in sight. The series is filled with high fantasy scenes with dragons and magic, vivid descriptions of guts and gore, and human characters who fall into a category of grayness in which even the villains are not entirely evil.

The Aurora Public Library District owns the first five books in the series both as physical copies and as digital copies on the Indiana Digital Download Center. We also have the audiobook versions of the series, but it can definitely get confusing to listen to and keep track of all the different characters.

The television series is said to be fairly faithful to the books, although the timelines of certain plot points are a little off. The Aurora Public Library District owns Seasons 1-6 housed at the Aurora Public Library that you can check out for one week. DVDs cannot be renewed, but you can bring the DVD back into a branch to check back out to yourself. If you are a Dillsboro patron, you can also request that the DVDs to be sent to the Dillsboro Public Library for you to pick up at your convenience.

Happy Reading (and Watching)!

Sarah J. Maas

Recently, I just finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses.I’d seen this book on the shelves here at the library and on my recommended Goodreads shelves. I’d recently read a book from an uncommon area of books called New Adult. In my curiosity, I searched New Adult on Goodreads and saw that A Court of Thorns and Roses was included with that list.

 

Let me just start this blog post by saying…..OH BLESS MY HEART!

A Court of Thorns and Roses is probably my favorite series in the entire world at this moment. It was a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Maas created such a bright and a tantalizing world for us to read and enjoy. She captured the very essence of writing that I had been searching for and entertained me until the very end of her second book, A Court of Thorns and Roses. She’s a writer to remember and her books are those books that you finish and feel lost at the ending because you don’t know what to do with your life anymore.

Nineteen year old, Feyre (Fay-ruh) is the sole provider for her family, due to a promise she made her mother on her deathbed. As we are first introduced to Feyre, she is hunting in the woods during winter for food for her family. As she is hunting, we learn that they once worshiped the High Fae and were enslaved by them. A war waged between the two and a treaty was formed between the two, as well as a wall. Feyre comes across a doe being hunted by a wolf, so she uses an ash arrow that she’d bought with the very few extra money they had and shot the wolf. The wolf dies and she skins the wolf and carries the doe back to her home. Since she killed the wolf, she unknowingly killed a faerie and is caught and forced to go past the wall and live with Faeries.

Sarah J. Maas captured my mind, heart, and soul with just 421 pages of words. I’ve fallen madly in love with her writing, her stories, and her words. It was a beautiful love story that demanded sacrifices.

Sarah Maas was born on March 5, 1986 in New York City. She attended Hamilton College where she majored in creative writing and minored in religious studies. She married and now resides in Pennsylvania.

She began writing her first novel Throne of Glass, when she was sixteen years old. After writing several chapters of the novel, (which was then titled Queen of Glass), she posted them on FictionPress.com where it became one of the most popular stories on the site. It was later removed when she made the decision to try to get the novel published.

She began sending the story to agents in 2008 and finally landed one in 2009. Throne of Glass was purchased in March of 2010 by Bloomsbury, who later purchased two additional books in the series. The series is now available in 15 countries and 23 languages. Sarah is contracted to write six books in the series.

Throne of Glass is loosely based on Cinderella with the idea of Cinderella being an Assassin and instead of attending a ball to meet the prince, she has to kill him instead.

In September 2015, Mark Gordon and Company announced that they acquired television right for Throne of Glass.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, is Sarah’s second series. The book was first written in 2009 but wasn’t published until 2015.

The third book of her A Court of Thorns and Roses Series is called A Court of Wings and Ruin will be published May 2. The sixth book in her Throne of Glass series will be published September 5.

Though we don’t have all the books within her Throne of Glass series, it is possible to get them through InterLibrary loan if you are a patron in good standing. This means you have a fine lower than five dollars and that we can borrow the book or books from another library for you.

At this moment, I am reading A Court of Mist and Fury, and it is capable that I will do a Series Selection blog on here because of the perfection of this series!

 

 

 

Pictures Courtesy of: Read at Midnight.

 

Long-Running Adult Fiction Series

The longer a series, the better! There is nothing quite like getting to know and love a character book after book in a long-running series, where the characters actually become part of you. There are plenty of authors who publish ongoing or long-running series with beloved and recurring characters across all fiction genres. Some of these series are ongoing, with books still being written with new plots and the same protagonist. Other series are spinoffs from the original series, where authors will take a minor character and turn him or her into a major character in a different series. Here are some long or ongoing series that the Aurora Public Library District has for you to check out today!

Crime/Mystery fiction is a great nook for a writer who wants to create an ongoing or long-standing series with one main character. The protagonist is typically some kind of detective or private investigator who can solve a different crime or multiple crimes in each installment. For example, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is a favorite among our patrons at the Aurora Public Library District. The series follows the hilarious antics of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum through twenty-three novels (so far). The books are considered mysteries, but without all of the heavy drama that is usually involved in Thriller or Suspense fiction. Other notable authors with ongoing Crime/Mystery series include Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series, C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series, Robert B. Parker’s various series (Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, Jesse Stone, and Spenser), and Faye Kellerman’s Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series.

Of course, a sub-genre of Crime/Mystery fiction would be Cozy Mysteries. Once again, the protagonist will typically solve crime, but as an amateur. Violence, sexual content, and language will be absent or subdued. Popular Cozy Mystery authors include Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Rita Mae Brown’s Miss Murphy series, M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series, Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone series, Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series, and Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden and Sookie Stackhouse series. Other “Gentle” reads include Debbie Macomber’s various series (Rose Harbor, Virgin River, Cedar Cove, Blossom Street, and Angelic Intervention) and Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series.

Another genre that is great for ongoing series is Thriller/Suspense fiction, which can be similar to Crime/Mystery fiction, but manages to be different through that added layer of heart-pounding drama. James Patterson is notable for his Thriller/Suspense/Mystery series, such as Detective Luc Moncrief, Private, Detective Harriet Blue, Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Zoo, and NYPD Red. Other popular long Thriller/Suspense series include Tom Clancy’s series (Jack Ryan and John Clark, Jack Ryan, Jr., and Net Force), Stuart Woods’ various series (Stone Barrington, Holly Barker, Teddy Fay, Ed Eagle, Lee Family, and Rick Barron), and J.D. Robb’s Romantic Suspense In Death series.

Fantasy fiction is a broad term that can cover all sorts of sub-genres, but this is a great place for a long series because the author gets to make up all the rules to his or her fantasy worlds. My favorite epic Fantasy series is Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, which was completed after his passing by fellow notable fantasy writer, Brandon Sanderson. Some other popular epic Fantasy reads include George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series is considered to be both Fantasy and Mystery. Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series is Fantasy with strong elements of Horror mixed in. The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton is considered to be Urban Fantasy. And Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is considered to be Historical Fantasy.

Of course, there are plenty of other authors who write ongoing series (Karen Kingsbury, Sophie Kinsella, Vince Flynn, Fern Michaels, Anne Perry, Wanda Brunstetter, etc) to choose from, too. Check out the Novelist website through the Online Resources tab on the Aurora Public Library District’s website for series’ book orders and author read-a-likes! Don’t forget about the Indiana Digital Download Center for even more series!

Happy Reading!