I read Game of Thrones before I saw the show, which made the show more predictable. My friend, however, saw the show and is now reading the books, and I imagine it’s a lot easier to keep track of the characters since she’d seen them physically interact before. Pick your poison!
About five years ago, I read an abridged version of Moby Dick. I enjoyed the story, and I figured I could handle the unabridged version. Approximately three years ago, I read Moby Dick, expecting the same sort of story– fast paced, well-written, but with a little more detail than the abridged version provided. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Moby Dick was long and ponderous, with more description of how they got oil out of whales than action scenes. Based on the abridged version, I thought the book was about a crazy captain and a giant white whale. No. It’s about the process of whaling and the protocol followed on a sailing ship, with the underlying theme of a crazy captain and a giant white whale.
Since I was rather interested in sailing ships at the time, I was able to get through all those middle chapters describing the crow’s…
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