A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire book one

 Review and personal opinion. Spoliers.

We are told the story through the eyes and minds of several different characters, I found these wonderful and insightful, especially compared with the TV episodes, we are able to get inside the characters heads and know what they are thinking. This novel is gritty and brutal, no one is safe in this book, shown especially when Bran catches Jamie and his sister Cersi having a “moment” with one another which leads Jamie to push the 8 year old Bran from the window of the tower he just climbed.

This fantasy book isn’t for the lighthearted, like I said before, it’s brutal, dark and disturbing, but is worthy of anyone’s time. Something that I found I highly enjoy about these books is the political side and how this all comes together. While reading this novel I began to realise that no one is necessarily good nor evil, they simply do their duty and what is right by them.

Although we occasionally hear about dragons and magic (which are what you would expect of a fantasy novel) they are always pushed to the back, there is much more realism here than you would possibly think, which is not a bad thing I can assure you.

Another aspect which jumps out to me is how strong women characters are within this series, all in their own way, one I found to be more surprising than the rest. It took me until over half way in the book at least to realise how strong Sansa Stark truly is, especially after the beheading of her father Ned. Although she clearly hates the situation she is in she manages to work through it – after debating whether to push Joffrey from a height that is, and she will stand her ground if she must and do what is necessary to survive.

The way the book is held together and the way in which George R.R. Martin keeps you informed of what is happening to who and when is amazingly put together and never seemed like a difficulty to read and was thoroughly enjoyable and engaging and I find myself talking and thinking about Game of Thrones more than anything else.

I would encourage anyone to read this series as you (I hope) would not regret it, and I am now just moving on to the second which is still at the same standards of the first if not higher and plan to carry on reading the rest of the books whenever I have the time.

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Bioshock Infinite Ending – “whats done will be done”

This is my own interpretation of the ending, if you have anything thing else to say that I may have missed out or any interesting points please leave a comment thank you. Oh and massive spoilers as if the title didnt actually give that away.

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Once the songbird brings down the siphon Elizabeths attitude seems to change instantly. They arrive in Rapture, another world, another door. Rapture is like Columbia, they are in some ways both the same like Elizabeth says the doors which lead to other worlds are “all different and all similar”.

Elizebeth explains that they all lead to the same place, so no matter what her and Booker do, they can never really change what is about to happen because it already has and already will. The walkway will also only allow them to walk down a certain pathway, Booker cannot choose another way, it is already set out in front of him and you must follow.

Once booker walks through another doorway he appears at his own baptism, after wounded knee, through this door Dewitt won’t accept the baptism, that it can’t wash away his sins and what he has done. Through the next door we walk into Bookers home, we know that he clearly turned into an alcoholic and more than likely a gambler from the amount of bottles which are on the tables.

Once Booker hands his baby over to Robert Lutece he replies with “Mr Comstock washes you of all your sins” showing that Comstock seems to think that he has the power to wipe someones sins when really this isn’t the case. The realisation that Anna is Elizabeth comes when they are trying to pull Anna through the tear in the wall and she loses her finger.

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We appear at the baptism again, but this time things are different Elizabeth appears with Booker but she isn’t the same Elizabeth that he knew, her appearance is different, she hasn’t got a bird or cage pendent which you received nearer the start of the game. As each different Elizabeth appears there seems to also be one in an outfit that never appears in the game, which again tells us that there are more possibilities, more than we have seen.

Booker accepts that he is also Comstock, that in one life he took the baptism which supposedly made him a better man. But in reality he didn’t become a better person and his sins were never “washed away”, showing that the bad things which Booker had done could never be taken away and he never really changed. Booker and Comstock are opposite sides of the same coin.

Once the Elizebeths drown him in the baptism waters they begin to disappear, showing that none of this has happened yet. He hasn’t yet turned into Comstock but since this has just happened after the battle of broken knee there is still a chance that this could actually take place again.

There is a small scene after the credits of Booker walking into the room where Anna’s crib is supposed to be, “Anna is that you?” we never truly know if she’s there, I think that’s a question that is left unanswered. Has Booker already given her away and is it too late to change anything? Or has he realised his mistake and is Anna still there in time to stop what we have seen happen. This shows that everything can just happen again with infinate possibilities.