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Book Review: “The History Behind Game of Thrones”


(See all of my Book Reviews and Game of Thrones related posts) – Author David C. Weinczok (http://castlehunter.scot/) published the book “The History Behind Game of Thrones” in 2019. This is his first book. 

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The book compares the ‘history’ from the Game of Thrones novels and TV series to the real history of Scotland. The book highlights the similarities between the fantasy world and Scottish history.

I have read all the novels published so far in the “A Song of Fire and Ice” series. I have enjoyed watching the TV production on HBO. I am of Scottish descent and have a rough idea of Scotland and its history. Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with Scotland to completely appreciate many of the comparisons drawn in this book. Those from Scotland, or at least very familiar with Scotland, will appreciate it more.

I enjoyed the 8+ hours I spent reading this 248-page history. There are several comparisons made to Game of Thrones. This book is, more than anything else, a history of Scotland. There were a few photos included in the book. I would have gained more if there had been more photos and especially some detailed maps. I like the cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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After 8 Seasons, Game of Thrones Ends


(See my other Game of Thrones posts) – (*** Spoilers in the video above ***) I have watched all 8 seasons of Game of Thrones and I have enjoyed all 73 episodes in the series. I have also read the first five novels in the series. I look forward to reading the remaining two once they have both been published (George RR Martin is so glacialy slow that I won’t buy one until they are both published. It has, after all, been eight years since book five was published.)

I know some people have protested what happened in episodes 5 & 6 of Season 8, but I think the series was concluded well. I like the way the story ended. The only complaint I have with season 8 is that I think it could easily have been stretched into a full 10 or more episodes.

*** Spoilers ahead ***

That said, with the dragon’s whereabouts unknown, Jon Snow headed off into the icy north, Sansa Queen of Winterfell, Bran the Broken King of the 6 Kingdoms, Tyrion Hand of the King, and Arya heading off into the unknown west, there are ample opportuities for further stories of these surviving characters.


Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Game of Thrones Medley” by 2CHELLOS

(See my other Music and Game of Thrones posts) – I’m keeping with the Game of Thrones theme again this week. This 5:04 video of 2CHELLOS performing Game of Thrones music was uploaded to YouTube in March of 2017 by 2CELLOS. The 2CELLOS, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, perform a Game of Thrones Medley with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. This is from their album “Score”.

Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Light of the Seven”

(See my other Music & Game of Thrones posts) – I came across this 10:36 video a short time ago and thought that it would be good to post this week, the second week of the Game of Thrones final season. This video of a performance of the “Light of Seven” was uploaded to YouTube in February 2017 by Silva Screen Records. It is very easy listening. The performance is by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.