Some people have come to the George R.R.
Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire by way of the books
and others by way of the TV series A Game of Thrones, but if they
were asked to name the most memorable character in either of those iterations of the story
most would propose Tyrion Lannister, the under-height Lannister, for that accolade. Tyrion
lacks the size, strength or attractiveness of the other principal characters. By dint of
personality he commands loyalty from a few, the rest of the time he has to rely on charm
and cunning or wit and wisdom if you prefer to get his way or escape serious
In this comparatively small volume (compared to the books in A
Song of Ice and Fire series), George R.R. Martin has assemble some of the
more memorable bon mots of Tyrion Lannister. I hadnt realised he had said so many.
As an added bonus there are illustrations by Jonty Clark.
This is a pleasure of a book to read. If one page doesnt evoke a
smile the next will. Definitely one to put on a handy shelf, because if you have more than
a passing interest in the books or the show you will find yourself returning to this book
again and again.
They say Im half a man. What does that make the lot of you?
Full of pithy quotes from Tyrion broken into sections - such as On
Being A Dwarf and The Human Condition this book is a selection of
short quotes weve heard him utter. Tyrion is the dwarf with a brain the size of a
planet and a heart of (tarnished) gold in the saga A Song of Ice and Fire.
The illustrations by Jonty Clark are cleverly drawn and catch the image of the Imp for
Its a great little book to carry around to give you a chuckle. Now
excuse me, Im off to re-watch my Game of Throne DVDs.