Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Wit And Wisdom The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister
by George R. R. Martin

Supplied for review by Harper Collins New Zealand

Reviewed By: Simon Litten
Jan Butterworth

Some people have come to the George R.R. Martin’s 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 harm.

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 hadn’t 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 doesn’t 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.

Simon Litten

They say I’m 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 we’ve 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 every section.

It’s a great little book to carry around to give you a chuckle. Now excuse me, I’m off to re-watch my Game of Throne DVDs.

Jan Butterworth

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