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abookaweek 2012: week thirty

2012 July 29
by Romy

A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

Category: Fantasy

Story: I’m not even going to attempt this. Besides, you probably already know it, and if you don’t there’s always Wikipedia!

Opinion: Like probably 50% of people who read this book, I started reading it after I saw Game of Thrones on TV and got addicted to it. Luckily the book was even better than the series.

I don’t read much, if any, fantasy at all, and despite how great I think the show is, I wasn’t expecting much from the writing. I’m happy to say I was proven very, very wrong. The writing is incredibly imaginative, the plot extremely intricate, and the characters take you by surprise every time. The strength lies chiefly in the politics; they’re what drive the plot and make it really juicy. But that would mean nothing without the history that Martin has conjured up, which is mind-blowingly detailed.

The only complaint I have is that sometimes Martin gets a bit repetitive; there are lots of wolves howling in the distance, women always have curls cascading down their backs, and he loves to remind the reader of Tyrion Lannister’s (lack of) height. But really that’s just a tiny dent in the shining armor of this book (topical!).

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