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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

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64 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

I wasn't sure I was going to like this one.

While I am fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I had never read anything by George R.R. Martin. I was scolded for this oversight by many of co-workers and friends. I finally gave in this past month and have been converted to a fan.

Be warned, "A Game of Thrones" is not for ...
While I am fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I had never read anything by George R.R. Martin. I was scolded for this oversight by many of co-workers and friends. I finally gave in this past month and have been converted to a fan.

Be warned, "A Game of Thrones" is not for the casual fantasy reader. It is deeply intricate and rich. While Martin focuses each of the chapters on roughly ten main characters, there are well over fifty full realized characters in just the first book of this series. It would be very easy to get confused or frustrated in the early pages of the tome, but to do so would be to lose out on the epic second half of the book. Up until the last one hundred pages, I was still on the fence about this "game of thrones." Now, having finsihed it, I can't wait to move on to the next book.

As a standalone book, I would not reccomend it; as the beginning of an epic series, I am totally hooked.

posted by Elantraboi on June 14, 2010

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171 out of 310 people found this review helpful.

Nothing like Tolkein!

I trudged through all of the existing 4 novels in this series hoping to find enough redeeming qualities to justify my investment, and came away sorely disapointed. Authors like Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time), Tolkien (LOTR), and even Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth), all ...
I trudged through all of the existing 4 novels in this series hoping to find enough redeeming qualities to justify my investment, and came away sorely disapointed. Authors like Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time), Tolkien (LOTR), and even Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth), all spin intense tales that leave you encouraged and inspired by the actions of their heros; Martin grinds through character after character, who all seem to perish by one betrayal after another. As soon as you start rooting for someone, they end up on the chopping block...this repeats so often that you can't help but wonder what holds the story together.

These novels are more like a soap opera than an epic fantasy series- murder, betrayal, and graphically portrayed incest/rape seem to be Martin's bread and butter, with practially nothing else in between.

For some strange reason, I find that highly disgusting and will go back to reading books with real heros and goals that I can emotionally (and morally) rally behind.

posted by 4437389 on March 3, 2011

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    More Like a Game of Feelings!

    I had heard much about George R R Martin's so called masterpiece, so does it make the cut? well at 800+ pages its a long book does that make it bad?
    no but here is what does. First off this book is not recommended for children like at all, I personally feel it should come with a warning as
    there is a large amount of suggestive content, so that might cut down on the appeal for some. Now the characters are top notch everyone feels like
    a living breathing person,if your a fan of characters that say one thing then do another this is your book. The writing also is top notch right now
    I cant even think of a book where the writing is comparable.
    The only reason I didnt give it a higher rating is because evil seems to dominate good almost the whole way through for every good victory there seems to be three evil ones.
    That being said hardcore fantasy fans will definately love this book.
    And I think it will become one for the ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    Great worldbuilding and plotting. Ok characters.

    The story is well written, and well told. The world is large, complex, and carefully thought out. The logic is very good. And I still have a complaint or two. Curse me for the pig that I am. My complaints? My rants? My ceaseless whinings? Ok, if you MUST know. Some characters develop nicely and show good depth throughout the novel, but too many are nothing but role players. They have but one face, one manner of being, one mode of thinking and behaving. What am I talking about? Characters like Ned Stark, who's single dimension is that he takes honor and honesty to the extremes of stupidity. Then there is Sansa Stark, who has nothing to her but selfishness and naivete. On the other side of the novel is Jaime Lannister and his sister, Cersei. The two of them are made exclusively of self-serving deceitfulness, brutality, and their incestuous passion. The remaining characters were largely pressed from similar molds. There are a few characters with some meat. Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister are all good enough that you'll find yourself reading on just to get back to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    Good Character Buildups

    Eight hundred and seven pages to set the stage for the next book. But still willing to purchase next book in series to see if it lives up to the promise.

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