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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't want to give anything away (at all!) so this review is short on details about plot. Instead, I'm focused on the novel as literary achievement.

This book alone (let alone as part of a series) is a major feat. To sustain that level of intrigue and suspense across multiple storylines over 800 pages is enough, but to keep the writing taut and concise throughout is simply amazing. Martin creates a fully realized world with complex characters and relationships. It is a grim world, and the book is not for the faint of heart, but it is also compelling and full of fascinating, unexpected twists.

This is my first time reading it and I will certainly read the others. I have yet to see the TV series, but I am curious to see it. I highly recommend this book.

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alstaria
Jul. 13th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
You're in for a wonderful ride! I'm looking forward to devouring the most recent book, A Dance With Dragons, on the plane tomorrow!

See ya Friday!!!
thndrstd
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
One of the people I supervise has been reading the series and he just got his copy of book 5. I joke that, at the pace I read, book 5 will in paperback & book 6 will be out by the time I get there. :)
big_biff
Jul. 14th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Melanie got A Dance with Dragons last night. I've read the first few chapters and the writing is just as good as it has been in the previous 4 novels. My only complaint, aside from the long interval between novels, is the repetitive, ton-of-bricks hint dropping. Sometimes I just want to tell him, " OK, George, I get it. She's being followed by that guy. I got it the first time."
thndrstd
Jul. 14th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
I guess I can see that, but it hasn't bothered me (at least so far - now that you pointed it out it might) because some of those don't come to fruition. Enjoy!
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