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A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
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Aug 01, 2010

really liked it
Read from June 12 to July 10, 2011

Rereading this series now that the HBO series has started, and am on this one at the moment, the 3rd. It's the first time in a few years I've read these books, and I'm noticing more about Martin's writing. He's on a book tour this summer for the newest one, due out soon, and I'm looking forward to seeing him.

Martin can really tell a story. This series is thousands of pages, but he packs it full of cliffhangers where he switches to another character's point of view, of endlessly evocative descriptions of his fantasy world and its cities and wildernesses, and especially of outlandish but compelling characters full of desires and flaws. His world is a harsh one. It borrows Tolkien's medieval tone but not his stark morality. People in Martin's fiction do things for human reasons, and suffer the consequences, and good and evil characters do unexpected things in a thoroughly modern way. That said, the books are not short on genuinely repellent villainy either, but once Martin starts telling the story from inside a character's point of view, the nuances appear.

Martin's books are ingenious and hard to put down. They're big, so they're also perfect for a Kindle.
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