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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
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Jun 21, 11

Read from June 14 to 18, 2011

A Clash of Kings had so much going on, it was like reading 6 or 7 different books bundled together in one exciting package.

Jon Snow’s story was the frontier adventure that pitted “civilized” men against savage tribes in the wilderness. Arya Stark was the child of noble heritage reduced to street urchin status in an ultra harsh Charles Dickens tale. Daenerys Targaryen was in a Robert E. Howard book full of barbarians, and exotic races that practiced ancient dark magic in remote, dusty lands. Sansa Stark starred in the helpless woman held captive story in which despite her best efforts to be invisible, was continually battered and tormented by cruel and petty captors. Catelyn Stark was the Madeleine Albright memoir The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on Winterfell, the 7 Gods, and Westeros Affairs, with a dash of Henry Kissinger’s Years of Upheaval. Tyrion Lannister’s book was How to Win Friends and Influence People…and then Smite Them with a Battle Axe. Theon Greyjoy’s chapters were like the biography of a spoiled celebrity who hadn’t quite accepted his career was dead because he was too busy whining about all the attention his more talented sibling was getting. Bran Stark was the children’s story about a lonely boy that didn’t feel very special, but discovered he was very special indeed, but with more decapitation and raping that might occur at Hogwarts. I thoroughly enjoyed them all, but Tyrion continues to be one of my favorite characters.

So, save the money you were going to spend on those other 7 books, and just pick up a copy of A Clash of Kings. It’s my Super Saver recommendation of the month.
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