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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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Aug 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, fantasy
Read in August, 2011

A surprisingly gripping tour through a fully-realized world. Martin manages to drop us into a world of complicated and constantly shifting alliance with a merciful lack of leaden exposition, and while this is a best-read-on-Kindle book for its length, it never drags. Martin may not be a masterful prose stylist (if "show, don't adverb" isn't a saying, it probably should be), but he's a fantastic yarn-spinner.

I certainly wish I hadn't spoiled the ending for myself (by reading about the HBO series), so it's hard to say if what seemed like heavy-handed foreshadowing was actually so. And why do the Easterners always have to be the Mongol, nomadic, most-unlike European society stand-ins (with Khal/Khan, he doesn't even seem to be trying hard on that front)? But these are pretty minor complaints, and I very much enjoyed the read.

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