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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
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Apr 23, 2012

it was amazing

It is hard to sit here and try to tell you that a 969 page book qualifies as fairly taut, but somehow A Clash of Kings, George RR Martin’s sequel to A Game of Thrones – which of course became the HBO series of the same name which launched Peter Dinklage into the lead for now over Warwick Davis in the greatest living little person derby – qualifies. The book takes the virtues of the first novel – and expands the world and the established conflicts. However, it does more than that. One of the normal things with any sort of series I think is trying to figure out how to keep people ready for another novel while not jerking them around. In the movie realm for instance, The Matrix in its secret of the universe or whatever, promised a lot and contained a lot of literate movie psycho-babble. But when it came time to deliver, the movie was not equal to the task. It is hard not to feel screwed. What the book does deftly is provide emotional payoff, a measure of quasi-comic relief and still move the story forward and create more mysteries.

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