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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
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May 09, 12

bookshelves: 2012
Read in May, 2012

Clash of Kings suffers from typical middle-volume inertia: it plunges straight in, slogs on for what seems like an eternity, and then abruptly ends in the middle of the story. Notably, the scope and sheer scale are markedly ramped up from Game of Thrones. However, a lot of the extraneous detail puts the brakes on the main narrative; I found it difficult to keep track of many characters on the periphery. Martin has written this like an episodic television serial; I would say Dan Brown is perhaps the closest to his kind of writing style, though Martin does imbue his characters with a bit more gravitas. Still, much of the dialogue is really clunky, like a Medieval pastiche. There is also a notable lack of humour or sympathetic characters; it is relentlessly grim to the point where I started to feel indifferent to the story.

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