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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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Aug 06, 09

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Read in June, 2009

A Game of Thrones is a marvelous start to what is promising to end as one of the best adult fantasy fiction series of my generation.

Martin is relentless and wholly unforgiving in his portrayal of medieval life for royalty; the intrigue, betrayal and wholesale slaughter of friend and foe alike is utterly abysmal, and Martin shows no compunction in severing the ties to characters who at first seem integral to plot and world. the affect is a brutal, yet realistic story of the politics and power plays of lords and ladies, and how those plays drag the "smallfolk" of the lands into wars of attrition over matters that are entirely out of their world view.

Along with the stark language and miserable depredations that lend this series its realism, the matter of the more "fantastic" elements in the storyline is handled beautifully; these elements are introduced so slowly, and with such derision from the surrounding characters, that they, also, are entirely believable. Superstition is rife throughout the populous but, as with modern societies, those who believe too strongly are looked upon as barbarians, simple-minded or uneducated. In this way, the surreal is brought into the story so slowly that there is no suspension of belief.

highly recommended for anyone who loves the fantasy genre, but is tired of the formulaic representation and childish delivery that is so prevalent in its constituent novels.
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Reading Progress

06/16/2009 page 665
79.64% "4/5ths of the way through on my third reading..still just as good as the first."

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