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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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it was amazing
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Read in May, 2011

There are a few reasons why this book is so great:

1) STRUCTURE AND PACE: Game of Thrones is one of those rare Fantasy Novels that are perfectly paced in my opinion. There is not a single boring chapter in this book. Martin takes the "arrive late, leave early" attitute in his chapters to perfection. So he leaves the characters on a high point and starts a chapter in the middle of an action or after a lot of stuff happened. This results in very few filler moments and a very forward driven structure. I'm a slow reader but you can not put that book down. Since the chapters are also very short it has this "just one more..." feeling to it.

2) CHARCTERS: Okay some of the characters are total stereotypes. The drunken but good heartet fool king, the nasty plotting queen, the good daughter and the bad boy-like daughter. Arya is a bit too likeable and Tyrion is a bit too whitty. But Martin characterizes them so well that this doesn't matter. You feel for them and you are moved by their fates. What more can you want. It's always said that all characters in westeros are shaed of grey but here you cleary have a somewhat "good side" and "bad side". I guess this will chnage in later novels. You can't argue that at least Geoffrey is truly absolutely evil, he takes pleasure in the misery of others.

3) STORY: Perfect scope in this big world. Some expected deaths and some very surprising deaths. Especially one is the real shocker in this book but it works perfect in this world and for all the chartcters. The mixture between medieval europe and few fantasy bits is exactly my taste. But this is clearly a first chapter in a long series, so a lot of things are left open and all characters are not fully developed. Can't wait for A Clash of Kings!
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