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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, literature-nouveau

** spoiler alert ** You can easily see why this book is so much talked about. Unquestionably, it is a fine example of literary craftsmanship. Language is superb, structure is curious, with its movements from one character to another, the world is rich in detail, wildly believable and possessing a certain weight behind it. Hell, even one of my personal downsides - a wish to rather read about the times of Baratheon revolt against the mad king or the age of dragons and magic, can easily be viewed as praise to the worldbuilding talent and a brilliant literature move - people really would rather hear about ages of old-gone heroes and magic or upbeat stories of success, rather than face the grim'n'gritty of life at hand.
Having said that, it is still a pity to meet the fantasy elements so rarely, them being so fine and tasty. Compared to them, court games and wars seem a tad boring.
Moreover, it's hard to keep the same reading pace with such a diversity of characters, some of which can't help but be less interesting to read through.
But you know, it is much to be said about the quality of the book, that, while reading from the start such a popular series of books, while having received a fair share of unavoidable spoiler-flak, it still keeps on being fascinating, as you become less interested in actual events, but more in HOW exactly do they go down. Narrative logic, emotional focus, iterary quality of events description - you really can't spoil that ever. Couple of scenes stand out as masterwork of literature, namely the scene with Stark boys in the crypts, receiving the same sad prophecy dream. And you get that yes, however sad and undermining for a plot was the death of Ned Stark, it was not in vain at least in the light of this brilliantly written reactions. Still sucks, though, would've been nice to see him in fight against the northern threats.
All in all - this is probably not my most favorite book series, neither it is so mind-capturing as some of the others, but I give credit where the credit is due: Game of Thrones is a book of great skill and quality, with rich characters and world around them, interesting themes and a fresh air of realism, not a common guest among fantasy genre. It certainly deserves the wide buzz and praise it is having. Not so much a derivative TV series, managing to miss a couple of important point for no apparent reason during season 1.
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April 28, 2015 – Shelved
April 28, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
April 28, 2015 – Shelved as: literature-nouveau
April 28, 2015 – Finished Reading

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