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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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it was ok
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A single word could describe Martin's epic fantasy tale: infodump. The term, used in literary circles to denote the unending and continual drenching of information on the reader, is the novel's downfall. Martin created a world full of history, conflict, politics, and a variety of varied characters. But in his attempt to educate the reader, he fails to gently lead them into his world. Instead, readers are bludgeoned with names, places, and dates that have no signifigance. It is almost impossible to care about Ser Redwood the Great (made up name) when you have no idea who or what he is, or any possible connection to the story.

The book is not short. The first it a series, it is over 700 pages long. Trying to read the novel in even two weeks (not a short time) is akin to taking a college level history course in the same amount of time. Seperating the emotional story from the historical background is a challenge, one that I, nor any other reader, should have to accomplish.
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January 30, 2011 – Shelved
January 30, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
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Rebecca Info dump. that's the word I was looking for to describe this book. Thank you. A Game of Thrones struck me as a bizarre mating between a fantasy novel and an encyclopedia but 'infodump' sums it up better.

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