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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, duds, read-in-11, zombies
Recommended for: people who like reading about rape

Unpopular opinions about books: I have them.

I only finished this out of sheer will and stubborn cussedness. I was very sure, from the moment Bran was pushed out a window, that this was not going to be a book I would like. I don't think that it was poorly written or not fully realized or sloppily executed. I think it's pretty disgusting, dark, dreary, and utterly devoid of hope and love. And you know? I look for a little more escape in my escapism.

What kills me most about this book is that Time Magazine has apparently named Martin "the American Tolkien," which is so false a comparison it makes me cry a little inside. Tolkien wrote about beauty and hope and love; his story transcended reality. Martin revels in the grime, the dirt, the pain, the humanness, and while that's not a bad thing, it is the antithesis of Tolkien.

All that said, I already own the first four in a bundle on my kindle, and sadly kindle books are not something I can return when I find out that I have zero interest in reading anything more. So I might poke at the next few, after I've read all the wiki plot summaries and ripped that off like a bandaid. Red Wedding? I am totally prepared.

Wait, I DO have a complaint about construction of the book. If there is any comparison that could be made with Tolkien, it's that they both could have benefitted from the services of a competent editor. There is so much florid prose clogging the story here that truly added nothing to the plodding (emphasis PLODDING) journey Martin took us on.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
September 3, 2011 – Shelved
September 3, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
September 3, 2011 – Shelved as: duds
September 3, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-11
September 3, 2011 – Shelved as: zombies
September 3, 2011 – Finished Reading

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