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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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it was ok

Eh. This sucked me in at first but eventually started to feel like a slog. Martin lacks the gift of names-- "Drogo," "Tyrian," "Lord Montmort," I dunno I can't put my finger on it but all the names in this book just sound silly and fake to me. It's hard to get names right. Tolkien was one of the best, but he had his background in languages and ancient English folklore, which probably helped.

Beyond the bad names, Martin's prose is unremarkable-- it's just this side of cheesy. And my eyes glazed over at the countless passages recounting the Lore of Yore. ("And then the dragonbreed slew the first born, who was pledged to Radagar III in the time of the Old Ones...") It felt like I was reading the wiki for some video game.

It does make me want to see the TV show. There's plenty of good soap opera material in Game of Thrones, it just needs to be presented differently. Maybe this is one of those rare cases where the TV/movie adaptation is better than the original book. Like The Godfather, or (more debatably) Lord of the Rings.

So yeah, I'm down to watch the show. Hopefully it has fair maidens as fair as the ones on Mad Men
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January 31, 2012 – Shelved
February 17, 2012 – Started Reading
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message 1: by Jim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jim Agree about it having the right stuff for a good tv show, especially with the freedom that HBO give you to show the violence and sex.

The wife gets Entertainment Weekly which recently had a cover series on GoT. I'll say the fair maidens are pretty fair, though it would be hard to surpass the MM babes.
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