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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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did not like it

The world Martin creates in this first book was exciting enough to propel me through the hard work of reading it. For the most part, I find Martin's style to be rather dense and difficult to wade through. Martin's world is full of capricious violence, soft porn, and very few (if any) strong female characters who aren't using sex to get ahead, so the stars I've given this book are given with reservation. In fact, the more books in this series I've read, the more I've come to feel that it's not just Martin's world that is capricious and mysogynistic, but Martin himself. He has no regard for his audience -- he kills off favorite characters without notice; seems unable to imagine a strong woman who is not defined by her sexuality (unless she is hideously ugly, or a prepubescent child); and invests enormous amounts of time with certain characters and then doesn't revisit them again for hundreds of pages. There are other authors (like Tolkein) who have managed to create exciting worlds of adventure with a huge cast of characters, with none of these problems. Obviously, Martin's audience is willing to put up with this, given the run-away success of his books and the HBO series. I know that a single audience member doesn't make a difference when you're selling millions of copies, but Martin has lost me as a reader.
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March 1, 2012 – Finished Reading
April 11, 2012 – Shelved

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