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

A Medieval soap-opera with fantastical elements tacked on

The above title may seem disparaging, for this was a highly entertaining book which I devoured in a matter of days (a rare diversion from my usual steady reading pace) but the crux of the matter is this: GOT is not a fantasy book, not in the tradition of Moorcock, Tolkien, Peake, etc

What we have is intrigue, a fantastic Medieval setting (no doubt inspired by The War of the Roses) and some great elements. What we don't have is the romanticism that is inherent in all good fantasy. What we have is a form of nihilism. The 'supposed' fantasy elements (dragons, deadmen, etc) add little to the story, and indeed, if they were stripped out, there would be a minimal difference to the overall narrative.

In saying that, GOT is hugely entertaining, and I will be snapping up the DVDs as soon as I can scrape some cash together, but fantasy it ain't!

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October 11, 2012 – Shelved

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