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

Well-paced but shallow. Characters are flat. The political intrigue feels manipulative and somewhat unrealistic. Also, some very distracting elements--the armies of individual lords are listed as being 10s of thousands strong. The country's debt at one point is listed in the millions. I'm not a historian but I doubt that this is representative of the actual scale of either the population that appears to exist in the book or of the monetary system, as expressed through the various smaller transactions. These minor details jarred me out of the narrative each time.

Ultimately this book is one long senseless series of brutal acts after another. Yet it's not a tragedy, as Martin has not convinced me to like any of the characters, nor to convincingly portray the pain of the survivors. Martin's tone is ponderous--the book weighs in at 800 pages--and too overtly self-serious to really be a kind of commentary on the violence itself, as maybe a literary equivalent to a Quentin Tarrantino film. I would rather have spent time getting to know the characters, which had potential, or to know a little more about the daily life of the world he created, which seems to be wholly populated by lords, with no room for the lower class folks who in reality would vastly outnumber the wealthy folks.
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January 21, 2009 – Shelved
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April 1, 2010 – Finished Reading

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Carrie Reading it feels like work to me; its better than some books, in that I keep going, but I'm waiting to care about someone. I wonder if the later books do it?

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