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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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it was ok
bookshelves: adventure, fantasy, fiction

Honestly I was disappointed by this book. I was expecting it to be much better based off friends who I knew had read it. Instead of some epic fantasy with political intrigue and battles and what-not I get halfbaked plot lines and dizzying storytelling. I felt like I was on the spinning teacup ride at Disney land, going from one characters POV to the next in such a jerky fashion that it felt like things were moving along until I glance down at the page number and realize 100 pages have gone by and not much has happened so far. His prose is just ok and his world is only ok too. It certainly has some interesting features (seasons lasting decades-interesting concept!) but they were under-developed (because they were not thought through? That is my suspicion). And of course the majority of the characters were hardly likeable or complex at all.

While it wasn’t necessarily a chore to get through this book, I hardly ever felt an irresistible urge to keep reading or pick it back up the first moment I got. In fact on many occasions I passed over it in favor of JK Rowlings new book instead. The differences in plot, prose, foreshadowing and characters between the two were striking; I far preferred Rowlings book. This had potential to be really interesting but I think it fell pretty flat.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
April 1, 2013 – Finished Reading
April 13, 2013 – Shelved
April 13, 2013 – Shelved as: adventure
April 13, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy
February 22, 2016 – Shelved as: fiction

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Mark Zellner I am very impressed by the quality of this review. Written like a pro, Rebekah! While I did enjoy the plotline, I got tired of the graphic sexual and violent content, which got worse as the series went on.

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