Monday, September 5, 2011

What I've Finished Reading: Song of Fire and Ice

This series by George RR Martin is better known under the title of the first novel (part 1) Game of Thrones. I had heard some good things about this medieval adventure series (with just a tad of magic and dragons thrown in), so I decided to read the first novel and see what I thought.

Six weeks later, I plowed through one part after the next: Game of Thrones, Feast of Crows, Clash of Kings, Storm of Swords, and Dance of Dragons.

For its genre, these books are exceptional. If you like power struggles, intrigue, deception, a cast of hundreds, wars, murder, and real insight into unique characters, then this series is one you have to read. I found it fascinating. Thye are detailed and developed with such care and forethought. Martin truly rivals some of the classic novels that have created their own world and dragged the reader into the midst of it all.

Of course, many comparisons have been made (by others) to Tolkien. Yes, obviously so. But I also see echoes of other great series, like Dune by Herbert or even the Harry Potter series by Rowling. It takes a real lover of writing to spend the time and energy to build an entire civilization, complete with geography, politics, family rivalry, history, and war. From the moment you begin the first novel, you are transported into a world both familiar and unique.

Truly, even beyond the mere escapism that this genre provides, Martin entertains and amazes with his writing skill. It naturally flows and grabs your interest from paragraph after paragraph.

And I’m still not finished. As if hundreds of major and minor characters aren’t enough, there are at least 2 more books to complete the saga. I can’t wait to see where this all ends up.

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