A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin(380 ratings)
|Author||George R.R. Martin|
|Title||A Game of Thrones|
|Series||A Song of Ice and Fire|
|Submitted by Mad Cow |
Unlike 99% of the reviews out there, I will be rather critical of this book (and the series as a whole). In the beginning of the Fire and Ice series I enjoyed the books and the rather large cast of characters that he developed. However, there was one very, very large nagging point: every single chapter ends on a cliff hanger which has passed by once you reach the characters' next chapter. An example of such is Samwell Tarly reaching the wall with his woman and the child. His/A chapter ends with the three being surrounded by "others" when a man in black on a moose comes to rescue him. The last we read is Sam grabbing the helping hand and realizing its black and cold. Ok, that makes me want to read further on this interesting character. Wrong! The next time we join Sam the incident has passed and gets only a passing mention. This is only a single example, it happens at virtually every chapter. The cliffhanger is resolved by the characters (without us knowing) in the intervening hundred pages. I think this writing style shows a lack of ability on the Author's part to paint a world for us to see, instead relying on us to decided exactly what happened. If I wanted to read a "choose your plot book" I would go back to reading the books I did in first grade. If I wanted to "fill in the plot" I would write my own books. This writing is NOT what I seek in picking a series of books to read. I want to be immersed in the world of the book, all of the other aspects of the book - gritty realism, shades of gray instead of white and black - lend themselves to this goal. I will finish the series, however the next book may have its spine removed to shuffle the pages some. To the Author: its OK to end a chapter in the middle of a mundane section, it does not have to end in a "what's going to happen" every time.
|Submitted by Anonymous |
This book is the most epic fantasy book I have read in my life. It tells the story from so many charachter's viewpoints: Eddard, Arya, Tyrion, Sansa, Jon, Robb, Bran, Dany, etc. and yet I was never confused about what was happening.
|Submitted by Meghan Sullivan |
I don't like to bandy about the word brilliant.....but this book (and series) deserves it. Many fantasy fans may flinch from this series because it's almost TOO steeped in reality, but I find it a refreshing breath of air that is needed in fantasy.