A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Wow...what a breath of fresh air into the otherwise stale, copycat genre of fantasy writing. Just when you thought every story you'll ever read is going to follow the tired "boy meets old wizard who discovers hidden talent in him and then the boy saves the world" formula so ubiquitous nowadays, along comes a book (and series) like this to restore a little faith in the publishers (who ultimately decide what gets published). This book is the inception of a remarkable series in which Martin weaves several plot threads and countless characters into an interleaving dance for the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Martin is gifted as a storyteller, and the plot moves quickly - with the help of relatively short chapters - without sacrificing the depth of the characters. The story is brutally realistic for a fantasy novel, and I find that one of the things I like the most about it. Martin pulls no punches with the events that happen to the characters, and thus the reader never feels cheated. Unless, of course, the reader becomes too attached to a particular character. Comparing it to other series, I would say that it ranks somewhere just below the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R. Donaldson and just above the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The series is not quite as emotionally engaging as the Covenant series, but Martin is a better storyteller and seems to know how to keep a plot moving in an 800 page book better than Jordan. I hope this review gives you the kick in the pants you need to give this series a try. 8 out of 10.
Submitted by Paul
Very interesting story. I have to say that this book holds me more than any other fantasy i've read. The story is told from many points of view and really doesn't dwell long on any particular character. This really helps me get into the book because i know if i read for a good 45 minutes then i'm going to get a peice of a multiple character's story. The problem with the plot not moving quickly enough is there but it isn't that noticable because of the huge cast of character's that the story deals with. The story is very realistic and sometimes blunt with the graphic violence but that lets me know that Martin isn't covering anything up and isn't afraid to write the story for adults. Oh yea i'm not done with the book yet. Give me anther week or so.
Submitted by Treebeard_of_fangorn@hotmail.com
I just finished read Game of thrones not more then 10 minutes ago and felt compelled to say something about it. I have read Tolkien, Jordan, eddings, goodkind and many other fantasy authors and i say that George R.R Martin is as good if not better in his own way than all the fantasy author out there today. Anyone who isnt afraid to tackle a big book should read this book. I think this series can easily beat the wheel of time for the fantasy series of the decade!
Submitted by Phil
This is a great book. These days so many fantasty novels follow the basic plot of poor little orphan boy discovering magical talent and finding love while saving the world/known universe. George R. R. Martin's book is refreshingly original, with memorable characters and intertwining plots that are both interesting and suspenseful. If you are a fan of fantasy or even just looking for a good novel you must read this book.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org
I finished reading A Game of Thrones a few weeks ago, excellent, beyond excellent the depth of Robert
Jordan yet the action and excitement I crave and if some of you think that it is without magic the last
chapter of Daenerys is a crowd pleaser it is my new favorite series even though I've only hit the first
book. I hope to read A Clash of Kings but I want to wait for the paperback. Hail.