19 September 2011
Book Review: A Game of Thrones
Author: George R.R. Martin
Publisher/Year: Bantam / 2011
Date Finished: 12 September 2011
Source/Format: Bought / Print
Book #: 72
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
The Short and Sweet of It
Winter is Coming. So rings the words of the Starks of Winterfell, the family central to the epic tale contained in this novel. The motto reflects the harshness and strength of the family as well as resounding a prophetic truth for the whole of Westeros, a land about to be torn by a vicious political upheaval, a game of thrones.
A Bit of a Ramble
I have already made four posts about this book: initial impressions, follow-up impressions, characters and intrigue, and outside interactions. This is a story which so completely captured my imagination I couldn't confine myself to just one review post. Since I've written so many "responses", I'll try to keep this more of a review.
An informative site called the Citadel had this to say: "It’s one of the best fantasies written in the last forty years, and it can stand proudly up there right next to The Lord of the Rings. Where that great work is inspired by epic legends and myth, this one is grounded in history and reality as we know it rather than reality as we might want it to be." I couldn't agree more. I love LotR, a serious fan who has read the series along with all of the others in the canon (HoME, the Sil, etc.) multiple times. But LotR is true fantasy, based in a world far removed from our own. While A Game of Thrones certainly includes fantastical elements, this is magical realism, with the realism winning out. At its core, the story is not one of magic (at least not in this first book); it is a story which with minimal changes could be a history of our own people. This does not make it better or worse than stories like LotR; it just makes it different. A difference I really appreciate due to its uniqueness in my reading experience.
I was captivated by this detailed, complex, and entertaining story. If you have not yet started reading this series, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. The length and depth of the story requires a definite commitment, and yet the richness of the tale is not to be missed.
This Book Around the Web
If I've missed your review, let me know!
Many a book blogger has read this series, so I'm just going to point you to the Book Blogs Search Engine!
Question: Will a short break get my refreshed to read the next in the series? Or is taking the time off a bad idea?