Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

September 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you haven’t already read the book, you’re probably either sick of hearing about A Game of Thrones, or planning to skip the book and watch it on HBO.  All I have to say is read the book.

I have to admit that it took me two tries to get into it because there were so many characters up front (and the only reason I gave it a second shot was because the HBO trailers looked so awesome) but I would have been so disappointed to have missed it.  Martin proves time and again that he’s not afraid to send his characters through the fire (and worse), and the result is the most intense, on-the-edge-of-my-seat reading experience that I can remember.  If you’ve already watched the first season, I’d still encourage you to get on board with the books.  As good as the series is, the books are better and the sequels are just as big a roller-coaster ride (except for A Feast for Crows, which was like a long stroll through the countryside).

It’s a story of politics, friendship, love, war, betrayal, and just about everything else.  Martin creates some amazing, intricate characters and a fascinating world, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series is headed.

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