A Game of Thrones: Book One of a Song of Ice and Fire (Song of Ice and Fire (Hardcover))
|von George R. R. Martin|
I'm usually very careful with attributes like "brilliant" (and "bloody"), but this book knocked me flat off my back. I had forgotten how good Fantasy could be. George R. R. Martin combines totally unique and lifelike characters with an incredibly detailed world, and manages to weave several plotlines into a scope of adventure, romance, political intrigue and human strengths and weaknesses.
In this, he chooses several focal characters from whose point of view the story is told; the focus shifts with every chapter, along with the place. But while I usually find myself wanting to stick with one character and one plotline in this type of book, this time, I loved them all and wanted to know how they all fared. Martin manages every plot twist in a way that surprises you, and at the same time, he leaves you with the feeling that yes, this was coming all along. All in all, this is easily the best read I have enjoyed in ten years--and back then, I was younger and more easily impressed. :)
Unbelievable. How can it be topped?
I am a middle-aged woman of 46 who had never read any fantasy literature other than The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings many years ago, until I was introduced to the genre by my teenage son some 6 years ago or so.
Since then I have read many of the books in the genre as my son pushed them on me - Eddings, Feist, Jordan, Brooks, to name just a few, and overall I have enjoyed them.
This book, however, I picked out on my on back in the summer of 1997, and when I began reading it I could not put it down. I have enjoyed many fantasy books and series, especially Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, but they all seem like trivial kiddie literature compared to A Game of Thrones. I cannot remember the last time a book has gripped me so. I could not put it down. The book is certain dark and violent, but not gratuitously so - it was a dark and violent age and land. The characters are marvelous, the story line complex and fascinating. My only regret is how long I have had to wait for the sequel.
When I read the first book I thouht it was the first of 3, but now I hear it is to be the a 6-book series. I'll be old and white-haired by the time I finish! The only book I have read which has affected me like this is Frank Herbert's Dune which I first read at age 13 back in 1965, and have reread probably a dozen times since then. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, but it is not for the squeamish or prudish.
Don't read if you have work needing to get done...
I picked this up in vain search of something to keep me entertained while travelling home for a weekend (I'm a college student). After almost putting the book down because Jordan reviewed it, I read the beginning and was hooked. I love middle-ages style fantasy, and almost died when I realized that that was what I was in for...it's been too long since I've found a book like this. Recently, I've been depressed over reading the supposed great "Wheel of Time" series, that I found boring and slow to the point of comatose...this book was a welcome reprieve. I haven't been this thrilled by a first novel since Feist's "Magician:Apprentice", Goodkind's "WFR", and Friedman's "Black Sun Rising".
The many characters and shifting viewpoints were wonderful, I got insights into the different characters and they seemed as human as possible, unlike some books. Nobody is perfect, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequal to see what happens next. What is wonderful is that you don't know who is going to be the lead character, and I'm waiting anxiously to see who will survive.
| > A Game of Thrones: Book One of a Song of Ice and Fire (Song of Ice and Fire (Hardcover))|