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Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/“In the game of thrones, even the humblest pieces can have wills of their own.”When I first heard about theSong of Ice and Fire series I assumed it was for supernerds who reside in their mother’s basements and only dare to venture into the daylight in order to L.A.R.P. on the weekends (my apologies to all basement-dwelling-L.A.R.P.E.R.S. for the previous comment). When rumors of the books becoming a series on HBO started, I decided to give it a shot and read A Game of Thrones. And I liked it . . . but good lord did it have a lot of pages and continuing on to book #2 while working a full-time job and raising two young children with busy schedules just wasn’t in the cards. Not to mention the fact that I hate books in a series with a fiery passion!!!!!! Obviously the hype about GoT never died down, and I found myself saying I would definitely make time to read the remaining books over the winter – and then I said the same thing the next winter – and the next (apparently using “Winter is Coming” as your motivator DOES NOT work). Then a bunch of motherfuckers decided to start chiming in all over my interwebs about how they were such fans, and G.R.R.M. is their hero, and posting spoilers EVERYWHERE, and a bunch of blah, blah, blah bullshit only for me to find out that they were all non-readers who watched the t.v. show, but had not read one page of the books (which would have been perfectly acceptable until they decided to start doing all of the aforementioned). (Note: The dildos who spoil everything good about television and film are the same ones who incessantly post how successful they are at their various “fitness challenges”). In an effort to maintain at least a couple of my Facebook friends, I decided it was high time to say F-it-all to my responsibilities and do my own “30-Day Facebook Challenge” – which meant I would read the 5-book box set in one month. Plus, it was June and we all know Martin is GREAT when it comes to weddings ; )Now that I’ve read all five books consecutively, what can I possibly say to sum it up? I liken A Song of Ice and Fire to birthing a child. A horrible, monstrous little child . . .Okay, that might be too gross for some of you. Let’s go with comparing this to a marriage – you have to enter it knowing you are committing for better or worse, in murder sickness and in health. You won’t always be in love. Martin will test your patience and will attempt to rip your heart out. You will want to throw a plate at his head one minute and be ready for some "make-up sex" the next. Discussions with friends who have either read or watched this series have confirmed to me that most of us easily compare it to a relationship and that it is a very individual experience. You alone will decide if you would choose to be a Stark, or a Lannister, or a Frey, or a Tully, or a Targaryen, etc.You alone will decide which individual to route forYou alone will decide which portion of the realm you would wish to claim as your ownAnd at the end of it all, when Martin has killed off people you love and blurred the lines between right and wrong and good and evil, you might find yourself trying to wrap your head around exactly how you ended up routing for bad guys or maybe hoping to hear a little more from the ancillary characters like Dolorous Edd or The Greatjon come Books 6 and 7 (and 8 and 9?????) in hopes of saving your sanity. The only thing that remains is the question of “who will sit the iron throne at the end of it all?” Although theories abound, I’m sorry to tell you that every single one of you is wrong. The true king of the Seven will be none other than:(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]Now that I’m up to speed, it will be hard to move on to something else (I’m being hounded by co-workers to begin the Outlander series. To them I say shut your filthy whore mouths maybe next summer). For now, I bid you adieu to rejoin the masses in their fervent cries of “WHEN WILL BOOK 6 COME OUT???????” and leave you with these wise words that have held true over the course of the series thus far:CORN! CORN! 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Martin Viral Books For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R R Martin dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine international acclaim and millions of loyal readers Now here is the entire monumeFor the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R R Martin dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine international acclaim and millions of loyal readers Now here is the entire monumental cycle A GAME OF THRONESA CLASH OF KINGSA STORM OF SWORDSA FEAST OF CROWSA DANCE WITH DRAGONS Winter is coming Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far off King s Landing There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert s name There his family dwells in peace and comfort his proud wife, Catelyn his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon his daughters Sansa and Arya and his bastard son, Jon Snow Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season Yet a immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.. George R.R Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines amateur fan magazines Martin s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21 The Hero, sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue Other sales followed In 1970 Martin received a B.S in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude He went on to complete a M.S in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972 1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973 1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976 1978 He wrote part time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher In 1975 he married Gale Burnick They divorced in 1979, with no children Martin became a full time writer in 1979 He was writer in residence at Clarke College from 1978 79 Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986 In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co Supervising Producer He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992 93 Martin s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico He is a member of Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America he was South Central Regional Director 1977 1979, and Vice President 1996 1998 , and of Writers Guild of America, West uscmillan author george. Bestseller Book A Song of Ice and Fire Right up front — no spoilers, here or bite-sized impressions…This morning, I laid down the last volume of George R.R. Martin’s great opus, A Song of Fire and Ice. After reading the first volume, ushered in (for me at least…) through the graces of HBO’s series, A Game of Thrones, I decided to read the series in hardbound version (probably to add some help for my tired, old eyes, as newsprint covered with small point sized type is not something I can easily settle into). And settle in, I did. My wife remarked more than once how distant I seemed while immersed in each book. She was right. I don’t remember being so absorbed in any reading since I was fourteen and had just discovered a newly published English writer named Tolkien.Thinking that I would want to write a review once I finished each book, proved impossible as one dissolved into the next. It became clear that the only review I could offer would cover the series. With a fervent wish for a cathartic revelation, I plowed through each volume, until it became clear to me that this was not a typical story, writ large. 4,643 pages large, not counting the many appendices and maps to which I made frequent side-trips. The volumes stack up 9 5/8" high and weigh 14.3 pounds. If I rated books by weight alone, this would be five stars.Fantasy writing is clearly alive and well. I’ve always found that it provides me entertainment at entry level, and then literary appreciation, as the genre fleshes out and matures. Finally, at some sort of pinnacle, reside those books where important nuggets of truth and wisdom are skillfully imparted to the reader. That is where I would set this series, but not without a few caveats.As a writer myself, I know what a fully conceived story can demand, and how much emotion is invested in the creation of real characters. Then there is my admiration for any well-crafted written work, whether it be ponderous or very brief. If any novel can hold me and transport me, then I say the writer has done a good job. I have had no experience reading anything that held me so long or provided such a satisfying ride along the way. Riding blind, mostly, it took me until I was some time into the entire work, before I began to see what Mr. Martin had in mind for the trip or the destination. The journey wasn’t a joyride, either. It was plagued with frustration, disillusionment, sadness and even a touch of pain, but I never begrudged him any of it. Within his meticulously created world, the population was so real and easily approached, it felt to me as if I’d known each character well, whether they were to be considered pro or antagonists. Neither serves completely to define any of the characters.Foremost, this series is about real life and power. It unfolds the way life unfolds: messy. It’s a clear mirror reflecting humanity in all of its imperfections. Mr. Martin’s writing carries honest texture, honest dialog and well-honed, cultural touchstones. None of these can be considered minimal tidbits and signposts set solely to enhance the natural progress of the story. No, each of these becomes an entire meal and is best digested by a reader who enjoys several differing courses. If a sense of place, completely established is not something you revel in, this will be a cumbersome reading. The author delves into complex interrelationships, details of setting and details of spirit. He describes meals. He describes embroidery. He describes family crests. He tells their history and spares us no irony. The characters’ metal processes and sarcasms as well are laid bareThe manner in which the story unfolds is as unusual as the level of detail presented. Each chapter is told from a different character’s Point of View. Occasionally, when it is critical to the reader’s comprehension, the author presents the same sequence more than once. Nuance is everything here, as it is in real life. Missed detail, I found out early on, have a habit of coming back as unexpected answers, so I stifled my occasional desires to skim ahead.I read some reviews by other readers that didn’t think it mattered, what kind of lace bodice a character might be wearing to one meal or meeting, but I found that in a cumulative sense, each detail completed my understanding of each character’s actions and choices. I know how it feels to wipe gritty dust from my eyes, smell low tide at a river’s mouth, or eat something I don’t really like. So reading the sequences of description brought the experiences of the characters home for me. Ditto for the careful descriptions of the food and drink. It’s best not to hurry through these volumes, but to read them in a measured pace when you are alert enough to absorb it all. This isn’t a series to read on your way to work while riding on a subway car or bus.After the third volume, I found myself dreaming of Westeros – the primary setting, as well as the interactions of the characters. I haven’t done that for many years and many books. I also had to put my own work aside, as I found the author’s voice intruding into my own thinking and my own stories. I had the problem once before, when I‘d finished reading one of Tolkien’s partially finished masterpieces, The Silmarillion. Finished by his son Christopher Tolkien from notes and drafts, it also was not an easy read, but a transforming one. The ideas it expressed were so fundamental and thought-provoking, they resided in my mind for many years after I completed the book and are still there, now. This has forced me to question my own work carefully as it jumps from my imagination; to be sure it isn’t wearing elven grey cloaks! Now, I’ll be watching out for enameled breastplates and chainmail as well.Where any similarity ends, though is in the brutal honesty of the characters, their speech and their missteps. These are real people, crippled by their sins as much as their dreams. They’re hobbled by the world they have grown up in and the perceptions they hold close. They’re subject to the restrictions and blindness that plagues our world. That makes their behavior so understandable that at times, I found myself recalling memories in an endless avalanche of recognition. The stories are true. It is known.The author also covers some spiritual ground that deserves tilling again and again. Fortunately, for me, it was rendered gently. The evolution of two major characters, along these lines, although unique, still was familiar enough to be completely believable for this reader. That was important, as organized religion’s pressure – there are several strong systems of belief here – is key to the motivation of many of the characters. The collision between the old and the new is illustrated throughout the series, mirrored in our own civilizations. Mirrored in our own wars and hatreds.The HBO series, it turned out, did not dilute my pleasure or surprise during the many bumps in the darkness at all. I had expected that giving me an initial memory of the characters faces would minimize my grasp of the suggestions within the writing. In my case, however, the reverse held true. The TV series had such an amazing fidelity to the written word, it carried me along possibly better than if I hadn’t seen Ned Stark’s face, or Catelyn’s or Arya’s… or Tyrion’s. None of these characters or the hundreds of others will easily slip from your memory for some time, whether or not you’ve seen the HBO series.Finally, I would suggest that if you put aside the many steps in the journey in favor of the destination, you won’t feel satisfied when you’ve turned the last page. There is justice, and there is acceptance and there is discovery, but much takes place along the way. If you keep yourself open to the many details and the many characters. The ending and catharsis eventually unfold where you believe they will, but not in the manner or at the hands of the expected, or in the expected destination, so it pays to keep the details sorted out for the riches experience. Again, the appendices helped. If you hated your college level classes in Medieval Studies, Political Science or never really liked that comparative religion course, then this work-out will not be a task you’ll appreciate. Following up to insure the fidelity of such a mountain of detail gives me great admiration for the author’s organizational abilities alone. I think I lost some serious brain fat, too.The ending brings what you finally expect it to, yet it seems not to really end the tale at all, somehow. I had a distinct impression that we haven’t heard the last of the Seven Kingdoms. Mr. Martin may certainly feel the need to continue the trip in the future. I hope he does. If you like tidy packages and tidy players, this Song may not be your favorite. On the other hand, if you enjoy a road trip that shows you a good time, serves up tasty meals and leaves you wistful for the next, buy a ticket right away. And be sure to take a light jacket. Winter is coming.
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    George R.R Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines amateur fan magazines Martin s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21 The Hero, sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue Other sales followed In 1970 Martin received a B.S in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude He went on to complete a M.S in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972 1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973 1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976 1978 He wrote part time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher In 1975 he married Gale Burnick They divorced in 1979, with no children Martin became a full time writer in 1979 He was writer in residence at Clarke College from 1978 79 Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986 In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co Supervising Producer He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992 93 Martin s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico He is a member of Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America he was South Central Regional Director 1977 1979, and Vice President 1996 1998 , and of Writers Guild of America, West uscmillan author george

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  • Right up front no spoilers, here or bite sized impressions This morning, I laid down the last volume of George R.R Martin s great opus, A Song of Fire and Ice After reading the first volume, ushered in for me at least through the graces of HBO s series, A Game of Thrones, I decided to read the series in hardbound version probably to add some help for my tired, old eyes, as newsprint covered with small point sized type is not something I can easily settle into And settle in, I did My wife remarke [...]


  • Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum In the game of thrones, even the humblest pieces can have wills of their own When I first heard about theSong of Ice and Fire series I assumed it was for supernerds who reside in their mother s basements and only dare to venture into the daylight in order to L.A.R.P on the weekends my apologies to all basement dwelling L.A.R.P.E.R.S for the previous comment When rumors of the books becoming a series on HBO started, I decided to give it a shot and read A Ga [...]


  • It s never master prose, but the first three of these novels eh, particularly the first two are just so thorough and imaginative that I devoured them, and book threed, slowly, book fourd then sort of skipped through book five with the despondent sense that Martin may never finish this series Honestly, all I want is for Arya to become the Number One Badass Ever and I will be happy Be warned when you start this series You ll get invested in the handful of characters you start with, but they ll sl [...]


  • I m going to start my review of this 5000 page, still in progress monster by saying something that will probably piss off a lot of fantasy fans High fantasy, as a literary genre, badly needs to be reconstituted For over 50 years now people who write in this vein have been held in the thrall of writers like Tolkein and C S Lewis, writers who for all their imaginative prowess, were far too obsessed with cheap religious parables Aslan Jesus, etc and linguistic dicking around made up languages to re [...]



  • Great story cycles usually come in threes The Lord of the Rings, Griffin and Sabine, The Hunger Games I wish George R R Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire series, had confined himself to a trilogy, too Okay, maybe five books, at the most Instead, I m afraid this series which started out so well is going to turn into one of those interminable, overly ambitious epics that collapse into a big, sprawling mess before finally limping to a conclusion Remember the Earth s Children series by Je [...]


  • Like most I know, I discovered this series when the HBO television adaption aired on Sky in 2011 and was instantly gripped Since then I have read all of the books back to back and wow they are AMAZING I am NOT a typical fantasy fan in fact the idea of goblins and wizards going off on some good vs evil quest of grand proportions does NOTHING for me But this is no typical fantasy novel The story spans several view points from across the fictional lands of Westeros and beyond It is a story where no [...]


  • I m torn on this I d like to do 3.5 stars On one hand, Martin really does have an amazing ability to tell stories His writing is often very prose like and reads very easily He s excellent with details and creating characters that are very believable and easy to get attached to His characters are very human some good, some bad, all flawed but very well developed and with motivations He also tends to kill off many, many characters that by traditional storytelling standards you d never actually kil [...]



  • I ve been contemplating my response to this series it s complicated On the one hand, since receiving the 1st of the series, I ve read all 5 published books On the other hand, I am continually disappointed in the books.I have not yet seen the vision behind this series although each POV chapter can hook you, I don t believe the author has a clear vision of where he wants his characters to be There are some truly horrible characters in this series folks I have absolutely no connection to folks I ab [...]


  • From a distance the Game of Thrones Song of Ice and Fire series looked hypermarketed, blockbusterish, clich d No Real quality Well, the books are blockbusterish in some ways the pseudo medieval setting, padded out with extended descriptions of secondary people, events and situations But the series has attracted readers far beyond fans of this genre, due to the rich characterisations, plot, and imaginative depth, garnished here and there by passages of very good writing It is further enhanced by [...]


  • The five stars are for the series I enjoyed it thoroughly It s a rich world that you get transported to, detailed enough to lose yourself in completely as you immerse yourself in these five thousand pages of fantastic imagination G.R.R Martin s Song of Ice and Fire contains everything a reader craves in a story Easy to read despite a complex plot structure , rich language, vivid poetical descriptions of beautiful alien landscapes, kick ass characters you instantly relate with, grim violence and [...]


  • I hopefully won t spoil anything for anyone that even bothers to read these reviews, I m just writing for my own satisfaction and to get my own thoughts of these books out of my head really.I admit I was drawn into these because of the tv series however despite that I ve grown fonder of the books, you can t really put the tv series and books into the same category The books are so in depth to almost, and I say ALMOST, rival Tolkein note the R R in both Tolkein and Martin, coincidence the politic [...]


  • There were so many things wrong with this series The prose was sub par,and there were too many characters to remember, let alone care about The scenes in the slave cities felt tedious and unnecessary.It seemed like GRRM dangled us with no true purpose, cutting us off from an interesting storyline and then forcing us to slog through a dull one One of my greatest gripes were the cliffhangers I like to see my characters react to a powerful event I want to hear what they re saying and thinking I wan [...]


  • I didn t give these a poor rating because of the genre I ve always liked fantasy novels And these are certainly engrossing I read them straight through But with each twist, turn, and cliffhanger, it seems unlikely that this will wrap up in a satisfying way In fact, it seems like he s just making it up as he goes along And that s hard to stomach after putting in this much time.



  • I m not sure what to say in this review, but here goes.This series is excellent if you like Extremely slow moving plots So many characters you can t tell most of them apart Watching people you like die Waiting for the people you hate to die Seemingly endless and, for the most part, pointless sex scenes, references to genitalia, incest, and so forthLike a lot of people, I got sucked into these books after the HBO started up I figured, Hey, why not find out what happens so I won t be caught off gu [...]


  • 5 ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS on GoT, now that I have finished A Dance with Dragons.10 I finally forded the Trident, crossed the Dothraki Sea, braved the Brazen Beasts, sang The Rains of Castamere, and made it safely home to write this review beside the hearth fire, although chances are that in my coffee is an exotic poison 9 Reading a series like this or LoTR makes me think that we must be created in the image of a creative God If one human can create a world so rich and diverse with nothing but his mi [...]


  • SoI m a little late to the Game of Thrones party We don t have a TV so I was unaware that this was a hit TV series based on a 7 book series Now that I ve read it, I can see why.It took a while to get accustomed to the POV switching with each chapter, but after a while this blended in and stopped being jarring.What I like the most about this series is the characters I love the spit fire Arya and her dutiful yet somehow willful mother Caitlyn Jon Snow has so many layers I could read about him for [...]


  • I loved reading this series and really got into the books after watching the first season on TV cut to 8 months later and finally finished The series was great, and the 2nd half of each book full of twists and turns, happiness and anger I had moments of wanting to throw book three across the room when something very unfortunate happened but I restrained myself.My main reason for giving this series a good solid 3 stars is because of the heavy description and character development I had to endure [...]


  • I could not put these books down Though 600 700 or many pages each they are absolutely great I highly recommend them to anyone who likes the time of kings and knights plus enjoys a fantasy twist Each book had a stunner moment and you wonder how the series can go on, yet it does does so wonderfully George RR Martin created a cast of characters that are compelling and he expands upon them in different books so the stories are told from, about, multiple angles and people Truly a masterpiece I wish [...]


  • A great fantasy series that will take over your life The detail and extent to which Martin has gone to create this world will enthrall you on every possible level Be prepared to shed many tears for fictional characters and become obsessed with the world of Westeros.


  • Actual Rating 3.5A world you can get easily lost in, a world you can easily relate to despite being so different from our current world order A lot of situations and characters are so relevant even in today s world I liked that everyone is a grey character without any rights and wrongs Well, that is how normal human beings are I really liked the personality and character development by Martin in these volumes The POA of all characters seemed fresh and intriguing Honestly speaking, I am amazed th [...]


  • I hesitate to write a review for several reasons the series isn t finished it s a really complex book deserving a complex review that I m not ready to write and R Sutton said a lot of it already But I ll say a few things anyway.My number one criteria for loving rather than liking a book is how well it conveys a sense of place a quality for which contemporary tastes seem to have little patience A Song of Ice and Fire, like LOTR, delivers on place Plus fully fleshed out characters Hurray Several r [...]


  • I wanted to save my review for the last book and review the entire series This is a series that should be read in order because it is really one continuous story I have fallen in love with George RR Martin through these stories, mainly because of my fascination with someone who isn t afraid to push the boundaries of storytelling Before Martin came along few, if any, authors would dare break the convention that says good guys eventually win, even if it is their sons who win An author would not da [...]


  • One of the most epic, graphic and magnificent series of recent times I was completely pulled in by the depth and intricacy of the world George Martin has created The way the characters are interwoven through war, politics, intrigue and lust for power, life or love is spellbinding Once started I could not put any of the books down and I found myself constantly wanting to know The realism of the characters emotions made them easily accessible, despite the medieval time period and this approach gr [...]


  • I read all 5 in a row Book one is fantastic, and is very well represented in the HBO series Book 2 is almost as good, maybe I was just a little frustrated with the peril of all the characters By book 3, I was used to the peril, and the writing kept me enthralled Book three is by far the best of the series so far, still waiting for 6 and 7 to be written Book 4 is a little difficult because you are introduced to many new characters, and become frustrated not reading about some of your favorites fr [...]


  • I listened to the audiobooks, and I am not sure if I had ended up giving the series a whole 5 if I had had to read them I definitely loved all the books but they definitely have some slow parts especially the Daenerys parts later on got a bit boring actually if you ask me But this is were the audiobook factor comes in while such parts will make me slow down and get annoyed while actually reading it myself with audiobooks I just breeze through them, as the narrator doesn t slow down And then I te [...]


  • This is my number 1 best series books that I have ever read Still I can t find the words to describe it other than BEST THING EVER Beautiful writing Amazing, complex story Very deep memorable characters it has everything Action, Drama, Romance, Magic, and a lot, lot Why have you not read it yet Well you should.But do not be intimidated by its monstrous size, trust me you wont feel its length And one VERY important word of advice while reading this is DO NOT google ANYthing about it, or read rev [...]


  • I enjoyed the first book in this 5 book series, A GAME OF THRONES While I had trouble keeping the dozens of characters straight initially should have looked in the back of the book first , the descriptive writing kept me going The second book, A CLASH OF KINGS, kept my interest up enough to put the next one STORM OF SWORDS on reserve And with this one, the wheels fell off the wagon The plot and characters became uninteresting enough that I would pick up the book, read a few pages, become distrac [...]


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