Monday, June 6, 2011

Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin

I don't read this genre very much, so I don't know if Martin's approach to storytelling is bizarre or the norm for the fantasy/speculative fiction genre.  It seems that Song of Fire and Ice is one very, very long book, rather than a multi-part series, and that each segment ends when one or more of your favorite characters dies or takes off in a new direction.  Martin's writing is mezmerizing and his characters are broadly drawn.  Lots of action, lots of violence and mayhem, lots of imagination.  The series is about multiple struggles for power in a Britain-esque land + dragons, zombies, and years-long winters.  The HBO rendition is a hoot.  The reader is magnificient.

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