A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, is a sprawling high-fantasy epic which has spawned numerous licensing properties and an HBO series. If you haven’t heard of it in some form you should probably return from Mars or something.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
I have actually been reading this series off and on for the past year and I’m near the end of the third book. I chose it last year after the hype made me curious. I’ve never seen the show, however.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I continue to read off and on. It’s like a medieval soap opera in book form, except it’s more interesting and the acting’s better in my imagination than in a real soap opera.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
Martin starts strong with identifiable, morally ambiguous characters and an atmospheric opening chapter which describes an attack on some guards. The gradual exposition is a favorite style of mine, but certain sections make me wonder whether Martin is being paid by the word like Charles Dickens or whether he does all his books during NANOWRIMO. Some of his sections are downright biblical lists of names, but it’s forgivable on the whole.
This is a series that gets it right. But then Martin’s had plenty of practice…