A Game of Thrones
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A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Jul 29, 2018
The plot of A Game of Thrones revolves around a dynastic war among several families, but every step of the way the intricate story lines are personal and visceral. What’s most compelling is that the reader’s understanding of unfolding events is continually transformed by shifting narrative perspectives. Many characters are given not only history, but agency as well, in a way fiction seldom realizes: The reader’s judgment is suspended, then upended, again and again, as heroes shape-shift into villains or get caught in some uncertain liminal state. Martin’s hold on the popular mind derives from his ability to fill the bold outlines of epic fantasy with the gritty colors of historical fiction and from his narrative ruthlessness, which acknowledges that violence and sex are surer motivations than nobility and that circumstantial ambiguity determines more than a fixed moral compass.
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Mar 29, 2019
Great series, can't wait for more
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Apr 6, 2019
A well fleshed out fantasy world. A bit of a tougher read, and tougher to get into if you're reading in short bursts.
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Sep 12, 2019
Political intrigue and unexpected twists
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Oct 2, 2019
Terrific series.
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Apr 15, 2020
Good old fashion fun. Great plotting, but a bit wordy.
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Oct 5, 2020
This series...I almost don't want to finish it because then it will be over. So good.
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Perhaps one short step below the venerable Tolkien, an epic fantasy against which all others can be measured.
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