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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finished this during Hurricane Irene over the weekend. I very much enjoyed the book, much more so (unsurprisingly) than the TV series. With the book you really got into the character's heads and got much more detail about the plot. Probably the strongest aspect of "A Game of Thrones" were the characters. Complex and real, they manage to be sympathetic even when they are on a side you shouldn't be cheering for. The other thing I liked about "Game of Thrones": there are no "good guys" and "bad guys." Everyone does terrible things. Everyone does good things. People screw things up even when they're trying to do good. Unlike other fantasy novels, this one felt very real because of that: the humanity in the novel is grounded. No epic heroes to be found here.

Of course there are still dragons and horselords and moats and castles and battles, so it's still very much a fantasy. It follows a series of plotlines: in one, Lord Eddard Stark must leave his home in the North of the country to serve his friend and King as his right hand, with dire consequences; in another, bastard Jon Stark goes to the Wall, a fortress located in the very North of the country that blocks it from the demons who live beyond it; in another, deposed Princess Daenerys marries a foreign warlord to raise her own army to take back the throne. With so much going on it's easy to see how this series sprawls across five thousand-page books, but it's also very compelling. Definitely moving on to the next one.

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Hope everyone survived the weekend!!
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