Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Game of ThronesA Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been listening to Game of Thrones in audio book form, but stopped where the first season of the HBO series ended. I don't want spoilers, as I'm really enjoying the show. Being able to attach faces to all the characters helped to keep them all straight—there are a lot of them.

Game of Thrones is like a cross between Lord of the Rings and The Sopranos. It has the epic proportions of the former, and the menacing unpredictability of the latter. By comparison, Lord of the Rings is a fairy tale—you know who the good guys and the bad guys are, who will live and who has to die. All bets are off in Game of Thrones. Good people do bad things, and there is a sparkle of humanity even in the darkest of souls, and nobody's safe. This kind of story telling can be emotionally taxing, but also very exciting.

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