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This review is from: A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes (Paperback)
I have read all seven volumes and I have to give them a 5 star rating even though there's a lot I don't like about them. For instance, there's the hideous violence. I'm not saying it's not true to life, but I'm not sure I want to read it. Also, very unsexy sex, which is so obviously written by a man. But there it is. I read all 7 and the plotting is so dense, the characterization so good and the imagery is fantastic. Mr Martin is a fine writer. I won't go into the plots as they are so complicated and it's not necessary, but I was sorry when the books ended and I am now on tenterhooks waiting for the next. I am a big fan of Tolkien and in some ways these books are better. Not so prissy for a start.
If you are like me you will start the first one and lose youself in this extraordinary uber medieval world. My husband died suddenly whilst I was reading the second book and night after night, I would sit up and read. Literally, they got me through his death. There are some terrific characters (some of whom Martin kills off) but you still root for them. My favourites are Tyrion, Jon Snow and Brienne.
Lose yourself in the legend and the imagery. Fantastic.
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Initial post: 20 Mar 2014 01:07:41 GMT
Sorin Dobrila says:
It is very hard to depict a fantasy world, inspired by the Dark Age, without violence - hideous violence, if you will. Same about sex: was unsexy, violent and hideous. I really don't think one - man or woman - can write about these in any other way.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2014 08:31:13 GMT
Anna Wilkinson says:
I agree with you. The books would have been less without it. The trouble is that I'm squeamish.
Song of ice and fire books are masterly. I( just wish he' finish the next volume.
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