12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great but not everyones cup of tea,
This review is from: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) (Paperback)
An excellent book and the start of my favorite all time series.
Martins use of differnt viewpoints in each chapter is a bit disorientating at first but after a while you get the hang of it. The characters he creates are excellent, you really hate the evil ones and really get to love some of the others. But you should be warned that he has no problem killing them off when he wants to. Its not for kids either theres lots of sex and violence, theres no Rober Jordan complaining about "bodices being too revealing" here lol.
I've noticed from the 1 and 2 star reviews some of the problems people have with the book and to be honest they are ridiculous. For one thing a lot of people are complaining how Martin has been compared to Tolkien by some reviewers. As a result of this they thought that somehow his books were going to be identical to the Lord of the Rings, of course they couldn't be more different but instead of blaming their misconceptions on the critics who made the claim or on themselves for not reading a full review of the book they instead blame Martin lol. Anyone going to by this book should realise Martin is not JRR Tolkien and his writing style and the world he has created are completely different, you wont find much elves or orcs or magic in the seven kingdoms(although as the series progresses the fantasty element does begin to grow).
People also seem to have a problem with his characters, saying they couldn't connect with them or that they didnt like any of them, this is because Martins characters are not the black and white characters of Tolkien or Jordan, there are shades of grey here. I however can't understand how someone can't like the character of Tyrion or Ned or fail to hate cersei etc. Also someone actually claimed that the characters were sexist, I don't know how they managed to arrive at this conclusion but maybe they expected lots of Jordanesque "foolish man" talk or some such (which along with talk of bodices being too revealing seems to be half his books lol even though I still enjoy them). The world he has created is an imitation of the medieval period where women were second class citizens but there is no lack of strong female characters and as the series progresses they play more and more of a prominent role.
In conclusion read this book if you want something refreshing, exciting and with lots of twists, but you should realise that this is not an imitation of other fantasy works, Martin takes the fantasy genre in a new direction so if your looking for the same old quest based good versus evil storyline you will be dissapointed.