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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but...., 29 Nov. 2003
This review is from: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) (Paperback)
I bought this a while ago, and, being young and immature was shocked at some of the graphic sex scenes described. The use of explicit language I found offensive and an unwelcome addition.
Two years later...
Being devoid of fantasy litreature I picked this up and once more resolved to read it. Needless to say I thought it was outstanding. Superb characters (Well Jon and Tyrion were the best, catelyn was annoying and Sansa left me feeling visibly sick until near the end and then she really gets her comeuppance... evil laugh...) and a plot with a few unpredictable twists and turns.
However...
I must say it is extremely overrated. He hardly kills off any of his charcters. At all. In reviews posted on here, I was promised blood in buckets, tears, unexpected surprises and more. I didn't receive. I was impressed by the prose, sure, but the main surprise (Ned's 'accident') didn't shock me at all. Indeed, I found it a rather bland attempt to instil a feeling of terror and dread and it didn't work.
The Jon Snow storyline was excellent, filled with suspense, terror and portents. The Tyrion storyline was filled with darkly tinted wit and brutality, even the Arya plot was clever and maintained some credibility, but whenever Catelyn was given control of the plot it was bland. Daenerys was just standard fantasy fare really, melodrama and suffering. Average.
Overall...
A promising plot, told in a resourceful and witty manner. Good, solid fanatsy. Nothing overly special. I will read the rest, but only after reading Steven Erikson's latest.
Steven Erikson: easily the best fantasy author to emerge in the past twenty years. Including Jordan, Feist, Martin, Hobb. He beats them all. For real brutality, shocks, blood, magic, fate, gods and sheer bloody, unabated brilliance pick up any of the Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence.
You won't regret it...
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