A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones
Bantam Books. Purchased online at The Book Depository

I know I’m late to the party when it comes to the A Song of Ice and Fire series but I just wanted to express my new-found appreciation for anything related to A Game of Thrones.  I started watching the series on HBO and while it’s quite accomplished I often found myself confused and I would look up character names online to try to figure out who is who. I realized that to truly enjoy the series you must first read the books. The first season of the HBO show ended a few weeks ago and season two is scheduled for sometime in 2012 so I decided to catch up on my reading.

I read A Game of Thrones in about a week and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The story line is gripping and fast-paced. The book is detailed but the language is straight-forward thus making it easy to read. After reading the book, I realize the scope of the project of creating the TV series. I’m even more impressed with the result now that I know the source material.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series and watching the second season on HBO. The only deterrent is the size of the books. These things are humongous! The paperback of A Game of Thrones is 835 pages long and Clash of Kings is even larger at 1009 pages. Eek! I better get reading!

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