Author Rating: C

A Game of Thrones (read 6/09) Meh

This is the first in a series of seven novels set in a fictitious world “reminiscent of Medieval Europe.”

There is a section in the back of the book that lists all the household members of — I don’t know — six families. And of course the names are all made up, with no apparent pattern, so difficult to remember. Having to stop to to search for each character’s name to understand relationship/significance is more like work, less like entertainment. Those first few pages offered nothing compelling enough to continue reading a very long book (900 or 1000 pages) in which I would have to keep track of hundreds of characters.

If you really, really liked (and actually read) Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, you might enjoy this. I have read The Hobbit several times, like it very much, but was unable to make any headway in LOTR. Given the apparent popularity of Martin’s series, the fault may well be my own.

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