Several of my epic fantasy book-reading pals have urged me to read George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Ice series, of which, this is the first novel:

Many of those recommendations included the phrase, “if you liked The Lord of the Rings, you’ll like this, too.” Because, I LOVE the Lord of the Rings, the last thing I ever wanted to read is a knock-off of it. So, I was very reluctant.

One day, back in December, I noticed A Game of Thrones was on the $5.00 kindle book list, so I went ahead and ordered it. Still, with reluctance, even though I now owned it, I only toyed with the idea of reading it.

Last weekend was rainy, rainy, rainy and miserably cold. I needed something to crawl under the covers with, so I picked it up (reluctantly).

Good grief! I cannot believe I put this off for so long.   Yes, I can see why people who love LOTR also like this one. But, they are not sibling stories.  If you enjoy epic storytelling, with complex, well-defined characters and plotlines, then this novel is for you.  There is a hint of other-worldliness (magic, creatures, etc.) but only a whiff, in the background.  The driving force behind the story are the people of the various courts vying for the throne.

This is the first 5-star book I’ve read in ages and ages.

Every night for a week, I stayed up well past midnight, to read “just one more chapter,” knowing I had to arise at 6am the next morning.

If I had to summarize this book with one word, it would be: “Satisfying.”

Then, I saw the trailer for the HBO series about a week and a half ago:

I’ve not had HBO in my home for going on 20 years. I ordered it last week.

Hey, isn’t that Boromir????

7 Responses to “A Game of Thrones”

  1. nhfalcon said:
    April 2, 2011 - 7:27 pm

    It IS a great series, isn’t it? The 5th book in the series is FINALLY getting published in July – just in time for my birthday – so I just today started re-reading the first book. Long, complex, VERY surprising, and yet not all that difficult to read. Not Tolkien – who, to me, anyway, is still the master of the genre – but still very good fantasy.

  2. Susan said:
    April 2, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    oooh! I will have to look into it. I rarely buy books, but if it is THAT good, maybe I can spring for it this once…

  3. Jillsy Girl said:
    April 3, 2011 - 8:21 am

    I’ve seen the trailer on HBO and it does look interesting…now I’ll be sure to watch! Thanks!

  4. Heather said:
    April 3, 2011 - 9:14 pm

    Ohhhhh! LOTR are my all-time favorite books. I’ll have to check this out. And I notice on your profile that you liked Ender’s Game too. Have you read Stephen King’s Dark Tower series? Those ones are a little odd because the books aren’t necessarily very similar to each other, even though it’s a continuous story. But I liked those too – especially Wizard and Glass. I was always scared off of Stephen King because I don’t like horror but for the most part they’re fantasy but every once in a blue moon I’d think, “Oh…that’s right…these are Stephen King books”. :)

  5. saintseester said:
    April 4, 2011 - 7:12 am

    No, but you are not the first to recommend the Dark Tower to me. I’ll have to pick them up!

  6. Barbara S. said:
    April 9, 2011 - 9:26 pm

    Thanks for the tip – I love LOTR.

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