A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If it wasn't for HBO I probably would not have read the first novel in George R.R. Martin's magnus opus. There are two things I hardly ever do: watch a new mini-series on TV and read novels from a series (the notable exception being Stephen King's Dark Tower Series). But, since the internet almost break downs with the showing of each new episode of the series, I had to crack the spine on the novel and drop the titles into my Netflix queue.
A Game of Thrones is a combination of your favorite mafia story, combined with Lord of the Rings with a heaping helping of political intrigue. I have to admit, for most of this novel I was consulting online sites to keep track of the characters, the settings and the storyline. With help from the online superfans I was able to follow the Lannisters, Starks and the rest of the clans of the fictional land of Westeros.
The story never lacks for action and I never found myself setting the book aside because I was bored. There is plenty of murder, war, sex and soap opera type drama to make the reader yell "Oh, hell no!" with each twist of the dagger and clash of the swords.
I am looking forward to reading the next novel in the series and plugging in the blu rays to catch up on the series.
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