Impressions: LOVING IT.
At the moment, I’m thinking that George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones doesn’t read much like a fantasy novel. It seems more like a medieval story than fantasy. However, the more I read, the more I see the elements. From what I understand, the farther you get into the series the more fantasy like it becomes.
With that being said, I’m loving the story and the characters. Martin’s world is so dense and he doesn’t pander to the newbies reading it. I like that he doesn’t explain the history of the world right away. We have to piece together its history as it slowly reveals itself to us. At first, this was a bit daunting. I had to read very, very slowly (at least according to my standards. I read fairly fast) in order to take in everything and really understand what was going on. Now that I’m this far in, I’ve noticed that my pace is picking up and I’m able to understand much more without sacrificing my reading pace.
Jon and Arya are my favorite characters at the moment. I’m a sucker for bastard and underdog characters. I want them to succeed at all costs so I almost always take to them first. I love Arya just because she goes against the grain. I’m sure if I were her, Sansa would piss me off with her perfect needlework and pretty disposition. I’d want to go out hunting and sword fighting, too.
I feel sorry for Daenerys. Viserys is totally using her and it makes me angry. Ugh. So much for your older brother protecting you. I get it, he’s a megalomaniac … but still. He’s such a creeper and not a very likeable character.
Characters aside, I love that A Game of Thrones is heavy on politics. I love a good political intrigue story and I feel like Martin is pushing the boundaries of fantasy by making it so political. I’m reminded of the way I felt when I read Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Making Oz a politically charged place was brilliant on his part. I feel Martin is doing the same and I’m beyond excited about it.
All in all, I’m adoring this book. Stay tuned for my next post when I reach page 200.
Until then, watch out. Winter is coming.
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