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Old 04-26-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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Game of Thrones

Just started reading book one... anyone have opinions of this series?
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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Don't know about the reading, but the HBO series is great! Maybe i should get some books; books are usually better than the TV or movie.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:13 AM   #3
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Books 1 - 3 are incredible and I would heartily recommend them! Books 4 and 5... well, let's just say it would have been better if the series had remained unfinished at book 3.

I couldn't put book 5 down, not because it was great, but because I couldn't wait to be done with it and move on to a better book. It's sad that's the best thing I can say about it.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:26 AM   #4
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I would say AndrewH has it about right but is being a lot harsher on books 4 and 5 than I would be. Books 1-3 were fantastic, up there with the best fantasy ever, imo. I loved them. I like books 4 and 5 and still want more. I'm being milked, but I've been milked for far less(er) quality.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:46 AM   #5
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I loved the series. I think book four was the weakest but book five was good writing, although it lacked perspectives of certain characters.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:34 AM   #6
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Hmmm...

Stop at 3 - always leave the table wanting more .........
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:46 AM   #7
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I haven't read them, so I went for option 4. For such a long series I'd rather like to wait until it's complete before starting.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:50 AM   #8
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I think I am in the minority. I didn't enjoy Book #1 and I really wanted to. I finished it to see what happened and because I kept hoping I would like it more. There were some elements that I did like, but not enough to want to continue with the series.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #9
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I think I am in the minority. I didn't enjoy Book #1 and I really wanted to. I finished it to see what happened and because I kept hoping I would like it more. There were some elements that I did like, but not enough to want to continue with the series.
In the minority perhaps, but not alone. I simply couldn't finish the first book in the series. It sounded pretty good, but just too tedious for words. I'm glad I got it from the library, I would have been unhappy to have paid for it.

I don't watch HBO so have no idea how the TV series is.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #10
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I read them all over the course of the last year. One of my favorite series ever.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:08 AM   #11
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Initial love followed by much consternation, frustration and eventual "meh, not really worth the time investment."
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #12
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I read book 1 and 2. Between the high number of characters and the lack of action Game of Thrones is an acuired taste. I have no desire to read book 3 and I am still kicking myself for reading book 2.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:00 AM   #13
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I have read books 1-4, but refuse to read more for now. I think it is a good series if you like the genre (as I do), but the intervals between volumes has gotten too long. I am waiting until Martin finishes, if he ever does. Am hoping the HBO series will encourage him to do so. He's not getting any younger and I would prefer this not turn into a Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" type thing.

The HBO series is pretty good so far, although like a lot of people, I think there is too much "skin" at times. I know, it's HBO, but still .... I do not think that most of it adds anything to the plot/storyline. It can be a distraction.
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The HBO series is pretty good so far, although like a lot of people, I think there is too much "skin" at times. I know, it's HBO, but still .... I do not think that most of it adds anything to the plot/storyline. It can be a distraction.
There was plenty of "skin" in the books, too. I don't care to guess on GRRM's personal tastes, but in ASOIAF he's disturbingly focused on the female anatomy.
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I haven't read them, so I went for option 4. For such a long series I'd rather like to wait until it's complete before starting.
You may well be in for a very long wait ..........
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