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Old 06-29-2012, 04:38 AM   #76
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Very, very tempted to attempt to read Book 1, but the length scares me
Fear not. Its well worth the time investment.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:53 AM   #77
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I'm currently 9% through the first instalment and finding it tough going at the moment.

When does GoT start to get 'interesting'? Anyone else found the first section quite slow and dull?
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Still working on book 1. It's good, long, but good.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:58 AM   #79
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Finished book 3. Wow in one word.
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It was like watching paint dry for the first half then the characters where dropping faster than flies.So exciting the second half was.

Book 4 is like ummmmmm what happened. So have to see how it goes.

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Old 07-04-2012, 11:27 AM   #80
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I've started reading A Game of Thrones not long ago and I am down to 51% (I wish my kindle would tell me exact number of the page...). I saw the HBO show so I know what happens but seeing all the hype around the author and series I decided to start reading it. Sadly it's not as good as I was expecting. Except the imp, Jon and maybe Arya, all the characters are annoying and shallow. Ned, Sansa and rest of the Starks are so terribly boring...

Another thing that bothers me is the lack of details. It seems that mr. Martin only bothered to give description just to the looks of the characters and the way they are dressed, leaving aside a lot of stuff that might be worth mentioned. Like elaborate legends of places or weapons, or the life of common people and their ways. I am glad whenever Daenerys is mentioned since her setting is much more interesting than the halls in King's Landing or Winterfell.

I also don't understand why mr. Martin didn't put magic in his books but still bothers to refer to it or magical creatures. What's the point of mentioning air wizards, manticores or rune enchanted armors since he does not give the reader any more info on them except vague mention in a passage.

There are many more things left to be said and I have not even finished the first book. I'll keep reading though since I have a lot of free time and the books have been on my "to read" list for some time now.
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:30 PM   #81
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Am 19% or page 164 through and things are starting to pick up right now.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:10 PM   #82
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I'm torn. I'm in the middle of Book 3, and starting to find some of the writer's tics annoying. Heraldic details ad nauseam, etc. I've started to skim over the sex and violence. I'd quit, except that I really like Tyrion and Arya.

I outright laughed when Dani

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was trying to gather an army and she buys the 8000 (or whatever) soldiers whose training involved, yes, being mean to BOTH babies and puppies. I suspect Martin of some self-parody and out-Heroding Herod here.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:42 PM   #83
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I'm torn. I'm in the middle of Book 3, and starting to find some of the writer's tics annoying. Heraldic details ad nauseam, etc.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:54 AM   #84
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I've started reading A Game of Thrones not long ago and I am down to 51% (I wish my kindle would tell me exact number of the page...). I saw the HBO show so I know what happens but seeing all the hype around the author and series I decided to start reading it. Sadly it's not as good as I was expecting. Except the imp, Jon and maybe Arya, all the characters are annoying and shallow. Ned, Sansa and rest of the Starks are so terribly boring...

Another thing that bothers me is the lack of details. It seems that mr. Martin only bothered to give description just to the looks of the characters and the way they are dressed, leaving aside a lot of stuff that might be worth mentioned. Like elaborate legends of places or weapons, or the life of common people and their ways. I am glad whenever Daenerys is mentioned since her setting is much more interesting than the halls in King's Landing or Winterfell.

I also don't understand why mr. Martin didn't put magic in his books but still bothers to refer to it or magical creatures. What's the point of mentioning air wizards, manticores or rune enchanted armors since he does not give the reader any more info on them except vague mention in a passage.

There are many more things left to be said and I have not even finished the first book. I'll keep reading though since I have a lot of free time and the books have been on my "to read" list for some time now.


shhhhhhh he might hear you and it will be 4000 page book and 10 years in the creation for the next one.

He needs no more to prattle on over tho I see your point.

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I've started reading A Game of Thrones not long ago and I am down to 51% (I wish my kindle would tell me exact number of the page...). I saw the HBO show so I know what happens but seeing all the hype around the author and series I decided to start reading it. Sadly it's not as good as I was expecting. Except the imp, Jon and maybe Arya, all the characters are annoying and shallow. Ned, Sansa and rest of the Starks are so terribly boring...

Another thing that bothers me is the lack of details. It seems that mr. Martin only bothered to give description just to the looks of the characters and the way they are dressed, leaving aside a lot of stuff that might be worth mentioned. Like elaborate legends of places or weapons, or the life of common people and their ways. I am glad whenever Daenerys is mentioned since her setting is much more interesting than the halls in King's Landing or Winterfell.

I also don't understand why mr. Martin didn't put magic in his books but still bothers to refer to it or magical creatures. What's the point of mentioning air wizards, manticores or rune enchanted armors since he does not give the reader any more info on them except vague mention in a passage.

There are many more things left to be said and I have not even finished the first book. I'll keep reading though since I have a lot of free time and the books have been on my "to read" list for some time now.
Things get VERY interesting in Book 3 if you choose to keep reading.

Characters and the back story are developed over time. I have found that my interest in certain characters shifts over the course of the series.

It may just be me but I find GRRM offers may too much detail at times.

As for the inclusion of the magical, here is something to keep in mind. Don't worry, I will not spoil anything for you. During the age in which the series takes place, most people do not believe in magic anymore. Magic has vanished and become the stuff of myth, legend, or lore. It has been replaced by the "game of thrones" and all that entails. The few that do take magic seriously are not really well received. However, the ignorance of magic may be a VERY grave mistake.
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I had already seen it, but I just watched it again (twice!). It's so hilarious. And I totally agree with the makers of this video.
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Isn't that the guy from The Guild?

Also, thanks for the replies. I will continue reading the books and I hope to see more of Daenerys and less of Sansa. At this rate I should finish all the books in a month, maybe less.

Did you guys know there's even a Wiki page for these books? Talk about hype...
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HA! Laughed 'til I almost cried.
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