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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 22, 2011
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Of course they weren't wrong.
What George R.R. Martin has done here defies genre, period. It doesn't matter if you're like me and don't care for this sub-genre of fantasy... it doesn't matter if your like my spouse, and don't like fantasy at all. If you enjoy brilliant, incredibly-developed, thought-provoking stories... those with a strongly developed cast of characters who blissfully lack being "good vs. evil" and instead all display their shades of grey, good traits, evil traits, unique traits, all sorts of traits... then this book is for you. Buy it. Open it up. Start reading. You won't regret it.
However, my issue is with the books themselves. When I got to the second book I noticed that approximately 70 pages are missing. I can't tell if this is the case for the rest of the books, but I'm certainly dissatisfied with the product.
The book is long, really long with lots of characters. Now, while that helps to make this a great book, it is easy, for me anyway, to forget who the characters are and where in the story they belong. I found it helpful to get the book on Kindle, which aided in keeping track of characters with it's "one touch" search system.
Also, because it is the first book of a series, it means I will have to read the rest of the books, all equally as long from what I can tell, if I want to see the story through to its conclusion. So far, I've read the first two and trying to decide if I want to continue. The books are so good that I probably will but it's like looking at the peak of a really tall mountain trying to decide if I want to take that first step.
I hope this helps.