- Mass Market Paperback: 4 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Box edition (March 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345529053
- ISBN-13: 978-0345529053
- ASIN: 0345529057
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4,624 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Song of Ice and Fire, (4 Vols.): A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast for Crows Mass Market Paperback – Print, March 22, 2011
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For anyone not familiar with the series, it tells the story of a kingdom that quickly falls into a succession dispute upon the death of the King. Allegedly inspired by the real life Wars of the Roses in medieval England, much of the culture and conventions as depicted in the book feel much like a medieval European world. It starts as almost low fantasy, with very little in the way of magic or the supernatural, but that changes as the series progresses. At first it can be a bit daunting learning all the different families and characters, but you will soon feel like you almost know them, so convincingly are they portrayed. Without spoiling the books, I think I can safely say that inevitably some of your favorite characters will not make it out alive, but that does not diminish, but rather enhances theses books, as they are unusually gripping.
On a bit of a different note, it would be nice if the end user had more control of the page formatting in Kindle. JMHO
Consequently, I haven't even started books 2-4 in the series.
I found Martin's writing style to be tedious to read. He spends too much time, in my opinion, developing his characters and their backgrounds, and as a consequence, the storyline gets subjugated to the background. As a result, I really have no idea of what the storyline is and where it is going.
I feel his writing style lends itself very well to being considered as a textual adaption of a screenplay. However, I do not feel this is a good way to engage the reader (myself) into the story. I find the story moves way too slow.
Perhaps, more to the point, I found I lost interest and stopped being curious about the who, what, where, how and why of the story.
Some readers have obviously found his writing style compelling enough to read the available volumes in the series, but, alas, I do not.
Perhaps at some future date, I may find myself motivated to start reading the series again. But for now, the 4-book set sits in a box unread.