Monday, March 12, 2012

A few thoughts on THE GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin

THE GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin: When you read a book and want to read on, obviously that’s the sign of a good piece of writing. The Game of Thrones is a short book at 820 pages (the print version). I read it on my Kindle.
I give it five stars for entertainment, not substance. The characters—there are many protagonists--emerge in their different ways as jealous, cruel, fearless, brave, crazy, vicious, ambitious to a fault, loyal and submissive. Having said that I didn’t come away with any special perspective on human nature. The author simplified a complex cast and subject by using the technique of focusing on a single point of view in chapters entitled with a character’s name.
There are interesting touches of fantasy, an atmosphere of constant threat, and a mystery of what nightmares lay beyond the wall.

A suggestion: My novel, THE PENCIL ARTIST is available as an e-book on Smashwords, Kindle, and Barnes and Noble; as a paperback on Amazon.

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