So, on the advice of my friend Trav, I picked up the audiobook for the first book in George RR Martin‘s series “A Song of Ice and Fire“. The book, A Game of Thrones, really took me by surprise. As we all know, 90% of everything is crap, and genre fiction can sometimes have a higher percentage than that.
Well, I’ll eat some crow on this one..I’m completely hooked. I finished the audiobook, and I’m now 536 pages into the second book, A Clash of Kings. The series deals with politics in ways that I’ve never seen in a fantasy novel, with complex characters and a seeming disregard for many of the typical genre rules. As well, the Wikipedia article on the series says:
Numerous parallels have been seen between the events and characters in A Song of Ice and Fire and events and people involved in the Wars of the Roses. Two of the principal families in A Song of Ice and Fire, the Starks and the Lannisters, are seen as representing the historical House of York and House of Lancaster, respectively.
I’m going to finish this book easily this week, and hopefully begin on a Storm of Swords. So for anyone that hasn’t discovered them, and has a soft spot in their heart for good fantasy that’s light on magic and heavy on story, character, and plot…pick up Game of Thrones, and see what you think.