Meagan’s Fiction Pick:
(Bantan, REP Publishing, 1997)
I will be the first to admit- I don’t read fantasy novels often, and when I do, it’s usually a fairly lengthy series (see Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series- I gave up after book 10. I actually wanted the main characters to die to the series would end). Out of curiousity and at the prodding of several friends, and desire to watch the HBO series, I picked up a copy of George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones”. It’s a brick of a book with an appendix of characters and their families with another 4 of equal size in the series.
It was a little daunting to start this series, knowing the sheer size of it and the fact the story is told from the points of view of various characters (I believe 7 in total told “A Game of Thrones”). And the fact that this is a very important series in the fantasy genre didn’t really help my initial opinion of what the novel might be like. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. It took a little while to get into the flow of the book and keep the characters straight, but once this was sorted, “A Game of Thrones” was a very enjoyable read. I wouldn’t call it ‘easy’ and you do have to pay attention to what is happening and the politics between the characters, but it was very enjoyable.
I think to enjoy this series, you do have to have an open mind to the fantasy genre (there are walking dead, some dragons, magic) and historical novels. I would be a little hesitant to recommend this novel to anyone who didn’t enjoy either, nor would I recommend it to someone who’s looking for a nice, light read that they can easily pick up and put down with little thought (or at least I found I had to pay attention to the story line and who was doing what). I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series, but I’m making another go at “Life” by Keith Richards before jumping in with both feet again.