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  •  It's OK (7+ / 0-)

    I'm not a huge fantasy fan either, but this one got my attention.

    Fantasy aside, the series is basically about politics and family. What would you do to keep your family safe? What would you do to attain and HOLD ON to power? How do you keep your humanity in a world of unrelenting barbarism and cruelty? Questions ALL great literature/art asks, regardless of genre.

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:56:34 PM PDT

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    •  Plus, dragons! (5+ / 0-)

      Sorry, couldn't resist. Your comment is spot-on. I would rec it 1000 times if I could.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:21:32 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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        I just hope people don't let the fantasy label keep them from enjoying a great literary/tv series (again, I'm not even a huge fantasy fan myself; based on my name I guess one could see my favorite is a tv/film series dealing with futuristic space exploration). :)

        A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

        by METAL TREK on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:33:02 PM PDT

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        •  Personally I love fantasy (2+ / 0-)
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          but I think Martin's series is brilliant. Slow, but brilliant: and how can it not be slow when he's trying to pull off something this ambitious?

          I mean, tracking all these different characters, all these different would-be dynasts, and trying to keep it all together?

          OMG. Only a great writer could pull it off. Say what you will about George R.R. Martin, but I can't think of anyone who has tried anything this ambitious since Tolstoy wrote War and Peace.

          (Disclaimer: I've never read War and Peace. Anna Karenina was enough for me. Spoiler: she throws herself in front of the train.)

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:08:34 PM PDT

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          •  I read (1+ / 0-)
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            War and Peace. It's a paragon of linearity and succinctness in comparison. But the plot is less complicated.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Tue May 14, 2013 at 06:23:54 AM PDT

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