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George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin--dubbed the "American Tolkien" by Time magazine--has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights an...

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  • Author: George R.R. Martin
  • Publish Date: 2011-03-22
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    2 out of 21 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Epic Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-02-05 03:33:34

    No character devlopment, because everyone dies as soon as you figure out who they are. Not much "fantasy" involved in it. The series is basically about politics and incest, throw in a sword and they call it fantasy.

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    RE: RE: Best Epic Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-02-18 05:45:17

    It just sounds to me like you read a fair few chapters and gave up. The writing is smooth, the pacing is great, and the fantasy elements develop as the plot does. Personally, I found the first book to be fantastic. Still, each book thereafter improves seven fold over the previous. Stick to Goosebumps if you don't have the patience to allow the author to develop the plot.

    RE: RE: Best Epic Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-02-19 02:56:43

    It doesn't even sound like you finished the first book. The entirety of it is rough brutal unforgiving and REAL. Only a good book is going to have people die instead of silly elementary school books where everybody wins and the good guy is absolutely perfect. As far as the fantasy goes it a HUGE rich world completely different than our own with Dragons, unknown magic, horrifying threats looming in the future, and very well developed characters that actually live. The ones that die, do so to define the survivors. Read the entire series and tell me if Jaime, Tyrion, or Arya or defined to your liking. You described this series horribly instead of the absolute amazing material that it is. As the other guys said, stick to Goosebumps if you get bored and don't have the willpower, patience, and ability to finish a great book. Have a great day :D

    RE: RE: RE: Best Epic Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-06-28 04:17:33

    Well put

    RE: RE: Best Epic Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-09-29 07:51:10

    totally agree. after years of study of classic myths and several reads of tolkien job, I see fantasy as the evolution of ancient myths, so I can't like these books: - tried the first, jumped pages and pages of idiot useless stuff to reach the book end without satisfaction: the goals of people are pointless and without a long time scope. - tried with the tv series: fast forwarded a lot of episodes of useless violence sex idiot intrigues: worst than the book itself (even if Martin works on the series to keep it as good as he wants). this series is just: a day at the parliament stupid violence - epic stuff. also if someone think mid-age was something like this... well I would recommend you a good read about what mid-age was.if you what a soap look at "beautiful", if you like violence look at tarantino movies, if you like sex there's plenty of free porn sites out there.if you like fantasy... well the only good thing I can say about my *limited* readings of martin is:- characters are well described and not stupid dummies (e.g. like in the wheel of time ). - magic is limited and well balanced not like people spitting fire like a vietnam napalm bomb (see above)!but the rest of my readings/viewings is useless at most. Hope some one can tell me that 99% of other books are all about Snow and Daenerys because their chapters ware the only ones really relevant, from a fantasy perspective.

    RE: RE: RE: Best Epic Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2014-05-23 03:24:31

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it is lousy and unsubstantiated. You're probably a fan of Dragonlance, which is good, but lacks the deeper complexity in character and plot that Martin delivers in GoT.

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    RE: Best Epic Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-06-28 04:19:49

    I agree 100% of the last three comments this series is well thought out!

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2013-07-09 05:07:47

    By the second book I decided it was a soap opera and tossed it. Seems like the most popular things these days are soap operas. Tell me if I'm wrong about it and I'll give it another shot. Five stars as a soap opera, 1 star as a novel.

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    By: Anonymous
    2013-09-12 01:01:24

    Worst Fantasy series I have read. After a great start (unknown menace, strong protagonists) the books wander off into a never ending political tangle, reveling in pointless brutality.

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-05-23 03:40:46

    Haters will hate behind the anonymity of the internet.

    Worst fantasy you have read? Come on, what kind of lazy BS response is that. Even if you didn't like it, I would say you are being a bit over dramatic when you say, "worst fantasy series I have read."

    If you want to read something that feels "real" this is a series for you. The world is not all cupcakes and butterflies. From a natural perspective, nature is violent and vicious: predator and prey. Our world is politicking and power struggle, and everything doesn't always end kindly. JFK was a terrible tragedy, but the country marches on. Choices are rarely ever black and white, good or bad. Look at the parallels between our wars in the middle east, and Danerys march through Essas.

    If you can't handle the violence, sex, and reality of life, then no, this series is probably not for you.

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-12-21 03:20:55

    After the first three books the plot really seems to drag along, and I honestly couldn't give two craps about the majority of the characters. Hopefully Martin picks up the pace in in Winds of Winter.

    Overall it's a pretty decent series, just not my favorite. (3.5 stars)

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