If you’ve seen any of my reviews, you know I’m a bit behind the times.  However, in case you haven’t heard much about older titles, I decided I’d share anyway.

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After hearing hints of the acclaim this series of books and television was getting, I finally decided to start reading/viewing it.  And now I’m hooked!

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If you’re a fan of complex fantasy with sturdy roots in real life history (a la Tolkien) , this is a series you can sink your teeth into.  The characters are multidimensional: I love how the heroes are flawed and the villains still have sympathetic points.  The vast geography and history of George R. R. Martin’s imagined world makes me, as a writer, jealous.  And the plot is delightfully twisty, leaving the reader with plenty of surprises, unanswered questions and moral dilemmas.

I decided to address the t.v. series as well, since in my mind they are both tightly linked.  The benefit of having the author involved in production is a faithful adaptation that as far as I’m concerned near perfectly captures the books.

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A caveat, though, for the more sensitive reader/viewer: this is not a story for the faint of heart, or weak of stomach.  There is plenty of graphic violence, language, and sex, so if you can’t handle that, you may want to steer clear.  Otherwise, though, I think it’s well worth the read and watch.

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