A Game of Thrones – A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones  (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I surprised myself by really enjoying this book. I didn’t expect that I would. I’m neither a fan of fantasy or historical fiction and this seemed to tick both those boxes.

There’s a number of things that kept me hooked, though. George R. R. Martin writes strong characters irrespective of their gender, flawed heroes and doesn’t pander to ‘happy ever after’. I’m slightly apprehensive of the coming books. I was glad when dragons and magic were referred to as legends of the past. I have a feeling that these things will become stronger features of the future books and that kind of makes me wary. It gives the potential for unlimited deus ex machina and lazy writing. I hope that’s not the case.

I will be reading the follow-ups, but not for a while. I think I need a break first. One thing you can say about GRRM – he doesn’t write a short story!

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Nobody’s Fault by Terry Tyler

Nobody's FaultNobody’s Fault by Terry Tyler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well-paced, gripping and realistic, Nobody’s Fault is a kitchen-sink drama with a twist. At the start, I was puzzled by the apparently unrelated stories of Adrienne et al & Sharon and friends, but the story unfolded well & wove together effortlessly.

At the start of the book, I found Adrienne a little bit stereotyped – her apparent ditziness & ideas on life felt a bit hackneyed – but by the end of the story she felt much more like a well-rounded, believable character.

Adrienne’s journey felt real & I really empathised with her. I was a bit disappointed that after playing such a pivotal role in the story, Sharon was discarded without so much as a by your leave. The way she was written made it seem as the writer thought she was pitiable, which was a real shame.

Overall it was a good read, though, and well-crafted.

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