So 200 pages have passed in reading Game of Thrones Song of Ice and fire. What have I learned? Well there was the fact the very clear fact that I have started to like some characters. Does this mean that I love the book and have to recant on my previous statement that it is not a great book.
I still think that the book is poorly written as in the way that there does not seem to be any passion in the story. It is just told. When I read fantasy I usually expect some excitement when I am reading it, such as I had when I read Dragonlance, Magic the Gathering books, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, etc. Yes I chose these books as they will be the ones that most of you can connect to even though my fantasy read list is a bit longer, well a lot longer.
But this Game of Thrones just does not read with that excitement for me. That does not mean that I hate the book, I just do not see it as being well written. It tells the story and you get from point A to point B. Some things that I am liking about the book is the way that the chapters are organized. It means that I do not have to suffer through all the characters all the time. I can relish and enjoy the characters in their own chapters and speed read the others.
Some of you may say well that is what a book is supposed to be like, or that you cannot truly love a whole book, that there must be something you dislike in order to love the series. I say bullshit to that. I loved, I love, I will always love the fantasy books that I get into. even the characters that I hate I love them. With this book, the characters that I do not like are just worthless to me, as in they do not serve anything in the story except to move it to point B, to provide some much predicted conflict, to be there for the sake of being there.
So with that in mind I still think it is a good book not a great book. And I add another reason to why I think so, the story is monotone.