BY SEAN CLARK
This wasn’t really a book I expected to enjoy. Genre fantasy novels generally aren’t my cup of tea. I’ve tried a few, and frankly I think they’re pretty dull. However after finding myself intrigued, and then rather enthusiastic, about the recently concluded HBO adaptation of A Game of Thrones, I decided to give the source material a go.
What baffles me the most about A Game of Thrones, is how utterly boring it sounds when briefly summarized. There are no epic battles (at least not depicted on the page, really), no wizards or orcs or elves, no all-powerful force of evil in need of vanquishing, etc. Instead this novel (which, I should add, sits at around 830 pages, and is the first book in a planned series of 7–the fifth is due out this summer after a lengthy wait for fans) is at its core a political thriller spanning generations. Continue reading