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    I read, and loved with my soul, the Dragonlance series back when I was a freshman in high school. Now that the animated movie is gonna hit dvd mid january I cracked open Chronicles again just to refresh myself, despite the movie's probably suckness. Anyways, I'm feeling in the mood for some higher brow fantasy and heard about this dude. Anyone read Game of Thrones? Anyone recommend it?
    • CommentAuthorSeverin
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    It's a fantastic series. Possibly the best I've ever read, miles better than Dragonlance (which I also read in high school). You won't be disappointed, wonderfully gritty stuff, just don't get too attached to any one character, Martin has a tendency to kill them off.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    A Song of Ice and fire is very, very good.

    It's "fantasy for people who hate fantasy" - no elves, no dwarves, next to no magic; actual well-rounded characters and a storyline that actually makes military and social sense.
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    I'm not a big sword and sorcery fan myself, and I think this series is stupendous. Stick with it and you will find yourself liking almost everyone you hate at the end of this book, and possibly hating some people you really like.

    It's heavy on medieval politics, battles, and scheming. Fantasy elements eventually come into play, but mesh seamlessly.

    It's epic in scope and adult in nature. Totally worth reading.
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    I got into Dragonlance and the Forgotten Realms series in Elementary School and have been into fantasy every since, and Martin is by far the best fantasy writer I have come across. A Song of Ice and Fire is the best fantasy series I have ever read, personally. You will probably like Game of Thrones, heh.

    Also, he's written a few other things, my favorite of which is The Armageddon Rag, which is about 60's/70's rock, Armageddon, and a journalist trying to figure it all out, great book.
    • CommentAuthorC.O.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    I'm actually re-reading the Dragonlance stuff, which I prefer to the Forgotten Realms stuff. But Martin's series (which isn't even over), is next on my list. For the fifth time.
    • CommentAuthorSeverin
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    The Armageddon Rag is a fantastic book, I only wish it came with a full soundtrack including lyrics. The last time I got really shit drunk I ended up singing the Armageddon/Resurrection rag pieced together from bits of lyrics scattered throughout the book. That night didn't end well.
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      CommentAuthorCarnadine
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Probably my favorite fantasy series ever. Should be required reading for everyone, even people who aren't fantasy fans. Skip the Dragonlance and the Forgotten Realms and read it instead. :)
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Bah, you can't skip Dragonlance. That's one of the premier works of literature of all time. Skip the Forgotten Realms if you must but Dragonlance is a work of genius.
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    I finished reading the five available books of "A Song of Ice And Fire" on Sunday - I'd read the first couple years ago and was short of present ideas for my birthday this year, so that got listed. Definitely the best fantasy I've ever read and certainly aimed squarely at adults. Without getting too spoilerish, is it wrong that I quite like Jaime Lannister?
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      CommentAuthorfogus
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Great series. I am 3 books in right now and can't get enough. However, it is very different than Dragonlance.

    -m
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    George is the man. It is the only fantasy series I'd recommend to people, to be honest. It is dark, brutal and grounded in allusions to historical realism. While there are fantasy elements, they are minimal. Great stuff. I enjoyed those novels more than any fantasy I've read including Tolkien, Howard and Rowling.

    George actually has had an interesting career. He wrote for the Twilight Zone back in the day and had a sort of first career as a horror novelist back in the 80's when it was still a thriving genre in bookstores. He's also written award winning sci-fi (multiple Hugo, Nebula, Quill and Bram Stoker awards) and some Conan stuff.

    Avatar is actually adapting his most famous horror piece, the novel Fevre Dream. We released a review book not too long ago but the series doesn't have a definite launch date just yet. I'm betting someone around here could post some of the gorgeous art from that book...

    Cover of the Preview:
    Fevre Dream cover
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    @eggzoomin

    Not at all, I do too.
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      CommentAuthorbranjo
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    There is not a single character that i've both liked and disliked at some point. This is one of the strengths of the series.
    I always always recommend these books with no apologies for the last one... by the time anyone gets to it, they love the story.

    The free iTunes downloads (There is a podcast and a similar interview) of the author speaking are fantastic. I wish he would read the whole series to me. His voice is delightful.
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    A Song of Ice And Fire is probably the best series of books I've read (and I have read an obscene amount of fiction), followed closely by R. Scott Bakker's "The Prince of Nothing" and Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth".
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    Highly recommended - the first book builds slowly, but just wait until people start getting injured and it takes off rather well. Also, Fevre Dream is the best vampire story ever.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    I think it's an excellent series but a few things to let you know about before you read:

    1. Do not become too attached to the characters. GRRM has no problem with horrifically killing ANY of them at any time. Be warned.
    2. He's very slow to write the series. It's been at least two years since the last book came out and he has no idea when the next one, A Dance For/Of (can't remember which) Dragons, will be coming out.
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      CommentAuthorJoeViturbo
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Yeah, I've read this series and really like it. I was turned onto it after I read his short story "Hedge Knight" which I hear got made into a comic book although I've never read it. What keeps me coming back is the amount of detailed descriptions he uses of more or less mundane things that makes this world he's created into something vivid and real.
    As just about every person in the series I've cared about is now dead I'm trying to figure-out just where he's going with the series. I'm starting to wonder if he knows. I keep coming back though.
    Samwell FTW
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    I'm probably not alone in this, but Jon Snow and Tyrion are my two favorite characters...

    @branjo
    Actually I've always HATED Cersei, but... I hate her so much I hate about what she does, so I guess it still ties in.
    The only character that bored me was Daenerys, and that was only until Feast for Crows, I liked her in that one... I dunno.
    I really like that he has no problem killing someone off, I get really annoyed when a character slips by death a lot. "Stop being a pussy and kill him already."
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      CommentAuthorRachel
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Song of Ice and Fire is high on my list of favourite books. I do have an awful habit, though, of getting so angry at characters or at GRRM for killing someone that I'll throw the book across the room.

    Then I rush over and dust it off, say sorry and give it a hug.