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    He's doing better than Marcus Dupree.

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    Picked up the first four books of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (which has been made into the HBO series Game of Thrones) and have been moving through them steadily over the course of the last month. I've knocked out the first two and am about 250 pages into the third one.

    Anyone else familiar with these books?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Picked up the first four books of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (which has been made into the HBO series Game of Thrones) and have been moving through them steadily over the course of the last month. I've knocked out the first two and am about 250 pages into the third one.

    Anyone else familiar with these books?
    I've never heard of the author or the books, but I have read several good books off references from this thread. What's the deal with these? Fiction, fantasy, crime-drama,......?

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    Fiction/Fantasy hybrid. Told third person style through various point of view characters.

    It follows three concurrent stories one detailing a dynastic Civil War on the fictional continent of Westeros, one detailing the threat of the "Others" who live behind a massive wall on the northern border of Westeros, and one detailing the quest of the daughter of the former king attempting to figure out a way to overthrow the current rulers of Westeros and assume the throne herself.

    A Song of Ice and Fire - A Wiki of Ice and Fire

    More details (and spoilers) are available here.
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    I d/l'ed the first of that series onto my iPad but I haven't cracked it yet. My buddy and his wife are huge fans of Martin so I am going to check it out eventually.

    On my bookshelf to read:

    Christopher Hitchens - Arguably
    Neil Stephenson - Readme
    Mike Veseth - Wine Wars
    Siddhartha Mukherjee - The Emperor of All Maladies - A Biography of Cancer

    and a few others. I'm going to clear a spot for the Steve Jobs biography soon, that one will probably move to the pole position when it's released.

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    My daughter gave me the first book with enthusiastic reviews. I am a "sword and sorcery" fan, so I really looked forward to it. I managed to plow my way through the first 100 pages and quit - there is nobody in the book that I would hope would survive whatever conflict finally appears. At her urging, I read the second hundred pages. No change. I want my time back!

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    Another unauthorized biography of the Bush family . don't really want to finish this as it is the same old crap-i already know the Bush family are outlaws hiding behind old money . Unless the pace picks up or the author quits trying to impress me with his thesaurisus I'll unlikely finish this..
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    Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. I loved One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and I ahd a friend who recommended it over Cuckoo's Nest, however, I am not enjoying it at all and it is 620 pages. REally hard to followin the story as it changes narrators constantly and without notice and flashbacks and general imagery are intermixed with the plot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Picked up the first four books of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (which has been made into the HBO series Game of Thrones) and have been moving through them steadily over the course of the last month. I've knocked out the first two and am about 250 pages into the third one.

    Anyone else familiar with these books?
    Great series, i just finished the newest one.

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