I don’t get the big deal about GRRM. With Robert Jordan patting him on the ass on the back of the book, I should have known better. A Game of Thrones, the first in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, is a large pile of rubbish. In terms of mindless, uninspired, copycat fantastic fiction, it’s a grade-A winner. Unfortunately, my initial impression was correct. If you’ve read Robert Jordan (himself a miserable copycat author), you’ve read this book before, and you’re not missing anything. On the other hand, if you have a hankering for some bathroom reading or something with which to pass the time on an airplane, this might be up your alley.
In short, it’s the typical young kids become heroes and everybody respects them, but there’s drama, good, evil, and freaking dragons, man. Oh god this is getting boring, so let’s sprinkle a little bit of teenage sex every dozen or so pages just to make sure the reader stays awake. 5/10.