I found the first book really slow in its pacing. There was just enough there to keep me interested. And just enough to make me want to read the second.Colm said:In no small part to the op's reccomendation, I just picked up my first Martin book last week. When anyone makes a comparison to Tolkien, attention is paid. I'll have to work that statement into a catchy internet rule in the future.
So far, so good. I like the portrayal of fickle court politics, it reminds me of Galileo's lesson in losing friends and alienating papal supporters.
To be honest I really liked the pacing of the first one. What I found toughest were the names - there were so many! And people had their house name AND their nicknames you had to remember ("The Mountain that Rides", "The Hound", etc)...coleridge said:So if the first one is boring you a little, just remember things pick up for the rest.
I think that slow subtle pacing of the first one is going to lend itself well to an HBO series. It's exactly what they are about.
I like the pacing too; it's a nod to the bibles of fantasy. Allow for the characters to establish themselves early, insuring that events do not dominate and define the characters.praktik said:To be honest I really liked the pacing of the first one. What I found toughest were the names - there were so many! And people had their house name AND their nicknames you had to remember ("The Mountain that Rides", "The Hound", etc)
Ugh. I thought Sailing to Sarantium was poop. If you like Guy Gavrial Kay, read the entire Fionavar Tapestry. It's good, different and Canadian. Sarantium just seemed to borrow too much from FT for my liking.possibledj said:as well as another pretty wicked fantasy book called Sailing to Sarantium
I tried watching the first episode. Holy Shit, so gay. Like Xena warrior princess, except stupider. Also, horrible casting for the main character. Wasn't he a hairy nature guy with a beard? Instead we get a fruity male model with a waxed chest.coleridge said: