Just in case anyone’s wondering what I’ve been up to…

June 11, 2014

I tried to read the first Game of Thrones book last month (maybe last month? it seems like longer ago) and failed out of it 80% of the way through. I’ve been recovering by reading Georgette Heyer, and I’m not done yet.

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  1. I’ve never read the books or seen the series. Only so many hours in a week…. Hope you recover soon!

    • Yeah, I expect it’s worth it for a lot of people–people who are more into fantasy and everyone being miserable than I am–but it wasn’t for me.

  2. Well, you did better than I did. I gave up on it after about 100 pages.

    • That was probably a wise choice.

  3. I couldn’t finish reading GoT either. I think it’s GRR Martin’s writing style, which I found somewhat pedestrian. He has these sweeping dynastic storylines, but the style isn’t up to the same level. Whereas someone like Heyer can take a relatively flimsy plot and transmute it into an unputdownable novel simply because of her inimitable style.

    • I dunno. In my case it was simply that I hated all the characters. Every single one of them was obnoxious.

      • I actually agree completely with both of you. But I could have dealt with Martin’s flat writing style if I hadn’t hated everyone. I kept thinking, “Aren’t the characters all supposed to die? Can that happen soon, please?”

  4. I can’t handle epics. Trying to remember all the characters in ONE book is hard enough.

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