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Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire/George RR Martin Swap (CLOSED: signup 09/1-09/15, sendout 10/20)  (Read 7338 times)
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« Reply #90 on: October 27, 2009 07:38:01 PM »

I'm actually surprised about that. I read the first two chapters online at 2am one night and nearly panicked because had to wait until the book store opened to read more. Smiley

See, I was the same way. Totally had no problems getting into it. But a LOT of our friends read maybe 2 or 4 chapters and tried to give the book back to us saying it was too slow and confusing. We had to convince them to keep reading, and now they are hooked. Bwahahah!

I think it depends on what you look for in your fantasy. Also, we tried to get two of our friends to read them but they didn't go past the first book because they are the type of people who need two key elements in their fantasy: 1) A messiah figure (Rand from "Wheel of Time," Harry Potter, etc.), and 2) Clear-cut good and evil. A lot of people are not comfortable in that gray area. I mean, there are definite "good" and "bad" characters in SoIF (I doubt anyone's going to argue the Mountain isn't evil), but most people are occupying that gray area (Tyrion, Arya, Daeny, etc.).

Ever notice how hard it is to describe ASoIF, either? HP is easy "A young boy finds out he is the key to defeating an evil wizard." You can't just say "The Targarons want to get their land back from the Lannisters," without adding "and the Starks need avenge themselves from the Lannisters, and then there's the Greyjoys, and the Martells..." hehe. I love it and was hooked instantly!!

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« Reply #91 on: November 02, 2009 06:43:14 PM »

it is hard to describe asoif.  whenever i try to explain it to the darling bf, he just rolls his eyes at me and says "... nerd".  and i try and explain "no, it's not just another fantasy novel..." but it's hard to explain without giving away so many important story points.
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