Posted on 14-04-2011
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Rashtrakut

A plug for my favorite fantasy series that is shortly coming to the small screen on HBO.  People compare George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” to Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings trilogy.  To me there is no comparison.  Martin is a far superior writer in his ability to maintain a coherent storyline.  His world of Westeros may not have the obsessive detail of Tolkein’s Middle-Earth but still has impressive depth.

The series is loosely inspired by the War of the Roses – the fratricidal civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York (two of the dynastic protagonists here are the houses of Lannister and Stark).  The series also draws from other events like the destruction of Atlantis and the Black Bull Dinner (readers of the series should recognize what scene this alludes to).

Now the first book of the series – A Game of Thrones has been adapted for the small screen.  HBO has helpfully offered up a 14 minute preview of episode 1.  So far it looks very faithful to the book and very good.  Now only if I had HBO to watch it before it gets to Netflix

Though as consolation I can curl up this summer with the long overdue book 5 of the series – A Dance with Dragons.

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