Currently reading: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Although considered to be a modern classic of fantasy [and soon to be an HBO series], I’ve put off actually reading A Game of Thrones for quite a long time. No specific reason, I just never got into the right mood for it…until now. I’ve been reading it off and on for the past week and already I can feel myself getting pulled into its world and becoming attached to it characters and eagerly awaiting where its story goes next.
What I find most striking about the book is the detail. Martin pours gallons of detail into the characters, the places, the history, and the world to such a degree that it feels more like a historical account than something that an author simply dreamed up in his own mind.
Unlike many works, Martin is not content to tell one side of the story, he instead tells all sides. The good guys, the bad guys, and the people you aren’t quite sure of just yet, all get their moment to have their own personal stories told. So not only is there a high degree of detail, but the story is also as broad as the world itself.
In reading Martin’s work, I see where my own work is lacking. My story feels simple and small, my characters flat or cartoonish, and my worlds bare and derivative. If I could capture even a quarter of Martin’s talent, I would be more than happy. For the time being, I must simply stand in awe of his talents and continue the on-going process of polishing my own.