A Clash of Kings, by George R. R. Martin

Just what I needed for today… a super-fast prompt from Booking Through Thursday:

Quick–what are you reading right now? Would you recommend it? What’s it about?

I’m reading A Clash of Kings, the second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.

I would recommend it, but only to people who like really long, detailed reads – the series is already at five books and more than 4,000 pages – where historical elements (essentially, the pre-Tudor Wars of the Roses in England) merge with a fantastical world (seasons last years, dragons are real, and mysterious shadows commit murder) in an epic, violent, conflict-laden story where pretty much no one is a hero. I am enjoying it a lot – even if some of the POV characters are not my favorites – but it’s by no means an easy or quick read.

I am hoping, though, to pick up the pace somewhat, since I’d really like to get the third book in the series read before the third season of the HBO series – called Game of Thrones, after the first book – comes out next year.

And now it’s your turn: what are you reading right now?

4 thoughts on “Quick!

  1. Common Loon September 20, 2012 / 5:05 pm

    …and Now Miguel

    Wouldn’t give it my strongest recommendation, but it has allowed for a ton of discussion (extends into daily life). “Bubbaloo” is used about every other day.

  2. Joanne September 20, 2012 / 5:58 pm

    Well, I brought “The Wisdom of Crowds” with me on this trip, but I haven’t touched it yet.

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