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thedigitalspy
03/31/2009

George R.R. Martin 5

Easily the best. In a league of his own. I call it geo-political fantasy. I'd kill a hobo to have the 5th book come out. Jeez, we've been waiting years for this to come out, he said it was done over 4-5 yrs ago, and promised many times it was coming. Come on George, stop with all the book signings all over the world, and the really bad sci fi series and get to finishing this book! Your fans are really getting pissed off. Kinda feel like there's been a carrot dangling from a string in front of me for yrs.

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asoiaffan
12/21/2008

George R.R. Martin 5

Since reading Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, I have searched high and low to find another author as good as this, and I just haven't. This series is by far the most amazing thing I have ever read. The storyline is immense. The characters deeply complex, and the line between good and evil depends on the point of view you're reading from (there are many). The writing is flawless, but it is gritty and gruesome and bold. It is also very human, and takes you on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. The bottom line is, this book has absolutely everything you could ever want.

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BrazzzBallzzz
07/01/2008

George R.R. Martin 5

I like Martin's style of alternating narrators and how he doesn't make the characters cut & dried bwn good & evil. Instead, he brings it closer to actual reality, where there's good and bad in all of us.

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bagman
06/19/2008

George R.R. Martin 5

Rating based solely on hi work on Ice& Fire his other works is second rate. Ice & Fire is by far the best fantasy series I have ever read. I just wish he would stop messing around and work a little more on his "bread and butter"

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kirsten29
04/14/2008

George R.R. Martin 5

I really enjoyed the ASOIAF series. Martin's style of writing is excellent and unpredictable. He's definitely one of the greatest, if not the best author, in the fantasy genre.

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Contempt
02/27/2008

George R.R. Martin 5

An absolutely amazing read!

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pharaow
12/26/2007

George R.R. Martin 5

I've recently finished the fourth book of the Song of Ice and Fire series and I'm in great anticipation for the next episode. It is definitely the best fantasy book I've read so far and has completely blown my mind away, to the extend where I can't stop thinking about it.
The greatness of it I would say lay, firstly, in the incredible plot and numerous unpredictable twists that make the story take surprising turns at every corner and always leave you begging for more. Every chapter of the four books published so far (about 800 pages each) has held me spell bound and unwilling to go to sleep at night. It has made me laugh out loud, it has made me sad, it has made me furious, it has made me sick. It has left me curios and wondering, excited, puzzled and tormented, and it has often followed me into my dreams, at times resulting in nightmares.
Secondly, the character development is just... simply amazing! Every character in the book has a different and very interesting personality and all seem (to me at least) very realistic.
I can warmly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy and want something more than just the usual tolkien-type adventure. It's a masterpiece. Have in mind however, that waiting for the next book to be published, as I am doing now, is pure torture...

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givemegreatfan tasy
09/27/2007

George R.R. Martin 5

what i love the most about martin's books are the real-life situations he is so good at creating, like when robb stark and his mother were at walder frey's castle and he had robb's throat cut, that was fantastic, even though it was sad to see robb go like that, it shows that martin is not afraid to show that bad things can happen if u go against your word. genius.

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kungfuimmortal
09/27/2007

George R.R. Martin 4

Paints a more believable picture of how nobility behave in a medieval setting. Very deep story line, always keeps me guessing. Very violent and gory. Fun stuff. Just don't get too attached to anyone; they'll probably end up dead, lol.

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Sayyadina
07/29/2007

George R.R. Martin 4

Martin is a great pen and you never know what he has in store for his charachters which makes him unpredictable which is a great quality to have as a writer in a genre which is often dominated by certain formulas.
I find his series however bit too graphic when it comes to cruelty and it's hard to feel empathy with some of the main charachters (they aren't "likable" enough or at all and one tends not to care too much about charachters that you don't invest in emotionally).  I think maybe  readers who like complex epic fantasy stories and are not looking for the good vrs. evul type of storyline that is served with a satisfying ending ,will like Martin's style.

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morfeus
11/28/2006

George R.R. Martin 4

Very good autor, when you ignore some sort of Pedophile.

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DonMidas
11/17/2006

George R.R. Martin 5

Martin is brilliant - the Hemmingway of Fantasy

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Faloma
10/19/2006

George R.R. Martin 5

I love his books I am always waiting for the next book in the series or be released. Definatly an adult book but one of the best I have ever read!

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jgreene
08/21/2006

George R.R. Martin 5

This guy rocks!

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Sparhawk
08/07/2006

George R.R. Martin 2

Martin is a talented guy, I give him credit for that, but he is, however, awful. The whole "A Sonfg of Ice and Fire" series is just blood and sex.

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bcbunglers
07/04/2006

George R.R. Martin 5

The best Fantasy author ever. All other fantisists and books pale in comparison to this man's works. After reading "A Song of Ice and Fire", everything else just plain sucks, and seems childish and stupid. Don't read this series if you don't want to ruin all other books!

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Darth Sparhawk
12/22/2005

George R.R. Martin 2

Grotesque fantasy, it's just about violence and raping.

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decalod85
11/29/2005

George R.R. Martin 4

Fire and Ice is a great achievement. It is action packed, holds you in a lot of suspense, and Martin is never afraid of killing off his characters. I guess the unpredictability is what keeps me coming back.

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derekgorgonsta r
09/15/2005

George R.R. Martin 5

Raw, innovative, unique, and addictive. I love the Fire and Ice series, though I haven't read his other works. Too bad he endorsed John Kerry on his website, however. Not exactly a class move....

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Fantasy man
08/11/2005

George R.R. Martin 5

Martin is a mind blowing author. His books leave you wanting more and he is a must for all fantasy fans. Rock on Martin your doing a great job and keeping us all enthralled with your work.

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alongaier
07/28/2005

George R.R. Martin 5

George Martin's books are simply fantastic. It's gritty. realistic but has its humourous moments. His plottong and Characters are excellent.

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fantasyfan90
07/04/2005

George R.R. Martin 5

Martin did a mindblowing job with this series. I have never read anything like it. The characters and the plot are impossibly complex and you never know what's going to happen next. Also, Martin kills off a lot of main characters, and most of them are the good guys. His world is extremely realistic and original. There are no wizards and orcs and elves. Magic is also nearly absent, but you won't really miss it, simply because Martin is such a fantastic storyteller. His books are the best ones i have ever read, and i've read a lot. So, if you are looking for a new addiction, The SOng of Ice and Fire is it.

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kukkanen
04/30/2005

George R.R. Martin 5

A Song of Ice and Fire is amazing. The best Fantasy I've ever read. The books are as large as bricks but I could barely stop reading them. This is mature fantasy. There's no fine line between good and evil, there's only reality. Sure, there are brutal killings and seks all mixed up in there, but that's reality, and if you can't handle that and at the same time appreciate the beauty of the world Martin has created, you're not mature enough to read this series yet. The story is told through the eyes of characters ranging from children to (almost) elderly knights and takes place in a world where you'll find everything from deadly winter forests to arabesque cities in the middle of the desert. Never ceases to be original and captivating. Or amusing (the 'Rainbow Knights', for example *sniggers*).

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ahz
03/19/2005

George R.R. Martin 4

The books of A Song of Ice and Fire are long and lively. Too gritty and raunchy in some places though still good reading.

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George R.R. Martin 5

George R.R. Martins Song of Ice and Fire has a quick paced setting as well as scope unlike any other fantasy series yet. He doesnt just have main characters, he has heroes who die and are plentiful to match the scope of his world. He also does not cornily motivate his charcters by saying the evil wizard was just driven by evil he gives all of his characters the development that they should have. And Martin is a genius as far as developing the sub-main characters so that they seem real but dont become simply side kicks or main characters.

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tyrionsuzi
05/12/2004

George R.R. Martin 5

I love this book!LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVEIT. When I read it, it is almost like I am there with them. His descriptions are fantastic, his storyline amazing, and his characters are some of the best I have read about!! I have read each one at least twice and am anxiously awaiting his next. But he surprises you at every turn. No character is safe!! One of my all time favorite collections!! Sue

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academiannut
04/15/2004

George R.R. Martin 3

Technically excellent, but the stories are boring after a few thousand pages. Repetitious, undeveloped characters. The first book was the best, it had some innovative ideas. The rest were not. Robin Hobb is much better.

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Gups11
05/15/2003

George R.R. Martin 5

A heart rending emotional vortex that will captivate you, disturb you and hook you. tied with Jordan and behind only Goodkind in my mind. A very dark, but real writer. A song, fire and ice series is awesome the only negative in it is it's a bit sadistic. Realisticly it is very accurate in its intrigues and assassinations in its equivalent "to earth" time period.

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Jhanso
03/05/2003

George R.R. Martin 5

Mr Martin, u r amazing. The few prepubescent punks who have left degrading comments are not worthy of any browsers attention. Your books have what so many others lack these days, passion, minutiae (on the things that matter) and a style reminiscent of a journalist in your search for truth in a world ruled by politicians and adventurous characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys anything remotely connected to fantasy. You have taken what was started by Tolkien and furthered by Jordan, and made it into an art. Your world is amazing, keep up the good work!

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Vascariz
02/13/2003

George R.R. Martin 5

Certainly one of my favourite authors. Injects plenty of action and describes a large fascinating world, yet keeps the world moving, developing and most importantly improving with each book! Yet is able to maintain a realism and authenticity that most authors lack. Reminds me of Steven Erikson but delves more into the characters of individuals with the unique storytelling style(and I mean more than just the use of viewpoints which has been done before).

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uksrfr
01/14/2003

George R.R. Martin 5

Stories that grip you and excite you to read the next page, chapter, book, etc... fantastic story teller not afraid to mix things up.

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superscoty
01/06/2003

George R.R. Martin 5

Unique, original fiction. The 'fantasy' part of it is really just backdrop.

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downperiscope
12/15/2002

George R.R. Martin 5

A Song of Fire and Ice series contains the most superbly written books currently in "Fantasy" circulation. Martin is a creative genius who carefully yet engagingly weaves tale upon connecting tale of power, survival, valor, shame, loyalty, betrayal, love & hate. All charaters share a high degree of realism regardless of their contribution to the story. Martin's attention to detail, plot cultivation and most importantly "timing" bring a work of fiction into the category of modern art.

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Elan Morin Tedronai
12/30/2001

George R.R. Martin 4

The matter that I put only 4 stars is that I am a death fanatic of Robert Jordan and he's my favourite author!

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CaptainPsyko
11/17/2001

George R.R. Martin 5

Best author in Fantasy today

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dougthonus
11/16/2001

George R.R. Martin 5

Just awesome. Not scared to kill off main characters, and has a fantasy world that's actually believable.

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Sol00
11/16/2001

George R.R. Martin 5

The best modern fantasy author without a doubt. No other has come close to the sort of story or characterization he has.

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DerKuli
07/02/2001

George R.R. Martin 5

Compared with the relatively simple plots and characters of most fantasy authors and the tediom of others, I find that George Martin has found the perfect balance. His characters can't be described as "good" or "evil"...each character has his own motivations in this book that are logical and real - AND there isn't some dark and evil god planning world domination (what a concept!). George Martin writes of real people (as real as knights and kings can be), adds in a bit of magic to spice things up (it isn't bogged down by spells and explosions every other page), and even has some sex in there! (unlike other fantasy authors who shriek at the word "boob")

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Ravelli
02/16/2001

George R.R. Martin 5

He's simply the best. Read his latest novel "A Storm of Swords" and you will know why!!

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SlimEagan
02/14/2001

George R.R. Martin 5

Martin is a great author who can bring out many different kinds of emotions from his novels. While reading A Song of Ice and Fire, there were times when I wanted to cheer and times when I was sad. He writes characters who are real, and relationships are real as well. Martin is not afraid to do anything to move the story foreward, which is different from Jordan, whose story has been brought to a standstill.

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Jeff007
02/14/2001

George R.R. Martin 5

Best fantasy series since Tolkien. Well-plotted, adult rather then juvenile in tone. Outstanding in every way.

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Jakob
02/14/2001

George R.R. Martin 5

Imagine... J.R.R.Tolkien... ON CRACK!

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Enlightenmenth k
12/08/2000

George R.R. Martin 5

For the people over the age of 12. For the people sick of the childish antics, black & white (good vs. evil and no grey) simplicity, paper thin characters, overdone archtypical characters, people, societies, and events found in such Epics of Jordan, Brooks, and others, this is a welcomed change. Finally a series not set to ensnare some geeky, zitfaced, pocket-protecting, bifocal wearing, friendless, lifeless, useless snotnosed little D&D playing brat with simple stories, characters, and plots geared towards the minute capabilities of his childish lil mind. Always liked Fantasy, but years of volumes that made Harry Potter seem like a mature bit of storytelling have gotten me quite displeased with the genre as a whole. Martin has saved Fantasy, pure and simple. In time, he will be better appreciated.

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spic9452om
08/07/2000

George R.R. Martin 1

Robin Hobb is better.

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maze9132et
07/29/2000

George R.R. Martin 1

OVERRATED

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[email protected]
07/04/2000

George R.R. Martin 5

Better than Jordan

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foot7910om
06/27/2000

George R.R. Martin 3

This RateIt needs a more comprehensive rating system! A very good teller of tales, highly involved plots and great characters, almost on the league of Jones, Goodkind and Jordon.

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none7686om
06/22/2000

George R.R. Martin 5

Though not a new author in general, Martin is new to the Epic Fantasy genre and he entered with a huge bang with "A Game Of Thrones". After reading "A Clash Of Kings", I am convinced that Martin will be considered the reigning King of Fantasy for many years to come. He is that good.

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Spiralingmarce
06/13/2000

George R.R. Martin 3

Not the best, not the worst. I certainly prefer Jordan, or Card. The story was realistic, the characters almost perfectly human, but there was much too much sex for my taste.

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skip7094et
06/03/2000

George R.R. Martin 5

Great author. Great battle scenes, great plot, in depth and interesting characters.

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