The So Far Review: A Storm of Swords


Once in a while, Chicago Subtext will barge in and interrupt mid-page
to ask Chicagoans about their current read. Or, mid-scroll, as the case may be. Meet Ted Walker, spotted in Ravenswood with a e-reader in hand. Much like in previous So Far Review stops, Chicago Subtext picked out just the perfect enthusiastic reviewer for the task.

What are you reading? 
A Storm of Swords, by George R. R. Martin.  It's book 3 of 7 of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.  It's a fantasy novel of sorts, but differs from most in that it's very realistic and believable.  It's sort of more like a first-person history of an completely fictional medieval Europe.

Based on your bookmark, what just occurred in the story?  I don't want to give away too much of the plot.

Really? Not even a little? Let me just say that things are getting (even more) interesting with each chapter.  Plot twists and other unexpected surprises abound.

What do you think so far?  I love this series.  It's epic in scale, incredibly detailed, and the characters are great.  The point of view that the story is told from varies with each chapter, so you really get a chance to get to know the major characters (and some minor ones).  The characters are very believable and very human - each one has his/her flaws.  The line between good and bad is blurred as I've found myself beginning to really like certain "bad guys" and loathe some of the "good guys".  It's great stuff and it has sucked me in.

Why did you select this book?  No interesting story.  Some friends recommended the series to me, so I picked it up.

What did you read before this?  Book 2 in the series - A Clash of Kings.  Before that, Book 1 - A Game of Thrones.

What, do you suppose, you'll be reading next?  Probably Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  I need to pace myself with Martin - books 5, 6, and 7 haven't been published yet!

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  • These books are one of my favorites, too. It's like Camelot meets HBO's "Deadwood". And a good call not to give the plot points away, either, there are some vicious ones. Martin has a habit of suddenly killing his main characters with no warning.

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