Violence, fantasy, and wolves, oh my!

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I’ve been steadily chipping away at the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin for a couple of months now, and I am enraptured by his sprawling work.
You know the series by the title of the first book, “A Game of Thrones.” Yes, this gigantic set of seven books serves as the inspiration for the popular “Game of Thrones” television series. I knew of this little factoid and thought to try my hand at the novels.
Novels may be an understatement, actually. Each of the books so far (first through fifth) have averaged around 1,500 pages each. Put the words in 12-point font in a single sentence, and they would stretch across the English Channel.
The books might be long, but they are masterfully written. “A Game of Thrones” alone is packed with so much drama and action that I had to take a hiatus from reading it to avoid losing my tenuous grip on reality.
This fantasy epic is comparable with the “Lord of the Rings” series in sheer volume of knowledge and ability to draw interest. Even if you aren’t a J.R.R. Tolkien fan, “A Game of Thrones” has something that the “Rings” trilogy doesn’t: modernization.
This first part to the fantasy series has everything a teenager could want — including, but not limited to, violence, cursing and sex. (Yes, sex plays a role in this book. All of it is fairly graphic, but don’t fret about reading literary porn; the violence is graphic as well.)
All in all, if you’re a fan of drama, action and having a serious loathing that borders on hatred for a literary character, then I suggest you begin your lengthy journey into Martin’s epic.