Game of Thrones - is it worth reading?

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  1. Nameless Thing

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    Everybody is talking about it, but I'm hesitant to read it. Is it any good? Like compared to Tolkien does it have any real value?
     
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    I didn't care for it because it was too violent, but I know many people who love it.
     
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    Welcome back, NT, you've been missed!

    I read the first three about the time they came out. I found them interesting, but the constant undercutting of romance motifs ( "You think this is the Great Hero? Muahahaha!) grew tiresome.
     
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    I've never read it but I have a lot of friends who love it but as Starbrow shared it does seem a bit gruesome to me too.
     
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    Being that I tried to read the first book a few times only to have it grind to a halt told me it would never keep my interest enough to continue on. I think I got to Chapter 7 on one reading attempt and that was after a few months. I'm glad they made a TV series out of it as I find it rather enjoyable. Yes, there is sex, yes there is violence, so the TV series isn't for the faint of heart.
     
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    I read the first three. Book one was good, book two was ok, book three was meh and I only got a quarter of the way through book four before I quit.

    For one thing, the show is way ahead of the books (if he ever finishes them) and the story is so complex that around book three and later I was constantly confused on who was who and what was going on. I own book five as well but will probably never read it.

    Compared to Tolkien I'd say they're not very good but that's just my opinion.
     
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    Thank you for the answers. Once I started to read the first book, but than i found an article that basically said that even the author doesn't really know where does he want to get andawhy are we following certain characters. It discouraged me and I never finished, i don't want to read a whole series that isn't really hping anywhere. But I was wondering if maybe I should give it another try.
     
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    Yup that's also something that discouraged me. Book 6, Winds of Winter has been "coming" since 2014 at least and then he "plans" on one more after that too, if we ever get book 6.
     
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    I like if a book is well planned. I'm not sure ifiI'm interesint in a long medieval soap opera.
    Anybody knows a book that is similar to LOTR? I know there is the silmarillion and all the others, some of them I've already read, some I'm just planning to read, but they are a bit too hard to read to just casually enjoy after a long, stressful day. I need to be in the mood to be able to read them.
     
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    Chronicles of Narnia are pretty good fantasy books. A lot of people like Eragon but I wasn't a huge fan of it. Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series is also excellent. I haven't read the Stormlight Archives yet but have heard they're also really good. Elysium is another Sanderson book that I really liked a lot.
     
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    Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel, The Moon of Gormrath, are both good. And fairly short.
     
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    I really enjoyed the Winter of the World series by Michael Scott Rohan.
     
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    I've already read Narnia, tried Eragon too but didntd like very much. I will try yje rest, thank you.
     
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    I can throw out her the Black Company book series. I read all ten, but really anything after the first three are icing for those of us who have an interest in what certain characters are up to later on. Book four is more of a side tale based on the story presented in the first three, where books five to ten are the extended accounts of the Black Company.

    Also, Steven Erickson's Malazan Books of the Fallen are I understand a worthy read. I read the first one (Gardens of the Moon), and it is a bit tangled and slow starting, it does get interesting. I'm currently looking to track down book two (Deadhouse Gates). These great book posts should be in a 'Book Recommendation' thread'.
     
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    Onve you read it thoroughly (okay, maybe takes reading it twice) and you'll be more familiar with names, bloodlines, history, geography etc. it becomes fairly relaxing and nerve-soothing. At least it took me reading it it thrice to be completely immersed in the story and just enjoy the sheer beauty of the mythology!

    Tried to read GOT but didn't like it.
    Now as for recommendations for Tolkien-like literature I can only come up with Edda, Kalevala, mythologies like that, and personally I LOVE Mahabharata (novel version, don't even try with the original text).

    Tolkien and modern fantasy are two different things. Tolkien's works aren't even regarded as fantasy but mythopoeia, although he has contributed enormously to the foundations of fantasy.
     
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    Another good series is The Earthsea books by Ursula K. Leguin.
     

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