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Ah, today is the day we all insult each other’s favorite books.
I have seen the Harry Potter books declared overrated so many times it doesn’t even register any more. In addition to them, I suspect Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray will appear often. Also Wolf Hall. I think every bestseller is overrated to someone. A chacun son gout!
I can’t choose Fifty Shades of Gray because I haven’t read it and I am not going to. Ever. I read bits of Master of the Universe and thought it was dreadful. I’ve read parts of a few of the dozens (or are we up to hundreds now?) of stupid new adult knock offs of it and they are all dreadful as well. So I am certain it is dreadful, but I haven’t read it and it is basically “fantasy with a very personal purpose” and I suppose it succeeds well enough at that, so instead my personal choice is:
My personal choice:
I like fantasy. I like complicated world building and I like family sagas (and let’s face it, this is one). I tried to like this book. I tried four times to like this book. And I don’t hate it. I’m not even disappointed in it. I just don’t think it is the incredible book that I keep hearing it is.
I found it almost all the characters unlikeable or worse - boring. The only one I liked was the illegitimate son who was serving at some outpost and I was sort of interested in the warlord (Khal Drogo, I think) and the brother-sister team that were involved with him. But every time the book returned to the Starks and Lannisters, I fell asleep. Blaaaaah. Which is what I think of most of this book. It is just blah.