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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Lawson, January 5, 2013

I hesitated to start reading this book because I've never enjoyed westerns. But the writing in Blood Meridian hooked me. The story is a dark Bildungsroman with a tragic conclusion. The action is rendered in graphic prose that feels like poetry. The story, the atmosphere, the writing style, the mystery of "where is this book going?" -- all transcend the western genre, which is probably why this book is almost never found in the "western" section of bookstores. In fact, where it belongs is in the "classics" section, because McCarthy produced a masterpiece with Blood Meridian.
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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

Lawson, January 21, 2012

The reason I love reading A Game of Thrones is its characters. George R. R. Martin's characters are authentic. If taken out of their fantasy setting they would be equally at home as your next-door neighbor or co-worker or the guy you see at the bus stop every day. Even the bad guys (mostly) have likeable traits. His characters live in a world that pays homage to other well-known fantasies in a way that is nostalgic rather than derivative. Martin amazingly combines several very popular sub-genres (zombies, dragon-taming, spy thrillers) into one coherent tale that is exciting, suspenseful and, well, fun. Thank goodness there are three (scratch that) four more books following this one.
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