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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1)
A Game of Thrones - A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1
Author: George R. R. Martin
In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. — At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as th...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553573404
ISBN-10: 0553573403
Publication Date: 8/4/1997
Pages: 835
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 765 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 49 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 29
I have read more epic, huge fantasy series than I can remember and, this is by far the best I have every read. My definition of a good book is that I forget I am turning pages. And this book meets that definition. Not only did I forget that I was turning pages, I forgot to sleep, eat and interact with others. The characters are dense, interesting, complicated, and engaging. Their relationships are deep, complicated, joyous and tragic. My only complaint is the George R R Martin is an extremely slow writer. It takes him a huge amount of time between releases. I had to reread the series just to be able to know what was going on. I enjoyed rereading them almost as much as the first time
reviewed A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 24
The words that best describe this novel are sprawling and epic. This story is HUGE. When I got to the end of its 700+ pages I realized that this was just a scratch in the surface of the world that the author had created. The story is broken up into multiple points of view, something I usually do not like, but for this story it is impossible to tell it any other way. I was often reminded of a huge centipede, legs moving in all different directions, but moving the body of the narrative forward. Mr. Martin has done an excellent job of creating a compelling story and dynamic characters. This story is addicting, and a definite read for any fan of the genera.
reviewed A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 1124 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 19
This may be a fantasy, but the book presents a realistic world, where characters are often cold, dirty, hungry and in distress, and the violence and language are often graphic and disturbing. But don't be put off, because these are compelling and complex characters, and Martin is adept in involving the reader in the sweep of events.
reviewed A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Excellent, intricate, and spell-binding. Don't get too attached to any character, you never know who is going to die. Vivid scenes of battle and political intrigue. Set in an fantasy world resembling medievel times.
reviewed A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
This is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. I could not put this book down. I don't think 800 pages have ever flown by as fast as they did while reading this. One thing I really like about it is that the chapters are fairly short. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is the portrayal of the "evil" characters. The "bad guys" weren't magical, evil overlords or dark wizards, who were inherently evil, they were people who acted evil because of normal human fallacies. Evil deeds are done in this book because of greed, lust, jealousy, fear, and desire for power. The characters are well developed and things aren't always black and white. If you like fantasy, read this book!
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reviewed A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 66 more book reviews
I generally do not read fantasy but I was drawn to the HBO series and watched it from start to finish. As Season 2 of the series approaches, I have a strong desire to read the second book prior to watching the season. I debated whether to read the first book, A Game of Thrones, before venturing into the second book. Being a purist at heart, I had to and I'm happy I did. My mind's eye, however, was forever set by the characters cast for the series and there was nothing I could do about it. The Cersei, Joffrey, Catelyn, Daenerys, Sansa, and Arya I imagined as I read the book where inexplicably linked to the series. I was also amazed at how well the series captured the entire story laid out in A Game of Thrones. If this is the Grey's Anatomy of fantasy series, as one other reviewer has referred to it, then please give me more McDreamy!
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Perhaps it is because I have seen the show first, but I didn't find the book as intriguing and thrilling as I thought I would. One thing I do like about it over the show is the insight into the characters' thoughts and minds.

That said though, the world that Martin sets up in the first book is vast and there are plenty of characters and plots to follow, if there is a character that you don't like, I'm going to come out and say it, Sansa. She is the most annoying, self-righteous girl in the book. I hope she changes in the next few books because I dread reading her part every time.

I like the realistic touch that Martin adds by making it so that no one is safe from death's reach. It is sad to see characters go, but such is life. I am not looking forward to more character deaths, but I am looking forward to the lives of those who yet live and how they overcome their grief.
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excellent book - too bad in such high demand - i might have to fork out actual money for it - the wait list kills me.

Each chapter is told about one person specifically. This means you hear about their story line and then move to another story line for a few chapters before getting back - but it helps you understand how it is all connected. It is not a complete story - as some serial books are. The characters are named by title, relationship, first name, last name and sometimes a nickname making it hard to keep them all straight but there is a thing at the end that helps clarify who is who but it is at the end,so by the time you get there, it is pretty much all clear. If I had known, I might have used it earlier.

Very gripping. Lots of deaths of beloved characters. This isn't a "good guy wins" kind of deal.

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