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A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1)
A Game of Thrones - Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1
Author: George R. R. Martin
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. 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 cente...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553386790
ISBN-10: 0553386794
Publication Date: 2/22/2011
Pages: 714
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  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 66 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 50 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Such a great story! Hard to find a sterotype character--good or bad. Several threads in the story that will keep you guessing throughout the series. You never know what is going to happen, who is going to get killed off, who is going to win or lose. My biggest complaint is that the series is not finished yet and it takes Martin FOREVER to write the next book--by which time you've forgotten some of the characters and where all the storyline threads were headed and need to re-read. It's hard to keep track of all the characters (and there are a LOT) and sometimes feels like you are reading three or four different books at once until some of the stories start colliding or diverging again. A keeper if he ever gets this finished! This is NOT a series for the squeamish...plenty of sex and violence. It is very well written and will suck you in!

This book feels very similar to ShadowMarch by Tad Williams, although The Game of Thrones characters are more fleshed out in my opinion.
havan avatar reviewed A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 138 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I just finished Game of Thrones, the first volume in the Song of Fire and Ice saga and am amazed. Any epic saga of this sort risks critical comparisons to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy but this one compares favorably. I've always felt that on some levels LOTR was a lament for the War in Europe and the ending of an old way of life in the aftermath. Conversely, this novel seems to set up a post-Watergate post-Viet Nam fantasy that is very different and very forward looking, although it cannot help but share some similar themes.

Epic is too small a world for the world and the conflicts established. None of the dozen or so major characters is simple. The world that has been created is an imperfect world and the characters we meet are dealing with their own demons as well as the main plot conflicts.

There are few entirely good or bad characters and I found myself identifying with many of the characters as we met them. I enjoyed the time I spent in this world and I look forward to seeing some of the characters I hate get what they deserve in later books, but am not entirely certain that they will. Although this is a work of fantasy, it doesn't seem to follow the same rules, and we are savagely reminded toward the end that no one is guaranteed a happy ending.

HBO did a great job of bringing this to the small screen with its 10 part series and it was so faithfully done that I've been swapping back and forth between reading this book and rewatching the HBO episode. While the book is a bit more complex and the characters are fleshed out a bit more, I didn't feel a sense of missing anything in either format. The HBO series does play up some of the pageantry a bit and the sexiness factor has been increased as well. I'm assuming that that is in compensation for the nerd factor associated with a fantasy series. Also the homosexual aspects of some of the characters has been adjusted as well. I've seen others complain of this and would just like to cast my approving vote in this regard.
daedelys avatar reviewed A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I found that reading this book was a lot like watching a television show and then I realized why once I read the author's history. It's a really interesting story, but I think that this author really loves do things to shock the reader and leave cliff-hangers that will just make you wonder what will happen next. He's not the type you want to pick up and read and bond with a character because you never know what he intends to do with them. ;P
daedelys avatar reviewed A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I found that reading this book was a lot like watching a television show and then I realized why once I read the author's history. It's a really interesting story, but I think that this author really loves do things to shock the reader and leave cliff-hangers that will just make you wonder what will happen next. He's not the type you want to pick up and read and bond with a character because you never know what he intends to do with them. ;P
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