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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 22, 2011 by George R. R. Martin (Author)

What could be said about Game of Thrones, the first of George R.R. Martin’s epic series, that hasn’t been said a million times? It’s absolutely brilliant. Going into these books (I read them after the show began but before I’d seen the show. ..), I enjoyed my share of sci-fi/fantasy along the lines of Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. .. fairly light-hearted stuff (in comparison, at least) that always felt grounded in the same world I live in. The one genre I really disliked was "Middle Ages Fantasy" as I called it. Lord of the Rings, for instance, while the films were visually appealing, was not my cup of tea. .. too detached from reality. So when I first saw articles and clips from the HBO Game of Thrones series, I thought it looked like the one type of fantasy series that I would never enjoy. I held out for a looong time, until 3 different friends of mine with similar tastes in books/shows/films promised me that, while they too disliked this sub-genre of fantasty, this series was different, and I HAD to read the books or start the show. Grudgingly, I picked up the first book, figuring that I’d push myself half-way through it and let me friends know I tried and they were totally wrong. Of course they weren’t wrong. What George R.R. Martin has done here defies genre, period. It doesn’t matter if you’re like me and don’t care for this sub-genre of fantasy. .. it doesn’t matter if your like my spouse, and don’t like fantasy at all. If you enjoy brilliant, incredibly-developed, thought-provoking stories. .. those with a strongly developed cast of characters who blissfully lack being "good vs. evil" and instead all display their shades of grey, good traits, evil traits, unique traits, all sorts of traits. .. then this book is for you. Buy it. Open it up. Start reading. You won’t regret it. Check it out! Review Readers of epic fantasy series are: (1) patient–they are left in suspense between each volume, (2) persistent–they reread or at least review the previous book(s) when a new installment comes out, (3) strong–these 700-page doorstoppers are heavy, and (4) mentally agile–they follow a host of characters through a myriad of subplots. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called “well above the norms of the genre.” Martin’s Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest. There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling; it garnered a Nebula nomination and won the 1996 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. So, on to A Clash of Kings! –Nona Vero –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 22, 2011 by George R. R. Martin (Author) Review

Awesome book. The characters are so complex and believable. The story is fascinating and exciting. I love the FEEL of the book. It does move at a bit of a slow pace, but this is important for character development. I like being inside the main character’s heads and getting a feel for how they view certain situations. Excellent. -Read Reviews-

If you love the Game of Thrones TV series you will LOVE this book. This book goes into detail of the characters and family backgrounds. Most of which is not found in the TV show. The books are even better than the show. Each episode can only fit less than an hour of the story. Reading the books has given me a profound understanding of the show. This book will keep you turning pages and unable to put it down. Don’t expect to be able to read just a few pages a day. This book is for binge reading. I highly recommend.

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