A Game of Thrones

(A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

Paperback, 704 pages

English language

Published March 4, 2011 by Spectra.

ISBN:
9780553381689
OCLC Number:
551650731

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4 stars (28 reviews)

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A GAME OF THRONES

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. …

32 editions

A bit too predictable and overly descriptive.

2 stars

This book frustrated me for so many reasons, and it's too difficult to not write a book about why because (unintentionally, I presume) I was made to think far too much about it. This review, sadly, is more of a jumble to keep the length down.

So here's a short list of the things I absolutely disliked:

  1. In terms of clarity, switching between names in the narration text (even simple swaps between Ned/Eddard and Dany/Daenerys because nicknames are better used to indicate relationships between people). One of the first moments this caught on was switching between Theon/Greyjoy in the narration (rather than picking one of the two), which made me have to double-check that this was the same person. Also, throwing in nicknames between characters without making it clear to whom they refer (Pimple? Lover?).

  2. Euphemisms for genitalia. All of it. Especially 'manhood'. How sexuality is discussed/used. Anything related to …

Review of 'A Game of Thrones: The 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 2016] George R. R. Martin' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

That was superb.

Obviously it is very much the first part of a much larger story, but I knew I was letting myself in for that when I started this novel.

What George RR Martin has managed to do in this novel is combine an incredible level of detail with a collection of characters that are both consistent and plausible and about whom I really want to know what happens next.

Review of 'A Game of Thrones: The 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 2016] George R. R. Martin' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

There's no denying that GRRM is a master worldbuilder- all of the lore behind his world is incredible and echoes in several modern series, video games, and D&D campaigns that I follow. I'm so inspired by his character creations, geography, naming conventions, language, and ability to weave historical events into the plot of his stories.

That being said, I have a huge problem with GRRM. After reading A Game of Thrones , I'm fairly convinced that GRRM had a specific audience in mind while writing this book, and didn't consider how his use of rape and sexual violence as plot advancement would affect his readers. For a world that's so creative, fantastic, and unrealistic, I'm thoroughly disappointed that GRRM would go the lazy writing route of using sexual violence as a plot device. I'm well aware that the historical time period in which A Song of Ice and Fire reflects …

Review of 'A Game of Thrones: The 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 2016] George R. R. Martin' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Not going to say much about this one, I'm sure all my points have already been covered, and I'm tainted from watching the tv show first.

The large number of characters, settings and plots might have been hard to handle coming into this cold.

The show tracked the book pretty darned closely.

Very enjoyable.

Review of 'A Game of Thrones: The 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 2016] George R. R. Martin' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is the first book in one of the best epic fantasy series around, A Song of Ice and Fire. It has also recently been adapted into the first season of an equally epic TV series, Game of Thrones, which I highly recommend watching if you haven't already. And if you're coming to the book series as a fan of the TV show, then the books will give you plenty of additional details and background to feast on.

The characters and places that George R R Martin introduces us to in this book are richly and lovingly rendered in believable detail. The world of the books is a dark and often brutal one; good things do not necessarily come to good people simply because they are good, and the game of thrones of the title is a bloody one where every action has its consequences. The characters are rarely black …

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