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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)

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5 years ago at Dec 7 23:16
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The book is as good as they say. But having seen the TV show prior to reading it, my suspicions were confirmed and the first book is just good enough, nothing spectacular. Same as with the first season of the TV show (that is very faithful to the book, you could even skip the book (at least this 1st one, I didn't read the others yet), see the 1st season and read the other books). That said, it is ... read more

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7 months, 2 weeks ago at Apr 27 9:23
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Even for someone who has watched the HBO series, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is an engaging and enjoyable read! The strength of Martin’s writing shines through in these pages. Each chapter is well-crafted. You know exactly how to picture the setting and you feel the desires and discontent of each chapter’s (POV) character. Watching how Martin develops characters, with all their flaw... read more
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Description: 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 center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who co ... (more)
Manufacturer: Bantam
Release date: 4 August 1997
ISBN-10 : 0553573403 | ISBN-13: 9780553573404
Tags: Fantasy (20), Fiction (6), Politics (5), Magic (5), A Song Of Ice And Fire (5), War (4), Series (4), Knights (4), Rape (3), Incest (3), Epic Fantasy (3), Song Of Ice And Fire (3), Lords (3), Murder (2), Scifi (2), ASOIAF (2), Dragons (2), Kings (2), George R. R. Martin (2), Book 1 (2)
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"Written by: George R.R. Martin Cover by: Steven Youll Published: August 6, 1996 Publishers: Bantam Spectra (US), Voyager Books (UK) Number of Pages: 619 “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.” "


Kyle Ellis posted a review 7 months, 2 weeks ago

“Even for someone who has watched the HBO series, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is an engaging and enjoyable read! The strength of Martin’s writing shines through in these pages. Each chapter is well-crafted. You know exactly how to picture the setting and you feel the desires and discontent of each chapter’s (POV) character. Watching how Martin develops characters, with all their flaws, keeps the story going as much or more than the ‘game of thrones.’ If you’re looking for new information in the book; however, you’re not likely to discover much. Definitely nothing that one could really classify as a surprise.

In fact, it distracted me (for a while) that the two were so remarkably similar (scenes, dialogue, action all seemed to match). When there was a small c” read more

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Paulo Júnior posted a review 5 years ago

“The book is as good as they say. But having seen the TV show prior to reading it, my suspicions were confirmed and the first book is just good enough, nothing spectacular. Same as with the first season of the TV show (that is very faithful to the book, you could even skip the book (at least this 1st one, I didn't read the others yet), see the 1st season and read the other books). That said, it is still very impressive what Goerge RR Martin has done. It's mostly not as epic as I expected, but is the first book, so it's an introduction and, in my experience, first books are always the worse in a series. But none (of the few) other fantasy books I read managed to accomplish what Martin did. So much happens in this book, so much more than practically any other book! And the writing is so full ” read more

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