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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Voyager
About the Book: A Game of Thrones During 2011, the first volume of George R R Martin's glorious high fantasy will be aired as an HBO series on Foxtel. Martin unfolds with astonishing skill a tale of truly epic dimensions, thronged with memorable characters, a story of treachery and ambition, love and magic. Set in a fabulous world scarred by battle and catastrophe over 8000 years of recorded history, it tells of the deeds of men and women locked in the deadliest of conflicts and the terrible legacy they will leave their children. In the game of thrones, you win or you die. About the Author: George R. R. Martin As a child growing up in New Jersey, George R.R. Martin displayed an early interest in "the writing life" by selling monster stories of his own invention to the children in his Bayonne neighborhood. In high school he became an avid comic book collector and began to write for comic fanzines. He sold his first story to Galaxy in 1970 when he was 21 years old. Martin received his ba ... See more
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  1.  In the Game of Thrones you win or you DIE! 13 September, 2013 On
    A Game of Thrones by Author George R.R. Martin is a fantasy novel that reminds me a lot of the epic classic, Le Morte d'Arthur. It has small elements of Tolkien-like fantasy, but really almost fits better with historical fiction.

    House Stark is the ruling family of the North that is responsible for defending the northern border of the kingdom from various enemies. Lord Eddard Stark, ruler and father of House Stark, receives a visit from his old friend and comrade, King Robert Baratheon. Stark soon finds himself at the center of a conspiracy of rival lords to take the kingdom for themselves.

    This book really has some spectacular moments, but overall, I can't help but feel like it's a tad overrated. It is well written and definitely has some interesting characters and plot twists. However, the author has the propensity of jumping from character to character so frequently that it became maddening to me at times. It disrupts the continuity of the story and becomes very annoying. Your head begins to spin trying to keep track of the many, many characters and all of the details. The book also really stalls out at times and I couldn't help but feel like it was taking way too long to go somewhere. Martin also loves to spend a lot of time on various, intricate details that become pointless and boring and just seem to take up a lot of pages for no real reason. It reminded me of Terry Goodkind in that way. Readers of Goodkind know what I mean.

    Throughout the book I was thinking of giving it a 2 or 3 star rating out of my boredom and its general lack of progress, but the story picks up steam as it goes. Toward the end of the book the author finally reveals some history of the kingdom that I found very interesting. And the ending, to me, was brilliant. Overall, the book is worth reading just because it does have such a terrific, interesting ending that it makes up for a lot of my criticisms. I would recommend it for fantasy lovers. I did give it 4 stars, but just barely.
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  2.  Unpredictable to say the least 27 November, 2013 On
    There is one thing that this book is...and that is 'unpredictable'. I could not have guessed the kind of events that have taken place in this book and the sequence that these events have followed. I am still not sure whether I really like this book/series or not but then I am going to reserve that call just yet and give the second book of this series a go.
    One thing I would say is that this is the kind of a book where you need to push yourself to stay engaged till about 90% mark (with help from some characters along the way), but the final lap is quite riveting indeed.
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  3.  Excellent service by Amazon 20 June, 2013 On
    An epic journey through the wonderful world of fantasy. The book was delivered within few seconds of payment from my Kindle Touch.
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