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A game of thrones

by Martin, George R. R.

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The kingdom of the royal Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.

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Game of Thrones kicks off the series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF) in magnificent fashion. There are enough recognizable fantasy (and general storytelling) tropes to make a reader immediately comfortable with this new world. And then Martin quickly begins skewering those familiar standards and twisting the characters in interesting and often brutal ways. Shades of gray are developed for both the "good guys" and "bad guys." From kings to whores, an exiled princess who struggles for her own power in various ways; a drunkard dwarfism-struck intellectual; a king who sucessfully led a rebellion which deposed a violently insane ruler but who turned out to have been a much better leader during war than after he won the throne.... Epic fantasy which deserves all the attention it gets, and a book which rewards re-readings with new insights gained and secrets puzzled out.

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Intriguing

This book makes you want more form the very beginning. It is over the top action, drama, sex and gore. Its a bit like the Netflix series House of Cards, if it took place in the fictional land of Westeros instead of Washington D.C. The land of Westeros is brutal, and it soon becomes clear that only those who posses superior strength or wit will get ahead. Those without either are extremely unlucky, because in the Game of Thrones, you win, or you die.

violent

This was an involved, fantasy story that had plenty of violence. The violence was justified by the storyline, but the graphic descriptions are gratuitous. This author writes as if this is a screenplay.

A great series opener!

One of my biggest regrets in regards to the Song of Ice and Fire series is watching the Game of Thrones show before I read the books. If you have already seen the show and are deciding whether or not to read the books, I would highly recommend doing so! The original perspective that you receive from reading A Game of Thrones and the other books in the series and the details given in the books keeps them from being too boring if you have already seen the show. The care that George R. R. Martin has taken to connect stories and tie characters together is fascinating and the plot moves along at a brisk clip, aided by the change in narrator for each chapter. Readers will quickly find themselves looking forward to the chapters narrated by their favorite characters. One of the best parts of this book in particular is that, although it is part of a "fantasy" series, the fantastical elements are kept to a minimum, making the story nearly believable and a historically accurate portrayal of the Middle Ages in its own way. It is true that readers need to be prepared for a fair amount of violence and that A Game of Thrones and the subsequent novels are not for the faint of heart. Favorite characters and/or those who seem to act with honor and goodness do not necessarily survive. Good and bad things happen to everyone involved in these books, which can be challenging to accept. Indeed, this book is a great companion to the HBO series if you have seen it and want more details and a fresh perspective but, if possible, I would encourage those interested to try reading A Game of Thrones and the sequels before watching the show. The creation of your own visualizations of the characters and the places that George R. R. Martin describes so well is something that I wish I had not missed out on.

It sucks you in fro the beginning

A Song of Fire and Ice will grab you right from the beginning. Read the novel before you start watching the HBO series.There is so much political intrigue and drama that will leave you wanting for more.

Excellent!

Of the books in the series that have come out so far, I love this the best. Still, I can't wait for book six!

Good, not Best

George R.R. Martin is a good story teller, but it is very obvious who his favorite characters are from the way he writes their chapters. His female characters tend to have thoughts that only men think about—their bodies, for instance. Even his "strong" female characters are very weak when compared to his men. Some of the characters have few to no flaws, so reading their chapters can be boring. Jumping from character to character the way the author does is jarring to the reader.

The story is very strong, so if you're not a critical reader, you will love this book.

Overrated

Good, but not great.

Intense and Involved

Like others said, this is a great series but is dark and not for the faint of heart.

Definitely read the books BEFORE you watch the show. The book is extremely complex and detailed, and I expect to re-read the series a few times to grasp everything that is going on. I have only seen the first season of the show, but I was impressed with how they condensed it.

Great series

Definitely read this series. Don't be intimidated by the length of the books. You will get sucked in and finish them faster that you think. Read them before you watch the TV show. This is one of the best fantasy stories I've read.

Game of Thrones

Definitely keeps your attention! Highly recommended for fantasy lovers and non-fantasy lovers alike. Can't wait to dive into Clash of Kings!

Interesting book

Held my attention through the entire book, very sad sometimes, but also intensely suspenseful.

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Gripping but heartbreaking

I really enjoyed this book, but after I read it I did not read the sequels. I just couldn't stand having my heart ripped out of my chest so many times in one book, and I knew it wasn't going to get any better in subsequent books.

That said, I heartily enjoyed the HBO version of this book and I'm looking forward to season 2 so I can find out what happens to all the characters in the subsequent novels. TV provides enough distance for me to able to enjoy it, but the books are just a little too gritty for me.

Trigger warning for sexual violence.

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Political Intrigue

For those of you looking for a new fantasy and curious about George R. R. Martin, I’m here to lay it out for you. I won’t go into a point by point plot summary, because you can read that elsewhere, and done better than me, but suffice it to say there is a large cast of characters a la Robert Jordan and in Martin’s case lots of houses vying for power. His books are harsh, and certainly for adults; there are a lot of bad things that happen to the characters, and Martin doesn’t shy away from things like incest, rape, or brutality. So, you’ve got to be able to handle that sort of thing. But, if you can, the political intrigue is top notch, and the fact that magic is only hinted at here and there gives it a gritty realism. The most notable thing about his books, however, is that they can be quite unpredictable, and Martin isn’t afraid to have really horrible things happen to a character, or even kill them off, if he wants to,which leaves a feeling that any character could be next; no one is safe. It’s a level of tension that many authors don’t achieve, and I give him credit for it. On the other hand some people find this frustrating- and add in the fact that the books for this have been coming out very-very-very slowly so it may be a long while before it reaches a satisfying conclusion. Still, a great read for a unique fantasy intrigue series.

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