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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
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A Game of Thrones (1996)

by George R. R. Martin

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (1)

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29,33792031 (4.38)4 / 1414
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    The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (MyriadBooks, Navarone, martlet)
  2. 182
    Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (majkia)
    majkia: Both feature war-torn landscapes, confusing and conflicting motivations for main characters, and focus on complex characters whose loyalties are strained and oftentimes change.
  3. 172
    Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (allthesedarnbooks)
  4. 163
    Shogun by James Clavell (saturnine13)
    saturnine13: If you like gritty, faux historical fiction, how about another with an asian flavor? Shogun, like A Game of Thrones, concerns the byzantine political intrigues of a multitude of different characters painted in moral shades of grey, generously heaped with gruesome action and heart-breaking romance. While Shogun lacks dragons, it does have the added interest of being mostly based upon real events and people.… (more)
  5. 120
    A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (Sunnussu)
  6. 100
    The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword by George R. R. Martin (jpers36)
  7. 101
    Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie (music2084)
  8. 70
    The Iron King by Maurice Druon (Fayries)
    Fayries: George R. R. Martin himself wrote that "Druon's series was one of my major inspirations".
  9. 125
    The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny (ryvre)
    ryvre: Both are fantasy books with lots of politics and intrigue among the royal families.
  10. 50
    The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts (Konran)
  11. 40
    The Gilded Chain by Dave Duncan (MyriadBooks)
  12. 62
    The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell (sboyte)
    sboyte: Like Game of Thrones, this book shows us the lives of medieval men and women with a bit of magic and politics thrown in.
  13. 40
    Malice by John Gwynne (Toby_Sugden)
    Toby_Sugden: The start of what looks like a great fantasy series
  14. 40
    Acacia: The War with the Mein by David Anthony Durham (Anonymous user)
  15. 41
    Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs (quenstalof)
    quenstalof: Both are high fantasy epics with dragons :-)
  16. 31
    Hild by Nicola Griffith (Anonymous user)
  17. 20
    The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford (nessreader)
  18. 53
    Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (MyriadBooks)
  19. 21
    The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Martin cites this earlier fantasy series as a major influence.
  20. 21
    Wizard And Glass by Stephen King (asha.leu)

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After being a die-hard fan of the show, I finally started reading the series. Wow. This was amazing. While the majority of the content actually made it to the show, I enjoyed the pieces that didn't. For instance, I like book-Sansa better than show-Sansa due to the fact that I get to see her perspective in the book. I also LOVE the Hound. I love him on the show too, but I really like the book version of him. This book was overwhelming with knowledge. I actually set it aside for awhile because I was reluctant to read about a few deaths that I knew were coming. I'm looking forward to starting the next book soon. ( )
  itswawawhitney | Jun 19, 2018 |
At long last I've finished reading [b: A Game of Thrones|13496|A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)|George R.R. Martin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1436732693s/13496.jpg|1466917]. Now may I be seated at the table along with the rest of the nerds? No? I need to finish the rest of the series first? Well, I guess I will... I promised last year that I would finish reading these books prior to the release of the next series of the HBO adaptation... and I intend to hold true to that promise. A dislike of [a: George R.R. Martin|346732|George R.R. Martin|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1351944410p2/346732.jpg]'s writing style has hobbled me a bit in this quest, but I intend to still complete it. And to read the final two books as well, whenever they are released.

[b: A Game of Thrones|13496|A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)|George R.R. Martin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1436732693s/13496.jpg|1466917] is essentially high fantasy wed to Tudor style War of the Roses political drama. It's full of fantasy tropes, far too many names to remember, and a rich backstory and fully realized world... that doesn't really get delved into as the bulk of the plot is political intrigue. There are plenty of good characters here, and plenty of backstabbing drama - only this book is more primarily set-up for the rest than a taste of all the good to come. If you've watched the first season of the show and enjoyed it, there isn't really a lot that isn't in the show that you'll find in the book. Just some fun backstory, a few scenes not filmed, etc. It's worth a read, but it can be a bit of a slog.

I enjoyed the book overall once I got about 200 pages in. The book needed a bit more of Renly and Theon for me to truly get into it, but there were enough items of interest to keep me engaged through to the end. It helped having others to discuss it with, and send the more troubling sentences to for a bit of a giggle. Rough start to the series, but I'm told the books get better as you read through. Here's hoping that's true. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
3.5 stars ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
This book was as epic as would be expected from George R. R. Martin. Characters are being killed left and right, the reader is completely at a loss to figure out who's behind certain things and who will ultimately come to power and rule the kingdoms. Though the book took forever to read and had so many characters it was hard to keep them all straight, it was definitely epic. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Jun 2, 2018 |
And a half star. I'm not sure whether I would have liked the book as much if I hadn't seen the TV series. And I'll never know! However if I hadn't seen the series I would never have started the book - too many pages and too many books to follow. And I'm definitely not going to read part 2. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
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This is a perfect book.

There's honestly nothing I can think of that could improve it in any way. This is a book that made me shout at it, that made me giggle and cry, that made me gasp, that made me tremble and hate and love. It's seamless; I'd say it's unputdownable, except that sometimes I found I desperately needed to put it down because I was overwhelmed with the wonder of it, only to pick it up again half an hour later.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
George R. R. Martinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Altieri, Alan D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Altieri, Sergiosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dotrice, RoyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallman, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiltunen, PetriIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hlinovsky, SatuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hodgman, JohnForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macía, CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thulin, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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this one is for Melinda
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"We should start back," Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. "The wildlings are dead."
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"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends", Ser Jorah told her. "It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace." He gave a shrug. "They never are."
Bran thought about it. "Can a man still be brave if he's afraid? "That is the only time a man can be brave," his father told him.
The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.
A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.
Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.
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If you are combining a translated copy please check carefully as in some languages this book was split into two volumes. In some languages there is a single volume edition and a split edition - you should only combine the single volume edition with the English edition.

Languages known to have multiple-volumes - French*, German*, Italian*, Portugese, Romanian and Swedish*.

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This is the single-volume edition "A Game of Thrones". DO not combine with the omnibus edition containing "A Game of Thrones" and " A Clash of Kings".
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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 come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
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Long suffering Starks,
betrayal is always near,
beware Lannisters.

(leahdawn)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553573403, Mass Market Paperback)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:03 -0400)

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A tale of court intrigues in the land of Seven Kingdoms, a country "blessed by golden summers that go on for years, and cursed by cruel winters that can last a generation." The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime. A time of conflict has arisen in the Stark family, as they are pulled from the safety of their home into a whirlpool of tradedy, betrayal, assassination plots and counterplots. Each decision and action carries with it the potential for conflict as several prominent families, comprised of lords, ladies, soldiers, sorcerers, assassins and bastards, are pulled together in the most deadly game of all, the game of thrones.… (more)

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