HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire,…
Loading...

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) (original 1996; edition 1997)

by George R. R. Martin (Author)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
29,77593249 (4.38)4 / 1416
Member:timoheuer
Title:A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
Authors:George R. R. Martin (Author)
Info:Bantam (1997), 831 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fantasy, mittelalter, lang:en

Work details

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

  1. 213
    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)

(see all 31 recommendations)

1990s (4)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (886)  Spanish (14)  French (6)  Dutch (5)  German (5)  Finnish (3)  Swedish (2)  Catalan (2)  Portuguese (Brazil) (2)  Danish (2)  Italian (1)  Polish (1)  Hungarian (1)  Portuguese (Portugal) (1)  All languages (931)
Showing 1-5 of 886 (next | show all)
Una amiga se está leyendo por primera vez la saga de Canción de Hielo y Fuego, y cuando me comentaba sus impresiones me di cuenta de que no recordaba mucho de lo que me decía, me sonaba, pero no lo ubicaba, etc. Así que me dije: ea, voy a releerlos.

Como estoy algo nostálgica y con tanta morriña como cierto personaje en el Muro os contaré un poco mi primera experiencia con la saga.

Esta saga me encontró recomendada por una amiga (Syg, un saludo ^^) que sabiendo de mi interés por el género fantástico me habló de ella, que por aquel entonces no era muy conocida (al menos en España, o sólo en ciertos círculos/ambientes) y que daba una vuelta de tuerca al género inspirado eternamente por Tolkien. Pero, como creo recordar me advirtió ella, los hechos son bastante más crudos y reales, más humanos. También me aconsejó lo que ya se ha convertido en clave cada vez que recomiendas esta saga: NO TE ENCARIÑES CON NINGÚN PERSONAJE. Yo traté de hacerle caso, de verdad que lo intenté, pero fue imposible, y cinco libros más tarde me sigue siendo imposible, sigo llorando/indignándome y queriendo meter el libro en el congelador a lo Joey en Friends. Se sufre mucho, es cierto, pero engancha como cosa mala.

"Y quema, vaya si quema. No hay nada que queme como el frío."

El libro puede llegar a resultar confuso muchas veces. Yo no era consciente de la línea temporal en la que nos movíamos, los acontecimientos se me mezclaban al ser contados como historias por boca de los personajes, y a mí eso me hizo centrarme en el presente y en el personaje que estuviera siguiendo en ese momento. Porque la historia nos es contada bajo varios puntos de vista, el personaje que de título al capítulo que toque. Esto hace que hasta, años después y tras libros y libros aún no fuera consciente de muchas cosas hasta haber leído resúmenes y teorías de las miles que rondan por internet. De hecho, en esta relectura he sonreído al ver cosas que antes pasé por alto, y al recordar con nostalgia mi visión sobre la historia y los personajes en aquel momento... Y recordar cosas que había olvidado. Lo leí hace demasiado tiempo, un año o más antes de que saliera la adaptación a televisión (recuerdo el fangirleo cuando salió la noticia, las teorías sobre el casting —y cómo creímos morir, nosotros fans de la fantasía, al ver que el mismísimo Boromir sería el adorado Ned Stark—, el miedo por la posible decepción...), y mi memoria recuerda mal los hechos "históricos" y las líneas genealógicas que tan importantes son en la saga.

A medida que pasan las páginas y/o te introduces en el fandom, lo lógico es elegir "lealtad" hacia una casa, o hacia un personaje en concreto del cual deseas que dure muchas páginas y que logre grandes cosas en ese complicado reto que es el salvaje juego de tronos.

Este primer libro resulta bastante ameno, rápido de leer, y te va sorprendiendo a cada minuto. Para lectores ávidos como yo, que nos sorprendan tan de seguido es una bocanada de aire fresco, porque llega un momento en que crees que ya nada es completamente nuevo.

George no se corta un pelo a la hora de las descripciones violentas, de plantarte los temas tabú, de provocar reacciones agitadas y catarsis que es imposible que te dejen indiferente, de una manera u otra. Necesitas tener una mente abierta, un raciocinio sereno frente a diversos dilemas morales, para acercarte a este libro. Si te indignas con facilidad y dicha indignación suele impedirte mantener la sangre fría quizá este libro no sea para ti porque podría provocarte una úlcera.

Para mí, más que las intrigas palaciegas y demás, lo realmente interesante es la evolución de los personajes y su crecimiento como personas. Mi favorita en este libro porque es la que se convirtió en el centro de mi atención, pues ella tiene el que para mí fue el plot twist más impactante del libro (y eso incluye cierto Hecho Que No Debe Ser Nombrado) es Daenerys Targaryen. ( )
  iceinmyblues | Sep 16, 2018 |
In the time that's elapsed since the first book was released Shakespeare managed:

Henry VI, Part 2 (1590–1591)

Henry VI, Part 3 (1590–1591)

Henry VI, Part 1 (1591–1592)

Richard III (1592–1593)

The Comedy of Errors (1592–1593)

Titus Andronicus (1593–1594)

The Taming of the Shrew (1593–1594)

The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594–1595)

Love's Labour's Lost (1594–1595)

Romeo and Juliet (1594–1595)

Richard II (1595–1596)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595–1596)

King John (1596–1597)

The Merchant of Venice (1596–1597)

Henry IV, Part 1 (1597–1598)

Henry IV, Part 2 (1597–1598)

Much Ado About Nothing (1598–1599)

Henry V (1598–1599)

Julius Caesar (1599–1600)

As You Like It (1599–1600)

Twelfth Night (1599–1600)

Hamlet (1600–1601)

The Merry Wives of Windsor (1600–1601)

Troilus and Cressida (1601–1602)

All's Well That Ends Well (1602–1603)

Measure for Measure (1604–1605)

Othello (1604–1605)

King Lear (1605–1606)

Macbeth (1605–1606)

Antony and Cleopatra (1606–1607)

Coriolanus (1607–1608)

Timon of Athens (1607–1608)

Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1608–1609)

Cymbeline (1609–1610)

The Winter's Tale (1610–1611)

PS. There was no Netflix in those days. Or even an EU which people worked out their inadequacies with, by pretending to hate while not understanding it.

(Bought in 1997)

Three things that have niggled me about these novels.

One: A league equates to three miles (though there are many variations on the definition of the term). GRRM seems to be under the impression that it signifies a measure of distance much shorter than a mile, which presumably is why he frequently writes of characters or locations being a thousand leagues away which in the real world would equate to the distance between the North Pole and Malaga, when he clearly intends a distance of some hundreds of miles;

Two: Keeps. GRRM frequently, vaguely, refers to castles as having multiple towers and keeps, apparently blithely unaware that the keep was the largest structure and the highest point in a castle, and that therefore in any castle (well, apart from one prominent example in France) there was only ever one keep in any one castle, not lots of them;

Three: Lobstered steel. He frequently uses this adjective - which he seems to have invented - to refer to the finely segmented overlapping armour plates used in expensive suits of armour to protect the lesser, smaller areas such as the joints, where a lot of small plates would have been needed to ensure protection as well as flexibility.

George The word is 'loricated'. You could have googled it. Really.

Alright . Rant over. Those are trivial quibbles I concede. ( )
  antao | Sep 7, 2018 |
This is one of the most amazing fantasy books I have ever read. The world is so enormous and expansive, packed full with rich history and action.
What i love the most, If I must be honest, is the complex characters and plot. No one in these lands are good nor evil, and so their decisions and allegiances can be hard to predict. But one must also be aware whilst reading this series! Nobody is safe, and some will win and others may lose.
I know I will read on through these tales, keeping the amazing television series in mind, through the journey.

I recommed this book to all lovers of story, fantasy, action and intrigue. ( )
  marie2830 | Sep 2, 2018 |
I am sorry. I tried. I really did. But I just couldn't stick with it. Despite the fact that I took it up after a recommendation, I still couldn't hold on to it.

The story is good but there is a lot of information, chunks of paragraphs that one has to get through before you get to the heart of the story. Fantasy is not my genre and despite the fact I love the old world charm of kings and queens, the book failed to appeal to me in anyway.

After a point, picking up the book became a dreaded activity. I gave up. ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
I'll get back to this book eventually. I had already watched the first season of the HBO series, and the producers don't seem to have left much out.
  Eternal.Optimist | Aug 22, 2018 |
Showing 1-5 of 886 (next | show all)
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.
added by Shortride | editSF Site, Amal El-Mohtar (Mar 15, 2007)
 

» Add other authors (30 possible)

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

Is contained in

Contains

Has the adaptation

Inspired

Has as a supplement

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
this one is for Melinda
First words
"We should start back," Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. "The wildlings are dead."
Quotations
"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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
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*.

Languages marked by an asterisk also have a single volume edition.
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".
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Book description
Publisher description for 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. 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.
Haiku summary
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)

(see all 10 descriptions)

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 21 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.38)
0.5 12
1 104
1.5 16
2 189
2.5 32
3 735
3.5 245
4 2716
4.5 617
5 5084

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 128,808,147 books! | Top bar: Always visible