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A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (original 1996; edition 2011)

by George R.R. Martin

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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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Title:A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
Authors:George R.R. Martin
Info:Bantam (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 720 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Fantasy, Fiction, Adult

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

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Not as many people died as I expected. It was very well written, I cannot wait to start the new season and next book!! ( )
  barajash29 | Jan 22, 2020 |
This is such wonderful and well written book.Enjoyed every page of it.The good thing is I haven't watched the TV show yet . Not planning to watch it in the near future. Though I know few spoilers, I have no idea what's going to happen next. Couldn't help but hate the Lannisters except Tyrion. Loved the way GRRM potrayed the characters of Jon,Robb and Arya. I found myself deeply immersed in the book, particularly,at the ending(Last 200 pages). Can't wait to read the sequel.Super excited for everything that's about to come. Dragons . Maybe some magic and sorcery. More of Tyrion Lannister, hopefully. ( )
  Kausik_Lakkaraju | Jan 20, 2020 |
A fantasy book with a large and popular following. I listened to about an hour of this 34 hour listen--several tries at it. It's not my kind of book. If it weren't so old, I'd turn it in for an audible.com refund.
  buffalogr | Jan 14, 2020 |



This book had lots of intrique and machinations between three factions on their quest of power. A good book if you're into these things.
It had some promising parts but they tend to be towards the end of the book. If there is something that I didn't like about the book it's that it's too damn long and kind of slow paced for my liking. Don't get me wrong I'm used to reading a book a day, everyday but it got somewhat tiring reading this one.
I know that many read the book nowadays because of the HBO TV Series but If you don't have mach patience i wouldn't recommend this one.
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  Fidelias | Jan 9, 2020 |
I raced through the television series and didn’t want the story to end, so I started the audiobooks. I am still astonished at how closely the show followed the original story. Even portions of the dialogue are exactly the same. The narrator is okay. His pronunciations of certain names is a bit jarring as it doesn’t follow the pronunciations used in the show, but I will forgive that since the audiobook was released first.
  jmchshannon | Dec 28, 2019 |
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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
Martin, George R. R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abercrombie, JoeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Altieri, Alan D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Altieri, Sergiosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dotrice, RoyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallman, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiltunen, PetriIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hlinovsky, SatuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hodgman, JohnForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Llisterri, AnnaTranslatorsecondary 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.

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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.

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