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by George R. R. Martin (Author), Roy Dotrice (Narrator)

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Title:A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire No. 1 - Unabridged Audiobook Edition)
Authors:George R. R. Martin (Author)
Other authors:Roy Dotrice (Narrator)
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I liked the novel very much, although I found all the different POV's a little frustrating. No sooner would I get into one character's story than the chapter ended and another character started in. But I'm reading this series to learn how to write political/court intrigue, and this novel is certainly filled with it. Just one book and I've gotten several ideas to use in writing Volume 2 of [b:Rav Hisda's Daughter, Book I: Apprentice: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery|13542525|Rav Hisda's Daughter, Book I Apprentice A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery|Maggie Anton|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1333225010s/13542525.jpg|19106814]. I am also watching the HBO show on DVD, and I must admit that so far the miniseries is better than the book. I'm very glad all 5 novels are out now since I would not have liked waiting so many years for the story to finally finish. ( )
  Maggie.Anton | Jul 18, 2014 |
Good, though the type was small and its length made it somewhat ponderous of a read. Still, I do want to read the next in the series. ( )
  -sunny- | Jul 15, 2014 |
Good, though the type was small and its length made it somewhat ponderous of a read. Still, I do want to read the next in the series. ( )
  -sunny- | Jul 15, 2014 |
I love this book. His descriptions make me feel as if I live in Westeros and his characters breathe life into his pages. ( )
  aliterarylion | Jul 14, 2014 |
Is there anything new that I can say about A Game of Thrones? Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of it or the TV show that it spawned? I certainly had heard a lot about it prior to reading it. In fact, I had some peripheral awareness about who the characters were and what happened to them.

Despite a fair amount about the story and several spoilers before hand, I still enjoyed A Game of Thrones. It was also different than I expected in that there was some magic and more fantasy elements than I’d heard. There wasn’t a lot of fantasy elements, but they were there, and I got the feeling that they would increase. So despite the medieval Europe based world that aims for as much grit and realism as possible, it didn’t feel like historical fiction.

I gather that the whole point of A Game of Thrones is to take the typical fantasy world that’s based on medieval Europe and treat it as realistically as possible. But for all the acclaim about the groundbreaking world building, I found it fairly standard. It’s still based on Western Europe. It had the same gender relations, landscape, basic culture, and everything else of the stereotypical Western Europe fantasy (i.e. it’s mainly white, patriarchal and hetero-normative).

The only thing that makes it really different from the standard fantasy world is the seasons: winter and summer are variable and can last for years at a time. In the North, there are dire wolves and supposedly mammoth, but dire wolves are the only prehistoric animal to appear in the book and for all intents and purposes, they could have been normal wolves. I really like the idea of the variable seasons, but I wish that it was better integrated into the world building. Perhaps it will be shown in a later book, but how do people survive during ten year winters? Are they storing food all summer long? Are they migrating to warmer lands in the South? What work are they doing during the winter, when they can’t plant the fields?

I’ve also heard discussions about the treatment of female characters. I’m not yet ready to make a statement either way. However, it’s worth noting that half the POV characters are female, which is a higher ratio than I’ve typically seen in fantasy books (do note that all POV characters are still white straight people). However, only one of the four female POV characters was above fourteen - Catelyn Stark, who I didn’t care for. Throughout the story, she makes bad decisions and goes into hysterics over her children.

I’ve heard disagreement about the character of Sansa Stark in particular. I didn’t like her for the majority of the book, but not because she’s the “girly” daughter. I don’t think she’s dis-likable because of this. The problem with Sansa is how she fails to see reality. She’s living in a delusional world. For the majority of the book, she’s dreaming of princes and fairy tales and songs. When she finally realizes that she’s not living a fairy tale, it’s heart wrenching.

The Daenerys sections are the most problematic. I know that both child marriages and rape during wartime happened frequently throughout history (and still today). However, I’m not convinced at the extent of rape that happens in the nomadic society presumably based upon the Mongols, who were actually more egalitarian than the Western European cultures at the time. I don’t know if George R.R. Martin didn’t do any research on the subject, or did and decided to add it in anyway to make their culture (the only nonwhite culture we see a significant portion of) as vile and barbaric as possible.

I was also worried about the violence level going in, but I didn’t find it a problem. It was about on par with the violence in The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I loved. I only recall one sex scene outside of the Daenerys sections. From what I’ve seen, the TV show really amps up both the violence and sexual content. It’s present in the book, but not to the same extent.

A Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest names of the fantasy genre, so I’d feel a bit foolish recommending it – what are the chances that you haven’t already read it or heard of it? Still, it’s pretty much required reading if you like epic fantasy. However, if you’re looking for something light and escapist, I’d avoid this one. ( )
  pwaites | Jul 11, 2014 |
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And yet, I couldn't stop reading. And it wasn't with the kind of self-loathing desperation for closure that took me to the end of The Da Vinci Code. I read A Game Of Thrones with genuine pleasure. It may be a cartoon, but it's one that is brilliantly drawn. Archaic absurdity aside, Martin's writing is excellent. His dialogue is snappy and frequently funny. His descriptive prose is immediate and atmospheric, especially when it comes to building a sense of deliciously dark foreboding relating to a long winter that is about to engulf his fictional land.
The best about this is the way you can trust it to all fit together and make sense. If Martin mentions something without explaining it, it’ll be explained later, or anyway alluded to so that you can put it together yourself. It’s overflowing with detail and you can trust that all of the detail belongs and is necessary and interesting. The world and the story are completely immersive, with no jolts to jerk you out of your suspension of disbelief.
added by Shortride | editTor.com, Jo Walton (Sep 9, 2009)
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)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
George R. R. Martinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Altieri, Alan D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dotrice, RoyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiltunen, PetriIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hlinovsky, SatuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thulin, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"We should start back," Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. "The wildlings are dead."
"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.
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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.


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

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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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