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A Game of Thrones (1996)

by George R. R. Martin

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Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (1)

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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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After the gigantic cultural impact of the Game of Thrones television series, what more could be said to convince someone to read the book? It has more depth and detail than the show, as one might expect. The book’s heroes are more troubled, their villains are more nuanced, and the plots are more layed. But the book also has some rough edges that the show addresses. For instance, the book depicts children talking and acting in ways that don’t mesh with their stated ages, which the show addressed by aging them up a bit. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I very much liked it. I admit do zoning out during much of the extra long descriptions of scenery but I loved the characters and the depth they were given.

The last 1/3 or so of the book was just fantastic. Once things start moving, they really go and I couldn't stop listening. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
Still enjoyed it loads the second time around. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book again. On to book two! ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
Re-Reading GOT... Good again as it was before... always like to Re-read a book or series after some time when its a good one ( )
  DanJlaf | May 13, 2021 |
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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, SergioTranslatorsecondary 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.

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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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.

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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.

Lithuanian version:

Sostų žaidime – pergalė arba mirtis!

„Žiema artėja…“ – rūstūs, negandas pranašaujantys žodžiai, įrašyti Edardo Starko, Vinterfelo lordo ir Šiaurės sergėtojo šeimos herbe. Septynios karalystės, prieš tris šimtus metų krauju ir ugnimi suvienytos drakonų karaliaus Eigono Užkariautojo, išgyvena apgaulingos ramybės laikus. Drakonai mirė, o kartu su jais sunyko ir galinga ilgamečių karalių Targeirinų giminė. Dabar Geležinį sostą – Septynių karalysčių valdžios simbolį –užgrobęs karalius Robertas Barateonas. Ir jis atvyksta į Vinterfelą prašyti Edardo Starko, vaikystės draugo ir maišto kovų bendražygio, tapti karaliaus patarėju.
Taip prasideda pirmoji „Ledo ir ugnies giesmės“ dalis „Sostų žaidimas“. Rašytojas George‘as R. R. Martinas sukūrė nepaprastą fantasy knygų seriją: jo vaizduotėje gimė iki mažiausių smulkmenų apgalvotas pasaulis. Su sava istorija, mitologija, religija, netgi gamtos dėsniais. Iš pirmo žvilgsnio Septynių karalysčių gyvenimas skaitytojams primins viduramžių feodalinę santvarką: pilyse šeimininkauja lordai, riteriai kaunasi turnyruose, kilmingos damos ištekinamos dar nesulaukusios pilnametystės. Magijos nuojauta sklando ore, tačiau įsitraukus į septynių didžiųjų šeimų intrigų verpetą galima ir pamiršti, kad kažkada šiame pasaulyje skraidė drakonai, kad Šiaurėje stūksanti ledo Siena gina Septynias karalystes nuo paslaptingųjų Kitų, o lordo Edardo Starko vaikai augina paskutiniuosius didvilkius. Garbė, šeima, meilė, kova dėl valdžios ir kerštas – svarbiausi Septynių karalysčių kilmingųjų gyvenimo varikliai.

Vos pasirodžiusi fantastinės epopėjos „Ledo ir ugnies giesmė“ pirmoji knyga „Sostų žaidimas“ tiek iš skaitytojų, tiek iš kritikų sulaukė puikių įvertinimų. Romanas laimėjo ne vieną premiją ir buvo nominuotas geriausio pasaulyje fantasy kūrinio apdovanojimui.
„Amerikietiškuoju Tolkienu“ vadinamo George’o R. R. Martino knygomis susidomėjo ir televizijos gigantė HBO. Buvo sukurtas 2011 m. metų sensacija tapęs televizijos serialas „Sostų žaidimas“.
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Long suffering Starks,
betrayal is always near,
beware Lannisters.

(leahdawn)

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