A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by the . This viewpoint characterizes the book and is evident in the actions of several different families which frequently have conflicts with each other. A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in , and it . A Clash of Kings was the first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series to make the best-seller lists, reaching 13 on The New . A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) [George R. R. Martin] on George tingjetsplitinit.cf's first fantasy epic [is set] well above the norms of the genre.
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Editorial Reviews. Review. `When times are tough, there is no better distraction than these For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO's Game of Thrones are together in one eBook bundle. An immersive. A Game of Thrones book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent. Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series.
Since the events on the Iron Islands were to have an impact in the book and could not be told with existing POV characters, Martin eventually introduced three new viewpoints. On one hand, Martin was unsatisfied with covering the events during the gap solely through flashbacks and internal retrospection. On the other hand, it was implausible to have nothing happen for five years. Printing the book in "microtype on onion skin paper and giving each reader a magnifying glass" was also not an option for him.
And then take it from there. I've been telling you for 20 years that winter was coming. Winter is the time when things die, and cold and ice and darkness fill the world, so this is not going to be the happy feel-good that people may be hoping for.
Some of the characters [are] in very dark places. He also revealed there had been a previous deadline of October that he had considered achievable in May , and that in September he had still considered the end-of-year deadline achievable. He further confirmed that some of the plot of the book might be revealed in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
On the other hand, Martin noted the challenge to avoid a situation like the finale of the TV series Lost , which left some fans disappointed by deviating too far from their own theories and desires.
This included the end stories for all the core characters. Deviations from the books' storylines were considered, but a two-year hiatus to wait for new books was not an option for them as the child actors continue to grow and the show's popularity would wane. Martin believes the most profound influences to be the ones experienced in childhood.
Lovecraft , Robert E. Howard , Robert A. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you. I enjoy the brutal realism of the characters and the world that Martin has built.
It seems like the perfect example for low fantasy to me. Most of the show revolves around politics and wars, and magic isn't a normal part of everyday life.
Honestly, it deserves so much better than a 9. I almost exclusively read fantasy and these books are as good as lord of the rings, in a different way a very different way.
The best thing is they are all about character. In fantasy, characterization is often put to the side so that cool battles and fun magic can be explored more. There are only two characters in the entire series that I know are the bad guys, and the author even has me feeling bad for them at some points. Every character feels real, and there are moments where I have hated every one of them, and moments where I have loved them. They all develop over time in ways that you can barely notice until it hits you that, wow, that character isn't evil anymore.
There are a million plot lines, and each one is very real. No one cheats, no one can "just do the magic thing" to get out of a situation. Actions have consequences. Our favorite characters die, and the bad ones get to live. It is extremely well written, fast paced in some places and slow in others.
The books have a depth that make you want to read the series over and over again so you can find out just what is going on with the characters, and catch all of the hints and symbolism the author puts in there. I will never look at fantasy the same again, this series has changed my world view. I sat there thinking about all that could come from this series.
Yeah some of the writing was ham fisted, who am I to judge, but the plot was like one of those Rockwood Gardnes trees with plums, peaches, cherries and apples all on the same tree. Lots of low hanging fruit to pick from. Hey we got these giant hybrid wolves, maybe shapeshifters, telepathy, dragons, ghasts, magic, assassins, and lots more.
Yes there are barbarians in the north and its cliche, but that can work. Political intrigue of england.. And we have somewhat good and bad guys. Great start aaaaand then the wheels fall off. Instead of using some of the fruit he just letting fall off the tree to rot. Instead we are given lists of crap we don't need to care about. What type of fowl they are eating, the sauce, where the sauce is from, where the fowl is from, who is eating it. OH yeah this 3rd Bannerman for the house of Mooreevilish is wearing a turquoise tunic fashioned from the twill of far off Neargoodshire where small puppies are strung up and hit like pinatas but makes them less evil than their neighbour who does it with live babies in Babybashinworth, though Babybashingworth is known for their exquisite soup made from infant brains served in a fusia bowl decorated in intricate gold filigree and a soup spoon fashioned from the eyesocket of the dogs in Neargoodshire, painted a vermillion redly.
See what happens when you aren't concise. You will never see that bannerman again, the meal has no plot meaning, nore does the origin of the tunic if it doesn't have any consequence later on.
Scene one shotgun on mantle, better use that things sometime during your performance or it shouldn't be there. A good editor would have made this a lot better. By book 3 I was still waiting on things I knew where not coming.
I gave up in book 4 because I had done 8 books of Jordan and decided to never waste my time on a series that just sits around.
Yes he kills characters, but it becomes trivial when it happens so often.. Yes and this is novel where you are suppose to bond with characters, not feel like some lofty king who rolls over a beggar in your grand caravan.
Little growth that is meaningful because that character will of course die, plot that just seems to go in a circle, prose that aren't good. Yes 1 star is harsh, but jebus this could have been so much better. Book one left enough there to make 5 good series and he couldn't make one in the pages written so far.
I had to read it, because everybody was recommending it. I just can't. It's all because of the language. Seriously, how could people even suffer it?! What the fuck is "Will had known that they will drag him into the quarrel sooner or later, and he wished it would have been later rather than sooner"???
And what the fuck is "slender as a knife"??? And what the fuck is "he studied that deepening twilight in that half-bored, half-distracted way he had"???
I know popular books are supposed to be easy to read, but this?! Even grade school kids write way much better, and coherent. Despite really wanting to read it because I want to find out what is going on and what everybody is talking about in this serie , I can't read it, I just can't. I have no idea why this ever got published. So, i don't recommend you to read it. It ruins your linguistic skills.
And it ruins your abilities to write and even talk normally. The world is empty, no magic system , no real variation between factions or originality. Characters all behave the same way. Almost no plot. No explanation or balance which amount to childlike world building. Dan Brown cliffhangers. Where are the normal people, they're all Lords or Knights.
The battles are ridiculous, far too many deaths, no tactics and no war machines of any sort. Really, what are the chances of Gilly not getting raped at Castle black, slim to none. Sam would've been raped! Put a woman in maximum security prison and see what happens. Violent and miserable does not equal realistic! TV series is brilliant but not a fair representation of the books. Books 4 and 5 get a 2. The first three books were page turners, though still flawed.
As others have said, his realism sheds over into sadism at times. And then there is the overuse of phony cliffhangers-- for instance, we are told Arya is hit on the head by an ax swung by a man on horseback and many pages later we find it was only the flat of the ax and so she survived. Highly unlikely, but aside from that, cheap storytelling. The TV series has some of the same flaws, but improves on the books by removing some of these idiotic cliffhangers. And the characters are frankly more human.
Shae, for instance, is a cliched " bad" prostitute in the books. She is a real human being in the show. Despite their flaws, the first three books were real page turners for me. Books 4 and 5 were mostly dreary. Many of the most interesting characters, good and bad and yes, the distinction is clear have been killed off, only to be replaced by new characters who are simply not that engaging.
Seasons 5 and 6 on TV have been justly criticized, but there are at least some truly exciting episodes and some moderately entertaining dialogue even in the slower episodes. I have rewatched them all. I have zero interest in ever rereading Martin's books, because the last two have been so bad. I don't really care if he ever finishes the series. For me, the TV series, flawed as it is, is the real story as far as I am concerned. Martin created an immensely fascinating world, but he badly needed an editor who could stand up to him.
An absolute masterpiece. Poor writing level. Childish and false "European middle age" from low quality school books. This book wad've been good if it divint' have the sex!!! How else do you explain the long drawn out descriptions of small inconsequential bull which is so frequently used. I can't imagine how the narrators for the audio-books could keep themselves from falling asleep.
I bet editing and adapting this drivel for TV must be a pain though. I imagine the writers pouring over the books cutting out the descriptions of stupid crud, useless subplots, and fixing this fat dbags overall bland and plot-hole ridden narrative.
I think HBO did an amazing job with this show, and I wish they came up with it themselves so they didn't have to pay some lazy, fat, old man to go through his thousands of pages worth of vapid, drawn-out, poorly executed, novels laden with what I can only assume are his sexual fantasies. The characters in the story are superb. I read these book and absolutely had to recommend them to every book buddy.
I personally find it interesting, as though many people decided that they would attempt to warn others of the series inevitable decline in the reviews of the first book.
I would have to agree with this line of thinking sadly enough as, like many others I find that the series is excellent at first with many strong points to be found in the first few books, however the strength of the plot wanes once the fourth book starts, and the quality of the books becomes more diluted once the fifth is reached.
The series can still be saved, but with no release date as of yet for the sixth book, with the seventh and final volume most likely being another five to six years after. The more dedicated fans will be forced to wait in quiet agony hoping Martin does not pass away before the ending is finished. As far as the problems I have with the books, I will try to keep them short and simple for the purpose of the review. First, the people who we are supposed to sympathize with Starks are all morons.
Eddard is a moron for announcing his intentions to Cersei, Robb and Catelyn are morons for siding with Renly over Stannis the rightful king and going to the home of a man known to break oaths. Finally, the use of Deus ex Machina, its everywhere. In short I like the books enough for what they are but the issues I have with the characters and inclusion of poorly written Deus ex Machina story coincidences is too great to ignore.
I read about pages and the story moves forward at such a slow pace that I couldn't bother reading further. Every event feels like an obvious plot device, there is no culture, characters have no personality and no charisma whatsoever, there are too many storylines happening at the same time and none of them are in the least interesting, because the novel is structured in a way that when you start developing the slightest bit of sympathy towards a certain character the author ends the chapter, and the next chapter focuses on a completely different story arc with a different set of characters, much like the scenes in a soap opera.
There's no fantasy in this first volume of GoT except for dragon eggs, zombies, and swords with hilarious names. Don't waste your time on this. Mediocre unoriginal writing that sets up a myriad of random story lines and finishes none.
Many people mistake this lazy haphazardly way of writing with the world being rich and the characters realistic, but is simply is a cheap trick invoked by a writer who probably has no idea how he's going to wrap everything up properly, not that this is a problem for him in the future. I find it amazing how this parlor trick convinced so many people to run with this drivel, but that's the internet age for you. Perhaps that is why he dislikes fanfic so much, knowing that his pulp isn't that far above the average slash nonsense.
If you want mindless entertainment, see the show and read a good book, not this MacDonalds fantasy wannabe.
You know who I am talking about. The people who belive that the books are absolutely perfect and the author is a god among men who we shall bow down to. As for the books, I find that they start off fine, but somewhere down the line I believe that Martin has too much to focus on due to multiple characters and storylines needing to be written across varied locations spanning continents.
There really is too much to focus on for any writer, but then add in the obsessive amount of detail and its no wonder the books lose quality as they go on.
It really is more like we got to a party too soon while the decorations are still being set up for the main event. The books are mediocre at best, I believe that a vast majority of the people who claim to be fans of this series only read it because of the show and were sorely disapointed. It certainly did nothing whatsoever for me. I find that if the first ten pages or so do not grab my attention then that is it. This was certainly the case with Game of Thrones.
Sorry but I just do not see the attraction. It was the most boring, long drawn out 4 chapters that I have ever read in my life and I will not be attempting to read anymore of it. The main problem for me however, is the multiple characters I do not care about at all. So far after 5 books, only three really interest me, Tyrion, Jon, and Daenerys. I really do not care what happens to anyone else at all. The rest of the Starks and Lannisters could kill each other off for all I care.
At this point I just read the chapters concerning those three and read summaries for everyone else. I enjoy the fact that everyone is somehow connected in the story, no matter how far away they all seem from each other. What additionally made this novel awesome was that at each end of chapters, GRRM would leave a cliff-hangar, forcing you to read on till it's on a school morning. It grows very tiresome very fast, at this point nothing could get me to continue reading what has become a series devoid of any characters I can sympathize with.
Of course part of me also wishes GRRM will die before he finishes so the people who think this series is better than Tolkien's work will never get an ending. This book is so good that it made me, someone who would never even try a book.
Get into reading, you know it's good. After reading through the first few books of this supposedly fantasy series I have to wonder where the fantasy is. All I found was some bs about winter coming which wore down my patience so fast along with the overdone descriptions. I believe at this point the success of the books more or less piggyback on the accesability of the tv show.
This is the only explanation I can find for the series success. The popularity of this TV show, on its part, comes from the realities that there are not many "medieval - fantasy" type of shows on today's television.
Therefore, when you don't have enough fish in the lake, every more or less decent crucian would be considered to be a local whale and a shark altogether. The book is overrated. The narration is flat and colorblind. The monologues are emotionless and, for the most part, don't carry any story-progressing load on them. The description of decorations, clothing and little details is pretty often redundant and used just to eat more pages that readers paid for, especially in the latest books.
The story itself.. Author uses his very first book to set up the chess pieces and intrigue the reader, but it is hard to distinguish when if the game actually starts, and while the reader is making his attempt to figure that out, some main characters are already dead, others have fallen away from the story line and don't play any part in it.
The only three stars I give are for the fist book, because initially it looked promising. I don't know what percentage of HBO's profit goes into Martin's pocket, but the truth is, Martin should be the one who is paying HBO for forcing his luck of talent going mainstream.
It is the only novel I can ever remember not finishing. Also, a very good business for the author. Infesting, as parasite vines.
Avoid at all cost. However, sadly, what could have been an explosive series slowly dissolved into an anti climax with absolutely nothing happening. Book one, and most of book two are very good, book three has some interesting parts, although admittantly it begins to loose structure, book four however, I struggled with despite flying through the preceding books and I gave up on book five.
It seems that the interesting characters that Martin established in the first book have either been killed off or their storylines have dried out and have subsequently been replaced with much less interesting characters and storylines.
All in all, the disappointment factor when reflecting upon what this story could have been is perhaps the worst thing about it. It could have been great, and it has its moments, but when you look at the potential that Martin had to begin with, which slowly dissolves into nothing, it's just such a shame that he couldn't carry it out and that's the worst thing about the series, the dreadful waste of potential.
Still, I wouldn't say avoid it completely, just be aware that this story will probably not play out the way you had hoped and you may well find yourself as disappointed as I was. I do not get why everyone disses that "Dance with Dragons" fifth book though. I found it quite interesting. I gave 10 to the first three books, and single stars to the last two books, and is what I got. Sadly, the last two books take all the momentum of the first three, and flush it down the toilet. I wish they didn't.
I'm waiting for book six, and hoping that Martin gets his act together, but at this point the story is so bloated that it's unlikely to happen. If anyone wants an excellent series that moves like a well-oiled machine from start to finish, try Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy.
However gradually this 'epic' seems to loose all momentum and direction, it is when you begin to realize that there are entire chapters in the book that you do not care about, entire chapters that are so mind numbingly dull and uninsightful, that you could happily skip them. Words become words, everything takes so long, too long to arrive at a destination. The most interesting stories seem to end abruptly or with an inadequate solution and you begin to notice that the more words that are written the more the books loose all sense of direction, you become unattached from all characters and stories and its a shame because the world which has been created is sublime, however the way in which this 'epic' is told just does not do justice to the first two books and the direction it was originally heading in.
On the back of the TV series the first two books were enjoyable enough with sympathetic characters and some genuine boo hiss baddies to hate but by book 4 we were flagging and book 5 is simply dreadful.
Self indulgent repetitive and pointless. Nothing happens. Dany continues to play the stroppy teenager before finally getting laid having dumped her dragons in a pit on noticing they aren't house-trained. Martin clearly doesn't care about his characters so how can we?
So utterly disdainful is he of his readers that he ends his books with a self pitying winge about what a bitch it all has been for him to write. Oh yeah? Well not nearly as big a bitch as it was to lay out good money then waste hours of our lives reading this self indulgent piffle mate. Love the series and people complaining how it's poorly written This is really a great series, not a single one of you could even come close to matching Martin's writing.
But the series is over extended and loses its appeal after the first two books. The fourth and fifth books are filled with repetitions and tedious details. The book starts by building some anticipation for the arrival of winter yet you will have to read five books to get there.
It is like watching 15 min boring commercial for 2 min show. Overall disappointing. It's more than loss of time. It's a nonsensical mess. Book 4 and 5 have absolutely nothing to say and all the characters are primitive. It seems that the author just wants to set a record of number of pages lacking of any substance. They're a deviation from the traditional fantasy storyline hero that overcomes all vs.
Martin's boldness. I do think he does it well, the story is well written and always keeps you guessing. I didn't have a problem with the multiple characters and their separate chapters I made it through the Wheel of Time series and loved it , but I did have a problem with caring what happens.
I like that Mr. Martin has no qualms about killing off whatever character needed to die and the revolving complexity of the plot is really interesting. But honestly, what I think he lost between the multiple characters and their impermanence was making me care about the character.
I think he shows their negative sides much more than any goodness in them and in not knowing how long they're going to be around, I found myself avoiding getting too emotionally involved in their stories to the point that I just don't really care what happens to them anymore.
I also agree with another reviewer here in that somewhere the overall plot gets lost. Also I'm just confused about the role of the whole "winter is coming" idea - I would like to see that come to more prominence because I could see that forcing everyone to set aside their differences and their petty politics to fight a common foe - and it's seemed like that since the very first chapter. Overall, I say kudos to Mr. Martin for daring to break the traditional fantasy conventions and hopefully opening a whole new realm of possibilities for other writers but I hope that after this series, he learns from his mistakes and writes a much better one.
I give it 6 stars for boldness, creativity, interesting characters and good writing. That's pretty ridiculous.
If I could pick a fantasy author to recommend to someone looking for something to equal or best Tolkien's LoTR, it would have to be Gene Wolfe, and the Urth series. Book 4, didn't finish, no ending could be worth the bother. I've read some part of a book every day for over 50 years, since I was able to read anything.