My godmother gave me this book a while back and I still haven’t read it. I guess it’s too late to act all cool and tough about it, since I failed to read it before the HBO series.
A Game of Thrones
Authors: George R.R. Martin
Page count: 704
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grabbed me and wouldn't let go. If you enjoy fantasy, twist, turns, surprises, characters that make you laugh and make you cry........just start the series, you won't be sorry. (until you get to the end and have no idea when all those characters are going to come back to life!!!!). can't wait til the next book is written.
I've been an avid fantasy reader throughout my life, and after reading the first four of the Game of Thrones series I would conclude that Martin has created an epic saga comparable to that of Tolken. The way he seamlessly weaves together complex story-lines of dynamic characters will have you glued to your seat start to finish.
This is the first volume of one of the finest fantasy series I've ever read. You'll probably devour it and rush to read the rest. The quality begins to flag toward the last couple of volumes, but by then you'll be so hooked on the world, the stories and the characters (many characters) that you won't want to quit. In fact, you'll probably be among the frustrated horde exhorting Martin to finish.
of course this blew everyone out of the water this year, but i found the books slow reading. the most important story for me was dany and the dragons, but martin spends a lot less time with her. fortunately the series was all i could have hoped for and she gets equal story time. i hope it continues that way...
Interesting characters in an alternate reality that has a nice balance of difference and familiarity. This series (the fifth just came out) is more like a soap opera than a novel - it moves very slowly as it follows many many characters (in detail - what they ate, what they wore, who they killed.) If you're OK with that, enjoy! If you need a resolution in the books you read, these are not for you.
I normally am not so into fantasy, but this addictive series provides days and days of escapism without ever getting boring. Each book is thousands of pages long, and there are 5 books! Memorable characters, unexpected plot twists, and moments of hilarity. Set in a medieval world with just the right amount of magic.
I'm about half-way through this book and am really enjoying it. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy reading it since I already know what happens throughout and at the end (because I watched the HBO show). I recommend reading it even if you've seen the show because you get to know the characters in much greater detail.
One of the most awesome fantasy series of all time and a personal favorite since '98. The writing is sensuous and fast-paced. The cast is a menagerie of well-developed characters, from which you can pick which to love and hate (this is not a typical good vs. evil plot). Epic court intrigue, illicit relationships, ancient family lineages, cross-continental war - why aren't you reading it yet?
My favorite in the "Song of Ice and Fire" trilogy, this epic by George R. R. Martin won a Locus Award, was nominated for a Nebula and Wold Fantasy Award, and spun off a trading card and roleplaying game. The book follows three storylines simultaneously and was a real page-turner of magic and mayhem.
I noticed a girl reading this book on the subway, perhaps due to the eponymous HBO original series.
Do you think it'd be worth it to read this after seeing the HBO series? I'm interested...
So I read it and am now halfway through the 2nd novel—great books! I started the HBO series with @laurengabriela too and now she’s on the 3rd book.
You have *just* enough time to start this before sunday's premier on HBO. This epic fantasy series pulls you in at about page 100 and you're yelling battle cries jumping out of your chair halfway through. Maybe that's just me. But look at it it this way: how much more satisfying is it to see a character you've toiled alongside come to life in an HBO production? plus, swords and battleaxes.