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A Game of Thrones : A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 1 - George R R Martin

A Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 1

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Published: 22nd March 2011
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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 comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A Game of Thrones

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.

About the Author

An iconic American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, George R.R. Martin is best known for his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

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    5.0

    Forget the TV Series...

    By Cher

    from Sydney

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    Pros

    • Compelling Characters
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Original Story
    • Stupendous
    • Takes You To Another World
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Too short

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    Comments about A Game of Thrones:

    If younger people are enjoying the TV series, they need to get back to books to learn how it is done. Without a great story-line the series couldn't exist.

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    5.0

    I couldn't put A Game of Thrones down!

    By Bec

    from Sydney

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    Pros

    • Compelling Characters
    • Takes You To Another World
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Difficult To Follow

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    Comments about A Game of Thrones:

    Book in good condition, exactly what was purchased.

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    4.0

    Great read - should have bought the box

    By scrottaw

    from Newcastle AU

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        Very enjoyable

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        Prompt as promised

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        5.0

        Completely compelling fantasy!!!

        By WiL

        from Canberra, ACT

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        Pros

        • Compelling Characters
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Original Story
        • Takes You To Another World
        • Well Written

        Cons

        • Difficult To Follow

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        • Gift
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        Comments about A Game of Thrones:

        Compelling and unique characters bring to life a remarkably human story and still meets all your expectations of great fantasy literature!

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        "The major fantasy of the decade . . . compulsively readable."--"Denver Post"

        "We have been invited to a grand feast and pageant: George R.R. Martin has unveiled for us an intensely realized, romantic but realistic world."--"Chicago Sun-Times"

        "A Best Book of 1996: Martin makes a triumphant return to high fantasy . . . [with] superbly developed characters, accomplished prose, and sheer bloodymindedness."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review

        "A splendid saga . . . . Inventive and intricately plotted."--"BookPage"

        "Magic . . . George R.R.Martin's first fantasy epic [is set] well above the norms of the genre."--"Locus"

        "Such a splendid tale and such a fantasticorical! I read my eyes out and couldn't stop 'til I finished and it was dawn."--Anne McCaffrey

        ISBN: 9780553593716
        ISBN-10: 0553593714
        Series: Song of Ice and Fire
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 864
        Published: 22nd March 2011
        Dimensions (cm): 17.27 x 10.41  x 4.32
        Weight (kg): 0.41

        George R. R. Martin

        George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

        Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

        In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

        As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.

        In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.

        Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

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