HBO brings George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones to the small screen

by |April 20, 2011

During 2011, the first volume of George R R Martin’s glorious high fantasy, A Song of Ice and Fire, will be aired in Australia as an HBO series on Foxtel.

It premièred on Sunday in the USA & UK and pulled in 4.2 million viewers

You have the chance to read the trilogy before it screens here in Australia…

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 centre 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 endeavours 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.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman: ‘Barely a few minutes into HBO’s epic Game of Thrones series, it’s clear that the hype was right and the wait was worth it. What we have here is the successful pairing of an acclaimed collection of fantasy books with a television series that illuminates and expands what’s on the page.’

The Guardian’s Phelim O’Neill: ‘The first thing that impresses is how good it all looks: it really does feel like a movie… Game of Thrones gets better and better with each episode. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s all sword and very little sorcery. It’s been called fantasy for people who don’t like fantasy, but Mark Addy put it better: “It’s fantasy about people who don’t believe in fantasy.” Besides, to us here in the UK, aren’t the mean streets of Baltimore in The Wire just as much a fantastical place? I’d go as far as to say the show is a triumph; it’d be a shame to miss out on it due to a deficiency in imagination.

The Atlantic’s Scott Meslow:Game of Thrones is undeniably impressive in its ambition and scope. It’s also almost perversely inaccessible (though no more so than Deadwood or The Wire, which also began by laying out worlds of enormously complexity and daring viewers to keep up). But it’s worth the effort to let the story unfold.’

Time magazine’s James Poniewozik calls the series an ‘epic win!’ ‘Ambitious, visually stunning. It’s also shaping up to be the most immersive grownup adventure TV has produced since Lost. Watching Game of Thrones is like falling into a gorgeous, stained tapestry. This epic, unflinching fantasy noir takes our preconceptions of chivalry, nobility and magic and gets medieval on them.’

Watch the full 14 minute preview: here

Funny article in the Belfast Telgraph: Knowing that sex is an integral theme throughout George RR Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire — on which this series Game Of Thrones is based — I had a vague idea of what to expect.

I just didn’t realise there’d be so much sex.

Outdoor sex, girl-on-girl sex lessons, a vertically-challenged character (played brilliantly by Peter Dinklage) cavorting with prostitutes, and, most shockingly of all, incestuous sex. Read more

‘Game of Thrones’: Five Reasons to Watch By Catriona Wightman, TV Reporter, Digital Spy: Have you heard about a little show called Game of Thrones that’s coming up? Alright, we lie – it’s a huge show. The drama’s based on some very popular books by George R R Martin and is set in the land of Westeros, where a number of families are caught up in violent power struggles to take control of the Iron Throne. But should you watch? Well, yes, you definitely should. If for some reason you need a bit more convincing than that, read on for our five reasons to tune in… More…

I repeat – You have the chance to read the trilogy before it screens here in Australia… Buy your copy of Volume One: Game of Thrones here

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About the Contributor

While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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  • Jaiden Kennedy

    May 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Nice Research idiot that you would send out a professional email and a blog about a trilogy when the 4th book ‘A Feast For Crows’ has been out for 5 or 6 years and the 5th is soon coming out. also the third book was published as two seperate parts in Aus meaning this series has arguably 5 books (A fine number for a trilogy no doubt!).

    Do some research before you send me things…. It is nice to know that in future i can rely on Booktopia to provide me with expert alerts and advice when they cannot even correctly state facts readily available on wikipedia

    • May 26, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Thank you for your comments.
      It is heart warming to note that I can always rely on a fantasy fan to correct me when I err in dealing with such important truths.
      We must work together to keep certain stereotypes alive well into the future.

  • Helen Overmyer

    July 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Love this series! Have nearly finished Book 5. Will the it be available on DVD? Don’t have Foxtel.

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