A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
The first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert best ...more
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The archetypal story of the hero, the villain, the great love, and a world to be saved never seems to get old--and there's nothing wrong with this story when it's told well. At the best, it's excitin ...more
WARNING: If you enjoyed this book, even a little bit, you may not want to read this review. It will probably make you angry. Heaven knows that the book made me furious, and I intend to turn every bit of that wrath back on it.
Instead, I suggest you read karen's review, Brigid's review, Joyzi's review, or any other of the gushing four and five-star reviews h ...more
nerds, now i am among you.
this is going to be a review where i just prattle on and on about meee meee meee, because let's face it - there are a million reviews of this puppy out there so i don't have to worry about doing a disservice to the book. you'll either read the book or you won't. but you should: it's got direwolves.
i wasn't going to read this. after years of watching hordes of desperate sad-eyed nerds coming up to me, asking "any news on the george r.r. martin release??" (like the bn ...more
I HATE this book.
I HATE it so much I had to get a new hardback copy to read so I could underline all the parts I HATE about it so much and post them on Goodreads.
I HATE it with such a passion I also bought copies for all my friends and family, also in new hardback editions, so they could HATE it along with me.
When the TV series came on I was so fuming with rage I watched the entire season twice and bought six copies of the DVD, because I could not believe how much I could HATE somet ...more
Here are the reasons to choose GRRM. I've also listed the reasons not to choose him to make it fair b/c I know their are certain personalities who won't like this ser ...more
And a sneaky bonus for Torchwood fans!
Just so you know, all the cool people totally close ...more
A Song of Ice and Fire is the Grey's Anatomy of fantasy. It isn't perfect in the beginning (it's pretty flawed, actually), but you think "That's okay, the premise is good! It will improve!" And then before you know it, everyone is having everyone else's baby and murdering their mother (who is also their sister, and a schizophrenic) and traveling around on horseback setting things on fire fo ...more
That said I was intrigued and promised said friend to look into this infi ...more
First, Martin throws sex into the book willy-nilly. It's like a horny twelve year old got his typewriter and went to town. It would be one thing if the sex were provocative and, well sexy, but unfortunately ...more
Okay, so it's way more complicated than that but it's hard to write a teaser for an 800+ page kitten squisher like this.
I was bound and determined not to read the S ...more
First, I've come to fantasy from science fiction, and expect writers to be logical and consistent in their world-building. I love Martin's idea of a climate where winter can last for years and summer can last for years, but he doesn't seem to have thought ...more
And I can honestly say that not only did this book not suck, but that I ...more
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN,YOU FREAKING GENIUS!
To be honest,I never thought I would read this,not because it is something I don't like(it is something I most like),but it is so huge.But now I thank the gods and the kings for making me read this.I can't explain how much I admire this book.It has been a part of my geeky life and I am proud for that.I am a fan,an ultimate true fan!
These are some things you get from reading this book:
Girl on girl
Smart talks and tactics
the freaking hot Daener ...more
عندما تلعب صراع العروش..فأنت إما تكسب، وإما تموت
هذا أساس اﻷغنية ،أنشودة الجليد والنار، و نشيدها اﻷول 'لعبة العروش' الملحمي
حيث عرش الملك محاط بمؤامرات خبيثة ومكائد ،الخيانة ،اﻷحقاد، والحروب
وعندما يلعب السادة والحكام صراع عروشهم الشرس، دائما الأبرياء والشرفاء فقط هم أكثر من يعاني
وينشغل الحكام بصراع عروشهم عن الخطر الذي يهدد عالمهم ، خطر الغرباء القادمون من أرض الجليد بالشمال , وخطر عودة التنانين ونيرانهم من الشرق..ومن هنا تبدأ أنشودة الجليد والنار
هو عالم كامل بناه المؤلف العبقري جورج آر آر مارتن ...more
Also, it's a big honkin' huge book, just like those Russian classics. Honestly, A Game of Thrones could have been made into two o ...more
1. The writing is amazing. It's hard to believe that it was first published in 1996! The read has a timeless quality to it.
2. Characters are fantastic. From the honourable, to the wicked. But each are not as black and white as they appear. Some surprising, admirable aspects to the most loathsome characters, and less than worthy ...more
I loved it, I hated it, I couldn’t put it down, I vowed never to pick it up and read another chapter. Yeah. I went on an emotional roller-coaster ride with this fantasy Machiavellian soap-opera. It grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go, even when I pleaded for mercy. I can’t image what those poor people, who don’t read, are doing while they wait for the next installment of this series to come out on HBO.
Then again, I may commiserate w ...more
My first exposure to this fantasy series was in high school when I was talking to a friend about books and she said, "Have you read the Song of Ice and Fire series? It's amazing." I h ...more
I mean come on.Look at the face.
Anyway back to the book, maybe this should be five stars, I really loved it, but I started this book because I started watching and LOVING HBO's Game of Thrones and I am not sure which I love more. The show or the book?
The book is great fantasy it is set in a world where seasons can lasts years and winters have killed entire generations, I found this facinating but the idea has not been expanded on, H ...more
Also, R+L=J for sure.
A Guide to Reading A Game of Thrones:
Step 1: Find a comfortable place with lots of light
This is a hefty book, ladies and gentlemen. Standing at 835 pages, it will take you more than a few hours to tear through. So get your bathroom breaks in, have a cool drink and a platter of cookies by your side and bar your doors in case of ...more
And Wigs spoke to the book-lord and said, send me a book worthy of five stars in 2012, please!!! And the book-lord said, it's already on your shelf, so get your shit together and pick it up. And Wigs did, it is known.
SO I had this on my shelf but I ended up watching the show first, simply because I just didn't care to wait any longer. I watched all of season 1, and then read it. To be honest, I'm glad I did it in that order, since I liked having an idea of what the characters and la ...more
True, I think. Isn't that why we read fantasy novels about gallant knights that die fighting bravely against the undead? Sure, they die, but they die bravely. When other soldiers die serving their lord, they die loyally. Regardless, the Dark Lord will eventually implode and flowers will bloom, unlike in reality.
Of all the characters in fantasy, few seem to have stepped so ...more
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Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, ...more