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A Song of Ice and Fire - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #1-5)

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For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO's "Game of Thrones "are together in one boxed set. An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin--dubbed "the American Tolkien" by "Time" magazine--international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now here is the entire monume ...more
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Richard Sutton
Right up front — no spoilers, here or bite-sized impressions…

This morning, I laid down the last volume of George R.R. Martin’s great opus, A Song of Fire and Ice. After reading the first volume, ushered in (for me at least…) through the graces of HBO’s series, A Game of Thrones, I decided to read the series in hardbound version (probably to add some help for my tired, old eyes, as newsprint covered with small point sized type is not something I can easily settle into). And settle in, I did. My w
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

“In the game of thrones, even the humblest pieces can have wills of their own.”




When I first heard about the Song of Ice and Fire series I assumed it was for supernerds who reside in their mother’s basements and only dare to venture into the daylight in order to L.A.R.P. on the weekends (my apologies to all basement-dwelling-L.A.R.P.E.R.S. for the previous comment). When rumors of the books becoming a series on HBO started, I decid
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Mary
It's never master prose, but the first three of these novels--eh, particularly the first two--are just so thorough and imaginative that I devoured them, and book three...and, more slowly, book four...and then sort of skipped through book five with the despondent sense that Martin may never finish this series. Honestly, all I want is for Arya to become the Number One Badass Ever and I will be happy. Be warned when you start this series: You'll get invested in the handful of characters you start w ...more
Karen
Great story cycles usually come in threes (“The Lord of the Rings,” “Griffin and Sabine,” “The Hunger Games”). I wish George R. R. Martin, the author of “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, had confined himself to a trilogy, too. Okay, maybe five books, at the most.

Instead, I’m afraid this series which started out so well is going to turn into one of those interminable, overly-ambitious epics that collapse into a big, sprawling mess before finally limping to a conclusion. (Remember the “Earth’s Chi
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Heather Harris
I'm torn on this. I'd like to do 3.5 stars. On one hand, Martin really does have an amazing ability to tell stories. His writing is often very prose-like and reads very easily. He's excellent with details and creating characters that are very believable and easy to get attached to. His characters are very human: some good, some bad, all flawed but very well developed and with motivations. He also tends to kill off many, many characters that by traditional storytelling standards you'd never actua ...more
Jeremy
I'm going to start my review of this 5000+ page, still-in-progress monster by saying something that will probably piss off a lot of fantasy fans. High fantasy, as a literary genre, badly needs to be reconstituted. For over 50 years now people who write in this vein have been held in the thrall of writers like Tolkein and C. S. Lewis, writers who for all their imaginative prowess, were far too obsessed with cheap religious parables (Aslan=Jesus, etc.) and linguistic dicking around (made up langua ...more
Susan K
I've been contemplating my response to this series; it's complicated. On the one hand, since receiving the 1st of the series, I've read all 5 published books. On the other hand, I am continually disappointed in the books.
I have not yet seen the vision behind this series; although each POV chapter can "hook" you, I don't believe the author has a clear vision of where he wants his characters to be. There are some truly horrible characters in this series: folks I have absolutely no connection to; f
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Gareth Jones
Like most I know, I discovered this series when the HBO television adaption aired on Sky in 2011 and was instantly gripped. Since then I have read all of the books back-to-back and wow... they are AMAZING!

I am NOT a typical fantasy fan... in fact the idea of goblins and wizards going off on some good vs evil quest of grand proportions does NOTHING for me. But this is no typical fantasy novel. The story spans several view-points from across the fictional lands of Westeros and beyond. It is a stor
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Tony

From a distance the Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire series looked hypermarketed, blockbusterish, clichéd.

No. Real quality.

Well, the books are blockbusterish in some ways - the pseudo-medieval setting, padded out with extended descriptions of secondary people, events and situations. But the series has attracted readers far beyond fans of this genre, due to the rich characterisations, plot, and imaginative depth, garnished here and there by passages of very good writing. It is further enhan
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Jonathan Ralph Whittaker
I hopefully won't spoil anything for anyone that even bothers to read these reviews, I'm just writing for my own satisfaction and to get my own thoughts of these books out of my head really.

I admit I was drawn into these because of the tv series however despite that I've grown fonder of the books, you can't really put the tv series and books into the same category. The books are so in depth to almost, and I say ALMOST, rival Tolkein (note the R R in both Tolkein and Martin, coincidence?)
the pol
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Sarah
I didn't give these a poor rating because of the genre; I've always liked fantasy novels. And these are certainly engrossing - I read them straight through. But with each twist, turn, and cliffhanger, it seems more unlikely that this will wrap up in a satisfying way. In fact, it seems like he's just making it up as he goes along. And that's hard to stomach after putting in this much time.
Lysmerry
There were so many things wrong with this series. The prose was sub-par,and there were too many characters to remember, let alone care about. The scenes in the slave cities felt tedious and unnecessary.It seemed like GRRM dangled us with no true purpose, cutting us off from an interesting storyline and then forcing us to slog through a dull one. One of my greatest gripes were the cliffhangers. I like to see my characters react to a powerful event- I want to hear what they're saying and thinking. ...more
Sarah
So...I'm a little late to the Game of Thrones party. We don't have a TV so I was unaware that this was a hit TV series based on a 7-book series. Now that I've read it, I can see why.

It took a while to get accustomed to the POV switching with each chapter, but after a while this blended in and stopped being jarring.

What I like the most about this series is the characters. I love the spit-fire Arya and her dutiful yet somehow willful mother Caitlyn. Jon Snow has so many layers I could read about h
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Anna
I loved reading this series and really got into the books after watching the first season on TV... cut to 8 months later and finally finished. The series was great, and the 2nd half of each book full of twists and turns, happiness and anger. I had moments of wanting to throw book three across the room when something very unfortunate happened... but I restrained myself.

My main reason for giving this series a good solid 3 stars is because of the heavy description and character development I had to
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Adam
5 Thoughts on a Five Book Series. Game of Thrones: books, not HBO series.

1.) Sometimes the series tastes like medicine, sometimes poison, and sometimes sand, but I have a hard time swallowing the medicine, spitting out the poison, or getting the gritty taste out of my mouth. You build up a tolerance though--and speed read. I fly through SANSA but slow down for JOHN or especially ARYA.

2.) I haven't finished A Dance with Dragons, and I'm not sure which characters will be left standing when the bo
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Charity
I’m not sure what to say in this review, but here goes.

This series is excellent if you like:

- Extremely slow moving plots
- So many characters you can’t tell most of them apart
- Watching people you like die
- Waiting for the people you hate to die
- Seemingly endless and, for the most part, pointless sex scenes, references to genitalia, incest, and so forth

Like a lot of people, I got sucked into these books after the HBO started up. I figured, “Hey, why not find out what happens so I won’t be caugh
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Marie
Oct 08, 2012 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone; See Comments
Recommended to Marie by: Someone on an airplane. :)
I could not put these books down. Though 600-700 (or many more) pages each they are absolutely great. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes the time of kings and knights plus enjoys a fantasy twist. Each book had a "stunner" moment and you wonder how the series can go on, yet it does & does so wonderfully. George RR Martin created a cast of characters that are compelling and he expands upon them in different books so the stories are told from, & about, multiple angles and people. T ...more
Scribal
I hesitate to write a review for several reasons--the series isn't finished; it's a really complex book deserving a complex review that I'm not ready to write; and R. Sutton said a lot of it already.
But I'll say a few things anyway.

My number one criteria for loving (rather than liking) a book is how well it conveys a sense of place- a quality for which contemporary tastes seem to have little patience. A Song of Ice and Fire, like LOTR, delivers on place. Plus fully fleshed-out characters!! Hurr
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Cheryl
I wanted to save my review for the last book and review the entire series. This is a series that should be read in order because it is really one continuous story. I have fallen in love with George RR Martin through these stories, mainly because of my fascination with someone who isn't afraid to push the boundaries of storytelling. Before Martin came along few, if any, authors would dare break the convention that says good guys eventually win, even if it is their sons who win. An author would no ...more
Lucretiarowena
One of the most epic, graphic and magnificent series of recent times.

I was completely pulled in by the depth and intricacy of the world George Martin has created. The way the characters are interwoven through war, politics, intrigue and lust for power, life or love is spellbinding. Once started I could not put any of the books down and I found myself constantly wanting to know more.

The realism of the characters emotions made them easily accessible, despite the medieval time period and this app
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Laura
I read all 5 in a row. Book one is fantastic, and is very well represented in the HBO series. Book 2 is almost as good, maybe I was just a little frustrated with the peril of all the characters. By book 3, I was used to the peril, and the writing kept me enthralled. Book three is by far the best of the series (so far, still waiting for 6 and 7 to be written). Book 4 is a little difficult because you are introduced to many new characters, and become frustrated not reading about some of your favor ...more
Ann Bateman
I enjoyed the first book in this 5-book series, A GAME OF THRONES. While I had trouble keeping the dozens of characters straight initially (should have looked in the back of the book first!), the descriptive writing kept me going. The second book, A CLASH OF KINGS, kept my interest up enough to put the next one STORM OF SWORDS on reserve. And with this one, the wheels fell off the wagon. The plot and characters became uninteresting enough that I would pick up the book, read a few pages, become d ...more
Sara
It took me a little less than 5 months to read this series. Probably the best 5 months of my life. I love dragons, I love lords, I love direwolves, but most of all I love Tyrion.

When HBO's Game of Thrones Season 2 starts on April 1, I plan to host a Dragon party. Interpret that how you will?
Djuna
At this point in the series, I regret reading these books. The first two were good, and then near the end of book 3 I started to begrudge the time investment. At this point, I'm stuck, and plan to finish the series, though. They aren't horrible, but they aren't gripping enough for me to recommend them to a friend.

No spoilers this section:

The thing that makes this series stand tall to me is the courtly intrigue-type machinations - each character is an independent player in the "game", and the aut
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Laurie
Jul 23, 2012 Laurie added it
Last February (2011) I found out my soon to be son-in-law was reading these books so I thought it would be a fun way to connect with him. (He and my daughter had not been dating very long). I got totally hooked! What a series this is--I even had dreams about it. You gotta like fantasy (medieval setting, dragons, magic, etc.) to like these, or at least not mind it, but that being said, the stories are filled with complex characters who change. Some you hate at first but you begin to see redeeming ...more
Sandra Enriquez
These books are not an easy read for several reasons. The content is quite mature in all aspects of violence, language, and sexuality. The reading level is also quite high, as I don't usually have to look up words in a book, but I did with this one.

I feel the author spent way too much effort in describing day to day activities, like what they ate at every single meal, what they wore every single day, etc. Time could have been spent more on the story than on all these minor details (making each b
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Nick Johnson
OK. I made it through them all. Actually, I read them as E books borrowed from my local library and was just about able to finish each one as my loan expired. That was a good thing too, since the waiting list for each is like that for Redskins' season tickets!

i have to say these proved difficult to put down and not just because of the availability issue. I found the characters fascinating, the very human nature of the challenges they address quite moving and shocking at the same time. The world
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Anna
Ok I'm specifically reading A Dance with Dragons but couldn't find that one by itself (and I have read all the previous ones as well).

Not enjoying this one as much as the others and I don't know why. Maybe I've just overdosed on the last few, maybe it's because we've just been watching Series 1 & 2 on TV and again have overdosed on the whole thing. Or maybe it's because again GRRM is introducing lots of new characters and side plots that may, or may not, turn into something bigger.

I used to
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Brian
They're an okay read. Only okay. I wouldn't recommend them. They're long. They're moderately entertaining. They're not especially well written. It takes forever to finish them. Once you've figured out the author's pattern, the book's structure gets predictable, the characters get boring, and the reading gets tedious. And it doesn't take long to figure out this author's MO.

Here's the formula, which is clever in a profiteering kind of way: end every chapter with a new cliffhanger and introduce an
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Simone
Awesome series. It's so easy to get attached to the characters in this novel. I will say this, George R. R. Martin is different in that main characters die and the protagonists, if you will, seeing as everyone has there highs and lows it's kinda hard picking out who is actually good, I kinda tend to follow the North so I adore the Starks but after the first novel when they broke my heart, slaughtering my love Ned, I kinda switched sides back and forth throughout the series. Great read one of my ...more
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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,
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