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George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 4Book Bundle:A Song of Ice and Fire Series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows (Song of Ice & Fire)

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George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin—dubbed the "American Tolkien" by Time magazine—has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you ...more
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After putting off starting this series for a month or so (I mean, really, these books are WHOPPERS), I decided I was finally ready to give it a whirl. Now, with more than half of the first book (A Game of Thrones: Song of Fire and Ice) under my belt, I say, "Where have you been hiding, my dear? It seems I've been waiting for you my whole life!" Like any new romance, it is constantly on my mind, and I find myself wishing there were more hours in a day, so it could fill those too. I read when I wa ...more
I am given to understand that G.R.R.Martin is an accomplished and beloved author. And I admit that these four books are the only G.R.R.Martin books I have read. So take this review with that in mind.

G.R.R.M. appears to have no concept of formulating a story arc around a central character (or characters) around which the plot (or plots) revolves, spanning problem to resolution and ultimately reaching some sort of conclusion. Instead, he seems extremely fond of creating lists of extremely detailed
Just finished Storm of Swords. WOW!

Never have I read a series with more intricate layers of the past affecting the present plot lines. The past is very slowly revealed to us, and motives and explanations take a while to surface. I can't believe we still don't know the full back story by the 3rd book, nor do we even have the events of the first book adequately explained by the third book. (But we're getting there...)

Never have I ever read a book where the character's wounds actually affect them f
Matt Luedke
It feels a little insane to review this entire series with one swing, especially considering that each book is like 800 pages, depending on the book and the format. But they are really intended as one big piece of work and I don't feel like writing a review of each separately anyway, so here goes (for the record I have read all 5, though for the first 3 books it was about 10 years ago).

In the 1990's, disgruntled TV writer George R R Martin decided to shake free of the budgetary restraints and ce
Ok. Read the 4 books. Liked it less the more I read.

The only people of virtue are destroyed one after the other. Everyone else is corrupt and SO vulgar. There are about 100 too many characters and I got bored with all the minute details about each unimportant one.... When you have to have a 30 page compendium of names and allegiances at the back of the book to make sense of it all, that's just too many...

Sufficiently curious to see how it all ends, but will be checking them out at the library.
As a woman, the first several chapters of ASOFAI were very disturbing to me; the lack of a strong female character and the violence against women made me nearly put the books down.

I'm glad I didn't.

Martin invests himself in every character he writes, and it shows. The men and women in the series show strength, resourcefulness and really grow as characters, and to give up early is to miss the process of maturation the characters themselves go through, especially Danaerys. Dani begins the series a
Patrick Prager
The writing, setting, and intrigue are fantastic. However, Martin methodically kills off every "good" and likable character. We're left with a work that is, at best, grey... And at worst, one full of black characters.

I have read and loved many bleak books (The Road, Black Company) but no author seems to take pleasure I killing off characters like Martin.

And so on.

This series is so many things, all at once. Ultimately, it is brilliant, and if you haven't already you need to get your hands on some copies and delve right in. Right now.

Be aware... this is NOT a series for those that like the light and fluffy. There's some heavy stuff in this; sex, violence, rape, incest, murder, mystery, political intrigue. There's a bit of everything
This author has been compared to Tolkein. Not even close. Tolkein wrote great characters, good and evil and in between. This guy makes up and kills off people so fast all you know about everyone is that they are "craven" or a "raper". The violence and raping is an overwhelming part of this book, not the story of the characters in the book. I am a persistent almost obsessive reader and I was mildly interested in a few of the characters so I actually finished all 4 of these books. I will not be re ...more
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Rebecca Radnor
I admit it, I started watching the HBO series first, fell in love with the story and decided I had to read the books. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time for fun reading (I teach) but I'm still trekking my way through what is proving to be a hard book to put down.

Not sure yet which I enjoy more since Peter Dinklage's interpretation of the Tyrion Lannister character is SO incredibly good (he has definitely earned all the awards he has been winning for the role) ... and then there are the im
Sep 05, 2011 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I just finished Book 1: A Game of Thrones today actually now I'm starting A Clash of Kings. There were quite a few differences from the HBO miniseries but a fantastic read. I have no idea when I will finish this series. Probably by April 2012 when season 2 starts up. As they say in the show the tagline is "Winter is Coming!".

I heard George R.R. Martin has a new vampire series coming out tomorrow called Fevre Dream. Not sure about a vampire series but who knows.

Dear George R.R. Martin (if that's your real name),

It is known: You are one sick, sick mofo. With "A Song of Ice and Fire," you have fleshed out and made explicit everything that was probably happening behind the scenes in "Lord of the Rings," the night being dark and full of terrors and all. The things that tweedy, Norse epic poem-lovin' J.R.R. Tolkien probably didn't even think about. The things that probably DID get written about in the early days of BBS slash fiction. Which you yourself were
Leona Bodie
If FEAST OF THE CROWS were the first title of the Song of Ice and Fire Series, I'd never have read the quadrilogy. The previous sequels were on the edge of your seat exciting and hard to put down. FEAST OF THE CROWS is the carrion of the lot. Characters of import that you'd expect to see, such as Tyrion, Lady Catelyn, Bran and Daenerys Targaryen were MIA, replaced by long-winded, minor characters, who are long in discussion and short on action. For the first time in the series, my eyes glazed ov ...more
"A Song of Ice and Fire" is well written. The problem is: the "evil" people are the heroes and the "good" people fail and die. I see enough of that in the real world, I don't want to encounter the same depressing state of affairs in my fantasy worlds, too. Also, it sets a bad moral example encouraging readers to be morally corrupt and behave in a way that ultimately destroys societies. (I guess that's why Hollywood has leaped on the chance to make a movie series from it).
Another issue: while the
Jan 22, 2012 Vikki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone of a mature reading age - blood and sex and foul language are abound in these books.
What can I say? I don't think words can describe how quickly and absolutely I fell in love with these books and the world G.R.R. Martin has created. I devoured all of the books in a short space of time, and am impatiently waiting for the 6th.

It took me a few chapters to get used to the style of writing, but the use of the omniscient narrator and the multiple point of views really sets these books above the rest, in my humble opinion. I'm not a big fantasy fan, and I'd never heard of Martin unti
Rebecca Jean
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A Song of Ice and Fire is a complicated series. The differences between the first and last books are so vast it's almost impossible the review the series in one singular thought, with one cohesive rating. The analogy I've always used when comparing the series to someone who hasn't read it is the first book is a bullet, the last a painstakingly slow bulldozer. The first book I turned page after page, not putting it down, reading 600 or more pages in a day, and fi
Samuel García
A great work of fantasy, with its ups and downs (in terms of attention grabbing). Had a few problems with Martin's style of writing at first, like he was playing at being a fantasy writer, mimicking a fantasy narrative style, instead of just writing. It did get better after the second book. As for the story itself, it has no shortage of shocking moments, and I love how Martin does not try to sway the readers into preferring some characters over others, or establishing a "good" side and an "evil" ...more
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Wilmar Luna
Finally, after three years of perseverance. I finally finished the first four books of A Song of Ice and Fire also known as the Game of Thrones TV series on HBO.

Unlike most readers on Goodreads, I am not a fast reader (unless a book is incredible). Let me tell you, when I started with book one: Game of Thrones, I hated it! The book bored me to tears and I kept on saying to myself, "There’s MORE?"

Whenever I’d see the name Catelyn pop up in a chapter. I died a little on the inside wonder why I was
Well, I read the first four volumes of Martin's epic in the course of a week and half.

The series is well written and the author has a clear view of the world in which his series resides. His world is fairly well thought out and I did not notice too many inconsistencies.

I would recommend this book to Sci fantasy folks who are interested in a "forever" series.

As always, however, it is the human condition to notice what bugs them rather than the many achievements of the author.

George R.R. Martin is not shy about creating a fantasy world of great complexity, peopling it with many characters, some of whom are noble, some clever, some conniving, and some downright evil. He probably felt empowered by the fact that he shares the rare phenomena of two middle names, both beginning with "R," with the other epic fantasy world creator of our time, J.R.R. Tolkien.

The times are apparently in the post-dragon era, but their existence is not so long ago that they are considered myth
These books may draw a lot of criticism and a lot of praise and I can only say it's all true. I'm one of those who got addicted to the series and kept reading while cursing Martin. He has no care for the reader's feelings it seems. He kills the beloved characters or humiliates or maims them. Or even omits them from a whole book.

Otherwise, this is entertainment literature at its very best. This is the bloody Hollywood of literature. A very visual book, with lots of details about clothing and gen
Thomas Herlofsen
(volume one)
Absolutely riveting, epic fantasy. The supernatural elements are used sparingly (though that may change in later volumes, there is a storm brewing), the focus is on intrigue and war. The vast cast is filled with believable characters (Tyrion the imp being a personal favorite, being a slightly disappointing younger brother myself). The book is almost entirely buildup for what is to come; the final chapter gave me goosebumps and I'm truly on board for the duration. Winter is indeed com
No doubt, this series has a ton of plot twists and seriously demented characters, and I mean that in a good way. The viper's nest that makes up the nobility of Westeros would give JR and the whole Ewing clan of Dallas a run for their money. I started this series after A Dance with Dragons came out so I was able to read all of it in one go. Having said that, I think now I should have spread them out a bit. While I loved all the weird, crazy, power-hungry, back-stabbing, lying, cheating crazies, I ...more
Ilika Ranjan
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A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin:

A tremendous epic of all times in which the transformation of each character is absolutely hard hitting, real and compelling. The reader is forced to transcend to that era feeling the pain and ruthlessness of circumstances, and witnessing the hardening of personalities in the book.
Every page pushes the reader to explore what next? This very aspect is warning me to be wary of the information I render in the book review, without revealing an
Chrystal Grcevich
George R.R. Martin, wow...what a creative wind bag you are! I absolutely adored these books, but you killed off nearly EVERYONE! It's brilliant. I don't even know where to begin. Basically, these books start off telling you which way the wind blows, how everyone looks, how everyone is related to everyone else, yadda yadda. Truthfully, I have to say that I put down the book (in my case, I bought the four-book e-book pack, book) and could not continue for months because I was so frustrate ...more
W.M. Driscoll
George R.R. Martin's gritty fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, is set in a quasi-medieval world where magic is returning and winter is coming; breaking onto the scene with the publication of the first volume in 1996, A Game of Thrones, it has now reached its fifth installment with 2011's A Dance with Dragons. The narrative takes place on the mythical continents of Westros and Essos; told from 31 different points of view (to date), it follows the bloody machinations of four major houses: Hou ...more

I read this book AFTER watching the first season of Game of Thrones on HBO, so for a great deal of the book I was wishing they'd "hurry up and get to the good part already".

I liked the imagery but I think my view of the book was tainted by the TV show. The characters already had faces and voices which didn't always match with the descriptions in the book. It was kind of distracting but c'est la vie.

The one thing I loved was that you got to "hear" the characters inner thou
This is a series worthy of its hype. The world Martin creates is intricate, realistic, gritty and beautifully crafted. The character writing is some of the best I've ever read, and the characters are never static, they all evolve through the books and your feelings change towards them. They are never two dimensional either and I often found myself sympathising with characters who may have started out as nominally 'bad'. Martin uses the level of empathy he generates with the characters against yo ...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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