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A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #1-2)

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2 eBooks in 1! George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. Now his two epic works, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are combined together in this eBook edition. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, ...more
Kindle Edition, 864 pages
Published December 23rd 2010 by Voyager (first published 1996)
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Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If Mr. T threw a punch at a bunch of letters, they'd fall into place as SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.
Liz M
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Over 1,700 pages through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I am genuinely addicted. Having never read true fantasy/science fiction before, I was skeptical. . . but figured NPR's list of "10 books you probably haven't read, but should" wouldn't be wrong. Then. . . half way through Game of Thrones, the series began on HBO. I can't wait to watch it after I am done reading the series. By the time I make it through the next two montster of a books, hopefully Dancing with Dragons will be in paperba ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm not much of a fantasy reader. Having said that, I find this series to be compelling. Dare I say I'm enjoying this more than the Lord of the Rings? I Do!! I do dare say it!!!

I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the third book and cannot put it down. I love the complexity of the characters. I like the fact that there isn't a lot of magic and crazy monsters. The people are the monsters. The "bad" people do bad things not because they are inherently evil, but because they have human flaws and we
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I had never read, nor even heard of, this book until this summer! The story is somewhat like Lord of the Rings, only a thousand times more fun to read (I like the LOTR films, not so much the books). There are swords and horses and banners, murders and plots, destinies and tragedies. Delightfully strong female characters (e.g., Arya! Awesome name, too!) and a deliciously clever and rude dwarf (the human kind) add to the expected knights and whatnot. The story's main conflict has m ...more
Feb 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Lame. Unreadable.

I question the author's interior life when he describes the orgasms of a 14 year old girl as her husband has forcible, non-consensual sex with her.
Dana Simpson
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I waited till this year to read Game of Thrones. I got tired of hearing how much better George Martins' novels are compared to J.R.R. Tolkin. I finely picked up Game of Thrones just because of all the buzz the story was causing and HBO picked it up to make a show.

Wow, I am swallowing my pride!! the man did his homework, and gave justice to the lords, knights, kings, and yes even the villain "The Spider" too. I can see why he was compared to Tolkin, what imagery, fine details, a true rich world f
Suzanne Macartney
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Rating is zero stars. So not worth it. Crass and raw don't quite cover it. Sleaze, misogyny. These are central.

I think the author lost his story after the first book. Author G.Martin wrote some excellent premises in book one. And then..... that's it. He really had no story. Only the premise for one.

Book two is 800 pages of lost, hungry, and beaten orphans, war, violence, violent rape, threats of rape, humiliation of women, drownings, kidnappings, hangings, sexual humiliation (men), and decapita
Apr 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
At first it is an interesting story and the multiple narratives are acceptable. Later in the book the author throws out an unexpected plot twist and then shifts to completely unrelated narratives for a few chapters. I ended up skipping ahead and eventually stopped reading altogether.

After reading the book for a while, I became painfully aware that the author's intent was to draw out this story as long as possible, hence the subsequent volumes. I like books with multiple volumes but only if each
Ashley Orr
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
These books got worse and worse with every chapter. The second book took me over a year to finish and I am officially done with this series. Besides the fact that these books do not have any business in the fantasy section (throwing in three dragons and one pathetic life spell amongst two 600-700 page books does not make a series "fantasy") these books were disgusting. The entire society of these books is Patriarchal and raping women and children is a major theme. The author somehow thinks that ...more
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Not as full of as many twists and turns as the previous entry in the series, but still a fantastic read. George R. R. Martin is creating a new epic, and one I did not think I would be able to get sucked into.

The characters are all growing within the confines of the story, with the exception of say Sansa and she is still my most loathed character. However, I understand that we're supposed to find fault with her and her childish views when disaster and ruin are around us.

I have every confidence th
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Who? What? How? I just cannot understand how this book has received such rave reviews. It is Harlequin Romance on crack. With one exception, all the good guys are very good, all the bad guys are very bad and all the bit players are interchangeable. If you can't remember who is who among the Sers, don't worry, they all get cut down in the end. And the "love scenes"? This guys has a fetish for women taken roughly and against their will....but then some come to love it. What? Who? No. If I heard ab ...more
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! I'm already into the next one of the series. You definitely can't tell a book by its cover w/ this one. Kinda boring cover- Not so, the book. Each chapter features a character and each character is so richly portrayed. There are a wide wide range of people to fall in love with and a few despicable creeps to keep things exciting. Plus, some of the characters are neither one nor the other, but some of both. It's a combo, new to me, bringing a historical fiction feel to pure believable f ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
And the rabbit hole goes deeper. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that this series is becoming more complicated and intriguing by the book. At times it does feel convoluted, or at least, confusing. I had to re-read some sections several times, and there were many more characters introduced, which is kinda overwhelming. However, there is a rich fandom and lots of websites dedicated to answering questions and discussing plot points. One shouldn't have to rely on that though. That said thou ...more
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up on a dare. Had no idea what it was about. After the first two chapters, I ran to my computer and ordered the next three books. I couldn't believe the depth or character and story that Martin put into this work. I firmly believe, and let's not get to carried away on the comments, that this series surpasses any other fantasy series out there. I know the LoTR followers will be distressed to hear this, but as far as creating worlds, Martin is in a league of his own.

James Lyon
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been watching the TV series, and feared it would color or somehow negatively impact the reading experience. It didn't. Martin's imagination and cosmology are fascinating. Sadly, they are firmly rooted in real human behavior and politics. But that is what makes it all the more gripping. Occasionally a bit too much telling and not enough showing, but the plot twists and character development more than make up for this. Couldn't put it down.
Loredana La Puma
Quando giochi al gioco del trono, o vinci o muori
Cominciamo col parlare di questa edizione, uno dei tanti pastrocchi che la Mondadori ci ha rifilato nel proporci l’opera di zio George. Questo volumone del peso di una tonnellata circa e maneggevole quanto una palla da bowling, per arbitraria decisione di chissà quale genio dell’editoria contiene i primi quattro volumi della travagliata edizione italiana delle Cronache del Ghiaccio e del Fuoco, che poi sarebbero i primi due dell’edizione originale
John Bond
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done and close to the second season.

Two down, and three or five to go.
Ana Luísa
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
George R.R. Martin apresenta-nos um mundo complexamente rico e fantástico nos volumes I(A Guerra dos Tronos) e II (A Fúria dos Reis) do livro Das Crônicas de Gelo e Fogo.
Martin recheia seu vasto universo medieval de reis, rainhas, donzelas, cavaleiros, guerreiros, políticos, príncipes, princesas, acrescentando, ainda, pitadas de fantástico com ogros, dragões, mortos-vivos e bruxaria, tudo bem ao gosto da Idade Média.
Não se pode deixar de admirar a imaginação fértil do autor a cada descrição de c
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"A clash of kings" by George R.R. Martine, is most lengthy book i've ever read. But is it worth the time? Yes.

The book has a lot of content to take in, but it is mainly about different houses and powerful people fighting each other to sit on the mighty throne, while other danger approaches. The story is also mixed with a fantasy element. While fighting for the throne is more based on reality, there is the undead, called night walkers, Approaching north of the wall. Oh, and did i mention, its al
M.L. Harveland
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I give a five-star rating to a book. But, I feel that this one is well-deserving.

The prose was well-written and easily devoured. George R.R. Martin wrote in a straightforward style—each chapter highlighting a specific character whom the reader follows throughout the entire book. Though each chapter is written in first-person (a POV that I generally dislike), the characters were developed with depth and sincerity. Unlike some characters in first-person narratives, these have a feeling
Robin Wiley
OK. I decided to read this again to prepare for Dance with Dragons. Gods old and new only know when he'll finish the final two books, so I'm trying to savor the experience.

I think this is the religion book. We really get introduced to the different religions of this world, how they operate, which I really like.

We expect for an author to expand on the world in the second book, and although we still haven't gone south, we get some pretty cool new stuff. North of the Wall, Harrenhall, Riverrun, The
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How do authors do this? How do they come with this alternate world with all these complex story lines filled with war, love, hate (lots of hate!) revenge and yes, some hope? George Martin has done it all-blending the world as we know it with a new (really old) world of knights, castles, armor, lords and ladies, sword fights and war. There are new words to learn, new ideas to wrap your mind around, and a story that keeps you guessing from the first page to the last. I can't say that I found this ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
To start with, I'll say that this book blew me away. The amount of characters in this book and the detail in the plot is amazing. At the back of the book, there is a huge list of characters in the main households in the book, but that still doesn't cover all of them. Unfortunately, this means that you could get confused, especially because many characters share similar (or the same) name. Still, it's hard to forget the main characters. I absolutely loved some characters and hated others, though ...more
Elizabeth K.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-new-reads
I whipped through this! I was very excited to spend some time with the characters I liked from the first book in this series, and a few new ones, and liked seeing how the various factions in support of the various possible kings (as well as the non-faction up on the Wall in the North) were developing their strategies and plots.

About 2/3 the way through, I did notice that not much in particular was happening in terms of moving the plot forward, this didn't really bother me, because I am nothing
Blanca Estrella
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
reading again I love so much...Amazing stuff I can go on for hours about this book. I am so familiar with all of them...I feel them in my heart and feel their pain as well Oh my :(
Clash of kings
A Clash of Kings picks up where A Game of Thrones left off; after the death of King Robert Baratheon and the execution of Eddard Stark,
I do have to say that A Clash of Kings—indeed, any doorstopper fantasy series—can be fatiguing. It’s a well-built story—an assault on the capital forms the solid climax—b
Karen Kristie
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Since there is no half-star rating (4.5), I'll go with 4. Like some war-themed books I've read, I found my eyes skipping some lengthy descriptions and going directly to conversations. (But then I always go back.) It also helps that, as a visual learner, I look at the maps every so often. Sometimes, I couldn't help but wish "A Game of Thrones" has an "Atlas of Middle-earth" counterpart. (Or is there?) What's similar to my experience with reading the first book is that I still have my own favorite ...more
Brandie Lagarde
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read all 694 pages in four days and it was so great that I almost didn't mind that it wasn't on my Kindle as I got this in book form from my library. My four year old son breaking his leg didn't slow me down (no, I wasn't reading when it happened, he was wrestling with his brothers) because I read it while I rocked him for hours as he slept. It is that good. I will be most upset though if I crack the pages of 'A Clash of Kings' and the first hundred pages or so are filled with retelling the fi ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story is epic and the characters are complex. The series is very compelling, and above all, the reader cannot and should not assume anything about how the struggles of the characters unravel.

The most beautiful part of the series is that there is no single protagonist, no antagonist... each character is flawed, yet each has redeeming qualities.

Despite all of these great qualities I struggled with this book and I ultimately gave up on the series. The writing is maddening. Martin's writing suf
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This took me a bit longer than the first because I had books I had to read first in between but I'm still enjoying this series. I felt a bit cheated at the end of this one, however, where I didn't with the first. I think it's just my aversion to cliffhangers of any kind. I need to have closure, damn it. I dove into number 3 the moment I finished the last page though, so I can't complain. Now, if I had to wait for the next book to be published like others had to, I'd be irate. That's not the case ...more
Nick Popadich
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I started reading this because I watched the HBO series and was hoping that the book would help me understand the characters better and fill in the gaps from when I fell asleep. The book delivered. I got sucked into this world and not only understand who the characters are but more of why they do what they do. Will I stick with it through the rest of the series? Maybe not, but the rest of the books are on my dining room table so that could get awkward.
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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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Other Books in the Series

A Song of Ice and Fire (7 books)
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
  • A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
  • A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
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  • A Dream of Spring (A Song of Ice and Fire, #7)

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