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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized7 Comments

Publisher: Spectra

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 06 August 1996 (original)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0553588486
Format: ebook
Pages: 835
Place(s) Traveled to: Westeros – The Seven Kingdoms – Winterfell, Kings Landing, Castle Black (aka The Wall), The Eyrie // Essos – Pentos, The Dothraki Sea
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: “We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. “The wildlings are dead.”

A Song of Ice and Fire Series Order

Book 1: A Game of Thrones
Book 2: A Clash of Kings
Book 3: A Storm of Swords
Book 4: A Feast for Crows
Book 5: A Dance with Dragons
Book 6: The Winds of Winter (Pub date unknown)

Book 7: A Dream of Spring (Pub date unknown)

This is a book that I’ve had on Mt TBR for years. I’ve always been meaning to read it but then I look at the size and all the other books on my TBR pile and I get intimidated and move away from it. Then HBO started to air the tv series based on it and I started to watch. I got through the first three epiosdes and I was hooked! I loved the characters and the world and just everything. So I thought to myself. If the tv show is this good then the book must be amazing! But somehow I misplaced my hard copy and so was looking at maybe buying a new one so I could read it. Instead I ended up downloaded the 4 book bundle offered by and began to read. 

Reading was slow going as I was reading in between other books but I was hooked almost from the start. The HBO show follows the books almost exactly and that was a bit spooky as no book to screen adaption is ever so accurate. I don’t know if the trend continues from episode 3 on but I sure hop that it does! The only thing that the show misses is that internal thoughts and deeper background in each of the scenes. The books are told in the third person so you aren’t in a characters head but you do get to know their motivations and feelings and I always hated when the point of view shifted from one character to another. But at the same time I hated not knowing what was going on with all the other characters that I was falling in love with! It was a horrible Catch 22.

The plotting was so rich and detailed and there were times where I thought I could almost hear the swords clashing or the horses neighing as I read. The political intrigue so intense that I wanted to sleep with one eye open and not turn my back on anyone. When I was reading the places and characters felt real. I love when that happens in a book. 

The book is LONG. Like seriously long! And if you get attacked while reading it you could probably use it as a weapon. But at the same time its not long enough. This is a world that you just want to live on forever. These are characters that you fall for (even the not so nice ones as you really want to see them get their just desserts!) and you don’t want to part from them. So I’m glad this is a series. I’m glad that its a long series with lots of books out already to keep me busy during the long wait until the next book is published. (I believe it was a 5 year wait from Book 4 to Book 5!?! *gasps*). I am eager to dive into A Clash of Kings to see where things are going but at the same time I hope to drag things out a bit so that I can live in this world for as long as possible. Next up? To finish the HBO series.

7 Responses to “A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin”

  1. Lenore Appelhans

    Daniel and I are watching Game of Thrones right now (2 eps to go). I don’t know if I could get into the books (high fantasy really isn’t my thing) but I am enjoying the show well enough.

  2. Fyrefly

    Yay! I get so excited whenever someone just discovers a series that I love! And, yes, there was a torturous 5+ year wait between book 4 and 5! The rest of the HBO series is just as good as the first few, and sticks really, really closely to the books. Which is pretty impressive, since they don’t leave much out, that they managed to cram 800-odd pages into 12 hours of film!

  3. Irish

    Lenore – This one reads more as a historical than high fantasy. But glad to hear you like the show throughout most of its run.

    Fyrefly – I’m the same way! I can’t believe I waited so long to read these.

    bermudiaonion – your son has good taste. You should give them a try yourself.

    Rebecca – maybe try the ebook book? Not so intimidating when you don’t have the heft of the physical book reminding you that you might lose a toe if you drop it. 😉

  4. Rebecca Herman

    I do not have an ereader because I love print books so much! But a book of this size is about the only thing I’d prefer to read as an ebook because it would be so hard to hold it, I think!

  5. Kate

    I just started the series too! I’m about half way through A Clash of Kings but I’m taking my time too.