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A Game of Thrones: Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire | Paperback

Author: George R. R. Martin | Format: Paperback

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  Crem de la Crem, awesome intrigue and non stop shock and awe

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This is fantasy as it should be, immoral characters should'nt be this likeable (you have to love a Lannister), constant plot twists, and this author is not adverse to letting characters die or be maimed (several in this book alone), lets you see from the eyes of the good guys and bad, and I have to say I'm not sure always which is which, and which I like more, you begin the story through the eyes of Eddard Stark, the lord of the north, and his children, this quickly expands though as events unfold and you begin to see matters from several corners, you come to realise that their are no truly bad guys and from their own point of view and interests they are doing what's best for them and their children, world building in previous series I have read has not been as detailed and well made, George RR Martin has outdone himself in this series and put himself firmly at the top of the fantasy field, revealing stuff and not the ordinary epic fantasy you see everyday.

  The best fantasy novel ever written

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What can be said other than "wow". A Game of Thrones is an astonishing read. In my opinion this is the best fantasy novel ever written, even better than LOTR. Some may think that's controversial but so be it. You really must read this book. George R.R. Martin has created an utterly believable world (within the confines of fantasy of course) with characters flawed, petty, vicious and all the better for it.


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A book to be careful with!! It realy starts to grip after the first 100 pages, then you have already bought the rest of the series believe me. Its so full of hooks you'd swear george martin was a fisherman

  mind blowing read

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The whole series of a song of ice and fire is fantastically mind blowing reading experiance cant wait till the next installment comes out what i feel is important is some of the characters you will love to hate you in time start to feel the same emotions as the characters

  Truly, you can't put it down

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This is the start of the most fascinating, absorbing, inspirational and exceptional saga I have ever read, and I include Lord of the Rings in that claim.

The depth and scope of Martin's fantasy world is truly amazing. You can feel daunted at times with all the names of people and places rushing at you but this does very little to draw you away from the central storyline. You always know what is going on and the added bonuses of the rich lore and back-stories are just that; an excellent bonus for people who like their fantasy with a bit more meat on the bones.

The story is told in chapters and each chapter is told from the point-of-view of a single character. In all, I think the book is told from about 7 viewpoints. I love this style of writing and it continues throughout the saga (I'm up to Book 3 Part 2) and I imagine Martin will stick with it to the end.

I sometimes found myself starting a chapter thinking I wouldn't enjoy it so much because I didn't like the character as much as others but I will say one thing. Trust Mr Martin, he knows what he's doing. Almost every chapter has you glued to the pages, absolutely compelling. The vocabulary and style of writing can be quite tough at times so don't pick this up thinking it to be for teenagers or something, this is for confident readers only.

I am absolutely loving this series of books and I cannot recommend it highly enough for big fantasy fans, truly.

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  A Fantasy Writer equal to Tolkien!

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The depth of A Song of Ice and Fire is amazing. I have felt at times that I don't know all the characters and I am not sure where they all are, but now half way through the second book I am clearer on the people and land.

A Game of Thrones may feel daunting to the casual reader, it is a book you won't want to put down. The quality of writing is of the highest and I don't believe I have ever felt bored even whilst reading chapters of characters I didn't connect as well with.

1 of 7 books I believe? and a HBO series on the way!

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  Fantastic Fantasy Literature

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In my eyes, George Martin is the master of the fantasy genre. The depth, intelligence and sheer engrossing value of his 'Song of Ice and Fire' series is unparalleled elsewhere. 'A Game of Thrones' is the first book in this saga and is quite literally an addictive read, after the first couple of chapters I was sold. Martin has included a vast array of major character roles within the narrative and as a result, you see the story from a multitude of different angles as each chapter is told from a certain character's own perspective. I can't describe how much I enjoyed this book in words, it is excellence personified.