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A Game of Thrones

Format:  Paperback,

835 pages

Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Mar 2011

ISBN-13: 9780553593716

ISBN-10: 0553593714

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A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes "A Clash of Kings" and "A Storm of Swords." As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin's stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
A GAME OF THRONES
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Mar 2011
ISBN-13: 9780553593716
ISBN-10: 0553593714
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 835
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.0 x 1.75

About the author

Biography of Martin, George R. R.

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began writing at an early age, selling monster stories for pennies to neighborhood children. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University. In 1986, he worked as a story editor for the CBS series The Twilight Zone. He was also an executive story consultant, producer and co-supervising producer for CBS's Beauty and the Beast.

In 1970, he sold the story The Hero to Galaxy magazine. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1979, he has written many novels, stories, and series including A Song for Lya, Portraits of His Children, The Pear-Shaped Man, and the Song of Ice and Fire series. He has won numerous awards including five Locus Awards, three Hugo Awards and two Nebula awards.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awesome story Absolutely loved this book. Watched the HBO series too and enjoyed that but the book has so much more detail. It's a fantasy adventure story in a medieval world. I'm currently reading the 4th book in the series. The characters are complex and interesting, the lineage and history can be a little overwhelming but it is much easier reading for me than the Lord of the Rings was (never got through those). 08/23/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Truly Epic I do not read very often, but still, this is one of the finest novels I have ever read. It's a mature epic fantasy, where danger is all around, and none of the characters seem to be able to do for anything but themselves. Political backstabbing, gruesome punishments, and even humor are part of this story. I can't wait to read the next one, and anyone who likes the tv show will love this book! 06/23/2011
Rated 4 out of 5★ by So, I've been hearing a lot in the social media about A Game of Thrones. I decided I wanted to see what it was about. I want to watch the tv show, but when I found out it is based on books, I wanted to read the books first. I love to read and prefer to read a book before I watch the show/movie. I know that there are tons of reviews on this book, but mine is from a different perspective. The books I usually read are Christian historical romance novels. They all have sappy love stories and happy endings. A Game of Thrones was definitely a change from that! When I first started reading I didn't think I would get into it, but I continued and eventually I did. I found myself interested in the characters and slowly was drawn into the story. I like that there is some romance in the book. One thing I notice towards the end is that it is nothing like my romance novels. In A Game of Thrones it doesn't always go the way you want it to, people you like die, and it isn't always a happy ending. With that said, I still liked the book. It is also an interesting read because every chapter is from a different characters perspective. So, when a chapter on one character ends with a cliffhanger and you want to know what's next, you might have to read 5 chapters before you come back the the character. The book ended really well and I can't wait to start the next one and I'm also looking forward to finally watching the show to see how well it stays true to the books and to see the story come alive. 06/09/2013
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