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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

64 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

I wasn't sure I was going to like this one.

While I am fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I had never read anything by George R.R. Martin. I was scolded for this oversight by many of co-workers and friends. I finally gave in this past month and have been converted to a fan.

Be warned, "A Game of Thrones" is not for ...
While I am fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I had never read anything by George R.R. Martin. I was scolded for this oversight by many of co-workers and friends. I finally gave in this past month and have been converted to a fan.

Be warned, "A Game of Thrones" is not for the casual fantasy reader. It is deeply intricate and rich. While Martin focuses each of the chapters on roughly ten main characters, there are well over fifty full realized characters in just the first book of this series. It would be very easy to get confused or frustrated in the early pages of the tome, but to do so would be to lose out on the epic second half of the book. Up until the last one hundred pages, I was still on the fence about this "game of thrones." Now, having finsihed it, I can't wait to move on to the next book.

As a standalone book, I would not reccomend it; as the beginning of an epic series, I am totally hooked.

posted by Elantraboi on June 14, 2010

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171 out of 310 people found this review helpful.

Nothing like Tolkein!

I trudged through all of the existing 4 novels in this series hoping to find enough redeeming qualities to justify my investment, and came away sorely disapointed. Authors like Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time), Tolkien (LOTR), and even Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth), all ...
I trudged through all of the existing 4 novels in this series hoping to find enough redeeming qualities to justify my investment, and came away sorely disapointed. Authors like Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time), Tolkien (LOTR), and even Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth), all spin intense tales that leave you encouraged and inspired by the actions of their heros; Martin grinds through character after character, who all seem to perish by one betrayal after another. As soon as you start rooting for someone, they end up on the chopping block...this repeats so often that you can't help but wonder what holds the story together.

These novels are more like a soap opera than an epic fantasy series- murder, betrayal, and graphically portrayed incest/rape seem to be Martin's bread and butter, with practially nothing else in between.

For some strange reason, I find that highly disgusting and will go back to reading books with real heros and goals that I can emotionally (and morally) rally behind.

posted by 4437389 on March 3, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    Nothing like Tolkein!

    I trudged through all of the existing 4 novels in this series hoping to find enough redeeming qualities to justify my investment, and came away sorely disapointed. Authors like Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time), Tolkien (LOTR), and even Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth), all spin intense tales that leave you encouraged and inspired by the actions of their heros; Martin grinds through character after character, who all seem to perish by one betrayal after another. As soon as you start rooting for someone, they end up on the chopping block...this repeats so often that you can't help but wonder what holds the story together.

    These novels are more like a soap opera than an epic fantasy series- murder, betrayal, and graphically portrayed incest/rape seem to be Martin's bread and butter, with practially nothing else in between.

    For some strange reason, I find that highly disgusting and will go back to reading books with real heros and goals that I can emotionally (and morally) rally behind.

    171 out of 310 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    Once I started reading!!!

    Once I started reading I could do nothing but put it down every 30 pages!!! This book was horrible. Every 30 pages I had to put it down for a break. The only reason I read the whole thing is because all of these reveiws said it was good. Do yourself a favor and do not read this book even if it is free, it will be a waste of your time.

    15 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    don't see the big deal

    Why everyone is saying this is such a great book is a mystery to me. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing did. I'm a big fantasy fan and there isn't any big fantasy stuff in this one. If you like the kind of book that there are too many characters and you need to flip to the appendix every second to see whos who, go ahead and enjoy. I know I won't be reading the second one though..

    9 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Missing pages!

    If you liked the series, you will love the book. I bought the book online and it is the smaller format which is hard to handle. Also it is missing about 50 pages(just when the King is killed and the Hand is declared a traitor.) I have seen other reviews mentioning missing pages. Go for the larger format or eBook and enjoy the detail.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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