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George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

108 out of 111 people found this review helpful.

My review will focus on the format of the e-books and to contrad

My review will focus on the format of the e-books and to contradict several other reviews which are incorrect. I compared the e-books with the hard copies that I have, and these books are exactly the same as the hard copies except for the e-books' use of chapter number...
My review will focus on the format of the e-books and to contradict several other reviews which are incorrect. I compared the e-books with the hard copies that I have, and these books are exactly the same as the hard copies except for the e-books' use of chapter numbers in the books' respective Table of Contents rather than character names (e.g. "Chapter 1" rather than "Jon"). They contain the Prologues of each book. The bottom line is not cut off at the bottom of each page. These are not "condensed" versions. I like the ability to read the bundle on one Nook device and then pick up at the same page on another Nook device without having to search where I left off (I have a Nook Tablet and also the new Nook HD+ 9 inch). The e-book bundle makes it easy to carry around all 5 stories without lugging heavy tomes around. I'm already in the middle of book 5 (Dance with Dragons), but I've forgotten some plot points and like to refer to the early books. This e-book bundle makes that easy. There is also the ability to do a word search within the e-books, if you need to find something. I don't find the Table of Contents cumbersome at all. It's easy to scroll up and down. Yes, these chapters are numbered rather than listed by character name, but since the author didn't distinguish one "Jon" chapter from another "Jon" chapter, those chapter names wouldn't have been useful anyway. All in all I'm very pleased with this e-book bundle.

posted by Anonymous on June 16, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

64 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

O All in one big book? NO THANKS!

All five books are combined into one HUGE book in this deal! AND IT SUCKS! It's a pain to navigate and I regret my purchase.

posted by 15793792 on September 16, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Recommended

    This series is Dark!Dark!Dark!!! Even having said that, I found myself fighting sleep to get that "One more page." Makes me want to find out what happens in the next book. Keep waiting for something good to happen to the characters.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    The first book was great. The second book was good. The 3rd bo

    The first book was great. The second book was good. The 3rd book was really good. The fourth book was so incredibly boring that I will not read the fifth book. It's too bad that George Martin felt that he had to add soooooooo much. I think if he had stuck to the characters that we have come to love and hate more people would have enjoyed these stories, even for the some 4,000 pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    What happened?

    While i love the story, all the complaints about this series missing lots of pages are well founded. The 3 stars are only because i feel robbed. I think barnes n noble should give a mass refund. What happened to jamie anyway? I still dont know what part of his body has a stump or why. Boo! Phyl p

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Frustrating Storyline

    Well written, engaging, detailed, well developed characters, but he has the heroes get killed, the heroines constantly getting exploited, and the villains succeed too much. Thus it is a frustrating book, engaging but not enjoyable. Also, some disgusting scenes are described.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    I love this series

    This series is so absolutely amazing. Martin manages to clearly describe everything in a way that makes it easy to mentally visualize the characters, the land, and the internal conflicts of ALL the characters.
    Definitely a must read for anyone who like political thrillers and history. Plenty of war and violence not to mention a little mandatory "romantic encounters".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    In Hindsight

    After finishing book/season 5, it'sfinally time to write the review. Book 1 srarts very slowly. After reading glowing reviews of how excptional Martin's writing was, and comparable to Tolkien, I was hugely dissapointed. Many times in the first 500 pages I considered dropping it and not waste my time with the next 4200. Although the plot was interesting, the weaving of many sub-plots fascinating, I found Martin's words and language lacking. By comparison, I relished Tolkien's every word, rereading paragraphs to savor his richness of language. I found no such richness here, but stuck with it, perhaps out of stubbornness. Martin's writing style improved in the secomd half of Book 1, and by the end was actually enjoying some depth of character. I was rewarded in Book 2 and thrilled in Book 3 with a now mature richness of language and depth of character development that I could agree matched Tokien, and a richness of history in each of the character families that even outdid Tolkien in depth. How disappointing Book 4 was, then. Rambling and focused on lesser characters. Some sub-plots even boring. There were chapters that soared, however, so on I slogged. Book 5 was again verging on greatness, and I enjoyed it to the end. End? Did I say END? There is no ending, unfortunately, just multiple jumping off points for books to follow. Arrrghhh. Which brings me to one of my bigger gripes about this series - it seems too often to be written more as the script for a serial TV drama than written truly as a book. I'd kinda like a 5 volume book to have an ending. So be forewarned. Either commit to this from the start, or don't pick it up. Yes, I suppose I'll get follow-on volumes IF Martin commits to ending this thing at some point. Otherwise, the hanging threads are more frustrating than enticing.
    Rergards, Ken.

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