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  • Mass Market Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; REP edition (Aug. 4 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553573403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553573404
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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First off, I'm a heavy duty fan of GRRM. I've read over a 100 different fantasy authors in my time (started at 12; I'm now 32). Took about 5 years off from the genre b/c I felt it was all getting too formulaic and cliched.

So, when I came back to fantasy at the end of 1999, I read the usual: Goodkind, Jordan, etc. and then someone told me about GRRM and man, that was the kicker!

Here are the reasons to choose GRRM. I've also listed the reasons not to choose him to make it fair b/c I know their are certain personalities who won't like this series:

WHY TO READ GRRM

(1) YOU ARE TIRED OF FORMULAIC FANTASY: good lad beats the dark lord against impossible odds; boy is the epitome of good; he and all his friends never die even though they go through great dangers . . . the good and noble king; the beautiful princess who falls in love with the commoner boy even though their stations are drastically different . . . you get the idea. After reading this over and over, it gets old.

(2) YOU ARE TIRED OF ALL THE HEROES STAYING ALIVE EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE UNDER CONSTANT DANGER: this gets even worse where the author kills a main hero off but that person comes back later in the story. Or, a hero does die but magic brings him back.

This sometimes carries to minor characters where even they may not die, but most fantasy authors like to kill them off to show that some risked the adventure and perished.

(3) YOU ARE A MEDIEVAL HISTORY BUFF: this story was influenced by the WARS OF THE ROSES and THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR.

(4) YOU LOVE SERIOUS INTRIGUE WITHOUT STUPID OPPONENTS: lots of layering; lots of intrigue; lots of clever players in the game of thrones.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 18 2004
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My husband, an avid fantasy reader, has tried for years to get me interested in the genre. One evening when I was desperate for something to read, he handed me this book and begged me to give it a chance. I was hooked from page one! The writing is exceptional, and the characters--especially the women--are well developed. What strikes me most about Martin's work is that it is brutally honest and the characters act and think like real people...they don't seem at all like the stereotypical "heroes" I've encountered in other books. One word of caution to those who don't read a lot of fantasy, be sure to give yourself a few chapters to get into this book. Until I figured out how this world worked I found myself confused a lot, and I kept having to ask my husband to clarify certain points. Once I "got it" though, I had no trouble reading. This book (and entire series) is so amazing it transcends genre and can appeal to any reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30 2004
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This book was good, but nowhere near great. When I see the Tolkien comparisons, it makes me shake my head. While I'm not a Tolkienite, there are certain things I give him credit for, and many of those center around knowing appropriate language. Martin is a great writer, but he falters in this genre. In some cases, on the first page in fact, he alters phrases but retains their original meaning. Except the changes he makes often remove the context that provides the meaning. It threw me out of his story too many times, and reminded me very much of a schmeerp (something changed just to make it fantastical, not because it makes sense). Other words or phrases are distinctly 20th-century, and also derive meaning from things that didn't exist prior to very modern times. Ok, if you're writing sci-fi or modern fiction but jarring in a setting so closely tied to medieval Europe. Others have discussed the similarities to this work and the War of the Roses, but the similar plot doesn't bother me so much as the similar names. It looks like a schmeerp again, esp. if you know the history or have read Shakespeare's historical plays.
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I read both horror and romances so neither the sex nor the violence bothered me. Gratuitous description did. The continuous description of the glistening rings in someone's hair were just as bad the continuous description of other glistening body parts. Some of Martin's similes are also groan-worthy. When Drogo made love to Dany by picking her up "like a child" - yeesh. Others have also mentioned the postmodernist idealogy in this book but I don't think the gray morality is quite so bad as some claim.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Simeone on March 18 2002
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I'd been suffering from Fantasy Novel Attention Deficit Disorder for months before I found A Game of Thrones! I was tired of rereading the great stuff like the Amber Chronicles and Lord of the Rings, and tired of getting bored after reading the first few pages of juvenile treatments of the genre...such as Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind and even, yes, the great Weis and Hickman (I cut my fantasy teeth on their Dragonlance novels as a teen, but now I can't get through a chapter). Apologies to all you fans of the aforementioned, but they don't come close to the subtle and mature read of A Game of Thrones. The magic in this novel is there for just the right amount of accent and is not used as a deus ex machina prop. The language is melodic and, at least for me, lends itself to the easy recollection of multiple characters. The plot and atmosphere are unique, and Martin often offers tiny morsels to enjoy (even the use of the spelling "Ser" for "Sir" is a nice touch). I haven't finished reading the thing yet, but I know I will finish this and greedily devour the rest in the series! Trust me on this one, if you find yourself a hardcore fantasy lover and can't stand the overly-magical, redundant fantasy trash out there now, invest in this book! It'll rescue you from its mediocre counterparts.
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