- Hardcover: 816 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Re-issue edition (10 November 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780007459483
- ISBN-13: 978-0007459483
- ASIN: 0007459483
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.5 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘After five volumes Martin is, if anything, a better writer than when he started. If you're watching A Game of Thrones on HBO, you're foregoing the great pleasure of Martin's deft prose…’
'A Game of Thrones has captured the imaginations of millions for the same reason the archetypal dramas of Homer, Sophocles or Shakespeare have lasted for millennia. They show us the conflict between self-sacrifice and self-interest, between the human spirit and the human ego, between good and evil. And when we look up from the page we recognise those same conflicts in the world around us and in ourselves'
‘It is hard to accept that something that enormous and that popular is as good as people tell you it is’
‘A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant.’
‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world… one of the greats of fantasy literature.’
‘Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.’
‘Such a splendid tale. I couldn’t stop till I’d finished and it was dawn.’
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But a good writer must also make you connect with the characters, care for them, love them. Martin (in my opinion) didn't do as well in this, by building Game of Thrones to have a reputation where everyone dies. This stops people connecting with the characters, and it also scares people off reading it in the first place.
I found the way he describes fights rather annoying, and the History of Westros is VERY unclear. But overall, a good read, although I'm not sure if I'll read it again. I am currently watching the TV series and it's quite good, and seems to stick to the book quite well *cough* *cough* Peter Jackson.
Also, I think he's a bit out of whack with the ages of the Stark children.
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