A Game of Thrones

Posted 30 May 2014 by Kim in Book Reviews |

A Game of ThronesA Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
published: 1 January 2003
publisher: Random House LLC
genre(s): fantasy
pages: 835
source: bought
format: eBook
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rating: five-stars
series rating: five-stars


the blurb

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.

my review

Usually I am all about the books before I venture into the TV shows or movies, but this time the show came first.  This is an all-time favorite series of my husband that he insisted I read and I am so glad that he did!

Having seen the show first, the actors have become the faces of the characters in the book.  With few exceptions, that works just fine.  With such a long book, I was expecting some times when the pace would  drag, but I did not find that at all.  The changing story lines from one to another with each chapter kept the story moving and absolutely enthralling.

One of my favorite aspects to the book is that there is usually no clear line between good and evil.  Instead, that line is constantly shifting, changing the dynamics of the characters as their stories unfold.  The story is rich and intriguing.  There are no sugar-coated happy endings or neatly resolved situations.  It is raw and it is often violent, but full of fabulous characters and a strong story!

Things to love…

  • The multiple story lines.  It kept the story moving and kept it intriguing.
  • The characters.  Whether you loved them or hated them, they were absolutely fascinating!

It is a heavy read, an epic worthy of the name!  But it is one that I HIGHLY recommend!

About George R. R. Martin

George Raymond Richard “R.R.” Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin’s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: “The Hero,” sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.

In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.

Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

Martin’s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers’ Guild of America, West.

Rating Report
plot
five-stars
characters
five-stars
writing
five-stars
pacing
four-half-stars
cover
four-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

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