A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Book - 1996
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Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780553103540
0553103547
9780553573404
0553573403
9780553386790
9780553381689
0553381687
9780553593716
0553593714
Branch Call Number: SF MARTIN GEORGE
Characteristics: 694 p. ; 25 cm

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MamaOsa7
Jun 26, 2017

I love the Lord of the Rings and enjoy this style of fantasy writing, but found the Game of Thrones series to have too many vivid sexual scenes. I don't like them and certainly don't want to encourage my teenage sons to read them... I enjoyed the rest of these books, and I read several in the series before deciding to delete them all (from my kindle) due to these sexual scenes.

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Blacknexus
Mar 13, 2017

A good novel but painfully slow paced at times

Nicr Feb 28, 2017

Prodigiously imagined, well-paced, well-written. Compulsively readable.

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blue_turtle_550
Dec 30, 2016

A good beginning to the series, if you like that kind of thing. This one introduces characters you tend to get attached to, which is dangerous because this author is not afraid to do anything. The language is quite beautiful and free-flowing, and probably the only part with literary value. I never finished the series because everyone I cared about was dead, and you do get jaded of all the gruesome violence and smut after a while. It's a politically heavy read. The TV show, I think, is a good complement to the books. Still-- there really wasn't a point to all of it, because basically it all boils down to a couple of vicious scoundrels battling for a country they don't care about. It would be funny if they were all nuked in the end, and the US navy sails in to establish democracy. When you stop caring...

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Boo09
Dec 15, 2016

Winter is coming!

AL_ANDREWG Nov 29, 2016

Martin created a complex fantasy world with a great variety of complex characters. The jumping between characters and geographical locations could be a distraction for some, but I found it refreshing as it in my opinion keeps the lengthy work from becoming stale. It should be noted that the violent content could be disturbing for some readers.

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Kirby11330055
Nov 23, 2016

If Tolkien was a sadist

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BrianSioui
Oct 22, 2016

A great, epic tale. This series is Martin's masterpiece.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 18, 2016

For fans of historical fiction as well as epic fantasy, the book that started the phenomenon is amazing, from start to finish. The characters and world fly off the page, where I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

The series itself is based off of War of the Roses and Tudor England, with dashes of other historical places and events as well (such as Hadrian's Wall.) The first book is amazingly well-written, with the perfect balance between showing and telling. From reading the first book, it's easy to see how this series has left such a huge footprint on pop culture.

Cheryl_JHL Sep 21, 2016

If you are a fan of historical fiction, but wouldn't mind a serving of fantasy thrown in, this is a great series to try. Loosely inspired by the War of the Roses and Tudor England, Game of Thrones is full of complicated plot twists and turns, an ever evolving cast of characters (particularly well populated with strong women and antiheroes), and a fully imagined, detail-rich world, complete with an extensive documented history. It is a series that invites fans to dig in and lose themselves in the details.

And there's no shortage of detail... clues early on will seed revelations later down the road and invite readers to watch for key details that'll reveal what comes next. The theorizing and speculation is almost as fun as the story! I finished book five, came across one such revelation, and started the series over again to see if I could pick out the clues along the way.

And of course, there's the four page feast descriptions... for die hard fans, an fyi: there's a cookbook. Enjoy!

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mic7764
Jul 24, 2017

mic7764 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Yamallamah98
Jun 15, 2017

Yamallamah98 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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xTashleyx
Nov 03, 2016

xTashleyx thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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red_panda_423
Jun 01, 2016

red_panda_423 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

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jared15
May 24, 2016

jared15 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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red_cobra_341
Jun 22, 2015

red_cobra_341 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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blarki2
Oct 21, 2014

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

nicoleelaine8 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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xTashleyx
Nov 11, 2016

"And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things." ~ Tyrion Lannister

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xTashleyx
Nov 03, 2016

"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." ~ Tyrion Lannister

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"For the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons."

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"Only death can pay for life"

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jared15
May 24, 2016

"Fear cuts deeper than swords."

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?' 'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

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MeReneG
May 12, 2015

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." [Pg 408; Cersei to Eddard, while Robert is away hunting.]

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jared15
May 24, 2016

Violence: A lot of death, and they talk about torture

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

Violence: Contains brutal and often gory/graphic violence. Many charecters die in terrible ways such as being tortured to death. People die by swords and arrows. There are some graphic murders. Intestines are spilled and many charecters die in terrible ways. No joke-- This is not for the faint of heart.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

Coarse Language: Contains some harsh words: F**k is used a handful of times but not to many. Whore, bitch, c**k ect.. is used fairly frequently. However, it is less than many other adult books.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains a fair amount of sex and sex violence. It is not graphically described but there are rape scenes, sex scenes and a incest plot that is very important later on. So in short, there are some strong sex scenes but not explicitly described. There are prostitutes throughout the novel and talk of sex throughout.

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Coarse Language: Lots of fucking coarse language.

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Sexual Content: Super rape(tm).

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Violence: Wyyked awesome violence

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

Violence: beheading, bloody violence, war, execution

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

Sexual Content: rape, incest, prostitutes

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shinner2
Feb 01, 2014

Violence: Torture, Beheading

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xzhang17
Jul 14, 2015

The novel focuses on three distinct story lines in a medieval world. In the Seven Kingdoms, Lord of Winterfell Eddard “Ned” Stark has been promoted to Hand of the King after the death of his mentor and the previous Hand Jon Arryn. However, Ned’s investigation of the mysterious circumstances surrounding his mentor’s death soon sets him on a dangerous path. At the same time, his illegitimate son Jon Snow is headed to the Wall to join the Night’s Watch. Although Jon forges new relationships there, he cannot help but grow disillusioned about his purpose there. Across the sea, Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen are biding the time until they can reclaim their birthright as the heirs of the Iron Throne. As these different storylines intertwine, I found the book harder and harder to put down.

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red_cobra_341
Jun 22, 2015

The Starks find the first direwolves seen in years, plotting begins and Brandon falls, a game of thrones is played, and just somewhere, the Others begin to stir.

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Caleb98
Jul 12, 2012

the starks find dire wolves the first seen in years.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

rllllllly goodbook about adventure and action and thriller

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