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Acclaimed as one of the major achievements in the fantasy mystery genre, Game Of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire (Book- 1) TV Tie-in Edition is the first book of George R. R. Martin’s immensely popular series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Summary Of The Book

Full of adventure, mystery, intrigue, and romance, Game Of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire (Book- 1) TV Tie-in Edition is a fitting opening to one of the most popular fantasy fiction series. The book contains supernatural elements which revolve around the seasons which last decades. The summer is ending and winter is fast approaching. As the cold is on its way back, it is bringing along with it deadly forces. Beyond the protective walls of the kingdom, in the frozen wastes, supernatural forces are making their way to the world of men.

In this battle for the throne, replete with death, plunder, tragedy, betrayal, terror, and treachery, two families take centre stage, the Starks and the Lannisters. Lord Eddard Stark, the newly appointed ‘Hand’ of King Robert, has to defend the Iron throne. What happens to King Robert? What does Ned Stark discover that makes him the enemy of the Queen? Will Sansa Stark marry Joffrey? Who is Daenerys Targaryen and how will her actions affect Westeros? This fantasy adventure tale, which takes place in a land of magic, dragons, and supernatural creatures, keeps readers spellbound till the very end.

Published in 1996, Game Of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire (Book- 1) TV Tie-in Edition became a New York Times bestseller. The novel received the Locus Award, the Hugo Award, and the Ignotus Award. It was also nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula Award. The series was adapted into an HBO television series, which premiered in 2011.

About George R. R. Martin

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, in 1948, George Martin had started writing as a young boy. His other books include Dying Of the Light, Dreamsongs, The Armageddon Rag, Songs of Stars and Shadows, Fevre Dream, Warriors (1, 2, and 3), Portraits Of His Children, Quartet, A Clash Of Kings, A Storm Of Swords, A Feast For Crows, A Dance with Dragons, and A Dream of Spring.

Martin did his BS and then his MS in journalism from Northwestern University, Illinois. After the failure of his novel, The Armageddon Rag, Martin embarked on a television career. In 1971, at the age of 21, Martin sold his first story, The Hero, to Galaxy magazine. For 10 years, he worked as a television and movie writer and producer. In the mid 90s, he returned to writing books. Martin has won several awards for his novels and stories, including the 2012 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was also named as one of the hundred most influential people by Time magazine. Martin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his longtime partner, Parris McBride, whom he married in 2011.

Specifications of Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book - 1) (Paperback)

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Authored By George R. R. Martin
Book Details
Publisher HarperCollins Publisher
Imprint Harper Voyager
Publication Year 2011 March
ISBN-13 9780007428540
ISBN-10 0007428545
Language English
Edition TV tie-in ed
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 801 Pages
Series & Set Details
Series Name A Song Of Ice And Fire
Dimensions
Width 5.10 inch
Height 1.70 inch
Depth 43 inch
Weight 522 g
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12 Oct 2011
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~The Best Book for Fantasy Fiction Fans~

The best book in the fantasy fiction genre.

I found it really simple to read not as tough as LOTR ...or The Wheel of Time! The plot, the theme or call it the storyline ~> you will be surprised. A definite page turner with lots of twists and turns ... I'm so happy to read it first and then watched the HBO 10 episodes on this one later :) :) :)

Highly recommended to all fantasy fiction fans. I heard the series won couple of awards too...

Now looking forward to read the second part ...

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15 Nov 2012
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A Game of Awesomeness

Upfront, I must tell you guys that I???m not much of a reader. I only read in my spare time, which mostly includes fiction like sci-fi, fantasy. Although, after reading the book first of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, I think I???m becoming one quickly. This book is THAT good! It brings out the bibliophile inside. And now I???m a big fan of the franchise, having watched the inspired HBO TV series.

The plot involves three main story-lines which are interconnected to each other. Martin introduces a fictional continent called Westeros (and it???s seven kingdoms) in a fictional wor...
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Upfront, I must tell you guys that I???m not much of a reader. I only read in my spare time, which mostly includes fiction like sci-fi, fantasy. Although, after reading the book first of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, I think I???m becoming one quickly. This book is THAT good! It brings out the bibliophile inside. And now I???m a big fan of the franchise, having watched the inspired HBO TV series.

The plot involves three main story-lines which are interconnected to each other. Martin introduces a fictional continent called Westeros (and it???s seven kingdoms) in a fictional wor...
Upfront, I must tell you guys that I???m not much of a reader. I only read in my spare time, which mostly includes fiction like sci-fi, fantasy. Although, after reading the book first of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, I think I???m becoming one quickly. This book is THAT good! It brings out the bibliophile inside. And now I???m a big fan of the franchise, having watched the inspired HBO TV series.

The plot involves three main story-lines which are interconnected to each other. Martin introduces a fictional continent called Westeros (and it???s seven kingdoms) in a fictional world where only three continents exist or are known & mapped, others being Essos and Sothoros. Story is told by view point of some major characters.

Out of the three main story-lines, one concerns the seven kingdoms which are ruled by a king named Robert Baratheon who overthrew House Targaryen fifteen years before the events of the book with the help of his friend Eddard Stark and Jon Arryn, the man who fostered both. Second main story-line involves the events of the Wall ??? a massive construction situated north of the Westeros which prevents the dark forces that lie beyond-the-wall from entering the realm and a military order created to hold it called Night Watch. The writer clearly draws inspiration from Medieval Europe and War Of The Roses. The final main story-line concerns the remnants of House Targaryen ??? a young exiled prince and his 13 years old sister who her brother barters to a mighty savage house-lord hoping he and his army will help him take the Seven Kingdoms back from Robert Baratheon who they understandably call the Usurper.

Writing of the book is very vivid and take my word, it???s really hard to put the book down once you???ve started reading. The world Martin has created is rich, immersive and has very diverse characters, few you???ll love, few you???ll hate and on few you???ll be undecided. There is just the right amount of humor to keep the interest going if things get a bit too serious. I never really got bored, the language never feels insipid.

Funny, witty and inspirational dialogues, amazing character depth, engaging story-line and grey characters contrary to the usual black and white of other fictional writings makes this a must. Well, if you love reading fiction even a bit, just get it.

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10 Jul 2012
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Marvellous and spell-bound

Hand on my heart,I will say this is the most wonderful novel I have read till now.R.R.Martin surely knows the pulse of the readers.The way he introduced each character is itself amazing.As the story goes you would fall in love with one character or the other.The way he describes transforms you into a different world rather to a world of kings,kingdoms and knights.
He slowly draws the kingdoms to war and describes how Eddard Stark's family gets shattered.Now and then there is pinch of magic in the story.The tale of the Dothrakis is a quite different one.May be the author wil...
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Hand on my heart,I will say this is the most wonderful novel I have read till now.R.R.Martin surely knows the pulse of the readers.The way he introduced each character is itself amazing.As the story goes you would fall in love with one character or the other.The way he describes transforms you into a different world rather to a world of kings,kingdoms and knights.
He slowly draws the kingdoms to war and describes how Eddard Stark's family gets shattered.Now and then there is pinch of magic in the story.The tale of the Dothrakis is a quite different one.May be the author wil...
Hand on my heart,I will say this is the most wonderful novel I have read till now.R.R.Martin surely knows the pulse of the readers.The way he introduced each character is itself amazing.As the story goes you would fall in love with one character or the other.The way he describes transforms you into a different world rather to a world of kings,kingdoms and knights.
He slowly draws the kingdoms to war and describes how Eddard Stark's family gets shattered.Now and then there is pinch of magic in the story.The tale of the Dothrakis is a quite different one.May be the author will merge them into the main story in the second one of the series(I didn't read the second one yet). The description of the cruelty of the Lannisters is good.
There are a few drawbacks too.As soon as you start loving a character the author slowly decreases its role and puts it in a grim fate as though he has read your mind.
To end with its a beautiful epic of the fantasy world and sure is a feast for the lovers of this kind.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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29 Aug 2013
The Modern Genius

Being a Lord of the Rings fan I was very excited about reading the Game of Thrones- given, that maps in books had always been a keen aspect that I looked forward to. The words in this book were so beautiful that one could be as creative as a rock and yet be able to imagine what George Martin wants you to see.
However, I realised that unlike the great Tolkien and his intricate descriptions, George Martin had brought reality into fiction. It was no longer all good against all bad. As you go through the chapters of this brilliant book, you will know every characters point of view. You will...
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Being a Lord of the Rings fan I was very excited about reading the Game of Thrones- given, that maps in books had always been a keen aspect that I looked forward to. The words in this book were so beautiful that one could be as creative as a rock and yet be able to imagine what George Martin wants you to see.
However, I realised that unlike the great Tolkien and his intricate descriptions, George Martin had brought reality into fiction. It was no longer all good against all bad. As you go through the chapters of this brilliant book, you will know every characters point of view. You will...
Being a Lord of the Rings fan I was very excited about reading the Game of Thrones- given, that maps in books had always been a keen aspect that I looked forward to. The words in this book were so beautiful that one could be as creative as a rock and yet be able to imagine what George Martin wants you to see.
However, I realised that unlike the great Tolkien and his intricate descriptions, George Martin had brought reality into fiction. It was no longer all good against all bad. As you go through the chapters of this brilliant book, you will know every characters point of view. You will be torn apart in different directions as they are. Their lives will make you happy. Their deaths will make you sad. Sometimes you'll be confused whether you are happy or sad. Sometimes it will surprise you.

George Martin is truly one of the geniuses that our generation is fortunate enough to see. A Song of Ice and Fire could not have been better.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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08 May 2012
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A Game Worth Playing

Samit Basu described this as a Western Mahabharat and I found myself agreeing fervently. Dynasties plot and war against each other in Westeros while an exiled and the only descendant of House Targaryen plans to return and have her vengeance, set in a world with extreme climate cycles and supernatural beings. With characters you begin liking and rooting for as well as those you start detesting immediately, along with a few who do not reveal their true intentions till the end, this book is a definite must have. I have to add that the fantasy is completely peripheral to the main plot and the i... ()

Samit Basu described this as a Western Mahabharat and I found myself agreeing fervently. Dynasties plot and war against each other in Westeros while an exiled and the only descendant of House Targaryen plans to return and have her vengeance, set in a world with extreme climate cycles and supernatural beings. With characters you begin liking and rooting for as well as those you start detesting immediately, along with a few who do not reveal their true intentions till the end, this book is a definite must have. I have to add that the fantasy is completely peripheral to the main plot and the i...
Samit Basu described this as a Western Mahabharat and I found myself agreeing fervently. Dynasties plot and war against each other in Westeros while an exiled and the only descendant of House Targaryen plans to return and have her vengeance, set in a world with extreme climate cycles and supernatural beings. With characters you begin liking and rooting for as well as those you start detesting immediately, along with a few who do not reveal their true intentions till the end, this book is a definite must have. I have to add that the fantasy is completely peripheral to the main plot and the intriguing characters are what make this book a unique read. It's a fine example where the story is secondary to the characters and the latter drive the former ahead. When you play the game of thrones, you win and begin ordering for the rest of the Song of Ice and Fire series. George R R Martin is the modern day Tolkien, only with an adult twist.

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