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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:18

    I didn’t finish the book yet but read a decent portion. First, reviews that state they’re not reading this until Winds of Winter comes out shouldn’t be allowed because they have nothing to do with this book. We’re all annoyed that GRRM has taken this long to complete the series and is continuing to write other side projects. Fire & Blood fills in a lot of blanks, but would have been more interesting if it was written like Dunk & Egg, as tales. This reads more like or a Wikipedia article. It’s still interesting and has amazing art, just don’t expect it to be page turner or a book you can’t place down.

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:19

    I rarely bother posting a review of a book with nearly a hundred reviews. For one, neither the book nor the prospective buyer need my thoughts in order to create an informed decision. And second, for me it requires some soul searching and a amazing deal of thought when I am trying to shed some light that others might search of interest. In other words, I cannot simply state, "Loved it," or "Hated it," and call that a review. And, further, I abhor reviews that tell us all the intricate info of a plot and then go on and test to read the novel. Okay, now you know, I am a stubborn curmudgeon. If that annoys you, at least you can't say I didn't warn you...My review of Fire & Blood is sure to be a various take than any other review. In such light,. My review may be the least helpful to most readers. Why? I have not yet successfully read any works of Mr. Martin, because I search them a daunting challenge. Note that I state challenge, not that his writing is unappealing or uninteresting. What I mean is, I greatly respect his ability to weave amazing yarns. I just have difficulty in immersing myself into the worlds he creates.Anyway, I decided to approach his works from a various angle. I chose to read the history he prepared, then I will move on to Android game of Thrones.I mention all this so you can skip my review if you are already a Martin fan, because what small light I might shed on the subject probably will be of small use or interest to you.On with my review…BLUSH FACTOR: You probably won’t wish to read this story to your kids aged 13 and younger due to three eff-words and a reference to men and sheep. Unless, that is, you have raised your kids to on a farm and providing you have a sense of humor regarding sheep and search them prettier than the local maidens… Okay, I am parroting Martin’s humor at zone 5406.POV: Third person.WRITING & EDITING: Readers tend to gage the writing of history somewhat differently than fiction. At least I do. With a history I don’t expect quite the same sort of flow. With “Fire & Blood” we don’t obtain the same flow as with, say, Android game of Thrones. But, since we don’t expect to, we can more readily accept such ebb and flow as exists in “Fire & Blood.”ADVENTURE: Yes, there is plenty of adventure, even if it is not as layered through as creative writing would be in an epic story of conquest. To better present the adventure and hero building that does exist in “Fire & Blood,” please refer to the below excerpt.EXCERPT‘…his summons. Lastly he descended upon the seat of House Doggett, reducing it to ash. The fires claimed the lives of Ser Joffrey’s father, mother, and young sister, along with their sworn swords, serving men, and chattel. As ars of smoke rose all through the westerlands and the riverlands, Vhagar and Balerion turned south. Another Lord Hightower, counseled by another High Septon, had opened the gates of Oldtown during the Conquest, but now it seemed as if the greatest and most populous town in Westeros must surely ousands fled Oldtown that night, streaming from the town gates or taking ship for distant ports. Thousands more took to the roads in drunken revelry. “This is a night for song and sin and drink,” men told one another, “for come the morrow, the virtuous and the vile burn together.” Others gathered in septs and temples and ancient woods to pray they might be spared. In the Starry Sept, the High Septon railed and thundered, calling down the wroth of the gods upon the Targaryens. The archmaesters of the Citadel met in conclave. The men of the Town Watch filled sacks with sand and pails with water to war the fires they knew were coming. Along the town walls, crossbows, scorpions, spitfires, and spear-throwers were hoisted onto the battlements in hopes of bringing down the dragons when they appeared. Led by Ser Morgan Hightower, a younger brother of the Lord of Oldtown, two hundred Warrior’s Sons sed forth from their chapterhouse to defend His High Holiness, surrounding the Starry Sept with a ring of steel. Atop the Hightower, the amazing beacon fire turned a baleful green as Lord Martyn Hightower called his banners. Oldtown waited for the dawn, and the coming of the dragons.And the dragons came. Vhagar first, as the sun was rising, then Balerion, just before midday. But they found the gates of the town open, the battlements unmanned, and the banners of House Targaryen, House Tyrell, and House Hightower flying side by side atop the town walls. The Dowager Queen Visenya was the first to learn the news. Sometime during the blackest hour of that long and dreadful night, the High Septon had died.A man of three-and-fifty, as tireless as he was fearless, and to all appearances in robust amazing health, this High Septon had been renowned for his strength. More than once he had preached for a day and a night without taking sleep or nourishment. His sudden death shocked the town and dismayed his followers. Its causes are debated to this day. Some say that His High Holiness took his own life, in what was either the act of a craven afraid to face the wroth of King Maegor, or a noble sacrifice to spare the goodfolk of Oldtown from dragonfire. Others claim the Seven struck him down for the sin of pride, for heresy, treason, and y and more remain certain he was murdered…but by whom? Ser Morgan Hightower did the deed at the command of his lord brother, some say (and Ser Morgan was seen entering and leaving the High Septon’s privy chambers that night). Others point to the Lady Patrice Hightower, Lord Martyn’s maiden aunt and a reputed witch (who did indeed seek an audience with His High Holiness at dusk, though he was alive when she departed). The archmaesters of the Citadel are also suspected, though whether they created use of the dark arts, an assassin, or a poisoned scroll is still a matter of some debate (messages went back and forth between the Citadel and the Starry Sept all night). And there are still others who keep them all blameless and lay the High Septon’s death at the door of another rumored sorceress, the Dowager Queen Visenya e truth will likely never be known…but the swift reaction of Lord Martyn when word reached him at the Hightower is beyond dispute. At once he dispatched his own knights to disarm and arrest the Warrior’s Sons, amongst them his own brother. The town gates were opened, and Targaryen banners raised along the walls. Even before Vhagar’s wings were sighted, Lord Hightower’s men were…’Martin, George R. R.. Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire) (Kindle Areas 1270-1300). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle TOM LINEI enjoyed this fiction that felt like a real history. I confess that I enjoyed the Audible edition a bit more than the Kindle edition, but, for me, that is becoming the case with most reading. I read the Kindle edition when I can, and listen to the professional narration edition while commuting or otherwise enjoying the countryside in what “The People’s Almanac” referred to as ‘The Empty Quarter.” Listening to “Fire & Blood” while cruising through these wind-blown prairies, I found myself speculating that perhaps, just perhaps, when the ancient ones entered these lands several eons ago, they may have slew dragons and brute goliaths to wrestle the Upper Midwest free from some precursors of the human race…THAT is one tag of a amazing writer of fantasy, the learned one some refer to as George R. R. e one downside of this epic history is that this book is only the first volume and the author himself admits that he has other pressing epics to bring forth before he can obtain around to writing the conclusion. In that sense, this book ends without being complete. An annoyance to me and, I’m certain, a lot of other least now I can tackle “A Android game of Thrones.”Four stars out of five.I am striving to produce reviews that support you search books that you want, or avoid books that you want to avoid. With your help, my improvement will support you and me improve book reviews on Amazon. Together, you and I can build a amazing customer review process that helps everybody. Will you join me? It is people such as you who have helped me improve over the years. I'm still learning, and I have a amazing deal yet to learn. With your help, I'll improve every request: Be respectful and courteous in your comments and emails to me. I will do likewise with ank you so much for indicating if this review helped you, or for your comment. for indicating if this review helped you, or for your comment.

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:19

    This is a boring history of Westeros. Really disappointed that, almost ten years later, Mr. Martin continues to work on other projects and not on the completion of this book. Please just commit to finish winds before taking on more!

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:18

    The degree to which you will have fun this depends on two things:- Do you have fun reading history books?- Are you a serious fan of this fictional world, and wish to know the background behind everything?If you answered yes to both, you will have fun rsonally, I do have fun history books, but I prefer learning about fictional worlds in a more conventional format - a character-centric story, e.g., along the lines of GRRM’s other r example - I just don’t care that much about the names of different nobles who’s names are only mentioned to name the leader of an troops that the Targaryans flew over and burned. I’d much rather have a story from, say, Aegon’s immediate viewpoint and experiences. That is not what this book is about though.I think there will be a lot of folks who have fun this book, but if you were looking for a book that “humanizes” the list of names that preceded the main series, this isn’t the book you are looking for.

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:18

    J. R. R. Tolkien labored at his mythology for a majority of his adult life, from the trenches of Globe Battle I until his death. He mostly thought it unpublishable. He was interested in the amazing histories, in the sweeping sagas, in the stories that were written not as modern novels, but as texts that might have jumped straight out of the globe he created. Some of Tolkien's mythological material created it into 'The Lord of the Rings.' Much of it did not. He wanted to publish the histories--the Silmarillion saga--alongside the books we all know today, but the publishers turned him down repeatedly. He died without seeing any of that work published, and when his son Christopher tried to create one cohesive text from the heavy amounts of material, much of it was bastardized. Only later did Christopher edit and release over a dozen volumes of original texts, showing us a bit more of the scope of the history Tolkien had imagined.Why am I telling you this about Tolkien in a review for GRR Martin? This should seem fairly obvious by now: GRR Martin has the same longing Tolkien did. He has the same love of the grand, sweeping historical epic. So far he has been giving us his 'Lord of the Rings,' his drama of the minutiae, but in the process he got caught up in the grand and glorious visions of the Targaryens, just as Tolkien was swept up into the glories of the First Age. It’s no mistake this book is being called the “GRRMillion.”Martin's popularity is granting him a possibility that Tolkien unfortunately never had in his lifetime: To make his myth IN FULL. To give us the grand sweep of things in the greater world, beyond just the characters we know and love in 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'Please accept this book for what it is, rather than complaining about what it does not aim to be. And what exactly is it? An artefact from Westeros. It should be read not as a book Martin wrote, but one he transcribed, from the original text by Archmaester Gyldayn. It will require some work on the part of the reader. The lines have been drawn, and we are being asked to fill in the colors with our imaginations. This participatory reading is what can create history so engaging—it takes work, but the work pays off.We have two choices: We can claw after the next GoT book, complaining that the author hasn’t yet met our demands. Or we can let the author a possibility to fill out his universe. For my part, this items is more exciting than the series proper. We obtain to see the bigger picture that all of the Song of Ice and Fire is a part of. If you don't wish this sort of thing, simply move on rather than ruining the experience for others.I remember what it felt like to sit down one day as a boy and begin 'The Silmarillion.' I was holding the Bible of the Elves. It was a piece of that world. It was a text that might have been read by a scholar in Minas Tirith. It was magic. Martin has the possibility to give us this now. Imagine being Samwell Tarly, sitting in the Citadel's library, opening up this ponderous and magical tome about the history of the Targaryens for the first time.Why now, though? Why not wait until he's finished telling the main story? For my part, I'd rather follow the passion of a writer than obtain mediocre work demanded by fans. Martin made this universe for us; allow him follow his vision for how it should proceed. He was caught up in the glorious history of his universe as he was telling his story, and he wants us to have it in all of its rich complexity. I can only want that Tolkien had had the same opportunity in his lifetime. We only see fragments of what that might have been. But Martin is giving us his own amazing mythology, in his own lifetime, whole and complete; and I am a boy again with is, my friends, is going to be a feast.

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:19

    Mostly recycled from Globe of Ice and Fire.

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:18

    My god people, Martin doesn't owe you anything, quit complaining that he didn't write the book *you* wanted or *how* you wanted. It is clearly stated in the description what this book is about. It's because of people complaining and being petulant kids that he has struggled to finish Winds of Winter. Appreciate what he has done or don't, but to whine like spoiled adolescents just shows how immature and ungrateful some of you people are!If he hasn't written to your liking, why don't you go write a series for yourself and spare us all the entitled attitude.I have found this book incredibly fascinating, but I have fun history textbooks and the like. This is a unbelievable imagination of an imaginary globe and its history, and it feels like a book equivalent of sinking into a long, hot bath.

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:19

    I actually enjoyed The Globe of Ice and Fire. It was a amazing companion piece to the GOT novels. Martin claimed Fire and Blood would be 70% fresh material. That was an outright lie. So far with just a cursory inspection Aegon's Conquest was word for word copied and pasted from The Globe of Ice and Fire. Then he repackaged his short stories Sons of the Dragon, The Rogue Prince, and The Princess and the Queen and published them in Fire and Blood. So far 65% of this book is previously published material I already own. It's disappointing when an author who is rich and popular beyond his wildest dreams chooses to scam his fans this way. The only method I recommend you buy this book is if you don't already have the anthologies the stories were previously released in. That method you have all the stories collected in one volume without having to buy his money grab, useless anthologies for a 75 page GOT story.

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:18

    This book is literally just copied and pasted from the book "The Globe of Ice and Fire."

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    Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) []  2020-7-26 21:19

    About 100 pages in and can’t place it down. Love Westeros and it’s history.And as the others leaving “reviews” so astutely put, this is not Winds of Winter. Obtain over it. You’re more than welcome to go write your own epic fantasy books at your own pace.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    I cannot obtain across how utterly disappointing this edition of A Android game of Thrones truly is. The binding is stellar, the covers have an perfect feel to them, and the artwork inside is absolutely gorgeous. All of that, however, is allow down but the idiotic editor who chose where the artwork inside the book went, and the embarrassing e forward is utterly irrelevant to the book itself and stands only to create two political statements (telling the Lannisters to "check your privilege" and using "Make Westeros Amazing Again" to draw clumsy allegory to true globe politics) and spoiling three portions of the book. Yes, the forward actually goes out of its method to spoil three moments in the book, perhaps under the ridiculous assumption that you've already seen the HBO TV series and excusing them as "being simple to see coming" and "foreshadowing". The man who wrote the forward not only comes across as arrogant and nasty, but bumbling and dull headed.Onto the illustrations. While beautiful, a amazing chunk of them (perhaps a fourth) are actually placed in the wrong chapters or flat out spoil happenings that will happen in the future. Again with the spoilers; it strikes me that the editors for this edition have no regard for the integrity of the work and care more for filling the pages with beautiful colors. This issue could very easily be solved by only placing illustrations at the end of chapters (showing happenings that have happened or are event at the chapter close) or by placing all of the illustrations at the end of the book. Placing them at the beginning of the chapter (with some near the end of certain key chapters) only serves to spoil the upcoming events. These aren't just illustrations of the landscape or people, but actual depictions of events.I can search no amazing aspects of this book beyond the tactile feel of the cover and the quality of the illustrations itself. Save yourself some hard earned cash and read one of the originally published editions, spoiler free.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    As amazing as I thought it would be. I was very excited for this book because I had a possibility to see a sneak peak of the book and the photos are STUNNING. I bought the ebook and both iPad and Kindle presented a very amazing photo quality. The ebook is not as amazing as the physical book because you will lose some of the photo info but it still great.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    This is a attractive edition of this book. Just handling it makes it feel like you are getting your money's worth. It is a premium product and it shows. The illustrations are gorgeous and it makes it a better read when you have a photo to reference what you are reading every few pages. I really hope they plan on doing this with the rest of the series because i will be the first to buy them.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    This book is absolutely gorgeous. From the cover of the book to the illustrations. A lot of the illustrations have been reused from other material such as the globe of ice and fire. I am very happy with it. My only complaint is that the pages are a bit thin. Which if your going to create a attractive 20 year edition of the book you might as well go all out and use thicker paper. All in all though it looks beautiful. Well worth the money. I just can't wait for the others to come out.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    I heard mates and co-workers raving about the present GOT before I ever paid attention to the fact it was based on a book series by GRRM. to be perfectly honest I like fantasy epics like LOTR, the Star Battles saga and others like it but in general, I hate reading fiction novels. Don't obtain me wrong -- I like reading-- just not fiction. When it comes to fiction, I'd rather just watch the film -- weird, I know but so a lot of info obtain missed in film adaptations of amazing books that I'd just as soon not "waste" 6-8 hours reading the fictional work, getting pumped for film release and then being inevitably disappointed about what the directors forgot or what they took liberties with in the movie.With that said, after season 6 of GOT was released and I was tired of not understanding the GOT references in my favorite TV shows i figured "why not?" I was hooked from the first scenes... I binge watched the whole first season in a single weekend!After catching up with the present (currently on my 3rd run through), salivating over what season 8 will bring and watching countless YouTube theory videos I came to the conclusion i need to read the books... Yes. The guy who hates reading fiction required to read the books... I realized you can't have such an amazing present and crazy fanboys (and fangirls!) without awesome source material.I polished off book 1 of ASOIAF faster than ANY work of fiction I've ever ever laid eyes on... And I couldn't be more satisfied.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    As amazing as I thought it would be. I was very excited for this book because I had a possibility to see a sneak peak of the book and the photos are STUNNING. I bought the ebook and both iPad and Kindle presented a very amazing photo quality. The ebook is not as amazing as the physical book because you will lose some of the photo info but it still great.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    I heard mates and co-workers raving about the present GOT before I ever paid attention to the fact it was based on a book series by GRRM. to be perfectly honest I like fantasy epics like LOTR, the Star Battles saga and others like it but in general, I hate reading fiction novels. Don't obtain me wrong -- I like reading-- just not fiction. When it comes to fiction, I'd rather just watch the film -- weird, I know but so a lot of info obtain missed in film adaptations of amazing books that I'd just as soon not "waste" 6-8 hours reading the fictional work, getting pumped for film release and then being inevitably disappointed about what the directors forgot or what they took liberties with in the movie.With that said, after season 6 of GOT was released and I was tired of not understanding the GOT references in my favorite TV shows i figured "why not?" I was hooked from the first scenes... I binge watched the whole first season in a single weekend!After catching up with the present (currently on my 3rd run through), salivating over what season 8 will bring and watching countless YouTube theory videos I came to the conclusion i need to read the books... Yes. The guy who hates reading fiction required to read the books... I realized you can't have such an amazing present and crazy fanboys (and fangirls!) without awesome source material.I polished off book 1 of ASOIAF faster than ANY work of fiction I've ever ever laid eyes on... And I couldn't be more satisfied.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    I cannot obtain across how utterly disappointing this edition of A Android game of Thrones truly is. The binding is stellar, the covers have an perfect feel to them, and the artwork inside is absolutely gorgeous. All of that, however, is allow down but the idiotic editor who chose where the artwork inside the book went, and the embarrassing e forward is utterly irrelevant to the book itself and stands only to create two political statements (telling the Lannisters to "check your privilege" and using "Make Westeros Amazing Again" to draw clumsy allegory to true globe politics) and spoiling three portions of the book. Yes, the forward actually goes out of its method to spoil three moments in the book, perhaps under the ridiculous assumption that you've already seen the HBO TV series and excusing them as "being simple to see coming" and "foreshadowing". The man who wrote the forward not only comes across as arrogant and nasty, but bumbling and dull headed.Onto the illustrations. While beautiful, a amazing chunk of them (perhaps a fourth) are actually placed in the wrong chapters or flat out spoil happenings that will happen in the future. Again with the spoilers; it strikes me that the editors for this edition have no regard for the integrity of the work and care more for filling the pages with beautiful colors. This issue could very easily be solved by only placing illustrations at the end of chapters (showing happenings that have happened or are event at the chapter close) or by placing all of the illustrations at the end of the book. Placing them at the beginning of the chapter (with some near the end of certain key chapters) only serves to spoil the upcoming events. These aren't just illustrations of the landscape or people, but actual depictions of events.I can search no amazing aspects of this book beyond the tactile feel of the cover and the quality of the illustrations itself. Save yourself some hard earned cash and read one of the originally published editions, spoiler free.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    As amazing as I thought it would be. I was very excited for this book because I had a possibility to see a sneak peak of the book and the photos are STUNNING. I bought the ebook and both iPad and Kindle presented a very amazing photo quality. The ebook is not as amazing as the physical book because you will lose some of the photo info but it still great.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    If only I could go back in time and read it for the first time.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    Allow me first obtain out of the way: A Android game of Thrones is an awesome book. I've read hundreds of the things (thousands?), and A Android game of Thrones is up there, probably in the top ten. I mean, just look at my username if you wish an example of how strongly I feel about these books. I love at said, this is not the best format to read it in, especially not for those who have not read the book e foreword is the first tip that the quality of this production is sub par. I'm not sure who "John Hodgman" is, exactly, but in his foreword—which reads like a glorified Reddit comment, clocking in at a scant 3 pages—is not worth the 5 mins he probably took to write it up. In it, he contains 2 spoilers—one major one—and a ham-fisted, completely out-of-place reference to modern American politics that had me scratching my head. This was beautiful disappointed to me, as unique editions of books I love usually contain illuminating, interesting forewords written by people whose opinions you'd be eager to hear. Judged within those parameters, this Hodgman fellow falls far short.Anyone expecting a ver of Android game of Thrones illustrated to the standards of Martin's other illustrated works such as the unbelievable Fire & Blood and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms will search this falls below their expectations. Though some of the illustrations are quite lovely in a vacuum, the vast majority of them serve to spoil the coming chapter. Some of them, inexplicably, are completely out of place. Incredibly disappointing.If you're a fresh reader, then you absolutely should NOT read this version. Pick up the original hardcover instead. However, if you're a mega-fan looking for a fresh edition to re-read, I suppose this might serve if you ignore the poor e only people I'd really recommend this ver to are those who are fans of the present but have yet to read the books. The spoilerish illustrations won't ruin anything for you since you already know (generally) what's going to happen, and the illustrations are numerous enough that it might help you in removing the actor's faces from your head as your read, replacing them with the characters as they are in the books. Jon Snow, for example, is a young, unattractive teenager—a far cry from the strapping, handsome Kit Harrington who plays him in the HBO adaptation.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    This is a really awesome book. I love the TRUE hardcover with the photo imprinted on the cover itself (not just a dust sleeve). The story is obviously is top notch. But 2 things really bugged me.1) some of the photos at the beginning of the chapters actually spoil what happens in the chapter. Not so amazing for first time readers. (I am not a first time reader but I thought this was a very necessary thing to point out)2) half of the full page color photos are actually printed IN THE WRONG CHAPTER. Example: the photo of bran in the woods should be in a bran chapter, however it is 3 pages later in a Tyrion chapter. Now I am not sure if this is something wrong with my copy specifically or for every copy, but that is what I received so that is what i am going to review. It was really distracting when I'm reading about Tyrion and suddenly I obtain a full page color photo of a stage from the latest ese two things take away a star. This book is very close to excellent in my opinion but those 2 things just bummed me out.If these are not a huge deal to you, then this book is a must have for any fan of the series/show

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    As amazing as I thought it would be. I was very excited for this book because I had a possibility to see a sneak peak of the book and the photos are STUNNING. I bought the ebook and both iPad and Kindle presented a very amazing photo quality. The ebook is not as amazing as the physical book because you will lose some of the photo info but it still great.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    I heard mates and co-workers raving about the present GOT before I ever paid attention to the fact it was based on a book series by GRRM. to be perfectly honest I like fantasy epics like LOTR, the Star Battles saga and others like it but in general, I hate reading fiction novels. Don't obtain me wrong -- I like reading-- just not fiction. When it comes to fiction, I'd rather just watch the film -- weird, I know but so a lot of info obtain missed in film adaptations of amazing books that I'd just as soon not "waste" 6-8 hours reading the fictional work, getting pumped for film release and then being inevitably disappointed about what the directors forgot or what they took liberties with in the movie.With that said, after season 6 of GOT was released and I was tired of not understanding the GOT references in my favorite TV shows i figured "why not?" I was hooked from the first scenes... I binge watched the whole first season in a single weekend!After catching up with the present (currently on my 3rd run through), salivating over what season 8 will bring and watching countless YouTube theory videos I came to the conclusion i need to read the books... Yes. The guy who hates reading fiction required to read the books... I realized you can't have such an amazing present and crazy fanboys (and fangirls!) without awesome source material.I polished off book 1 of ASOIAF faster than ANY work of fiction I've ever ever laid eyes on... And I couldn't be more satisfied.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    This is a attractive edition of this book. Just handling it makes it feel like you are getting your money's worth. It is a premium product and it shows. The illustrations are gorgeous and it makes it a better read when you have a photo to reference what you are reading every few pages. I really hope they plan on doing this with the rest of the series because i will be the first to buy them.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    This book is absolutely gorgeous. From the cover of the book to the illustrations. A lot of the illustrations have been reused from other material such as the globe of ice and fire. I am very happy with it. My only complaint is that the pages are a bit thin. Which if your going to create a attractive 20 year edition of the book you might as well go all out and use thicker paper. All in all though it looks beautiful. Well worth the money. I just can't wait for the others to come out.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    Allow me first obtain out of the way: A Android game of Thrones is an awesome book. I've read hundreds of the things (thousands?), and A Android game of Thrones is up there, probably in the top ten. I mean, just look at my username if you wish an example of how strongly I feel about these books. I love at said, this is not the best format to read it in, especially not for those who have not read the book e foreword is the first tip that the quality of this production is sub par. I'm not sure who "John Hodgman" is, exactly, but in his foreword—which reads like a glorified Reddit comment, clocking in at a scant 3 pages—is not worth the 5 mins he probably took to write it up. In it, he contains 2 spoilers—one major one—and a ham-fisted, completely out-of-place reference to modern American politics that had me scratching my head. This was beautiful disappointed to me, as unique editions of books I love usually contain illuminating, interesting forewords written by people whose opinions you'd be eager to hear. Judged within those parameters, this Hodgman fellow falls far short.Anyone expecting a ver of Android game of Thrones illustrated to the standards of Martin's other illustrated works such as the unbelievable Fire & Blood and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms will search this falls below their expectations. Though some of the illustrations are quite lovely in a vacuum, the vast majority of them serve to spoil the coming chapter. Some of them, inexplicably, are completely out of place. Incredibly disappointing.If you're a fresh reader, then you absolutely should NOT read this version. Pick up the original hardcover instead. However, if you're a mega-fan looking for a fresh edition to re-read, I suppose this might serve if you ignore the poor e only people I'd really recommend this ver to are those who are fans of the present but have yet to read the books. The spoilerish illustrations won't ruin anything for you since you already know (generally) what's going to happen, and the illustrations are numerous enough that it might help you in removing the actor's faces from your head as your read, replacing them with the characters as they are in the books. Jon Snow, for example, is a young, unattractive teenager—a far cry from the strapping, handsome Kit Harrington who plays him in the HBO adaptation.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    I love A Song of Ice and Fire. My review is not versus the story, or versus the artwork. I am disappointed in the cheap quality of this illustrated edition. I had high expectations, especially after The Globe of Ice and e cover feels nice enough, though it is slightly damaged right out of the packaging. No huge e maps in the front and back covers of the north and south are colourful , lovely, and much more legible than previous tting excited, I started to page through; I could not support but feel allow e paper texture is nothing unique or luxurious.A table of contents for the photos would have been nice. There are art credits at the end but not a list of each picture's e vast majority of pictures feel like black and white image copies. These black and white pictures are placed at the beginning of each chapter. A lot of feature the most dramatic stage from within the chapter. This unfortunate arrangement results in starting several chapters with a spoiler. I first noticed this on page 140 at the beginning of Catelyn's chapter. There is a picture of Summer mauling the man with the knife. This stage does not occur until page 145. It would have been stronger to have this picture on page 146. This happens again and again. Maybe not a large deal if you have already read the series but I would have greatly preferred it if the publisher had cared enough to figure out the best zone for each picture within the story. A first time reader should definitely steer clear. Also, it may have looked nicer if the photos did not fill the entire page edge to edge with no margins or decorative border, but that is just a stylistic me of the pictures will be familiar as they have been recycled from art found in Globe of Ice and Fire. In Globe they were in color. Page 636 was on 116 of World. Page 764 was on page 9. Page 486 was on pg 46. Inexplicably, pg 268 has a picture of Ser Elmo Tully from pg 160. That just feels addition to the image copy illustrations, there are a handful of higher quality glossy colourful pictures throughout (not numbered), the backs of which are completely blank. They serve to create the black and white pictures more disappointing by the comparison. A few of these are placed more appropriately within the story. But not all. Aroung page 436 a picture from the previous Bran chapter appears within a Tyrion chapter. Plus this picture is all wrong as it has Theon aiming at Stiv from the front not from behind. The picture after page 757 shows what will happen to Ned on page 761. Huge spoiler there. A amazing picture of Dany is at the end of a Jon chapter instead of at the end of the book.I was really looking forward to this edition. Had I known how poorly the publisher would handle the material, I would not have bought it. I will not buy future illustrated editions of the books of the series.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    I cannot obtain across how utterly disappointing this edition of A Android game of Thrones truly is. The binding is stellar, the covers have an perfect feel to them, and the artwork inside is absolutely gorgeous. All of that, however, is allow down but the idiotic editor who chose where the artwork inside the book went, and the embarrassing e forward is utterly irrelevant to the book itself and stands only to create two political statements (telling the Lannisters to "check your privilege" and using "Make Westeros Amazing Again" to draw clumsy allegory to true globe politics) and spoiling three portions of the book. Yes, the forward actually goes out of its method to spoil three moments in the book, perhaps under the ridiculous assumption that you've already seen the HBO TV series and excusing them as "being simple to see coming" and "foreshadowing". The man who wrote the forward not only comes across as arrogant and nasty, but bumbling and dull headed.Onto the illustrations. While beautiful, a amazing chunk of them (perhaps a fourth) are actually placed in the wrong chapters or flat out spoil happenings that will happen in the future. Again with the spoilers; it strikes me that the editors for this edition have no regard for the integrity of the work and care more for filling the pages with beautiful colors. This issue could very easily be solved by only placing illustrations at the end of chapters (showing happenings that have happened or are event at the chapter close) or by placing all of the illustrations at the end of the book. Placing them at the beginning of the chapter (with some near the end of certain key chapters) only serves to spoil the upcoming events. These aren't just illustrations of the landscape or people, but actual depictions of events.I can search no amazing aspects of this book beyond the tactile feel of the cover and the quality of the illustrations itself. Save yourself some hard earned cash and read one of the originally published editions, spoiler free.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    This book is absolutely gorgeous. From the cover of the book to the illustrations. A lot of the illustrations have been reused from other material such as the globe of ice and fire. I am very happy with it. My only complaint is that the pages are a bit thin. Which if your going to create a attractive 20 year edition of the book you might as well go all out and use thicker paper. All in all though it looks beautiful. Well worth the money. I just can't wait for the others to come out.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    I cannot obtain across how utterly disappointing this edition of A Android game of Thrones truly is. The binding is stellar, the covers have an perfect feel to them, and the artwork inside is absolutely gorgeous. All of that, however, is allow down but the idiotic editor who chose where the artwork inside the book went, and the embarrassing e forward is utterly irrelevant to the book itself and stands only to create two political statements (telling the Lannisters to "check your privilege" and using "Make Westeros Amazing Again" to draw clumsy allegory to true globe politics) and spoiling three portions of the book. Yes, the forward actually goes out of its method to spoil three moments in the book, perhaps under the ridiculous assumption that you've already seen the HBO TV series and excusing them as "being simple to see coming" and "foreshadowing". The man who wrote the forward not only comes across as arrogant and nasty, but bumbling and dull headed.Onto the illustrations. While beautiful, a amazing chunk of them (perhaps a fourth) are actually placed in the wrong chapters or flat out spoil happenings that will happen in the future. Again with the spoilers; it strikes me that the editors for this edition have no regard for the integrity of the work and care more for filling the pages with beautiful colors. This issue could very easily be solved by only placing illustrations at the end of chapters (showing happenings that have happened or are event at the chapter close) or by placing all of the illustrations at the end of the book. Placing them at the beginning of the chapter (with some near the end of certain key chapters) only serves to spoil the upcoming events. These aren't just illustrations of the landscape or people, but actual depictions of events.I can search no amazing aspects of this book beyond the tactile feel of the cover and the quality of the illustrations itself. Save yourself some hard earned cash and read one of the originally published editions, spoiler free.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    I have been wanting to re-read this first novel in the series after having read it in eBook format some years ago. I was planning on buying a hradvover copy when I saw this edition was being released. I'm very satisfied that I waited and got this beautifuuly illustrated edition. All of the artwork is fresh to me since I don't own anything else by the author so maybe that's why I am so impressed. I litve the heft of it, the paper quality and the font.I think even if you own other copies, this is a welcome addition and a excellent showpiece for your bookshelves. It stands proudly on mine 😁

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    Allow me first obtain out of the way: A Android game of Thrones is an awesome book. I've read hundreds of the things (thousands?), and A Android game of Thrones is up there, probably in the top ten. I mean, just look at my username if you wish an example of how strongly I feel about these books. I love at said, this is not the best format to read it in, especially not for those who have not read the book e foreword is the first tip that the quality of this production is sub par. I'm not sure who "John Hodgman" is, exactly, but in his foreword—which reads like a glorified Reddit comment, clocking in at a scant 3 pages—is not worth the 5 mins he probably took to write it up. In it, he contains 2 spoilers—one major one—and a ham-fisted, completely out-of-place reference to modern American politics that had me scratching my head. This was beautiful disappointed to me, as unique editions of books I love usually contain illuminating, interesting forewords written by people whose opinions you'd be eager to hear. Judged within those parameters, this Hodgman fellow falls far short.Anyone expecting a ver of Android game of Thrones illustrated to the standards of Martin's other illustrated works such as the unbelievable Fire & Blood and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms will search this falls below their expectations. Though some of the illustrations are quite lovely in a vacuum, the vast majority of them serve to spoil the coming chapter. Some of them, inexplicably, are completely out of place. Incredibly disappointing.If you're a fresh reader, then you absolutely should NOT read this version. Pick up the original hardcover instead. However, if you're a mega-fan looking for a fresh edition to re-read, I suppose this might serve if you ignore the poor e only people I'd really recommend this ver to are those who are fans of the present but have yet to read the books. The spoilerish illustrations won't ruin anything for you since you already know (generally) what's going to happen, and the illustrations are numerous enough that it might help you in removing the actor's faces from your head as your read, replacing them with the characters as they are in the books. Jon Snow, for example, is a young, unattractive teenager—a far cry from the strapping, handsome Kit Harrington who plays him in the HBO adaptation.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    I heard mates and co-workers raving about the present GOT before I ever paid attention to the fact it was based on a book series by GRRM. to be perfectly honest I like fantasy epics like LOTR, the Star Battles saga and others like it but in general, I hate reading fiction novels. Don't obtain me wrong -- I like reading-- just not fiction. When it comes to fiction, I'd rather just watch the film -- weird, I know but so a lot of info obtain missed in film adaptations of amazing books that I'd just as soon not "waste" 6-8 hours reading the fictional work, getting pumped for film release and then being inevitably disappointed about what the directors forgot or what they took liberties with in the movie.With that said, after season 6 of GOT was released and I was tired of not understanding the GOT references in my favorite TV shows i figured "why not?" I was hooked from the first scenes... I binge watched the whole first season in a single weekend!After catching up with the present (currently on my 3rd run through), salivating over what season 8 will bring and watching countless YouTube theory videos I came to the conclusion i need to read the books... Yes. The guy who hates reading fiction required to read the books... I realized you can't have such an amazing present and crazy fanboys (and fangirls!) without awesome source material.I polished off book 1 of ASOIAF faster than ANY work of fiction I've ever ever laid eyes on... And I couldn't be more satisfied.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    Allow me first obtain out of the way: A Android game of Thrones is an awesome book. I've read hundreds of the things (thousands?), and A Android game of Thrones is up there, probably in the top ten. I mean, just look at my username if you wish an example of how strongly I feel about these books. I love at said, this is not the best format to read it in, especially not for those who have not read the book e foreword is the first tip that the quality of this production is sub par. I'm not sure who "John Hodgman" is, exactly, but in his foreword—which reads like a glorified Reddit comment, clocking in at a scant 3 pages—is not worth the 5 mins he probably took to write it up. In it, he contains 2 spoilers—one major one—and a ham-fisted, completely out-of-place reference to modern American politics that had me scratching my head. This was beautiful disappointed to me, as unique editions of books I love usually contain illuminating, interesting forewords written by people whose opinions you'd be eager to hear. Judged within those parameters, this Hodgman fellow falls far short.Anyone expecting a ver of Android game of Thrones illustrated to the standards of Martin's other illustrated works such as the unbelievable Fire & Blood and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms will search this falls below their expectations. Though some of the illustrations are quite lovely in a vacuum, the vast majority of them serve to spoil the coming chapter. Some of them, inexplicably, are completely out of place. Incredibly disappointing.If you're a fresh reader, then you absolutely should NOT read this version. Pick up the original hardcover instead. However, if you're a mega-fan looking for a fresh edition to re-read, I suppose this might serve if you ignore the poor e only people I'd really recommend this ver to are those who are fans of the present but have yet to read the books. The spoilerish illustrations won't ruin anything for you since you already know (generally) what's going to happen, and the illustrations are numerous enough that it might help you in removing the actor's faces from your head as your read, replacing them with the characters as they are in the books. Jon Snow, for example, is a young, unattractive teenager—a far cry from the strapping, handsome Kit Harrington who plays him in the HBO adaptation.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    This is a really awesome book. I love the TRUE hardcover with the photo imprinted on the cover itself (not just a dust sleeve). The story is obviously is top notch. But 2 things really bugged me.1) some of the photos at the beginning of the chapters actually spoil what happens in the chapter. Not so amazing for first time readers. (I am not a first time reader but I thought this was a very necessary thing to point out)2) half of the full page color photos are actually printed IN THE WRONG CHAPTER. Example: the photo of bran in the woods should be in a bran chapter, however it is 3 pages later in a Tyrion chapter. Now I am not sure if this is something wrong with my copy specifically or for every copy, but that is what I received so that is what i am going to review. It was really distracting when I'm reading about Tyrion and suddenly I obtain a full page color photo of a stage from the latest ese two things take away a star. This book is very close to excellent in my opinion but those 2 things just bummed me out.If these are not a huge deal to you, then this book is a must have for any fan of the series/show

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    I love A Song of Ice and Fire. My review is not versus the story, or versus the artwork. I am disappointed in the cheap quality of this illustrated edition. I had high expectations, especially after The Globe of Ice and e cover feels nice enough, though it is slightly damaged right out of the packaging. No huge e maps in the front and back covers of the north and south are colourful , lovely, and much more legible than previous tting excited, I started to page through; I could not support but feel allow e paper texture is nothing unique or luxurious.A table of contents for the photos would have been nice. There are art credits at the end but not a list of each picture's e vast majority of pictures feel like black and white image copies. These black and white pictures are placed at the beginning of each chapter. A lot of feature the most dramatic stage from within the chapter. This unfortunate arrangement results in starting several chapters with a spoiler. I first noticed this on page 140 at the beginning of Catelyn's chapter. There is a picture of Summer mauling the man with the knife. This stage does not occur until page 145. It would have been stronger to have this picture on page 146. This happens again and again. Maybe not a large deal if you have already read the series but I would have greatly preferred it if the publisher had cared enough to figure out the best zone for each picture within the story. A first time reader should definitely steer clear. Also, it may have looked nicer if the photos did not fill the entire page edge to edge with no margins or decorative border, but that is just a stylistic me of the pictures will be familiar as they have been recycled from art found in Globe of Ice and Fire. In Globe they were in color. Page 636 was on 116 of World. Page 764 was on page 9. Page 486 was on pg 46. Inexplicably, pg 268 has a picture of Ser Elmo Tully from pg 160. That just feels addition to the image copy illustrations, there are a handful of higher quality glossy colourful pictures throughout (not numbered), the backs of which are completely blank. They serve to create the black and white pictures more disappointing by the comparison. A few of these are placed more appropriately within the story. But not all. Aroung page 436 a picture from the previous Bran chapter appears within a Tyrion chapter. Plus this picture is all wrong as it has Theon aiming at Stiv from the front not from behind. The picture after page 757 shows what will happen to Ned on page 761. Huge spoiler there. A amazing picture of Dany is at the end of a Jon chapter instead of at the end of the book.I was really looking forward to this edition. Had I known how poorly the publisher would handle the material, I would not have bought it. I will not buy future illustrated editions of the books of the series.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    I have been wanting to re-read this first novel in the series after having read it in eBook format some years ago. I was planning on buying a hradvover copy when I saw this edition was being released. I'm very satisfied that I waited and got this beautifuuly illustrated edition. All of the artwork is fresh to me since I don't own anything else by the author so maybe that's why I am so impressed. I litve the heft of it, the paper quality and the font.I think even if you own other copies, this is a welcome addition and a excellent showpiece for your bookshelves. It stands proudly on mine 😁

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    If only I could go back in time and read it for the first time.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    I have been wanting to re-read this first novel in the series after having read it in eBook format some years ago. I was planning on buying a hradvover copy when I saw this edition was being released. I'm very satisfied that I waited and got this beautifuuly illustrated edition. All of the artwork is fresh to me since I don't own anything else by the author so maybe that's why I am so impressed. I litve the heft of it, the paper quality and the font.I think even if you own other copies, this is a welcome addition and a excellent showpiece for your bookshelves. It stands proudly on mine 😁

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    If only I could go back in time and read it for the first time.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    This is a attractive edition of this book. Just handling it makes it feel like you are getting your money's worth. It is a premium product and it shows. The illustrations are gorgeous and it makes it a better read when you have a photo to reference what you are reading every few pages. I really hope they plan on doing this with the rest of the series because i will be the first to buy them.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    This book is absolutely gorgeous. From the cover of the book to the illustrations. A lot of the illustrations have been reused from other material such as the globe of ice and fire. I am very happy with it. My only complaint is that the pages are a bit thin. Which if your going to create a attractive 20 year edition of the book you might as well go all out and use thicker paper. All in all though it looks beautiful. Well worth the money. I just can't wait for the others to come out.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-1 20:33

    This is a attractive edition of this book. Just handling it makes it feel like you are getting your money's worth. It is a premium product and it shows. The illustrations are gorgeous and it makes it a better read when you have a photo to reference what you are reading every few pages. I really hope they plan on doing this with the rest of the series because i will be the first to buy them.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    This is a really awesome book. I love the TRUE hardcover with the photo imprinted on the cover itself (not just a dust sleeve). The story is obviously is top notch. But 2 things really bugged me.1) some of the photos at the beginning of the chapters actually spoil what happens in the chapter. Not so amazing for first time readers. (I am not a first time reader but I thought this was a very necessary thing to point out)2) half of the full page color photos are actually printed IN THE WRONG CHAPTER. Example: the photo of bran in the woods should be in a bran chapter, however it is 3 pages later in a Tyrion chapter. Now I am not sure if this is something wrong with my copy specifically or for every copy, but that is what I received so that is what i am going to review. It was really distracting when I'm reading about Tyrion and suddenly I obtain a full page color photo of a stage from the latest ese two things take away a star. This book is very close to excellent in my opinion but those 2 things just bummed me out.If these are not a huge deal to you, then this book is a must have for any fan of the series/show

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-29 18:0

    I love A Song of Ice and Fire. My review is not versus the story, or versus the artwork. I am disappointed in the cheap quality of this illustrated edition. I had high expectations, especially after The Globe of Ice and e cover feels nice enough, though it is slightly damaged right out of the packaging. No huge e maps in the front and back covers of the north and south are colourful , lovely, and much more legible than previous tting excited, I started to page through; I could not support but feel allow e paper texture is nothing unique or luxurious.A table of contents for the photos would have been nice. There are art credits at the end but not a list of each picture's e vast majority of pictures feel like black and white image copies. These black and white pictures are placed at the beginning of each chapter. A lot of feature the most dramatic stage from within the chapter. This unfortunate arrangement results in starting several chapters with a spoiler. I first noticed this on page 140 at the beginning of Catelyn's chapter. There is a picture of Summer mauling the man with the knife. This stage does not occur until page 145. It would have been stronger to have this picture on page 146. This happens again and again. Maybe not a large deal if you have already read the series but I would have greatly preferred it if the publisher had cared enough to figure out the best zone for each picture within the story. A first time reader should definitely steer clear. Also, it may have looked nicer if the photos did not fill the entire page edge to edge with no margins or decorative border, but that is just a stylistic me of the pictures will be familiar as they have been recycled from art found in Globe of Ice and Fire. In Globe they were in color. Page 636 was on 116 of World. Page 764 was on page 9. Page 486 was on pg 46. Inexplicably, pg 268 has a picture of Ser Elmo Tully from pg 160. That just feels addition to the image copy illustrations, there are a handful of higher quality glossy colourful pictures throughout (not numbered), the backs of which are completely blank. They serve to create the black and white pictures more disappointing by the comparison. A few of these are placed more appropriately within the story. But not all. Aroung page 436 a picture from the previous Bran chapter appears within a Tyrion chapter. Plus this picture is all wrong as it has Theon aiming at Stiv from the front not from behind. The picture after page 757 shows what will happen to Ned on page 761. Huge spoiler there. A amazing picture of Dany is at the end of a Jon chapter instead of at the end of the book.I was really looking forward to this edition. Had I known how poorly the publisher would handle the material, I would not have bought it. I will not buy future illustrated editions of the books of the series.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    This is a really awesome book. I love the TRUE hardcover with the photo imprinted on the cover itself (not just a dust sleeve). The story is obviously is top notch. But 2 things really bugged me.1) some of the photos at the beginning of the chapters actually spoil what happens in the chapter. Not so amazing for first time readers. (I am not a first time reader but I thought this was a very necessary thing to point out)2) half of the full page color photos are actually printed IN THE WRONG CHAPTER. Example: the photo of bran in the woods should be in a bran chapter, however it is 3 pages later in a Tyrion chapter. Now I am not sure if this is something wrong with my copy specifically or for every copy, but that is what I received so that is what i am going to review. It was really distracting when I'm reading about Tyrion and suddenly I obtain a full page color photo of a stage from the latest ese two things take away a star. This book is very close to excellent in my opinion but those 2 things just bummed me out.If these are not a huge deal to you, then this book is a must have for any fan of the series/show

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    If only I could go back in time and read it for the first time.

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-11-30 18:45

    I have been wanting to re-read this first novel in the series after having read it in eBook format some years ago. I was planning on buying a hradvover copy when I saw this edition was being released. I'm very satisfied that I waited and got this beautifuuly illustrated edition. All of the artwork is fresh to me since I don't own anything else by the author so maybe that's why I am so impressed. I litve the heft of it, the paper quality and the font.I think even if you own other copies, this is a welcome addition and a excellent showpiece for your bookshelves. It stands proudly on mine 😁

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    A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One (A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 1) []  2020-12-3 18:28

    I love A Song of Ice and Fire. My review is not versus the story, or versus the artwork. I am disappointed in the cheap quality of this illustrated edition. I had high expectations, especially after The Globe of Ice and e cover feels nice enough, though it is slightly damaged right out of the packaging. No huge e maps in the front and back covers of the north and south are colourful , lovely, and much more legible than previous tting excited, I started to page through; I could not support but feel allow e paper texture is nothing unique or luxurious.A table of contents for the photos would have been nice. There are art credits at the end but not a list of each picture's e vast majority of pictures feel like black and white image copies. These black and white pictures are placed at the beginning of each chapter. A lot of feature the most dramatic stage from within the chapter. This unfortunate arrangement results in starting several chapters with a spoiler. I first noticed this on page 140 at the beginning of Catelyn's chapter. There is a picture of Summer mauling the man with the knife. This stage does not occur until page 145. It would have been stronger to have this picture on page 146. This happens again and again. Maybe not a large deal if you have already read the series but I would have greatly preferred it if the publisher had cared enough to figure out the best zone for each picture within the story. A first time reader should definitely steer clear. Also, it may have looked nicer if the photos did not fill the entire page edge to edge with no margins or decorative border, but that is just a stylistic me of the pictures will be familiar as they have been recycled from art found in Globe of Ice and Fire. In Globe they were in color. Page 636 was on 116 of World. Page 764 was on page 9. Page 486 was on pg 46. Inexplicably, pg 268 has a picture of Ser Elmo Tully from pg 160. That just feels addition to the image copy illustrations, there are a handful of higher quality glossy colourful pictures throughout (not numbered), the backs of which are completely blank. They serve to create the black and white pictures more disappointing by the comparison. A few of these are placed more appropriately within the story. But not all. Aroung page 436 a picture from the previous Bran chapter appears within a Tyrion chapter. Plus this picture is all wrong as it has Theon aiming at Stiv from the front not from behind. The picture after page 757 shows what will happen to Ned on page 761. Huge spoiler there. A amazing picture of Dany is at the end of a Jon chapter instead of at the end of the book.I was really looking forward to this edition. Had I known how poorly the publisher would handle the material, I would not have bought it. I will not buy future illustrated editions of the books of the series.

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    It's impossible to place these books down. As soon as I finished "A Clash of Kings," I had downloaded and began reading "A Storm of Swords." It follows the example set by the previous book in that it expands upon the plots and themes already established, adds a few more layers to hold things interesting, and somehow manages to be better than the book that came before it. Spoilers wouldn't be possible to adequately sum up everything that happens in this book in an appropriately succinct manner, so I'll just give a brief, bare-bones overview. Westeros is still caught up in the battle raging for the Iron Throne. With five claimants competing to rule the Seven Kingdoms, it doesn't look like there's an end in sight for the violence and destruction. Things are also brewing in the North, where the Wildlings beyond are organizing an attack to break through the Wall, overwhelm the severely undermanned Night's Watch, and invade. Meanwhile, in the East, Daenerys continues to amass resources to aid in her plans to attack for the Throne. She moves through the cities of Slaver's Bay, gaining help and exercising her growing authority as both the Khaleesi and the Mother of Dragons.I'll begin by addressing perhaps the most obvious characteristic of "A Storm of Swords:" it's huge. Granted, if you downloaded it for your Kindle like I did, the monstrous size of the novel might not be as immediately striking, but you'll undoubtedly message beautiful quickly that it's over a thousand pages long. Books this long tend to be one of two things: unnecessarily descriptive with plenty of filler to pad out the pages or complex with an intricately layered story that fills the pages with content. I'm happy to say that this book is definitely the latter of the two possibilities. It would perhaps be feared that the middle book of a lengthy series, especially one with a humongous page count, would be repetitive and full of fluff and padding, serving only to lengthen the series and sell more books. Again, that simply isn't the case with "A Storm of Swords." The plot doesn't stall at all; in fact, every chapter moves the story forward and works to develop the overall plot. The story is exciting with so a lot of power players devising and implementing their own schemes as well as the battle raging over the Iron Throne. Martin has a lot to say about his world, which makes for a fascinating story and guarantees that none of the thousand-and-some-odd pages are boring. With the pace being consistent throughout the novel, you'll be flipping through pages with the desperate need to know what happens next to your favourite hero or faction. For the first time I can recall, I finished a thousand plus page novel thinking that it wasn't long enough! Martin's story is so enthralling, unique, and captivating that you'll wish more than even a book this long can offer.I'll also note that the story is far from predictable. I've mostly given up trying to guess what will happen because the actual happenings typically far exceed my predictions. I'll probably end up mentioning this in every "Song of Ice and Fire" review, but I ended up taking a bit of a break from fantasy due to being frustrated with the same plots and tired clichés that seemed to crop up in every book. Martin has actually managed to write not only a special fantasy novel, but a series that stands above a lot of others simply because he strays from the commonly tread path. Beautiful much anything can happen to anyone; amazing characters aren't given immunity and poor characters aren't doomed to death (and really, calling characters amazing and poor isn't completely accurate since most are different shades of grey). The plot twists and turns like crazy, but it's handled deftly and the author clearly knows where he's going, putting the reader an exciting ride and a gamut of emotions. And just when you think you've got it figured out, something comes up that throws your predictions out the window. It's a nice change from being able to guess everything before it happens, as tends to be the case with other books in the 's well established by this point that Martin doesn't shy away from the violence of war...and "A Storm of Swords" practically has blood dripping from its pages. With the battle for the Iron Throne in full swing, the death count in this book is high. The horrors of war are portrayed in all their gritty glory; these aren't nice people and they don't do nice things. As I've mentioned in other reviews, neither the violence nor the show comes off as gratuitous (for the most part), but instead works to flesh out Martin's globe and reinforce the concept that no one is safe. Yes, this is the book with the Red Wedding. There are a couple weddings that take place, so it's not immediately obvious which one will be THE wedding if you haven't already been informed. And yes, some well-loved characters meet their end in this bloodbath, families betray one another, alliances change...all the jazz that one can expect from such an event. There are also other grisly surprises that determine the fate of some, well, not as well-loved characters. In the East, Daenerys is faced with the brutality of slavery and the effects of anarchy as she conquers the Slave Cities, and it's not pretty. If you were bothered by the dark content of the two previous books, you probably shouldn't read this one because the author has really upped his android game in that aspect. Personally, I'm of the opinion that the grittiness adds authenticity to the world, but I've always preferred a darker, more realistic setting.While I usually don't search the and violence in these books to be gratuitous, there is one instance of it that I'll have to complain about; and weirdly enough, it's probably one of the more "normal" relationships we see in the book: Jon and Ygritte. I totally obtain the significance of Jon breaking his vows with Ygritte, both in terms of his background as a @#$%!&? and as a member of the Night's Watch, and I enjoyed seeing him struggle with his conflicting emotions on the matter. However, I got a small tired of reading about them getting it on in detail multiple times every night. Sure, a few times is fine to give us an idea of Jon's situation, but the frequency came off as really unnecessary. Of all the gruesome things one could complain about in this novels, that's what stuck out to me as being gratuitous and over the top...who'd have thought?The characters just obtain better and better with each book. That's not to say they necessarily become better people (in the brutal globe of Westeros, that almost never seems to happen), but they definitely grow and become more intriguing with each installment. With so a lot of storylines and characters, it would be simple to shove a couple off to the side, but, again, Martin seems to have this under control and every hero is more than adequately fleshed out. The changing point of view in each chapter works well because it ensures that every story and every hero continues to move forward. Each chapter, and therefore each point of view, is in some method significant; I never finished a chapter wondering what the point of it was or what it added to the story. The characters continue to be portrayed in shades of grey, each one special and changing and none of them fall into the typical archetypes. You'll be frustrated with some and cheer on others and, as I mentioned earlier, some well-loved characters (and some that we love to hate) meet their ends in "A Storm of Swords." You never know what the characters are going to throw at you (or at each other, as the case often is) or who's going to create it out alive...and in a book as brutal as this one, that certainly adds a level of suspense and excitement."A Storm of Swords" adds Jaime as a point of view character, and he quickly became one of my private favourites, especially with Tyrion's viewpoint also being maintained throughout the book to provide a various Lannister perspective. Jaime is an incredibly nuanced hero and begins to undergo a lot of change in this novel, and much like Tyrion, he walks the line between protagonist and antagonist, never really being one or the other. With his background and special perspective, I hope we see Jaime as a point of view hero (and, indeed, that he survives whatever the next books throw at him) in future is is also the book where certain characters began to stand out to me as being just plain annoying and, surprisingly, boring. As I've mentioned in my other reviews, "A Song of Ice and Fire" is so amazing partially because various characters will resonate differently with each reader, so your favourite hero may be someone else's least favourite. As I was reading this book, I found that the hero that tended to create me groan aloud when I started a chapter and saw his name was Bran. That's not to say he's a poorly written character; he just doesn't really appeal to me. Perhaps it's because there are so a lot of other plot lines to focus on, but I found him and his story to be a tad boring. I don't doubt that he and his quest will be significant since he's one of the few characters that encounters magic (a rarity in this world), but his position as the wise, future-seeing, up-and-coming mage just doesn't interest me spite my couple complaints (which are really more private in nature than anything necessarily "wrong" with the book), "A Storm of Swords" is a solid entry in the series. It takes the themes and plots from the first two books and builds upon them to make a novel that is better, darker, and more intriguing than the first two. The plot is still steadily moving forward, building momentum and adding layers of story with each book. With the cast being as heavy as it is and the number of storylines being many, I search myself wondering how Martin will tie everything together. He's proven to be a capable writer so far, so I'm sure he'll figure it out. At any rate, this monstrous book is one Hell of a amazing read. Five stars!

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    Martin pens a novel full of adventure, betrayal, and greed with “Storm of Swords,” book 3 in the “Song of Ice and Fire,” series. The novel is over 900 pages – not for the faint at heart – and a bit daunting. It’s taken me months to finish, and while it’s been long for me, it’s been an rtin uses several point of view characters to tell the “Storm of Swords.” There’s Tyrion, intelligent and clever, yet a dwarf who is the butt of his nephew’s cruel jabs. There’s Robb, the King of the North, who must victory the Frey’s favor or lose all he has gained. Jon, on the Wall, must search out info on the Wildlings and the Others, using all of his cunning to survive. Jamie must not only use his sword, but his wits to create it back to King’s Landing. Arya escapes the town only to search herself a captive and pawn to different outlaws who would use her as a hostage for their benefit. Stannis must prove himself a king, so he travels to the Wall, hoping to save it. Then there’s Daenrys, who learns how to use her swords to conquer, but she must learn to rule before returning to Westros.Every story involves violence, sword play, and cunning. As the realm loses its tenuous grip on the different kingdoms, secrets are revealed, proving a precursor to the upcoming war between ice (the others) and fire (the dragons).The characters are honest, real, and interesting. There’s amazing and poor and even some in between – like the “Hound,” Sandor Clegane. Everyone has a distinct motivation to do what they do, even if unknown to the reader. I’m always wondering what is driving a character.A “Storm of Swords” grows the story, looks deeper into the players, and takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime! 

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    Wow, so I can understand why everyone who's read these books was crazy excited when the present started. One thing I left out on the first 2 reviews was how the author was very descriptive about the food. Reading about that part created me hungry, even though a lot of the times I would never eat it lol Ok, so back to the characters. So I felt a small bit poor for Jaime. Just a small bit. This book was packed with stuff, The Red Wedding. Joffery's demise, etc. Did I mention how much killings are in these books lol. It's like who's left to war these wars?! I definitely felt poor for Tyrion. Excited to move on to the next book. The epilogue was crazy! OMG, there are SO MANY PEOPLE. I still can't hold them all straight even with the handy list at the end of the books to tell you who belongs in what house, etc. Just so a lot of people.

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) was THE edition in this series that caught in my throat as it contained such excitement and threw me in a whirl regarding what was ever considered "safe or honoured" in a book as the plot lines tangled and familiar characters returned to take another spin on the fickle wheel of fate. Years later this tome is still the title I savour after A Android game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) and I can't recommend it enough. There are however a couple of minor negatives in A Storm of Swords that keeps this part of the epic becoming a 5 star read mostly it comes down to the side stories and to be honest, they aren't that thrilling as the rest of this volume but everyone has their favourite characters and locations on the map of the Seven Kingdoms. Without giving too much away, a lot happens within these pages that were actually inspired by real-life historical happenings (just like the rest of this perfect series). The facts are blurred and hidden in plain sight but Mr. Martin proves that dark history can serve as gripping fiction. His pen is sharp and the wine is ready to be poured, so relax, wash the dust off from your other travels and obtain ready for another round. Just remember, "A Lannister always pays his debts".

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    I got these cause in the wintery deeps of NH, with no cable, no internets, we still use cassette warned, the Android game of Throne books are method method method method method method different, than the HBO series. Night and DayThese unabridged recordings give you the "real" story, which they can't fit into the films,even if they wanted to. Luckily, i found this out after rather early on , spoiler alert, watching King Joffrey , I left off series there, and am "reading' the books first, and $10. for 27 tapes beat $50. forthe same program on CD. Too poor the cassette versions ended with this season. Guess us wildingsare gonna have to go without...Make the North Amazing Again!

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    I did not obtain involved with the TV present when it first came out, although my entire family was obsessed with it. I like to read the book that movie/TV projects are based on before I see how characters are portrayed, as I like to see the characters and story in my own mind first. OMG...this author is amazing. The word painting is incredible, he is able to transport readers in to his world, and he leaves you desperately wanting more. I still have not seen one single episode, but I have seen far more of this globe than any viewer has. Amazing book

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    If you despise fantasy fiction, READ THIS RM delivers a RARE series - a sophisticatedly written series - it is both mature and complex at every level, and manages to do so without tedium, but quite the opposite. I've found myself hardly able to bear moving to each successive chapter to follow a separate storyline or hero due to the gripping story in the one I was reading. But as I switched gears to the next "nugget" in this grandly woven tale, I found myself equally enthralled by THAT far as the cast of characters - it is vast. And hero development is sophisticated. You have a vast range of personalities, motivations, biases, vices, scheming, hurts, etc. You watch upon a scene where the marionette has directed their interplay so intricately it is a believable plotline that echoes true life as action and schemes between characters collide. And as time moves forward in the story you experience those characters exult in victory, seethe with hatred, quail in defeat, rage in frustrated schemes, and hope versus hope. Not only that - but they grow with their experiences. Their motivations can at times be complex scheming or easy earthy passion (whether that be mad violence or lust or daydreaming). The scene is set with a amazing cast as well - both men and women each with their subtleties and special persona. Not every woman is a damsel, just as not every man is a character - which is far as the politicking - it is multilayered. You have Lords and Kings vying for position, status, power, peace, justice, or vengeance. This through marriages, treaty, war, subterfuge, assassination, etc. You have the hero level politicking where private vices come into play whether that be noble or ignoble - rooted in either their sense of duty, selfishness, naiveté, or other. Its just so varied and rarely formulaic or repeatable.I can't necessarily say there are plot twists in the traditional sense of the word (where one can almost feel the author scream 'got ya! - didn't see THAT coming eh?' to the dumbfounded reader). The machinations of each hero in this vast scene - competing and colliding with one another's - and that ends up speaking for itself. The reader may cheer or curse depending on a particular turn of events, but that has more to do with the efforts of one party or another succeeding versus all others. It's a dose of near-reality. Plans victory and fail - and there isn't an overarching "blessed" subset of characters. It is extremely refreshing and entirely far as action, magic, and monsters. There is very small compared to what one would expect in the scifi fantasy paperback novels. There are clashes and contests. There are strange monsters and powers, yes. But this isn't your summer 80s Schwarzenegger/Stallone action flick. This is a sophisticated story that has such content in its proper put and not gratuitously. There is fighting but it's not center piece as a simpleton's cheat and cut hero-save-princess-defeat-demonprince novel. Nor is this series meager on action. There is plenty - yes there's fighting, but there's also violence, there's action-y physical feats, there's . Sometimes it can be raw brutality, exposing the crueler and despicable side found in humanity (torture, rape, etc). GRRM doesn't have wizards bouncing around making things blow up like "Tim the Enchanter" nor do we have some wondrous monster at every turn. The reader will search that yes - magic and creatures do come on stage, but it's not the centerpiece, e amazing versus evil hero's saga akin to Tolkien is great. One will search shop shelves littered with lesser versions of that, and in much simpler format. GRRM is on an entirely various track - where multilayered politicking vies versus the striving of characters amazing and bad. Wars, fights, loves, plots, etc - all go into a amazing tumbler. The protagonists (assumedly so because of their nobler aspirations) don't necessarily win. Plenty of characters whom the reader may come to empathize with may be frustrated (even killed). It's part of the reason why the series is so exciting to read - you are never assured of how things will turn for myself - I am an eclectic reader. I've enjoyed writings from Hawthorne, Nordic sagas, Homer's Iliad, Shakespeare, Cervantez (Don Quixote), Jane Austin, ens, Tolkien, Chaucer, Vonnegut, Alexander Dumas, Michael Moor, Victor Hugo, to LRHubbard, etc.If you've enjoyed any of the authors as such listed above, TRY this series. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised. It is very well written.

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    If you liked the TV Series, you'll love the books. Both have much to recommend them and reading the books will enrich your enjoyment of the series. Even if you never see the series though, you will still have fun the books. The characters are finely drawn, the dialogue brilliant, the plot fascinating and full of surprises. It IS a fantasy, and as such there are elements of magic, dragons, etc. but nevertheless it is a very human tale and it is the relationships between the a lot of characters that lifts the story into the realm of amazing ere IS a amazing deal of death and violence which some may search troubling. Of course, no amount of words can shock and disturb quite like the TV series, with its unique effects depictions of beheadings, burning at the stake and flayings, but Martin's written descriptions still do a amazing job of leaving one horrified. Perhaps the most horrifying thing is knowing that everything depicted has happened in the true globe and still does in some places.

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    Storm of Swords is the most interdependent of the Ice & Fire books. As the battle progresses, every side sees amazing victories and amazing setbacks. These in turn create a lot of reconsider their allegiances. Both Lannister and Stark struggle to secure fresh allies, and keep onto old ones. The story shifts back to political intrigue, with each side struggling to create the right velations abound as plans come to fruition; requiring readers to reevaluate characters and happenings from the e book also continues the stories of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, but while they represent a solid quarter of the book’s chapters, it’s in the politics of the Lannister, Stark, and Baratheon that this book shines; skillfully using Arya and Davos to continue demonstrating how the choices of amazing lords often fall upon the common folk like ruinous storms. The story never lets audiences forget the horror of war, and the reality that even the victor pays a massive is is the longest book so far in the series, with 74 chapters and 10 distinct perspectives. For a lot of characters their story is told on the road, encountering fresh characters with each chapter. There are small touches of humor from time to time, but like its predecessors, Storm of Swords is a grim book, where amoral schemers often keep the richest rewards.+Strong characters+Strong plot, with rich twists+Strong ideas, with 10 perspectives+Touches of humor*Grim4/5

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    A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-3-30 19:34

    Where do I begin? I've always been of the opinion that every entry in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire series has a slightly various style to it. In A Android game of Thrones, it's kind of like getting your feet wet, and testing the waters. In A Clash of Kings, the second volume, you roll up your sleeves and dive into the myriad info of the key players of the Battle of Five Kings, among them Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, and the stalwart Stannis Baratheon. I've heard the second volume referred to as being "too political." How is that a poor thing? It's a fantasy novel, with a very solid foundation grounded in historical elements derived from our own history. I think that's what a lot of readers search so compelling about Westeros & its neighboring e whole series is political, that's one thing I love about it. There's a lot of things I love about ASoIaF, but I am going to focus on things I hope you can use to decide whether or not you would read, and buy, the book, because that's what reviews are far as spoilers go, I'll test not to give any, in case there's anyone who hasn't seen the show. Without going into specifics, there are a few characters in this volume that were changed/altered when they created the show, for reasons I am unaware of, but it makes no difference, save to say that if you've seen the present and wish to read a slightly different, (and, in my opinion, better), ver of the story, it might be something you'd have fun investing the additional time to experience for yourself. There's a lot of ground to cover in A Storm of Swords, from Daenerys Targaryen's adventures in the three Ghiscari cities of Astapor, Yunkai, & Mereen, and the subsequent conflicts arising from her efforts to liberate the Unsullied from the slavers of the Ghiscari. Jon Snow & the Wildlings are also an interesting segment of the story, as the various components of Mance Rayder's troops is fleshed out into greater detail, like the Thenns, Giants, ice cannibals, as well as the lieutenants serving under the King-Beyond-The-Wall, like Harma Dogshead, The Weeper, Tormund Giantsbane, and Varamyr Six-Skins, one of my private favorites. He's a skin-changer & warg, and rides into war astride a giant polar thing about this book is not interesting, or failed to keep my interest. I enjoyed every page of it, and I read it when it first was released, in 2000, if I remember correctly. I've probably read it five or six times total, because it's just so good.I hope you enjoyed this review, and were able to obtain something out of it. I hope you found it to be insightful, and informative. Honesty's what I strive for, so what else needs to be said? If you haven't read A Storm of Swords Yet, maybe you should stop reading this and take a possibility on this one, because I think you'd definitely search it to be worth your time.

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    A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) [Book]  2017-11-27 18:0

    Time/Setting: Related in dress, weapons, habitat and speech to the Medieval Period or some earlier mythical periodCharacters: Unbelievably believable. The noble families of the seven kingdoms commit all sorts of atrocious crimes to become the King of the Realm (ruler of all the kingdoms). As disgusting as their actions were, I empathized with those who wanted to do the right thing but didn’t, admired those who had the strength to choose honor over glory, and hated those who plotted and murdered their method to the ot: Killing or I should say slaughter and rape by the nobles and fighters were as common as swatting flies. Men, women, kids and babies were callously butchered along the street to power. Slavery, incest, betrayal, the supernatural and dragons permeated the emes: “When you play the android game of thrones, you victory or you die.” ( Android game of Thrones) Fairness and honesty were not a part of the rules. Blood and broken promises : Well written, incredibly imaginative, brilliant dialogue with realistic but strong, offensive language. Each character, and there are many, alternately tells his/her own emotionally stirring story in graphic detail that created me cringe and wish to stop reading. The stories intertwined to make a unified nclusion: There wasn’t one. It just ended with the latest storyteller. I must admit, it was probably one of the most attractive passages in the entire book. However, the cliff hanger approach for all the other characters left me feeling unfulfilled rather than looking forward to the sequel. After reading 800+ pages of this epic fantasy of violence, violence and more violence, I realize that this is not my genre. I’ll stick with Walt Disney.

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    A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) [Book]  2017-11-27 18:0

    If someone told me ahead of time that this was a"Fantasy" novel, I probably would not have bothered. But this book reads like what a King Arthur type novel at it's best would be. Every hero is real, and whether they are amazing or bad, you can't stop caring about what will happen to them. PLEASE don't allow this book be a one-hit wonder. If the rest of the books in the series are this good, we are in for the best reading pleasure anyone could hope for.A great, amazing nove

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    A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) [Book]  2017-11-4 18:0

    A Clash of Kings is a amazing follow up to A Android game of Thrones. There is no allow up from the first book. All the gruesome and graphic aspects that create the first book so amazing are continued here. Unlike the 1st book which was almost exactly like the 1st season of the HBO series, Android game of Thrones, this book and the 2nd season do present more differences. Can't wait to begin the 3rd installment of the series, A Storm of Swords.

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    A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) [Book]  2017-11-4 18:0

    Like all of the books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Clash of Kings" is truly a masterpiece. George R.R. Martin weaves a tapestry using numerous story arcs and characters, bringing the Seven Kingdoms to life in a method that a lot of novelists want they could. I would recommend this book and the entire series to any fan of literature, not just fantasy lovers.

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    A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) [Book]  2017-11-4 18:0

    I've just finished the "Clash of Kings" and am ready for the 3rd book in the series. As other reviewers have stated this is adult science fiction with just the right amount of fantasy. Consequently it generally is more like a traditional novel. I only gave it 4 stars because as the a lot of royal houses took sides and fought each other, so a lot of characters were introduced only to be written off, and it was hard to hold track of them all. Thank god for the list of characters at the e book has several main characters who move the plot forward. These are amazing characters and their development is well done. They absolutely hook you into the story and it's hard not to love or feel sympathetic to them all. The Imp, Tyrion Lannisater, is a unbelievable and his words often create me laugh out loud. But note, the characters are in various places, apart from each other, and provide various points of view as to what is happening. Therefore as you finish one chapter devoted to one character, the author jumps to another to move the plot along, leaving you feeling somewhat stranded. But not to worry, the next character's story is one your glad to read more of and soon captures your e story is often dark and given the a lot of wars fought a bit gory. But I've learned to skip over these parts (I'm a woman) and read just enough to know where the things are going. But it's not all dark and actually ends on an uplifting note.I recently had foot surgery, so I have had lots of time to read this book. I think in doing so I was better able to have fun it. It's just not the kind of book to pick up and read a bit here and there. It's too simple to forget what's going on. In other words this is a book to become totally immersed in.I really liked the story and characters and found it addictive. It's been a long time since I found a book I couldn't place down.I'm looking forward to seeing how HBO handles this wide ranging storyline.

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    A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 []  2020-1-14 19:17

    As with the first novel in this fabulous series "A Clash of Kings" features memorable characters interwoven into a richly complex story of kings and lords, soldiers and knights, ladies and princesses. It is hard to overstate how engrossing this story is. A lot of of the characters are quite literally unforgettable. It all takes put in a globe that never was, but which bears some resemblance to medieval Europe and , competing lords are vying for the Iron Throne -- the kingship of Westeros. The people of the North seek to break away and become an independent kingdom under the leadership of the Young Wolf, Robb Stark of Winterfell. This is a amazing story.Lord Tyrion Lannister dominates this second novel, but the other main characters (and a lot of of the minor ones) are equally unforgettable and all are highly nuanced. The story sweeps forward as lords vie for the right to be the king. Don't miss this one. RJB.

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    A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 []  2020-1-14 19:17

    Unbelievable second installment to llnent to the Song of Ice and Fire series. I enjoyed this book as much as the first, despite having watched the entire HBO series prior to reading any of the books. I'll repeat my comment in my review of the first book: JK Rowling got me hooked on reading as a child, and George R R Martin got me hooked back on reading as an adult.

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    A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-1-30 20:18

    This one is not the best in the series. Unfortunately, the author seems to delight in killing off the most memorable characters. Further, in this novel, the author deliberately tries to confuse the reader as to who the characters are. Sansa and Arrya both repeatedly take fake names and suddenly the chapters refer to them that way. Then the author introduces a gaggle of beautiful forgettable fresh characters. All of this serves to create this installment only good, not amazing (as were the first three).Make no mistake, this is still a novel worth reading and I am still captured by the whole Android game of Thrones saga. But the author could have done much better and that makes this one frustrating. RJB.

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    A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-1-30 20:18

    I'm about 1/4 of the method through this volume of GoT and having a very hard time with the narrator's mispronunciation of names and locations and his much to be desired voice characterizations. The box alludes to the narrator being Roy Dotrice, who narrated books 1-3, but does not actually state he is THE narrator for "A Feast for Crows". Also the sound quality is muffled and much poorer than books 1-3. After some research I found that someone named John Lee narrated this book originally because Mr. Dotrice was too ill to do it. However apparently Random House had the book re-recorded by Mr. Dotrice at a later date due to fan demand. THE BOOK I RECEIVED FROM AMAZON IS NOT THE ROY DOTRICE VERSION! It's extremely annoying to hear Mr. Lee calling Sansa, "Sansar" and so on with other characters. Still loving the series, but this is really detracting from the story. Buyer beware!

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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) []  2020-1-25 0:6

    Finally, a George R.R. Martin book in which the amazing guy is not killed off! This is part 1 of the story of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Aegon, known to each other as Dunk and Egg. The setting is Martin’s Westeros universe, but 100 years before the happenings in the Android game of Thrones books rtin tells a story full of intrigue, deception and brutality. Dunk, though of humble origins and a mere hedge knight, defends the powerless and acts with integrity. Predictably, this gets him into trouble. I enjoyed the read and look forward to more stories of the adventures of Dunk and Egg!The book is beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Gary Gianni.

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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) []  2020-1-25 0:6

    For all GOT fans who patiently await (and wait) for the next installment, this small volume is a lovely breath of prequel to the series and a bit of a respite in this long dry spell between major novels. Containing three novellas, A Knight of the Seven Kingdom chronicles the adventures of a humble hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall and his improbable squire, Egg (short for Aegon). The stories are set roughly 100 years prior to the happenings contained in A Song of Ice and Fire. They are quickly paced yet as satisfying well-written as the longer novels. Certainly, this is a must-read for all real Westeros fans.

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    A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 []  2020-1-19 22:42

    The story is amazing, but my 1 star is in regards to the quality of the book itself. My hands are black every time I read it, the cover does that. The letters change font sizes occasionally for no reason, the line looks squished - it’s a printing problem. There have been letters chop off or additional bold like the ink was a problem. Buy elsewhere if you wish the book to latest more than 1 reading.

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    A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 []  2020-1-19 22:42

    I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading the rest in this series. This is an all encompassing, unbelievable novel, in which Martin creates a vividly detailed alternate world. In this world, there are 3 main groups: the Others who live in the frigid snowlands, the Dothraki who resemble American Plains Indians, and the Kingdoms of Westeros who resemble Medieval Europe. The author gives amazing detail to the traditions and culture of the Dothraki and Westeros, giving them the feeling being true people and true places. Not much detail is given about the mysterious Others in this novel, although they are featured in a few of the side stories. Adding to the real-worldness of this novel, are the a lot of various characters that are developed, and the various story lines event through out the book. An overarching theme of the book is political intrigue, as we learn that the current King Robert took the throne by force, that brother Viserys and his sister Daenerys are the only 2 survivors of the previous king's lineage and of their plot to retake the throne, the Dothraki enlisted to support them who are afraid of the sea and have no desire to enter Westeros, the Night Watch who dedicate their lives to protecting Westeros from the Others and mythical monsters which a lot of people believe no longer exist. The characters in this book are a lot of and varied. The book takes the format of each chapter being from the view of a various character, which helps organize the various plot lines. The characters are diverse and well-developed, and we see their flaws, as well as their abilities. I did really like the special names and common names with special spelling, that Martin gave the characters. One minor flaw, the author throws in a lot of made-up words, and while this adds to the flavor of the alternate world, it can create it difficult to discern what is being said in some places. One caution for younger or more sensitive readers, this book does include a lot of graphic violence (including versus children), a stage describing a dark magic ritual, incest and rape (including a stage that alludes to a pre-pubescent girl being sent to a house of prostitution.) Given all that, this book is definitely not for everyone, but for people who have fun lengthy novels they can fully delve into, this book is one of the best.

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    A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 []  2020-1-21 23:47

    It's impossible to place these books down. As soon as I finished "A Clash of Kings," I had downloaded and began reading "A Storm of Swords." It follows the example set by the previous book in that it expands upon the plots and themes already established, adds a few more layers to hold things interesting, and somehow manages to be better than the book that came before it. Spoilers wouldn't be possible to adequately sum up everything that happens in this book in an appropriately succinct manner, so I'll just give a brief, bare-bones overview. Westeros is still caught up in the battle raging for the Iron Throne. With five claimants competing to rule the Seven Kingdoms, it doesn't look like there's an end in sight for the violence and destruction. Things are also brewing in the North, where the Wildlings beyond are organizing an attack to break through the Wall, overwhelm the severely undermanned Night's Watch, and invade. Meanwhile, in the East, Daenerys continues to amass resources to aid in her plans to attack for the Throne. She moves through the cities of Slaver's Bay, gaining help and exercising her growing authority as both the Khaleesi and the Mother of Dragons.I'll begin by addressing perhaps the most obvious characteristic of "A Storm of Swords:" it's huge. Granted, if you downloaded it for your Kindle like I did, the monstrous size of the novel might not be as immediately striking, but you'll undoubtedly message beautiful quickly that it's over a thousand pages long. Books this long tend to be one of two things: unnecessarily descriptive with plenty of filler to pad out the pages or complex with an intricately layered story that fills the pages with content. I'm happy to say that this book is definitely the latter of the two possibilities. It would perhaps be feared that the middle book of a lengthy series, especially one with a humongous page count, would be repetitive and full of fluff and padding, serving only to lengthen the series and sell more books. Again, that simply isn't the case with "A Storm of Swords." The plot doesn't stall at all; in fact, every chapter moves the story forward and works to develop the overall plot. The story is exciting with so a lot of power players devising and implementing their own schemes as well as the battle raging over the Iron Throne. Martin has a lot to say about his world, which makes for a fascinating story and guarantees that none of the thousand-and-some-odd pages are boring. With the pace being consistent throughout the novel, you'll be flipping through pages with the desperate need to know what happens next to your favourite hero or faction. For the first time I can recall, I finished a thousand plus page novel thinking that it wasn't long enough! Martin's story is so enthralling, unique, and captivating that you'll wish more than even a book this long can offer.I'll also note that the story is far from predictable. I've mostly given up trying to guess what will happen because the actual happenings typically far exceed my predictions. I'll probably end up mentioning this in every "Song of Ice and Fire" review, but I ended up taking a bit of a break from fantasy due to being frustrated with the same plots and tired clichés that seemed to crop up in every book. Martin has actually managed to write not only a special fantasy novel, but a series that stands above a lot of others simply because he strays from the commonly tread path. Beautiful much anything can happen to anyone; amazing characters aren't given immunity and poor characters aren't doomed to death (and really, calling characters amazing and poor isn't completely accurate since most are different shades of grey). The plot twists and turns like crazy, but it's handled deftly and the author clearly knows where he's going, putting the reader an exciting ride and a gamut of emotions. And just when you think you've got it figured out, something comes up that throws your predictions out the window. It's a nice change from being able to guess everything before it happens, as tends to be the case with other books in the 's well established by this point that Martin doesn't shy away from the violence of war...and "A Storm of Swords" practically has blood dripping from its pages. With the battle for the Iron Throne in full swing, the death count in this book is high. The horrors of war are portrayed in all their gritty glory; these aren't nice people and they don't do nice things. As I've mentioned in other reviews, neither the violence nor the show comes off as gratuitous (for the most part), but instead works to flesh out Martin's globe and reinforce the concept that no one is safe. Yes, this is the book with the Red Wedding. There are a couple weddings that take place, so it's not immediately obvious which one will be THE wedding if you haven't already been informed. And yes, some well-loved characters meet their end in this bloodbath, families betray one another, alliances change...all the jazz that one can expect from such an event. There are also other grisly surprises that determine the fate of some, well, not as well-loved characters. In the East, Daenerys is faced with the brutality of slavery and the effects of anarchy as she conquers the Slave Cities, and it's not pretty. If you were bothered by the dark content of the two previous books, you probably shouldn't read this one because the author has really upped his android game in that aspect. Personally, I'm of the opinion that the grittiness adds authenticity to the world, but I've always preferred a darker, more realistic setting.While I usually don't search the and violence in these books to be gratuitous, there is one instance of it that I'll have to complain about; and weirdly enough, it's probably one of the more "normal" relationships we see in the book: Jon and Ygritte. I totally obtain the significance of Jon breaking his vows with Ygritte, both in terms of his background as a @#$%!&? and as a member of the Night's Watch, and I enjoyed seeing him struggle with his conflicting emotions on the matter. However, I got a small tired of reading about them getting it on in detail multiple times every night. Sure, a few times is fine to give us an idea of Jon's situation, but the frequency came off as really unnecessary. Of all the gruesome things one could complain about in this novels, that's what stuck out to me as being gratuitous and over the top...who'd have thought?The characters just obtain better and better with each book. That's not to say they necessarily become better people (in the brutal globe of Westeros, that almost never seems to happen), but they definitely grow and become more intriguing with each installment. With so a lot of storylines and characters, it would be simple to shove a couple off to the side, but, again, Martin seems to have this under control and every hero is more than adequately fleshed out. The changing point of view in each chapter works well because it ensures that every story and every hero continues to move forward. Each chapter, and therefore each point of view, is in some method significant; I never finished a chapter wondering what the point of it was or what it added to the story. The characters continue to be portrayed in shades of grey, each one special and changing and none of them fall into the typical archetypes. You'll be frustrated with some and cheer on others and, as I mentioned earlier, some well-loved characters (and some that we love to hate) meet their ends in "A Storm of Swords." You never know what the characters are going to throw at you (or at each other, as the case often is) or who's going to create it out alive...and in a book as brutal as this one, that certainly adds a level of suspense and excitement."A Storm of Swords" adds Jaime as a point of view character, and he quickly became one of my private favourites, especially with Tyrion's viewpoint also being maintained throughout the book to provide a various Lannister perspective. Jaime is an incredibly nuanced hero and begins to undergo a lot of change in this novel, and much like Tyrion, he walks the line between protagonist and antagonist, never really being one or the other. With his background and special perspective, I hope we see Jaime as a point of view hero (and, indeed, that he survives whatever the next books throw at him) in future is is also the book where certain characters began to stand out to me as being just plain annoying and, surprisingly, boring. As I've mentioned in my other reviews, "A Song of Ice and Fire" is so amazing partially because various characters will resonate differently with each reader, so your favourite hero may be someone else's least favourite. As I was reading this book, I found that the hero that tended to create me groan aloud when I started a chapter and saw his name was Bran. That's not to say he's a poorly written character; he just doesn't really appeal to me. Perhaps it's because there are so a lot of other plot lines to focus on, but I found him and his story to be a tad boring. I don't doubt that he and his quest will be significant since he's one of the few characters that encounters magic (a rarity in this world), but his position as the wise, future-seeing, up-and-coming mage just doesn't interest me spite my couple complaints (which are really more private in nature than anything necessarily "wrong" with the book), "A Storm of Swords" is a solid entry in the series. It takes the themes and plots from the first two books and builds upon them to make a novel that is better, darker, and more intriguing than the first two. The plot is still steadily moving forward, building momentum and adding layers of story with each book. With the cast being as heavy as it is and the number of storylines being many, I search myself wondering how Martin will tie everything together. He's proven to be a capable writer so far, so I'm sure he'll figure it out. At any rate, this monstrous book is one Hell of a amazing read. Five stars!

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    A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 []  2020-1-21 23:47

    If you liked the TV Series, you'll love the books. Both have much to recommend them and reading the books will enrich your enjoyment of the series. Even if you never see the series though, you will still have fun the books. The characters are finely drawn, the dialogue brilliant, the plot fascinating and full of surprises. It IS a fantasy, and as such there are elements of magic, dragons, etc. but nevertheless it is a very human tale and it is the relationships between the a lot of characters that lifts the story into the realm of amazing ere IS a amazing deal of death and violence which some may search troubling. Of course, no amount of words can shock and disturb quite like the TV series, with its unique effects depictions of beheadings, burning at the stake and flayings, but Martin's written descriptions still do a amazing job of leaving one horrified. Perhaps the most horrifying thing is knowing that everything depicted has happened in the true globe and still does in some places.

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    A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) []  2020-1-27 21:58

    It's impossible to place these books down. As soon as I finished "A Clash of Kings," I had downloaded and began reading "A Storm of Swords." It follows the example set by the previous book in that it expands upon the plots and themes already established, adds a few more layers to hold things interesting, and somehow manages to be better than the book that came before it. Spoilers wouldn't be possible to adequately sum up everything that happens in this book in an appropriately succinct manner, so I'll just give a brief, bare-bones overview. Westeros is still caught up in the battle raging for the Iron Throne. With five claimants competing to rule the Seven Kingdoms, it doesn't look like there's an end in sight for the violence and destruction. Things are also brewing in the North, where the Wildlings beyond are organizing an attack to break through the Wall, overwhelm the severely undermanned Night's Watch, and invade. Meanwhile, in the East, Daenerys continues to amass resources to aid in her plans to attack for the Throne. She moves through the cities of Slaver's Bay, gaining help and exercising her growing authority as both the Khaleesi and the Mother of Dragons.I'll begin by addressing perhaps the most obvious characteristic of "A Storm of Swords:" it's huge. Granted, if you downloaded it for your Kindle like I did, the monstrous size of the novel might not be as immediately striking, but you'll undoubtedly message beautiful quickly that it's over a thousand pages long. Books this long tend to be one of two things: unnecessarily descriptive with plenty of filler to pad out the pages or complex with an intricately layered story that fills the pages with content. I'm happy to say that this book is definitely the latter of the two possibilities. It would perhaps be feared that the middle book of a lengthy series, especially one with a humongous page count, would be repetitive and full of fluff and padding, serving only to lengthen the series and sell more books. Again, that simply isn't the case with "A Storm of Swords." The plot doesn't stall at all; in fact, every chapter moves the story forward and works to develop the overall plot. The story is exciting with so a lot of power players devising and implementing their own schemes as well as the battle raging over the Iron Throne. Martin has a lot to say about his world, which makes for a fascinating story and guarantees that none of the thousand-and-some-odd pages are boring. With the pace being consistent throughout the novel, you'll be flipping through pages with the desperate need to know what happens next to your favourite hero or faction. For the first time I can recall, I finished a thousand plus page novel thinking that it wasn't long enough! Martin's story is so enthralling, unique, and captivating that you'll wish more than even a book this long can offer.I'll also note that the story is far from predictable. I've mostly given up trying to guess what will happen because the actual happenings typically far exceed my predictions. I'll probably end up mentioning this in every "Song of Ice and Fire" review, but I ended up taking a bit of a break from fantasy due to being frustrated with the same plots and tired clichés that seemed to crop up in every book. Martin has actually managed to write not only a special fantasy novel, but a series that stands above a lot of others simply because he strays from the commonly tread path. Beautiful much anything can happen to anyone; amazing characters aren't given immunity and poor characters aren't doomed to death (and really, calling characters amazing and poor isn't completely accurate since most are different shades of grey). The plot twists and turns like crazy, but it's handled deftly and the author clearly knows where he's going, putting the reader an exciting ride and a gamut of emotions. And just when you think you've got it figured out, something comes up that throws your predictions out the window. It's a nice change from being able to guess everything before it happens, as tends to be the case with other books in the 's well established by this point that Martin doesn't shy away from the violence of war...and "A Storm of Swords" practically has blood dripping from its pages. With the battle for the Iron Throne in full swing, the death count in this book is high. The horrors of war are portrayed in all their gritty glory; these aren't nice people and they don't do nice things. As I've mentioned in other reviews, neither the violence nor the show comes off as gratuitous (for the most part), but instead works to flesh out Martin's globe and reinforce the concept that no one is safe. Yes, this is the book with the Red Wedding. There are a couple weddings that take place, so it's not immediately obvious which one will be THE wedding if you haven't already been informed. And yes, some well-loved characters meet their end in this bloodbath, families betray one another, alliances change...all the jazz that one can expect from such an event. There are also other grisly surprises that determine the fate of some, well, not as well-loved characters. In the East, Daenerys is faced with the brutality of slavery and the effects of anarchy as she conquers the Slave Cities, and it's not pretty. If you were bothered by the dark content of the two previous books, you probably shouldn't read this one because the author has really upped his android game in that aspect. Personally, I'm of the opinion that the grittiness adds authenticity to the world, but I've always preferred a darker, more realistic setting.While I usually don't search the and violence in these books to be gratuitous, there is one instance of it that I'll have to complain about; and weirdly enough, it's probably one of the more "normal" relationships we see in the book: Jon and Ygritte. I totally obtain the significance of Jon breaking his vows with Ygritte, both in terms of his background as a @#$%!&? and as a member of the Night's Watch, and I enjoyed seeing him struggle with his conflicting emotions on the matter. However, I got a small tired of reading about them getting it on in detail multiple times every night. Sure, a few times is fine to give us an idea of Jon's situation, but the frequency came off as really unnecessary. Of all the gruesome things one could complain about in this novels, that's what stuck out to me as being gratuitous and over the top...who'd have thought?The characters just obtain better and better with each book. That's not to say they necessarily become better people (in the brutal globe of Westeros, that almost never seems to happen), but they definitely grow and become more intriguing with each installment. With so a lot of storylines and characters, it would be simple to shove a couple off to the side, but, again, Martin seems to have this under control and every hero is more than adequately fleshed out. The changing point of view in each chapter works well because it ensures that every story and every hero continues to move forward. Each chapter, and therefore each point of view, is in some method significant; I never finished a chapter wondering what the point of it was or what it added to the story. The characters continue to be portrayed in shades of grey, each one special and changing and none of them fall into the typical archetypes. You'll be frustrated with some and cheer on others and, as I mentioned earlier, some well-loved characters (and some that we love to hate) meet their ends in "A Storm of Swords." You never know what the characters are going to throw at you (or at each other, as the case often is) or who's going to create it out alive...and in a book as brutal as this one, that certainly adds a level of suspense and excitement."A Storm of Swords" adds Jaime as a point of view character, and he quickly became one of my private favourites, especially with Tyrion's viewpoint also being maintained throughout the book to provide a various Lannister perspective. Jaime is an incredibly nuanced hero and begins to undergo a lot of change in this novel, and much like Tyrion, he walks the line between protagonist and antagonist, never really being one or the other. With his background and special perspective, I hope we see Jaime as a point of view hero (and, indeed, that he survives whatever the next books throw at him) in future is is also the book where certain characters began to stand out to me as being just plain annoying and, surprisingly, boring. As I've mentioned in my other reviews, "A Song of Ice and Fire" is so amazing partially because various characters will resonate differently with each reader, so your favourite hero may be someone else's least favourite. As I was reading this book, I found that the hero that tended to create me groan aloud when I started a chapter and saw his name was Bran. That's not to say he's a poorly written character; he just doesn't really appeal to me. Perhaps it's because there are so a lot of other plot lines to focus on, but I found him and his story to be a tad boring. I don't doubt that he and his quest will be significant since he's one of the few characters that encounters magic (a rarity in this world), but his position as the wise, future-seeing, up-and-coming mage just doesn't interest me spite my couple complaints (which are really more private in nature than anything necessarily "wrong" with the book), "A Storm of Swords" is a solid entry in the series. It takes the themes and plots from the first two books and builds upon them to make a novel that is better, darker, and more intriguing than the first two. The plot is still steadily moving forward, building momentum and adding layers of story with each book. With the cast being as heavy as it is and the number of storylines being many, I search myself wondering how Martin will tie everything together. He's proven to be a capable writer so far, so I'm sure he'll figure it out. At any rate, this monstrous book is one Hell of a amazing read. Five stars!

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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-9-23 19:47

    I’m not the type of reviewer that uses flowery words or gives a blow by blow acc of what makes this a book not to be read. Suffice it to say Ser Duncan is delightful to follow as an daily common hero. Egg is terrific. Most of all Martin writes here in a style of old that flows like water and goes down smooth. He lets you chuckle when appropriate while painting a picture so vivid it fills the room. I couldn’t place it down and that’s the best compliment I can give a : I also enjoyed the illustrations - it’s a shame that is not used in more books

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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-9-23 19:47

    This book includes three novellas: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery e Hedge Knight is a unbelievable tale and introduces us to Dunk and Egg, also known as Ser Duncan the Tall and Prince Aegon. Dunk enters a competition at Ashford Meadow. The only thing is, he's sorely broke. Through possibility and amazing company, he gets his armor and pays his method into the list. His first joust knocks him to the ground and things go poor quickly for the not good knight. However, a royal mate steps in to offer aid. I want there could have been more about the puppet girl Dunk falls for. She was a amazing e Sworn Sword finds Dunk and Egg eighteen months later in Standfast in the Reach. He is Ser Eustace Osgrey's man now. The summer is long and hot and the little stream that Ser Osgrey relies on has gone dry. Dunk, along with Ser Bennis of the Brown Shield, search the stream dammed by Lady Rohanne Webber of Coldmoat. Diplomacy doesn't go well and soon Dunk and Ser Osgrey search them vastly outnumbered by Lady Rohanne's men. I enjoyed this story and the e Mystery Knight tells a amazing story, but I found it confusing. Dunk and Egg are on the street and obtain invited to Whitewalls for the wedding between Lord Ambrose Butterwell and a daughter of Houe Frey. They are invited by fellow hedge knight John the Fiddler. The story is well told, but sometimes the lords are addressed as Lord Jones or Lord Smith. Other times they are addressed by their first name only, Harold or Quintin. You really have to hold track of the full lord's names to know who is who. If the naming would have been consistent throughout, it would have been easier to read and remember the characters. Other than that, I enjoyed this brief visit to Westeros!

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    A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) [Book]  2017-11-4 18:0

    The second fantasy novel I have read and have loved in a lot of a lot of years. Once again Mr. Martin has painted a attractive tapestry with words and found a method to enthrall me with a beautifully brutal story of intrigue, battle and dragons.

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    A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) [Book]  2017-11-27 18:0

    Extremely happy with this leather edition. Absolutely stunning. Ten times more gorgeous in person.

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    A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) [Book]  2017-11-27 18:0

    To be clear, I'm not writing a review of a plot. I love the books and I was satisfied when I got ever, my problem is with the books themselves. When I got to the second book I noticed that approximately 70 pages are missing. I can't tell if this is the case for the rest of the books, but I'm certainly dissatisfied with the product.

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    A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 []  2020-1-21 23:47

    Martin pens a novel full of adventure, betrayal, and greed with “Storm of Swords,” book 3 in the “Song of Ice and Fire,” series. The novel is over 900 pages – not for the faint at heart – and a bit daunting. It’s taken me months to finish, and while it’s been long for me, it’s been an rtin uses several point of view characters to tell the “Storm of Swords.” There’s Tyrion, intelligent and clever, yet a dwarf who is the butt of his nephew’s cruel jabs. There’s Robb, the King of the North, who must victory the Frey’s favor or lose all he has gained. Jon, on the Wall, must search out info on the Wildlings and the Others, using all of his cunning to survive. Jamie must not only use his sword, but his wits to create it back to King’s Landing. Arya escapes the town only to search herself a captive and pawn to different outlaws who would use her as a hostage for their benefit. Stannis must prove himself a king, so he travels to the Wall, hoping to save it. Then there’s Daenrys, who learns how to use her swords to conquer, but she must learn to rule before returning to Westros.Every story involves violence, sword play, and cunning. As the realm loses its tenuous grip on the different kingdoms, secrets are revealed, proving a precursor to the upcoming war between ice (the others) and fire (the dragons).The characters are honest, real, and interesting. There’s amazing and poor and even some in between – like the “Hound,” Sandor Clegane. Everyone has a distinct motivation to do what they do, even if unknown to the reader. I’m always wondering what is driving a character.A “Storm of Swords” grows the story, looks deeper into the players, and takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime! 

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    A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 []  2020-1-21 23:47

    I got these cause in the wintery deeps of NH, with no cable, no internets, we still use cassette warned, the Android game of Throne books are method method method method method method different, than the HBO series. Night and DayThese unabridged recordings give you the "real" story, which they can't fit into the films,even if they wanted to. Luckily, i found this out after rather early on , spoiler alert, watching King Joffrey , I left off series there, and am "reading' the books first, and $10. for 27 tapes beat $50. forthe same program on CD. Too poor the cassette versions ended with this season. Guess us wildingsare gonna have to go without...Make the North Amazing Again!

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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) []  2020-1-25 0:6

    I’m not the type of reviewer that uses flowery words or gives a blow by blow acc of what makes this a book not to be read. Suffice it to say Ser Duncan is delightful to follow as an daily common hero. Egg is terrific. Most of all Martin writes here in a style of old that flows like water and goes down smooth. He lets you chuckle when appropriate while painting a picture so vivid it fills the room. I couldn’t place it down and that’s the best compliment I can give a : I also enjoyed the illustrations - it’s a shame that is not used in more books

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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) []  2020-1-25 0:6

    If you're like me and have read all the Song of Ice and Fire books and the tv trips to Westeros aren't filling that need for your Thrones fix then this book is a very welcome 's actually three separate stories that build on each other and of the relationship between a hedge knight, Dunk and his squire Egg. These are more private stories and lacking the myriad of plotlines that can run through a typical ASOIAF novel.Taking put 100 years before the happenings in ASOIAF it's only recognizable as such by the house names. But it's those names Lannister, Baratheon, Targeryon.....and Martin's style and comfort in this globe that makes it feel you're right at home in this place.I'm looking forward to more stories of Ser Duncan the tall and his bald squire Egg.

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    A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) []  2020-1-27 21:58

    Martin pens a novel full of adventure, betrayal, and greed with “Storm of Swords,” book 3 in the “Song of Ice and Fire,” series. The novel is over 900 pages – not for the faint at heart – and a bit daunting. It’s taken me months to finish, and while it’s been long for me, it’s been an rtin uses several point of view characters to tell the “Storm of Swords.” There’s Tyrion, intelligent and clever, yet a dwarf who is the butt of his nephew’s cruel jabs. There’s Robb, the King of the North, who must victory the Frey’s favor or lose all he has gained. Jon, on the Wall, must search out info on the Wildlings and the Others, using all of his cunning to survive. Jamie must not only use his sword, but his wits to create it back to King’s Landing. Arya escapes the town only to search herself a captive and pawn to different outlaws who would use her as a hostage for their benefit. Stannis must prove himself a king, so he travels to the Wall, hoping to save it. Then there’s Daenrys, who learns how to use her swords to conquer, but she must learn to rule before returning to Westros.Every story involves violence, sword play, and cunning. As the realm loses its tenuous grip on the different kingdoms, secrets are revealed, proving a precursor to the upcoming war between ice (the others) and fire (the dragons).The characters are honest, real, and interesting. There’s amazing and poor and even some in between – like the “Hound,” Sandor Clegane. Everyone has a distinct motivation to do what they do, even if unknown to the reader. I’m always wondering what is driving a character.A “Storm of Swords” grows the story, looks deeper into the players, and takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime! 

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    A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) []  2020-1-27 21:58

    I got these cause in the wintery deeps of NH, with no cable, no internets, we still use cassette warned, the Android game of Throne books are method method method method method method different, than the HBO series. Night and DayThese unabridged recordings give you the "real" story, which they can't fit into the films,even if they wanted to. Luckily, i found this out after rather early on , spoiler alert, watching King Joffrey , I left off series there, and am "reading' the books first, and $10. for 27 tapes beat $50. forthe same program on CD. Too poor the cassette versions ended with this season. Guess us wildingsare gonna have to go without...Make the North Amazing Again!

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    A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-1-30 20:18

    At first I was like “where is everyone else?” Then I got to the latest page and read the authors note about how he broke it up into 2 books since there was so much to cover. If you haven’t seen it read this, stop reading. Ok, so This wasn’t my favorite book in the series so far. The chapters I was interested in reading were about Cersi, Jaime and Brienne (in that order) and I didn’t obtain excited about Briennes part until the latest chapter of her. Now I’m like WTF happened to her?! Anyway, back to Cersi, reading about her created me understand why she is like this. She wants to be treated as an equal so she does ruthless things that she believes men would do in her place. Still a @#$%! though. Jaime, he certainly changes after having his hand chop off and traveling with Brienne in the latest book. I kind of felt poor for him, but I think he required that to happen in order for him to change. Otherwise he’d still be a @#$%. I like that there was an underlining present of respect (or affection if you really wanted it that way) with Jaime and Brienne. A part of me wants them together lol The book also talked about Arya and Sansa. It was more about their journey of what they go through to end up where they should be in the next book or so. Exciting, nope, but I guess necessary. I see why a lot of people didn’t like this.

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    A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-1-30 20:18

    Not sure I wish to read the rest of the series after this volume. It is painfully slow and goes nowhere after a promising third volume. Highly disappointing. I regret my purchase on this one, and sadly enough I bought them all in one shot, so I guess I'll have to read Book 5 at some point... Maybe in a couple of years or something. Save your money, and content yourself with the TV series: you won't miss much besides the time spent in front of your flat screen

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    A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 []  2020-1-14 19:17

    I don't know how someone read this and thought it would create a amazing series. I'm glad they did, but don't expect the series to be like the books. I read a lot, all types of genres, but I had to force myself to obtain through as much as I did. The books and the series are so various I could not watch and read at the same time. Just as a book, without comparing it to the series, it is filled with method too much unnecessary information. There were far too a lot of characters that didn't matter to warrant mentioning there name. If I had to read what someone was wearing one more time, I was going to throw the book. It needs to be chop by 70% to remove the waste.

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    A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 []  2020-1-14 19:17

    I completed all five books of the series before reviewing. I might give it 2.5 stars. The series suffers from repetition. The author literally reminds you of plot points that just occurred, all the time. The characters regularly repeat the same mantras over and over. So there is simply too much repetition. It's e series as a whole also suffers because, at it's heart, it's a fantasy soap opera. It's about plot. It's not about characters, it's not about conflict (strange as that may seem in books that have ample violence). It literally could go on forever. And sometimes it seems that way. The plot also suffers from too a lot of characters with too much detail and story lines that really don't forward the r example, Beautiful Pig, a pet of no importance whatsoever, gets more press time than Rikon, Bran, and Cately Stark, all central characters. It's as if the author refuses to pick up story lines of necessary characters or else the story would conclude. This trend will worsen as the books progress. The books will devote chapter after chapter of newly introduced characters, back story and machinations that end with their deaths leaving the reader to surmise what the hell the point of all that ink will take 5 books for Arya to obtain to acolyte level of training in Bravos, Bran to obtain the greenseer training, Catelyn to reunite with Brienne. Etc. All the time you are thinking, when is the author going to wrap this up?At times I feel Martin thinks small of his audience's intelligence or simply cannot write smart, compelling fantasy.

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    A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 []  2020-1-19 22:42

    So I finally caved and read “A Android game of Thrones”, despite the fact that I insist that I am not a fantasy guy. I will admit it. I really enjoyed this book. It kept my attention and I found myself wanting to go back and read it!It is a huge book, a lot of people, have said a lot of things about it. Here are some of mine:• The characterization is really good. There are defined personalities and traits and Mr. Martin usually conveys them without a superfluous amount of words.• The alternating points of view chapter by chapter. This device allows the reader to take in the heavy scope of the story that is being told here in manageable chunks. I hope this style continues thru the series.• The huge arc of the story. Mr. Martin has made globe here, with a complete and rich history.• The novel is unapologetic. By that, I mean there is rampant ism, violence, etc. Not beautiful elements, but the author is not casting a modern eye on them apologizing for every undesirable trait. This is an ancient world, not like our own. He allows that story to happen without foisting modern sensibilities on it. I appreciate someone just telling a story and letting the actions speak for themselves. You are disgusted or titillated by what the characters are doing based on how you view the at is a fast overview, but some of the highlights. I will say, the overlong descriptions of clothing and meal I could do with a small less of, but it is a little quibble, and I have mates who love that aspect of the book, so there ya go.I will be continuing this journey through the Seven Kingdoms, but I am not sure when. My “to read” pile is heavy enough as it is.

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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-9-23 19:47

    Seeing as how this book is just a compilation of all three Tales of Dunk and Egg, I'll simply post my review for each of the stories below. Do note that in this collection, Gary Gianni lends his skill to the story and has illustrated each E HEDGE KNIGHT:The Tales of Dunk and Egg! The Hedge Knight, the first of three tales about these unlikeliest of companions, is a tale well told. Martin is a masterful storyteller; one who's been at it for a very long time. And coming back to Westeros was an absolute treat. I was saving these novellas for when I was truly craving more stories in the Song of Ice and Fire world, and I'm glad to have saved them. It's been years since I read anything within this world, and it feels like coming ter Ser Arlan of Pennytree, the man Dunk had been squiring for since he was a boy, takes sick and dies, Dunk sets his sights on the soon to be held Tourney of Ashford. Along the method he meets Egg who, like Dunk, may just be more than he seems. It's a short small novella, but is full of all those things that have given Martin the following he has. Westeros has always to me felt like our globe with slight changes. It doesn't take much to imagine it clearly, as Martin paints it so vividly. In some alternate reality, it would be our own deep history but slightly larger, a tough more grand. A globe as varied and realistic as our own.Dunk and Egg. They're an unlikely pair, and they're a joy to read about. The Sworn Sword is E SWORN SWORD:I don't know what to rate this. They're short, but I really have fun them. I don't know. The ratings are nonsense anyway; know that I liked it a e Sworn Sword is the second of three stories about the Hedge Knight, Dunk, and his squire, Egg. It takes put around two years after the first story, and I think it was every bit as good, maybe even a small better. We are treated to some juicy Westeros history in this one, as we follow Dunk during his time as Ser Eustace Osgrey's sworn sword; a knight whose house, previously of renown and amazing standing, is down on its luck. Ser Eustace and his men fought in the Blackfyre Rebellion, which is an intensely interesting portion of ASOIAF history, and I was happy to hear more about it through his recollections. Bloodraven is also a frequent subject of discussion, as he is the King's Hand during the time of this story, and that was interesting to hear.I also felt that we dove deeper into Dunk's hero in this one. It may just be a natural reaction to spending more time with him, but I was really happy to have done so. While not full of quite as much action as the first tale, Dunk's entanglement with Ser Eustace and Lady Rohanne, the Red Widow, was nicely done. It makes me excited for the third story, the Mystery E MYSTERY KNIGHT:The third Tale of Dunk and Egg proved to be just as entertaining as the first two. Dunk and Egg's relationship grows in the telling of these tales, and whether it's sage tip that Dunk lends his quire, or a threatened clout in the ear (it's funny every time), their bond is something I e Mystery Knight makes amazing use of all the history about the Blackfyre Rebellion we've been given in the stories thus far. I won't give away too much but George offers us another noteworthy wedding; complete with a jousting tourney, a mystery knight, and as a lot of shadowy figures as you'd expect at an ASOIAF wedding. Just what the hell is going on in Whitewalls...Each Dunk and Egg tale was well told, and offers a fan of GRRM's main series more of what they love about his writing; with the addition of some perfect backstory on some characters who are only mentioned a handful of times previously. I'm disappointed to not have more of them to read, but I know better than to request something of George other than Winds of Winter.I highly recommend these stories to anyone who hasn't yet read them, especially fans of the main series.

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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: A Song of Ice and Fire []  2020-9-23 19:47

    Finally, a George R.R. Martin book in which the amazing guy is not killed off! This is part 1 of the story of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Aegon, known to each other as Dunk and Egg. The setting is Martin’s Westeros universe, but 100 years before the happenings in the Android game of Thrones books rtin tells a story full of intrigue, deception and brutality. Dunk, though of humble origins and a mere hedge knight, defends the powerless and acts with integrity. Predictably, this gets him into trouble. I enjoyed the read and look forward to more stories of the adventures of Dunk and Egg!The book is beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Gary Gianni.

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    A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 []  2020-1-14 19:17

    This is book two in the Android game of Thrones series. At this point, King Joffrey is the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Because he is still a boy, his mother remains Queen Regent. Joffrey remains cruel and is holding Sansa hostage at King's Landing. Now that Sansa's traitor father is dead, Joffrey and his mother refuse to allow her go home. Sansa's sister, Arya is posing as an orphan boy and trying to obtain back to Winterfell. Sansa's brother, Robb - King of the North - is battling to rein the seven kingdoms. Danerys is trying to obtain to Kings Landing so she can become the rightful Queen of the seven is book was as amazing as the first. RR. Martin is a very talented writer. There are 1000 characters, and you sometimes obtain a small lost on who belongs to you, but it doesn't distract from the story. Even though he writes about a fictional world, he doesn't create up words just to create them up. He makes those 1000 pages fly by.I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next. If you haven't tried this series yet, I highly recommend it.

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    A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 []  2020-1-14 19:17

    So annoying! I was reading the book and the writing took a weird jump. I noticed that the page was from a various book! Then looked forward and there are about 30 pages of that book inserted into this one. So a chunk of the story is missing. I wonder how a lot of of these books were printed and shipped with this mistake.

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    A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 []  2020-1-21 23:47

    Where do I begin? I've always been of the opinion that every entry in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire series has a slightly various style to it. In A Android game of Thrones, it's kind of like getting your feet wet, and testing the waters. In A Clash of Kings, the second volume, you roll up your sleeves and dive into the myriad info of the key players of the Battle of Five Kings, among them Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, and the stalwart Stannis Baratheon. I've heard the second volume referred to as being "too political." How is that a poor thing? It's a fantasy novel, with a very solid foundation grounded in historical elements derived from our own history. I think that's what a lot of readers search so compelling about Westeros & its neighboring e whole series is political, that's one thing I love about it. There's a lot of things I love about ASoIaF, but I am going to focus on things I hope you can use to decide whether or not you would read, and buy, the book, because that's what reviews are far as spoilers go, I'll test not to give any, in case there's anyone who hasn't seen the show. Without going into specifics, there are a few characters in this volume that were changed/altered when they created the show, for reasons I am unaware of, but it makes no difference, save to say that if you've seen the present and wish to read a slightly different, (and, in my opinion, better), ver of the story, it might be something you'd have fun investing the additional time to experience for yourself. There's a lot of ground to cover in A Storm of Swords, from Daenerys Targaryen's adventures in the three Ghiscari cities of Astapor, Yunkai, & Mereen, and the subsequent conflicts arising from her efforts to liberate the Unsullied from the slavers of the Ghiscari. Jon Snow & the Wildlings are also an interesting segment of the story, as the various components of Mance Rayder's troops is fleshed out into greater detail, like the Thenns, Giants, ice cannibals, as well as the lieutenants serving under the King-Beyond-The-Wall, like Harma Dogshead, The Weeper, Tormund Giantsbane, and Varamyr Six-Skins, one of my private favorites. He's a skin-changer & warg, and rides into war astride a giant polar thing about this book is not interesting, or failed to keep my interest. I enjoyed every page of it, and I read it when it first was released, in 2000, if I remember correctly. I've probably read it five or six times total, because it's just so good.I hope you enjoyed this review, and were able to obtain something out of it. I hope you found it to be insightful, and informative. Honesty's what I strive for, so what else needs to be said? If you haven't read A Storm of Swords Yet, maybe you should stop reading this and take a possibility on this one, because I think you'd definitely search it to be worth your time.

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    A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 []  2020-1-21 23:47

    I was super excited to begin what was supposed to be a brand fresh book, but was quickly upset when I begin the book and noticed that the binding has broken away from the front cover.

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    A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 []  2020-1-19 22:42

    I was sitting next to a young woman reading on a plane who was reading this. She told me that she liked it much better than the series. That it was well-written and hard to place down. She specifically mentioned that it had very small of the gratuitous that seems to pervade the TV show. On her recommendation, I bought the book and completely agree with everything she said.Even though it is difficult not to imagine the faces of the actors when reading the book, it is still an amazing read. Much more detailed than the series, but also enhanced by it to a certain illiant writing.

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    A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 []  2020-1-19 22:42

    I've been told by a lot of that I required to read the Android game of Thrones books, even after watching the series on HBO it took me some time to decide to take up the books. I found a rare thing. I like the tv present more than I do the book. Now the book wasn't poor by any account, I just felt the present was more polished. I did like the info the book has over the present especially when it came to better understanding the background of the world, but when you have actors like Peter Dinklidge playing Tyrion and then read the description of the imp in the novel it lost something. Would I recommend the book, sure, but the book should be read before watching the show, not because the present will allow the reader down, but because the present is better than the novel which is rare.

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