'My first George Martin book was Fevre Dream, from way back in the days when I was just a member of the SFBC. I've still got that book, and I've been searching for more of his stuff ever since. So as soon as A Game of Thrones came into the office, I snapped it up--and wished I could keep reading it forever. I feel like the Starks are my family now, and I even almost like Tyrion Lannister (who's something like a ruthless Miles Vorkosigan). If you love good fantasy, you owe it to yourself to read this book--if only to feel the shiver on your spine when you realize the true importance of the Stark family motto: "Winter is coming.''--Andy Wheeler, associate editor Long ago, when great dragons and wolves roamed the land, the seasons were thrown out of balance, creating a world where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime. Here, in the cold, vast forests of the North, where even summer brings snow, live the Starks of Winterfell, a family as unyielding as the land they were born to, and as fierce as the direwolf which graces their coat of arms. Soon, as winter descends upon the realm, the Starks will be swept up in a blizzard of mystery and tragedy, intrigue and adventure, as they and their rivals play the oldest game of all--the game of thrones.
The sight of the direwolf, dead, with six squirming pups--the same number as his own children--would have troubled a more superstitious man. But Ned Stark did not believe in omens. He believed in a man's duty to his home, his family and his king. And if the King was a good friend, all the better.
But some would deem it inauspicious that Ned's King was on his way to Winterfell that very day, to offer Ned the second most powerful seat in the realm.
It was the last thing in the world he wanted. If he accepted, he would have to journey south to King's Landing and live among vipers. Worse, he would have to leave Winterfell and his beloved family behind...and winter was coming. Still, one did not refuse the King--especially not Robert Barratheon, a bear of a man who preferred a warhammer to a sword in battle.
It would be a decision that would shape the fate of his family.
Eight-year-old Bran Stark loved to climb. Nothing could keep him from scaling the walls and towers of Winterfell like an enthusiastic spider, with just the tips of his fingers and toes to guide him. He would never fall, he had told his father...until the day he climbed the broken watchtower and overheard a conversation no one was meant to hear....
When you were born a dwarf--especially to a family such as the proud, powerful Lannisters of Casterly Rock--you could damn well say and do just about anything you had a mind to. A hobbled little man with a brutish brow and mismatched eyes, Tyrion Lannister knew his limitations, and his strengths. He'd never be a swordsman...but things were expected of him as brother of the Queen.
Set against a landscape as immediate and memorable as its finely-drawn cast of characters, A Game of Thrones is a masterpiece of storytelling that catches you up from the opening pages, grips you until the end, and leaves you yearning for more. (736 pp.)
Hardcover Book : 736 pages
Publisher: Bantam ( August 01, 1996 )
Item #: 10-010487
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.25inches
Product Weight: 29.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This series has brought me back to the love of reading I had when I was a teen. After having children, I put down my fiction books and picked up all the how-to books for cooking, organizing, crafting, etc. I haven't read for pleasure for years and this is such a great book series to do that with.
The characters are so well described that you cannot help but to know them personally. I even love the map printed on the inside of the cover and am often flipping back and forth to see "where I am". I love this first book and it is very true to the HBO story line. However, if you are a bit un-nerved by the tv show, which I was, this is a great alternative. The story stays true without all the uncomfortable visual scenes. Your mind can fill that in for you.
I actually borrowed this first book from a friend in paperback originally then joined this club as soon as I was finished so I could get the series in hard back to add to my personal library. I was very excited at how quickly my books arrived.
Bravo Doubleday for keeping books we all want to read!
I've been an avid reader of fantasy since I was 12 years old, and I've read all the best. This series deserves a place in the top ten of my all-time favorites...alongside such authors as J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen R. Donaldson, Michael Moorcock and Robert E. Howard, to name a few. That's a huge distinction in this extremely picky reader's list. The world Martin has created is at once overwhelmingly beautiful and viciously dangerous, as are the huge cast of characters. I started reading Game Of Thrones after becoming addicted to the HBO series, and now I'm even MORE addicted to the books. There are many memorable characters...some to love an some to hate...and some you are not quite sure of. Like Tyrion, the stunted dwarf of the Lannisters. I find him very clever and funny, and enjoy reading about him, but I'm not really sure yet whether I like or hate him. He's definitely the best of the Lannisters as far as virtue goes, but... Ah, I could go on and on rambling, but I won't. Jus BUY THE BOOKS and READ THEM! A Song Of Ice And Fire is one of the best fantasy series ever, read it and see if yew don't agree...I DARE YOU.
This book the beginning of one of the best fantacy stories Iv read since Lord of the Rings! He has created a world that has all the excitment, action, sex and intregue you would ever hope for,,HBOs first season Game Of Thrones is very true to the book, which has made this read even more exciting..Iv almist finished the second book Clask of Kings..the story only keeps getting better!
This book kept me coming back and reading. It took me a little longer reading this book than most normally do but when I reached the last page not fifteen minutes later I had already ordered the next one. It's a great book, and I can't wait for the next one!
Reviewer: Evan C
I enjoyed this book. Okay, I admit it took about 160 pages before I got really into it and had the characters straight, but after that it was gripping. I love the intrigues, back stabbing, battles both romantic and political, and most especially I love the characters. Very complex. I think HBO is doing a great job with the show on tv. I've never seen such a perfect casting job. It seems to be following it almost page for page. I had to review the book book for a few things since I'd forgotten a few things since reading it several years back. I hope it will be on for many seasons to come. And like everyone I'm glad GRRM has finally gotten around to giving his readers the book he promised years ago. I'm just sorry that it's not to be the last if he's going to take so long writing them. Anyway, I would recommend both the books and the show. They are excellent. Here's hoping we'll get Clash of Kings(second book) next season on HBO! And hurry up GRRM. Winter is coming!
Reviewer: Annie H