A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

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Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of throne.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1996
ISBN: 9780553103540
0553103547
9780553381689
0553381687
9780553573404
0553573403
9780553593716
0553593714
Characteristics: 835 p. : ill., 24 cm
Call Number: MARTIN, G

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(Adult Fiction) Whatever your thoughts on the last season, A Game of Thrones displays dragons in vivid and striking detail. This series is a must-read for any dragon-lover.

In the book that inspired the HBO series, Ned Stark instills in all of his children a keen sense of justice, kindness and loyalty that lives on.

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Nicr Feb 28, 2017

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

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SaraLovesBooks Oct 18, 2016

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

The series itself is based off of War of the Roses and Tudor England, ... Read More »

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Cheryl_in_IT Sep 21, 2016

If you are a fan of historical fiction, but wouldn't mind a serving of fantasy thrown in, this is a great series to try. Loosely inspired by the War of the Roses and Tudor England, Game of Thrones is full of complicated plot twists and turns, an ever evolving cast of characters (particularly wel... Read More »


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amanoletters99
Jan 18, 2020

Mr. Martin hits his stride from the get-go. His writing is so fluid here that he could have made baking bread interesting. Bloody brilliant.

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darcyhudjik
Jan 16, 2020

This is a very addictive read ... I had trouble putting it down.

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kvanmooresma
Oct 29, 2019

I know I'm in the minority here, but I just don't get the hype for this book. Every time you start to like a character, they're killed off. There's so much going on that it's incredibly hard to keep all of the characters in your head. And, most of all, there's just too much horrible, awful stuff going on for me to actually enjoy reading them. I got through 3 and then just couldn't want to continue.

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Chinderixx
Oct 05, 2019

A Game of Thrones is an interesting book. Basically, the plot revolves around several ruling dynasties/houses in a medieval-like fantasy setting fighting against each other for claim to the iron throne. George R.R Martin writes well, and it was easy to feel like you knew the characters right away. The book also never really felt boring or slow-paced. I liked the Starks’ story arc the best but also enjoyed getting to read from Jon Snow’s point of view. Some of Tyrion Lannister’s snarky and sarcastic comments were funny and I laughed occasionally.
But don’t get me wrong, there’s a reason I rated it so low. I’ll be honest and say that this is one the hardest books I have ever made myself read. I tried reading this once before a few years ago but didn’t make it past the prologue. I know why now. The book is vulgar, gory, and amoral - to the point where I felt grossed out and sickened by the things that were going on. This includes the descriptive sex and rape scenes, the incest, violence, and language. While you could argue that these things are realistic or historically accurate, I felt like GRRM added some of these things just for the sake of being vulgar or violent. Most fantasy books I’ve read have made up curse words (like The Wheel of Time), and it surprised me that Game of Thrones frequently used so much course language. I had problems with Daenerys’s character in this novel. I know that she’s supposed to develop from a frightened young girl to an empowered woman throughout the series, but she felt too stupid and crazy in this book. I also thought the scene at the end where she makes through the fire naked was really weird and after finishing the book, I felt pretty grossed out.

I would not recommend this book series to a younger audience. Game of Thrones is not Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. It’s fantasy, but it’s not a fun adventure story with a happy ending and it takes a lot of will power to get to the end. I probably won’t read this again and if I decide to continue reading the series, it will be a while before I do.

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edith_18
Aug 28, 2019

I absolutly loved the book... Its has soo much more detailes the the show... I kinda re watched the first seasson as i read this book... Definatly needed more details frm the book in the show... But i loved this book.. Will be starting the second book really soon

Winter is coming- loved house stark

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Katie_Dublin
Jul 21, 2019

Simply the greatest fantasy series ever written. Yes, better than Tolkien, and, yes, I will fight you. I first read this in 2000, and have been obsessed ever since.

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mosquitoliew
Jul 06, 2019

The book that starts the immense magical saga of A Song of Ice and Fire! The world building and character building process is mind-boggling and makes the reader yearns for the subsequent titles! A definite must-read!

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rivercanu
May 20, 2019

Book 1

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BearsEatBeets8
Mar 02, 2019

I binged the entire seven seasons of the show in just a month, and when I found out it was based on a book I knew I had to read it. It is extremely well thought out and a good read for anybody who is a fan of medieval/fantasy novels.

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ShannonJean
Jan 10, 2019

Really liked this book. (I haven't seen the TV series.) It's a fairly easy read and a page-turner. Great character development. Because of the length, and lack of reading time, I had to check it out multiple times to finish. Worth the wait!

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red_panda_423
Jun 01, 2016

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

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jared15
May 24, 2016

jared15 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Chinderixx
Oct 05, 2019

"I was a child yesterday. Today I am a woman." -Daenerys Targaryen

Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

Nothing burns like the cold. But only for a while. Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don't have the strength to fight it.

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xTashleyx
Nov 11, 2016

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

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xTashleyx
Nov 03, 2016

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

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

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

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

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

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"Only death can pay for life"

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jared15
May 24, 2016

"Fear cuts deeper than swords."

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

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

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jared15
May 24, 2016

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

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

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

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

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

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

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

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Coarse Language: Lots of fucking coarse language.

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Sexual Content: Super rape(tm).

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Violence: Wyyked awesome violence

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

Violence: beheading, bloody violence, war, execution

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

Sexual Content: rape, incest, prostitutes

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shinner2
Feb 01, 2014

Sexual Content: Incest, rape, sex in general

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xzhang17
Jul 14, 2015

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

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red_cobra_341
Jun 22, 2015

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

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Caleb98
Jul 12, 2012

the starks find dire wolves the first seen in years.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

rllllllly goodbook about adventure and action and thriller

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