A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire Book One) (Paperback) - Martin, George R. R.

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'Historical' Epic Fantasy

on 7/12/2011

The first installment of A Song of Ice and Fire reveals Martin's genius in creating a feudal society and the political machinations that went on behind the scenes. The end result is that everything seems real...and it is only when a direwolf or other non-earth creature appears that you remember that this is not a (wonderfully done) recreation of European history, Hadrian's wall and all. (But then again, maybe it is!) His characters come in so many assortments and with so much psychological depth that there is always something new, something deeper to discover about an individual and there is always someone you love to hate or to mourn with. An author who can do that on the scale that Martin does is truly a dedicated, talented, hardworking author, and every page reveals that Martin is just that. The writing is superbly crafted, the situations and plot carefully and intricately developed. The book is full of many surprises and developments that kept me unable to put it down, and I awaited the 2nd volume with much anticipation and I'll read the 3rd as soon as it comes out. This book truly earned its 5 stars. Read More

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best of the series

on 4/20/2012

this book is without a doubt the best book i have read in over a year..it has the most intricate and complicated plot , that keeps you on your guard for the next big change. altogether very well done my only complaint is that the author seems to go a little overboard on the sex but whatever. Read More

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Product Overview

The first volume in an epic series by a master of contemporary fantasy, filled with mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure. Soon to be a major new series on HBO. Reissue.

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780553593716
SKU 213518279
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0553593714
Release Date 3/22/2011
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 1.75T
Author Info
George R.R. Martin
George Richard Raymond Martin began writing very early, and says that he sold original monster stories to neighborhood kids for pennies--a price which apparently included dramatic readings of these tales. Martin graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in journalism. The next year he received a master's degree, also in journalism, and published his first stories, "Songs the Dead Man Sing" and "The Hero". A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Martin worked with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation as an alternate service. Throughout the 1970s he worked a number of jobs--including teaching journalism and directing chess tournaments--while continuing to write. Martin won his first Hugo in 1975 for "A Song for Lya". His first novel, DYING OF THE LIGHT, received a Hugo nomination in 1978. Ending the 1970s with a bang, he won two more Hugos, both in 1980, one for the story "Sandkings", which also garnered Martin his first Nebula Award. The early 1980s saw the release of two extraordinary novels, FEVRE DREAM and THE ARMAGEDDON RAG. The first of these, a brilliant novel of vampires stalking the Mississippi River towns of the 1800s, remains one of the greatest vampire novels ever written. The second is a searing indictment of America in the 1970s, couched in a strange tale of possession and power in the world of rock & roll. Both novels were nominated for the prestigious World Fantasy Award. Continuing to write award-winning short fiction, Martin began to work in television in the mid-1980s. He was a script editor on the revived TWILIGHT ZONE show, later moving to the enormously popular BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, for which he eventually became the executive producer. In 1987 he introduced an anthology series under the title Wild Cards, which he edited and occasionally contributed stories. This series proved remarkable successful and has expanded to over 30 books. Martin devoted much of the early 1990s to writing one novel, the massive A GAME OF THRONES. This epic fantasy work, the first of a projected series, was met with great acclaim, with many claiming it to be the best high-fantasy novel ever. Its sequel, A CLASH OF KINGS, cemented this theory for many fans, and, with this series, it looks like Martin will remain at the front of the field for a very long time.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0864
Publisher Bantam

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