A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in , and it . Books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series are first published in hardcover and are later re-released as paperback editions. Notable work: A Song of Ice and Fire (6 books). - Main activities Book 1: A Game of Thrones. • Book 2: A explore the whole map (which is huge), discover . Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series.
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The Dangerous Women anthology, published in , features an abridged version of The Princess and the Queen, Archmaester Gyldayn's story of the warfare between Targaryen women. You can read an excerpt here. If you've read all the books, you've probably seen these writings in an updated format, but I've included them for the sake of completeness. Blood of the Dragon, published in July in Asimov's Science Fiction, the novella would appear the following month as a Daenerys chapter in Game of Thrones. Path of the Dragon, published in December , in Asimov's Science Fiction, this novella is based on a Daenerys chapter that had been published in that year's Storm of Swords. Arms of the Kraken, published in August in Dragon magazine, this novella would later become the Iron Islands chapters of Feast for Crows that feature the Kingsmoot. While the pressure hasn't sped up his writing, GRRM had previously taken to releasing some chapters sporadically on his personal website or reading others in person at certain appearances.
He's not talking about the characters' motivations, or the ideas they represent, or their role in the story--he isn't laying out a well-structured plot, he's just killing them off for pure shock value. Yet the only reason we think these characters are important in the first place is because Martin treats them as central heroes, spending time and energy building them.
Then it all ends up being a red herring, a cheap twist, the equivalent of a horror movie jump scare. It's like mystery novels in the 70's, after all the good plots had been done, so authors added ghosts or secret twins in the last chapter--it's only surprising because the author has obliterated the story structure.
All plots are made up of arcs that grow and change, building tension and purpose. Normally, when an arc ends, the author must use all his skill to deal with themes and answer questions, providing a satisfying conclusion to a promising idea that his readers watched grow. Or just kill off a character central to the conflict and bury the plot arc with him. Then you don't have to worry about closure, you can just hook your readers by focusing on the mess caused by the previous arc falling apart.
Make the reader believe that things might get better, get them to believe in a character, then wave your arms in distraction, point and yell 'look at that terrible thing, over there!
Chaining false endings together creates perpetual tension that never requires solution--like in most soap operas--plus, the author never has to do the hard work of finishing what they started. If an author is lucky, they die before reaching the Final Conclusion the readership is clamoring for, and never have to meet the collective expectation which long years of deferral have built up.
It's easy to idolize Kurt Cobain, because you never had to see him bald and old and crazy like David Lee Roth. Unlucky authors live to write the Final Book, breaking the spell of unending tension that kept their readers enthralled. Since the plot isn't resolving into a tight, intertwined conclusion in fact, it's probably spiraling out of control, with ever more characters and scenes , the author must wrap things up conveniently and suddenly, leaving fans confused and upset.
Having thrown out the grand romance of fantasy, Martin cannot even end on the dazzling trick of the vaguely-spiritual transgressive Death Event on which the great majority of fantasy books rely for a handy tacked-on climax actually, he'll probably do it anyways, with dragons--the longer the series goes on, the more it starts to resemble the cliche monomyth that Martin was praised for eschewing in the first place.
The drawback is that even if a conclusion gets stuck on at the end, the story fundamentally leads nowhere--it winds back and forth without resolving psychological or tonal arcs. But then, doesn't that sound more like real life? Martin tore out the moralistic heart and magic of fantasy, and in doing so, rejected the notion of grandly realized conclusions.
Perhaps we shouldn't compare him to works of romance, but to histories. He asks us to believe in his intrigue, his grimness, and his amoral world of war, power, and death--not the false Europe of Arthur, Robin Hood, and Orlando, but the real Europe of plagues, political struggles, religious wars, witch hunts, and roving companies of soldiery forever ravaging the countryside.
Unfortunately, he doesn't compare very well to them, either. His intrigue is not as interesting as Cicero's, Machiavelli's, Enguerrand de Coucy's--or even Sallust's, who was practically writing fiction, anyways. Some might suggest it unfair to compare a piece of fiction to a true history, but these are the same histories that lent Howard, Leiber, and Moorcock their touches of verisimilitude.
Martin might have taken a lesson from them and drawn inspiration from further afield: even Tolkien had his Eddas. Despite being fictionalized and dramatized, Martin's take on The War of the Roses is far duller than the original. More than anything, this book felt like a serial melodrama: the hardships of an ensemble cast who we are meant to watch over and sympathize with, being drawn in by emotional appeals the hope that things will 'get better' in this dark place, 'tragic' deaths , even if these appeals conflict with the supposed realism, and in the end, there is no grander story to unify the whole.
This 'grittiness' is just Martin replacing the standard fantasy theme of 'glory' with one of 'hardship', and despite flipping this switch, it's still just an emotional appeal.
It's been suggested that I didn't read enough of Martin to judge him, but if the first four hundred pages aren't good, I don't expect the next thousand will be different.
If you combine the three Del Rey collections of Conan The Barbarian stories, you get 1, pages including introductions, end notes, and variant scripts. If you take Martin's first two books in this series, you get 1, pages. Already, less than a third of the way into the series, he's written more than Howard's entire Conan output, and all I can do is ask myself: why does he need that extra length? A few authors use it to their advantage, but for most, it's just sprawling, undifferentiated bloat.
Melodrama can be a great way to mint money, as evidenced by the endless 'variations on a theme' of soap operas, pro wrestling, and superhero comics. And this isn't to say that authors didn't weave fascinating and compelling stories within those conventions.
The fantasy of the 70s and 80s kept me very happy and some of it was written by writers of surpassing genius. Even so The step I'm talking about may be entirely artificial or demonstrable fact. It may be that in the 90's when I was reading very little fantasy the genre moved smoothly into what it is now.
It may be that GRRM is talked of as a step change by so many simply because his success meant that A Game of Thrones was the first book that fantasy exiles actually picked up after their absence, and thus they saw in it a 'sudden' significant difference Either way, what he did was to present us with real people.
I'm not talking about the 'gritty realism' that is of late so hotly debated in some quarters of the interwebs - I'm just talking about the strength of his characterisation, the creation of real people with everyday weaknesses, wants, ambitions, set in a world that feels like it has a genuine past that matters to them, both on the grand and small scales. What he did drew many people back into the genre, as readers and as writers.
His work was both a challenge and an invitation. He showed what fantasy could be. Real people who didn't carry a particular flaw around like an attribute rolled up in a role-playing game, but who were complex, capable of both good and evil, victims of circumstance, heroes of the moment. Heroes in gleaming mail could suffer from corns without it being a joke.
I don't write anything like George RR Martin. I don't lay claim to any significant portion of his talent. But I do count myself as one of his many inheritors in this game you can inherit without requiring the other person to stop writing! And what I inherited was the desire if not the ability to put it all on the page. Fantasy no longer feels like an acquired taste, a club where you have to learn the conventions, the forms, what the masks mean, what the short hand is for And I love it.
Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes View all 37 comments. Sep 01, MJ Nicholls marked it as getting-even. Reader Logic: I HATE this book. We HATE this beyond belief. Oct 30, Miranda Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay - I am SO incredibly late to this party but hey, I made it! And the hype was real! Winter is coming. Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark lives with his family in a world where the seasons are thrown completely off - summers last decades, and winters are equally long.
His five children, plus his bastard son Jon Snow are on the way back to their home, Winterfell, when they stumble upon and subsequently adopt six direwolf pups the symbol of the Starks , with the albino runt going to John. When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives. Upon returning home, King Robert Baratheon, an old friend of Ned, recruits the Lord to replace the adviser to the crown. At first, he was hesitant but upon learning that the Queen Cersei Lannister may be behind the death of the previous adviser, he decides to go in order to protect his friend.
Unfortuntately, before he goes, Bran Ned's youngest son discovers that view spoiler [ the Queen is having an affair with her brother hide spoiler ] which results in Bran becoming crippled. Ned must leave his grievously injured son and travel with Sansa and Arya Ned's daughters to the King's Landing Meanwhile, tensions increase between the Starks and the Lannisters, especially between Joffrey, the crown prince, and the Stark children mount.
And tensions further rise when it's discovered that Tyrion Lannister's dagger is the one found near Bran Meanwhile, Jon Snow volunteered to go to the Wall - a barrier surrounding the Seven Kingdoms made of ice an magic - under the impression that it is a brave and noble occupation. Nothing burns like the cold. After a period of rough adjustment, Jon finds his place among the recruits only to discover something distinctly Other lives beyond these walls.
Fear cuts deeper than swords. Across the way, there is revenge on the air. Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen are the last living Targaryens - the old ruling family before King Robert Baratheon overthrew their father, murdered their family and banished them to poverty.
Viserys is dead set on getting his kingdom back, and soon betrothed Daenerys , his thirteen-year-old sister, to Khal Drogo, a nomadic warlord with the promise of an army in exchange and three petrified dragon eggs for Daenerys. Daenerys is terrified at first, but soon embraces her role as Queen of the nomadic tribes, even finding the courage to stand up to her brother.
When Khal Drogo is injuried, Daenerys is forced to make the ultimate decision And, I finally get the hype but gosh dang, this one was a challenge to follow at times. The plot jumped place to place to place, weaving together such an amazing world in such an exciting way Even then, I was absolutely hooked by the complexity of both the characters themselves and the intricate politics that accompanied them I loved the plot of Daenerys - the way she overcame her situation and ultimately ruled the clan was absolutely enthralling.
She was a small part of the overall plot, but I'm so excited to see where her character goes. The politics, at times, became too much but every time I would get the least bit bored the plot would pick up and there'd be an absolute insane twist.
Such a good one - so excited for the next! Fabulous tone and pacing, good use of emotion. Blog Instagram Twitter View all 69 comments.
I tried reading this a long time ago and gave up very quickly. I know many love it but I think from the start I knew it wasn't for me. Looooong fantasy series never have been, for some reason.
And, even though I will never return to this series, can we all just take a minute to admit that how I spent my weekend is kinda cool And a sneaky bonus for Torchwood fans! Just so you know, all the cool people totally close I tried reading this a long time ago and gave up very quickly. Just so you know, all the cool people totally close their eyes during at least one photo truefact View all 73 comments. Tim Janke. I've read over a different fantasy authors in my time. So, when I came back to fantasy I read the usual: Goodkind, Jordan, etc.
Here are the reasons to choose GRRM. After reading this over and over, it gets old. Or, a hero does die but magic brings him back. This sometimes carries to minor characters where even they may not die, but most fantasy authors like to kill them off to show that some risked the adventure and perished. Unlike other fantasy novels, one side, usually the villain, is stupid or not too bright. GRRM has set this up where each chapter has the title of one character and the whole chapter is through their viewpoint.
Interesting tidbit is that you get their perception of events or truths. But, if you pay attention, someone else will mention a different angle of truth in the story that we rarely see in other novels. Lastly and most importantly, GRRM doesn't try to tell us which person is right in their perception. He purposelly leaves it vague so that we are kept guessing. We never get the entire story but only bits and pieces; something that other fantasy authors could learn from to heighten suspense.
Almost flawless flow. What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy. My mother died birthing me, and he's never been sure. Most of them are. All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs. When he opened the door, the light from within threw his shadow clear across the yard, and for just a moment Tyrion Lannister stood tall as a king.
Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north.
This is one of the reasons why each novel is between pages. This is especially true of Jaime in book three. GRRM does a good job of creating more likable characters after a few die. But, if that isn't your style, you shouldn't be reading it. He kills off several, not just one, so be warned. I suggest Feist or Goodkind or Dragonlance if you want a more straight forward story with strong archetypes.
Some are still going on; some have been resolved; others have been created and are moving on. You wont' get much of this in GRRM with the exception of one or two characters. In that case, look for shorters works as this is biiig. View all 81 comments.
Apr 07, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog! These are some things you get from reading this book: Smart tal You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog! Theon Greyjoy and the bitch Joffrey Lannister everything else was perfect: Martin Please kill Joffrey: View all 25 comments. Jan 17, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay so I read it again. Plus, it gives me chance to share this review once more and tell my personal reading journey to any followers I might have picked up since Original Review A Game of Thrones changed my life.
Prior to reading it I had no interest in books whatsoever. I was on course to be a forensic psychologist; however, I began reading this wonderful s Okay so I read it again. I was on course to be a forensic psychologist; however, I began reading this wonderful series. Suffice to say, it threw me of course ever so slightly: I am now studying a degree in English Literature.
One day I'd like to teach it. A Game of Thrones kindled a fire within me that erupted into a love of books. I began to read other novels across the genres. I then went onto other fantasy novels and historical fiction, which distracted me from my degree work. I found myself reading Tolkien and Ken Follet when I should have been doing my degree prep. I then went onto classic authors such as Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson. Books became my life. I now spend countless hours reading literature of all varieties from Austen to Shakespeare, from Phillip Pullman to Sherlock Holmes.
Indeed, I find myself immersed in the plots, sympathising with characters and becoming engrossed in book after book. A Game of Thrones is not the best fantasy novel that has been written nor is it my all time favourite novel or series, but, it will always be something special to me because it was the first book that turned me into a reader; thus, I'll read it once a year, every year, to honour it.
View all 41 comments. Magister Illyrio says they are sewing dragon banners and praying for Viserys to return from across the narrow sea to free them. View all 87 comments. And thus I'm back to the beginning and hating and loving people all over again! And the dumbass King ruins it all by having a wicked witch for a wife, but if not then it would just be some other wickedness to get the party started.
There are so many characters I love in these books and the wolves of course. And all who kill wolves can have their head on a pike! His fur And thus I'm back to the beginning and hating and loving people all over again! His fur was white, where the rest of the litter was grey. His eyes were as red as the blood of the ragged man who had died that morning.
Bran thought it curious that this pup alone would have opened his eyes while the others were still blind. Jon turned. Tyrion Lannister was sitting on the ledge above the door to the Great Hall, looking for all the world like a gargoyle. The dwarf grinned down at him. Why aren't you at the feast? Might I have a closer look at your wolf?
He pushed himself off the ledge into empty air. Jon gasped, then watched with awe as Tyrion Lannister spun around in a tight ball, landed lightly on his hands, then vaulted backward onto his legs, And he does this: Tyrion hit him again. Now both cheeks flamed Oh if he only killed him off right then.
And his mother for that matter but I digress. All the sadness that came and a bit of revenge to come later on In other parts of the world. I love Dany and Khal Drogo so much. Once again, love nothing in these books! And the Mother of Dragons. I still have the other books to read. The only thing I don't like is the killing of the wolves and horses and the rapes, but we know those things are going to happen.
And I will not like anyone again on the shows or in the books because every time I do they get killed! So, I'm just going to pretend I can't stand them all: I love the book and the characters. I hope to see some good revenge in some of the other books and I hope some certain lady takes most all of them out.
I'm not saying any names in case I jinx it: View all 42 comments. I have finally done it! I have joined in on the fun that is A Game of Thrones. It is and I managed to make it all the way here without reading a page or watching a minute of the show.
Now, it is the nature of the internet to keep me from being completely in the dark on this one, but I think I did a pretty good job of avoiding hearing or seeing too much about it. Is this a great fantasy book? It really is quite good. The plot and the characters are well thought out. Comparing it to other fan I have finally done it! Comparing it to other fantasy books I have read, it is right up there or better. Yeah, but since this has been taking the world by storm it must have blown your socks off!?
Um, no, not really. How about mainstream interest? So many people say they are not fantasy fans but they love this series. In fact, it isn't even really "fun" fantasy - it is dark with lots of politics and plotting. Some of my Goodreads friends said that historical fiction fans get a kick out of it, too, and it is loosely based on the War of the Roses.
Do I want to watch the show now? Yeah, I think I will check it out. Sex and violence? I have seen some people wary of this book because of sex and violence. Internet spoilers, SNL skits, etc.
However, compared to other fantasy novels, it is pretty normal. In fact, the depiction of sex is pretty tame. Violence is maybe a little more intense, but nothing that made me feel the book was too extremely brutal. Perhaps these things get amped up in future books? One thing that seemed to leak through the internet and my friends talking about the book was to not get too attached to a character because they will probably die.
So far, only one death was kind of shocking to me. I expect the death count and the shock value to go up as the books progress. I think that covers the main points. Jun 20, J.
Sutton rated it it was amazing. Each chapter is well-crafted. Definitely nothing that one could really classify as a surprise. In fact, it distracted me for a while that the two were so remarkably similar scenes, dialogue, action all seemed to match. When there was a small conflict with the series, I found myself noting the difference. This often had to do with the age of the characters they are younger in the book or the description of a few of the characters such as Tyrion.
In the end, however, I was swept up in this epic story! I liked the pace produced by the shifting perspectives. The one drawback to this approach for me came at the end. View all 15 comments. Jun 15, Jesse rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Jesse by: I usually read a book once and its quite well locked into my brain.
As much as I've enjoyed many books I've read, they just don't require a second read for me. I read them, now its time to move on. I loved this book and its characters so much, and crave the world and narrative so much that I couldn't wait for Martin to get the newest installment out.
So I started rereading the first book I've ever reread. Let me just say that I didn't find ANY of the characters boring. Even the characters that I would find an anoying personality type, are deeply engrosing in this tale. And those types of characters number just 2 for me in this book. There are so many characters, with such a broad range of personalities that there is someone to match everyones likes. Yet even the characters I initially found myself repulsed by, grow and change and are just as fascinating as those that I admire and empathize with.
Normally I dislike when an author has too many characters and jumps from character to character from one chapter to the next, not so in this book. Martin's ability to tell a story and hook you on it, is so great that I started to look forward to these jumps to different characters. With this many characters you really are provided with a great narrow and broad picture of the currents of this world and narrative. Its like watching individual storms all over the globe, all adding up to the global weather system.
Which leads me to my next point, his pacing. I've read my share of epic fantasy series. Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan. Both these authors have good parts, and bad parts to their books.
There are momments in their books where I stop and think, "That was the coolest thing event I've ever read". Yet there are way more parts in both author's works where I was thinking "when are we going to get to the next awsome and exciting event? I came to expect this in any book, particularly epic fantasy. Martin broke that mold for me. I kept waiting for a momment where part of my mind would start, metaphorically, tapping its foot in bordom thinking, " are we there yet?
It never happened. Each chapter would grab me, and by the time the chapter ended I was groaning at having to leave behind this story thread because I was wrapped up in its narrative path. Then I'm instantly swept up by the events of the next chapters story thread. Finally there is the commitment by the author to this narrative.
Many stories have jeopardy but you kind of know that in the end, the main character can't die, there are more books to come. Don't ever count on that in "A Game of Thrones". In this book and in subsequent ones in the series, I literally threw down the book and got up in shock. It gives me confidence in Martin and his own level of commitment to telling me the best and most real story possible, complete with unfair and tragic events happening to good AND bad people though in the case of the bad people I suppose it would be "fair and happy" when negative things happen to them..
Ok, thats it, I can't believe how much I wrote here. Hope this gets some folks to read this book. Cause once you read the first, you'll be hooked. I just finished re-reading this book, and have to say it was even better the second time around.
I also found it interesting how much more the tension in the book was increased for me because I knew certain great momments were coming in the book, and the tension that created for me was most enjoyable.
This is quite possibly THE best first book in a fantasy series I've ever read. I can't wait to re-read book 2 now, if only I had more time to read! View all 19 comments. A shocking story that breaks fantasy conventions, it's seven hundred pages of realpolitik and character development. May 05, Martha rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Recommended to Martha by: I am on page , and although it pains me to put a book down unfinished, it is simply time for me to quit.
It isn't perfect in the beginning it's pretty flawed, actually , but you think "That's okay, the premise is good! It will improve! The characterization is painfully, painfully flat. I'm tempted to go through the text and count the number of times Jon Snow is referred to as a bastard. I get it! His mother is not his father's wife! He is a bastard! Please, god, can we move on now?
Cue self-inflicted eye-stabbing. The kicker: Jon Snow is probably the deepest character in the book. And exactly like Grey's Anatomy, there comes a moment often when a character married to two people at once and pregnant with some other dude's baby decides to throw herself off a bridge, and then survives, but is left in a coma that can only be cured by the medicine her dead best friend left in her nightstand when you just can't take one more bit of drama just for the sake of it.
Plus, I totally cheated and looked up what happens in the sequels, and the plot only gets more convoluted and depressing. I would like to know what you've been smoking, because it apparently gives you the power to turn crap into gold.
Oct 23, mark monday rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tyrion, you ar there are about a billion reviews of this one so i doubt i have anything to add. Tyrion, you are the tops! View all 56 comments. Reading this makes me super interested in the TV show and i've heard so many people telling me to watch it that as soon as I have the time which might not be for a while lol I will definitely be looking into that!
At this point i'm too exhausted to even consider reading the sequels; i'm giving myself a break after reading this hahaha. Also sidenote- the audiobook is great. You can find the entire series on audiobook on Scribd. View all 8 comments. Epic fantasy fans. Upon finishing the first season of the TV show, I immediately picked up this book and honestly?
Now, years after my first try of reading A Game of Thrones , not only I was able to finish it, I loved it so much and I craved for more by the end of it.
Just from the data and numbers that I saw so far, there are around fifty thousand reviews and almost two million ratings on this book, I doubt anything I say about it will be something new. Martin meets whoever. In my opinion, Martin brought a lot of something refreshing to the fantasy genre.
He explored this deeply and brilliantly within the dispute and politics over the Iron Throne, the seat of the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. In the battle for the throne, no one is safe, not even the good and honorable ones; the good tend to suffer more actually.
Martin to Steven Erikson. Every character in the book was truly well-developed and although each new chapter always follows a different character than its previous one, all of them were very compelling and important to read. I found reading the book brought a much better understanding of the characterizations than what the TV series did. The world-building was also more intricate and easy to understand.
Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you. A Game of Thrones is an absolutely stunning prelude to an incomplete legendary series. That kind of world-wide fame speaks for itself already. I'll conclude by saying that this was a totally magnificent start to an epic fantasy series and I recommend this book with all my heart to every epic fantasy reader. The intricacies in the characterizations and world-building can only be achieved by reading the book and nowhere else.
Sidenote regarding the 20th anniversary illustrated edition: The Illustrated edition is freaking gorgeous and its production value is really high, no doubt about that.
But this is also where the main problem at. Not to mention that a lot of the colored artworks are placed at the wrong page. Because of all these, I think it would be best if a complete newcomer to the series read the text-only edition.
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