A Game of Thrones - A Song of Ice and Fire
A Game of Thrones - A Song of Ice and Fire
A Game of Thrones - A Song of Ice and Fire
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Language: English
User Rating: 4.2000 out of 5 Stars! (5 Votes)

In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world,
well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."
Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters.
The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground;
in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires,
and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances.
Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.
There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling;
it garnered a Nebula nomination and won the 1996 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

Altorian | 5 out of 5 Stars!
06/08/2011

One thing I won't do in this "review" is list, or rather reiterate, the pros and cons of this work of literature; MISTER SJEM "sonofhotpie" has done a well enough job of that already. Instead, I will warn other readers mainly about the dark philosophy and heavy pornography of this book, with some my own views on the sex, along with a heavy dose of underlying cynicism that laughs in the face of chivalry and religious doctrine. First off, I would like to warn Tolkien fans that this is no book of brave men and high elves with mythical swords fighting the foul orcs and mad wizards of Middle Earth. In fact, there are even no clear antagonists nor protagonists in the entirety of the novel, and black and white morals are mixed in an apathetic grey area defined by the philosophy of Realpolitik. This book jests at the truly pious and wicked men, making them mere cardboard characters beside the cunning and the ambitious. Its underlying message seem to say that real wars are fought in the bedroom and behind closed doors, not out on the battlefield. This book is a possible analogy to modern politics. To the parents; this book is so sinful and vile and truthful that no child could ever read it with getting lifelong scars. Child pornography, whorehouses, and homosexuality are in this book, with the first two fairly often and in explicit detail. This is no Ranger's Apprentice, I Am Number Four, or Twilight, the stereotypically shallow books that have come to define the teenage Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre. This is as explicit as the sex slave trafficking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However "deep" and real this may be, I do have some problems with it. I understand that the author Martin is trying make the real, cruel world stand out and slap us Bourgeoisie in the face, but perhaps he overdid it to a point where we can no longer relate to it, and it becomes as shallow as any pornographic video. Scenes of poor adolescent blondes being gang raped are reduced to lustful mental images that give erections to male readers, horror to female ones, and more cash to the writer. In short, this book is not a High Fantasy novel of the norm, but rather a heavily callous story that only the deepest and most cynical of readers can enjoy. If you want to keep your virginity or want to read a good action novel, this is NOT for you. This book is about as brutal and morbid as an Fantasy/Sci-Fi novel can be, surpassing even the novels of the Black Library, and so probably will remain as controversial as any great classic should be.
Samuel | 5 out of 5 Stars!
02/08/2011

Was this really compared to J.R.R Tolkien's masterpiece? If this series didn't have such a huge folowing, I would think it was a joke of a comparison! After 110 pages, there are already three sex scenes. The first was more of an after sex scene which I thought was well done and showed Eddard and Cathlyn's relationship. I liked that. But then we get to the incest on pages 84 and 85. Listen dude I understand if you want to stick with the times but why in the world do you have to be so descriptive? I don't want to read about a brother burying his face in sister's breast and hanging down low and hurting her. It was unnecessary. I know the Lannisters are suppose to be evil characters but from the descriptions, you get a sick feeling that the author actually enjoys writing about incest. Finally, let's not forget Dany and Drogo making love on page 108: "She took his hand and moved it down to the wetness between her thighs" and "Yes," she whispered as she put his fingers inside her." Wtf? This is child pornography. If Martin wanted to go with smut, he should have done it with Eddard and Cathelyn and not some thirteen-year-old girl! He did not need to be that descriptive.
Jean1960 "Jean" | 5 out of 5 Stars!
01/08/2011

What can I say that hasn't already been said in the 2,000 + reviews before this? Nothing really. So I'll just say that it's a wonderful way to escape from my boring life into a world of knights, kings, queens, dragons and magic. I haven't read such a good fantasy book series in a long time, since the Lord of the Rings when I was in high school. It's escapism at it's best. It's a fantasy, so just let yourself enjoy it. I did!
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