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Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Drago
 
 

Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Drago [Kindle Edition]

James Lowder , R. A. Salvatore , Daniel Abraham , Linda Antonsson , Elio M Garcia , Myke Cole , Brent Hartinger , John Jos. Miller , Alyssa Rosenberg , Jesse Scoble , Caroline Spector , Matt Staggs , Susan Vaught , Ned Vizzini , Gary Westfahl , Adam Whitehead , Andrew Zimmerman Jones
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"Beyond the Wall is a compelling read and provides plenty of food for thought when considering Martin's writing ... If you're a fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series, give Beyond the Wall a look. It's well worth the time." --GeekDad, Wired.com "Beyond the Wall offers bracing takes on the ingrained sexism, brutal violence, and expectations for female characters in Westeros, while reminding readers that critical thinking is key ... If you feel like some more insight into this crew of flawed, feral, fascinating characters will inform your [Game of Thrones] Season Three viewing, read on--and good luck putting it down." --BiblioBitch, BitchMagazine.org "A stunning array of talented creators and critics have been gathered into this scintillating essay collection of analysis/reactions to the world created by George R. R. Martin in A Song of Ice and Fire, and Game of Thrones." --The Midwest Book Review "The essays are fascinating and insightful, thoughtful and thought-provoking, and as a whole the collection presents the complexity, depth and richness of Martin's creation ... Highly recommended." --ScienceFictionWorld.com "A must-have for any A Song of Ice and Fire diehard ... Whether you be Stark or Lannister, Dornish or Dothraki, Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is one book you can trust to feed your Thrones addiction until winter finally arrives." --FanboyComics.net "If anything, this book itself proves that the series has turned academicians on their heads. Geeks, we are finally being legitimized ... Anyone who is a fan of [A Song of Ice and Fire] should absolutely own this book." --Geekadelphia.com "A great read for anyone who loves the books." --TVOvermind.com "Beyond the Wall leav[es] you with plenty of food for thought but also leav[es] you thirsting for more. It's a great temporary antidote to the long wait Game of Thrones fans are undergoing, both for the third season and for the sixth book in the series." --TVRage.com

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"There were a number of books about A Game of Thrones (the HBO series) and A Song of Ice and Fire (the books) published last year . . . the one that impressed me most was James Lowder's Beyond the Wall."
—George R.R. Martin

Foreword by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore

Go beyond the Wall and across the narrow sea with this collection about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.

The epic game of thrones chronicled in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. In Beyond the Wall, bestselling authors and acclaimed critics offer up thought-provoking essays and compelling insights:

Daniel Abraham reveals the unique challenges of adapting the original books into graphic novels.

Westeros.org founders Linda Antonsson and Elio M. García, Jr., explore the series’ complex heroes and villains, and their roots in the Romantic movement.

Wild Cards contributor Caroline Spector delves into the books’ controversial depictions of power and gender.

Plus much more, from military science fiction writer Myke Cole on the way Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder shapes many of the leading characters to author and television writer Ned Vizzini on the biases against genre fiction that color critical reactions to the series.

Contributors:

R.A. Salvatore (foreword)
Daniel Abraham
Linda Antonsson
Myke Cole
Elio M. García, Jr.
Brent Hartinger
John Jos. Miller
Alyssa Rosenberg
Jesse Scoble
Caroline Spector
Matt Staggs
Susan Vaught
Ned Vizzini
Gary Westfahl
Adam Whitehead
Andrew Zimmerman Jones

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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, captivating and intriguing essays. 23 July 2012
By RHarris
Format:Kindle Edition
*WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD*
I just couldn't write this review without some spoilers (so if you haven't finished the series so far please stop reading right here, right now!).

What a treat this book is for any George R. R. Martin fan who loves to delve deep into the story and engage in discussions regarding the series, explore deep into the characters' minds, analyse the plot closely and read interesting theories. This rich collection was an absolute pleasure to read, a collection brimming with the most fascinating and compelling essays as each author contributes a detailed analysis of the most captivating subjects. Despite the complexity and intensity of the essays I raced through this book. I mostly enjoyed all of the essays but decided to give the collection 4/5 due to a select few that just didn't cut it for me such as `Same Song in a Different Key: Adapting A Game of Thrones as a Graphic Novel' and `Collecting Ice and Fire in the Age of Nook and Kindle'. They were both interesting reads but didn't captivate me enough to have me totally invested in what was being discussed. It was interesting though to read about the concerns regarding the graphic novel and discussing the changes needed in regards to the graphic sexual scenes especially with younger individuals.

`Art Imitates War: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in A Song of Ice and Fire' by Myke Cole was such an interesting and thought provoking read. It discusses the psychological trauma suffered by numerous characters within the series and likens their situations to that of PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rubber stamping the brilliance. 13 July 2013
By Fayfe
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In-depth discussion of Martin`s work and the world he created. Thought provoking and satisfies whilst we wait impatiently for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 15 April 2014
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Loved this collection of essays, a real comprehensive view of everything related to a ASOIAF. Enough to keep me going for a while until the next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit pretentious 23 Sep 2013
By Delzx7r
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OK there is useful info. in here but I'm really not sure that it's not just a gang of " experts " just exercising their own egos...Really can't make my mind up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new vision on ages old 8 July 2013
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This book is an absolute favorite. The essays within are splendidly written and argued, even if you do not agree with the conclusions. I have just re-read the five books of "A Song of Ice and Fire", and like the clicking of secret stones, I made a lot of character connections based on this reading. A very good guide indeed.
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