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A Game of Thrones, Volume 1: The Graphic Novel (Game of Thrones Graphic Novels) Hardcover – 27 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (27 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780440423218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440423218
  • ASIN: 044042321X
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.1 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best … tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting' Time Magazine

‘The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads …Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias’

‘Colossal, staggering … Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … The writing is always powerful …' SFX

‘Truly epic … with its magnificent action-filled climax, it provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites.’
Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. E. Dunstan on 3 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I suspect it's always tricky when looking at a second adaptation of a work and trying not to compare it to the other adapation. It is a question that should it be judged on it's own merits or should it be compared to the TV series. Either way be it purely compared to the book or alongside the TV series the comic adapation falls slightly short of the mark and doesn't live up to the books as well as the TV series does.

However it's still A Song of Ice & Fire so it's still a good read and it does a good job of adapting prose into a comic format.

The comic does attempt to do it's own thing seperate from the series as they have attempted to make sure the characters bare little resemblance to the actors playing them in the TV series. As mentioned in another review think of Marvel during the nineties and you probably aren't far off the mark. While it is hard to not think of the cast of the series when looking at the comic art for the most part the designs work quite well a few are slightly questionable. The covers are also good and the Alex Ross cover is probably the best cover done for the series. Although the Ross cover fails to convey anything about the series.

Unlike the TV series the Stark children are returned to their ages from the book. Their designs for the most part are quite good although Arya and Bran look older than they should. Catelyn on the other hand looks younger than her character should do.

There are however some some rather odder choices made in the adapation The comic book adapation is overseen by the editors of the books themselves so that makes some of the choices very odd indeed.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Killbetter on 15 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
A question for those of you who've read "A Game of Thrones" in novel form: when you imagined all the characters in their grubby, dark-ages glory, did you imagine Disney-style cartoony faces with big, shiny manga-eyes and glossy digital colour? If so, I think this book will make you very happy as it's a very good adaptation of the source material in terms of story and dialogue and the artwork certainly has that "1990s Marvel comics" feel, with exaggerated, angular, cartoony characters, coloured in shiny digital separations.

It doesn't work for me though.

The artwork for such a dark, bloody story of double crossing and court intrigue needs to be grubby and realistic. There are plenty of illustrators out there who can do a realist style and would have suited the story much more strongly.

I think the illustrator was badly chosen for this book and this is a major problem for a graphic adaptation.
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This is the first six issues of a twenty-four issue adaptation of the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire Series from George R R Martin.

With the original novels and the successful TV series why would you need essentially a hybrid of the two? Reading this it isn’t yet clear but this is certainly as well executed as either of the other media. The majority of editorial decisions match the TV show so you are gaining some additional dialogue here and there. This is a great read if you don’t want to watch the TV version again but aren’t ready for the novels.

Being a literary format however we can have narration, flashbacks and internal thoughts allowing us a deeper look into the characters themselves. You can also read it at your own pace allowing you to digest the concentrated history and plethora of character names.

The art and colouring is fabulous. You can see there are hours of pencilling on each page and every background is rendered in full detail. The colouring is rich and lavish as appropriate to the regal locations. Initially it can be hard to tell several bearded men apart but as you read on the characters do flesh out with their speech, bearing and mannerisms. There are a lot of speaking parts and a lot of hard work goes into making everyone memorable.

There are some typos in the lettering however. Initially you aren’t sure if it is Martin’s world but in one issue there appear to be three jarring mistakes (pay instead of pray for example) and this is a shocking let-down.

The hardcover with its delicate embossing and stylish dustjacket ramp up the production values but it is a shame there is no page marker ribbon. There are dozens of pages of extras describing the start of the project by all the people involved including the commissioners and editors. What is really refreshing is how humble they are and how willing to share how much they have learnt on this project too.

A very opulent Thumbs Up!
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By Cat on 15 July 2013
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This is an adaptation of the original books by George R R Martin not a companion piece for the TV series (as he states in the preface) and it's incredibly well done.
Visually I think it's very true to the books especially on character descriptions, sometimes making them hard to recognise if you're a fan of the TV series but great if you're like me and have wanted to really see the characters ever since you read the books.
I'm not a huge collector or reader of graphic novels but this it well worth reading and enjoying and a must have to anyone keen to see another version of A Song of Ice and Fire.
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