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A Song of Ice and Fire - A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues: A Song of Ice and Fire: Volumes 1-4 (A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm ... Swords: Blood and Gold / A Feast for Crows) [Box set] [Paperback]

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12 July 2011 A Song of Ice and Fire

HBO’s hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin’s internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien’s, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years.

Three great storylines weave through the books, charting the civil war for control of the Seven Kingdoms; the defence of the towering Wall of ice in the uttermost north against the unearthly threat of the Others; and across the Narrow Sea the rise to power of Daenerys Targaryen and the last live dragons in the world.

The HBO adaption of A Game of Thrones is currently airing worldwide and has already proved so popular that a second season has been commissioned.

The box set includes:
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS, 1: STEEL AND SNOW
A STORM OF SWORDS, 2: BLOOD AND GOLD
A FEAST FOR CROWS



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  • Paperback: 3936 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (12 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007448058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007448050
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 20 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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‘A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant.’
Robert Jordan

‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world… one of the greats of fantasy literature.’
SFX

‘Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but 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.’
Guardian

‘Such a splendid tale. I couldn’t stop till I’d finished and it was dawn.’
Anne McCaffrey

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.


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304 of 306 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
OK, this is a review to clarify a few things. There seem to be a number of reviews for different versions of this boxset grouped together on amazon - this review is based on the newly released (12th July 11) paperback boxset, with the BLUE box case.

I say review, but this is more to confirm a few things. The novels are excellent, you can read dozens of reviews for these individual books on amazon.

Firstly, each book DOES contain maps at the front. The appendix at the back of the books contain details of the families and Houses featured in the story. Both are very handy for reference. Secondly, the print is nice and crisp.

A word of warning : this boxset contains an companion book. Pay attention to the first page which states it contains spoilers - a flick through could quickly reveal something you haven't read yet and didn't want to know, for example the death of characters!

When you consider the individual RRP price of these books this really does represent great value for money, and should appeal to many fans new to the series on the back of HBO's Game Of Thrones. This boxset does not contain the latest novel in the series, this was only released in hardback on the same day of this boxset release.

EDIT - I'd just like to explain that before release, this boxset contained 9-10 reviews for various other editions of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Fire and Ice boxsets, both in print and Kindle editions, with conflicting reviews about the quality of the print, missing maps, missing books from the set etc. This is why I wrote this review to clarify these points mentioned. Post-release, Amazon initially separated off those reviews, however they now all seem to be grouped under this page again. So please be aware that some of the reviews you read here might be for old editions of this boxset - if the review date is *before* 12th July 2011 then it likely refers to a previous boxset release. Hope this makes sense!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version - does include maps 18 July 2011
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The Kindle version does include the maps. Just go to the contents page and select Maps. It also includes all the Appendix.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the first three books. 29 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I came to this series via the four-book Kindle package and read all four books back-to-back over a few weeks.

On the Kindle format:
It seems as though the publishers have no concept of proof reading and quality control. One in ten pages contains typos and formatting errors that often cause the reader to pause in a "What... wait?" manner until you work out the error and can read on.

On the books themselves:
The first three books are a great read. Gripping, thrilling, intriguing. The theme, itself, is epic. The character development is detailed and three-dimensional in a way that is often lacking in too many books. The author's ability to garner sympathy for despised characters and induce annoyance with loved characters is to be commended. The world the author has so lovingly described feels real, populated by real characters.

The fourth book, A Feast For Crows, is where this series loses its way. This book is in dire need of a strong editor possessing ferocious ability with a red pen. I found myself skipping over yet another tedious description of the attire of a minor, unimportant character, or yet another description of muddied fields, grey rocks and rotting corpses in the desperate hope of getting to the [plot] point.

Full and considered characters who developed so well over the first three books suddenly become two-dimensional caricatures. The plot, where there is one, is ponderous and the device of turning the end of almost every chapter into a cliffhanger wears decidedly thin. Like much good American TV drama that runs for too many seasons, it turns into a soap opera where you just think, "Oh come on!" I kept reading in the hope that something of substance would happen, only to be mostly disappointed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summary of A Song of Ice and Fire: Blue Boxset 23 Sep 2011
By Timbo
Format:Paperback
As someone mentioned below, there is a newer boxset of the series that has been released since the television programme came out. It's a great set of books and for the first three titles I found myself having to set a number of pages I was allowed to read per day to make it last a little longer! You'll find out if you read the individual reviews that 'A Feast For Crows' is less popular with everyone (I found the descriptions of numerous different types of trees tiresome at this point and the style and chapter headings change slightly) but I still found it a worthwhile read, especially if you have read the previous novels and become involved with the world that's created.

Just to inform you all on a couple of points about this boxset itself, the physical size of the books are slightly larger than if you bought them all individually by themselves. So the ones you get in the boxset are around the size of the Harry Potter paperbacks whereas if you got the books individually they are of the more traditional sized paperbacks (like the Discworlds). I hope that's clear and you understand what I'm trying to say just in case you are as OCD as me in having books of the same series all similar!

Also, the boxset comes with a companion booklet if that has any sway towards your decision of whether to get the whole set together or get each book individually. Be warned though that the companion booklet is just re-hash of the appendices and maps found in 'A Feast for Crows' and has no new content, as I thought it would have when I got this. Personally, I find this a bit pointless but some people may like having a separate book to refer to rather than going back and forth in the actual novels.

Hopefully that gives you a better idea of what you'll be buying, overall the stories are amazing and the books are fine quality-wise but I think I'd rather have got each book individually so that it will look nicer on the bookshelf when the future paperback books come out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, love, hate, war, deceit, sacrifice, terror, relief,...
Ok, so GRRM desperately needs an editor but the characters, the personal stories, the tragedies, the accomplishments and the narrow escapes are second to none. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gully Foyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Just get it
Great saga. I enjoyed reading the books, you get a much better view of the characters shown on HBO series. Decent paperback, very nice box set. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dimitris
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont just watch the tv version
I was introduced to GOT by my son Christmas 2012 - then promptly took a trip to the nearest bookshop and purchased the whole series (which I then read in two weeks). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tina jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted
Nothing to be said really, what can be said? All the books are amazing and my friends and I have read them all and love them all. Gripping and addictive.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Ann Kennell
5.0 out of 5 stars ASOIAF
Amazing book I can highly recommend it, tho you should go for the complete set and get the last one. :)
Published 3 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Absolutely brilliant.I you love epics you'll love this.Even more epic then Lor of the Rings.Only issue is the amount of time he takes to complete his novels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christian Sieler
3.0 out of 5 stars Smaller than expected
This box set arrived promptly and in plenty of time for Christmas which was excellent. However the box of books was smaller than I expected. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracey Hodkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing books
Thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and cannot wait for Martin to pull his finger out and finish them off. Highly recommended!
Published 4 months ago by mr d r mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing storyline, even better when you watch the series. Because of the many characters, the series was very explicit. The Best.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara C Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars game of thrones
the not knowing what was going to happen next the different clans .The in fighting the anticipation of what was next
Published 8 months ago by J&L RUTLAND
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