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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2012
A beautifully bound and illustrated book that functions well as an "added extra" for fans of the story. Whether you like the TV series, the books, or both, there is plenty in here for you to enjoy.

It starts with a foreword by George RR Martin, and by the creators of the HBO show, followed by interview and comments throughout by cast members, and house/family trees. All of which are framed by fantastic illustrations. The illustrations range from conceptual art-work, through to the finished sets, and some (no, a lot) are stunning.

Would you like to know Martin's inspiration for The Wall? It is in here. Would you like to know how it was brought to life on film? That is here. What to know what Peter Drinkage though about playing Tyrion? That is here too.

I find that almost all the books I buy now are ebooks, however this is definitely worth making an exception for. The only reasons I would hesitate to buy this are, the possibilty that they will they bring out an updated one in the future (this one covers the first two series), and a couple of *very* small spoliers for if you haven't read all of the books. Still, even with that risk, it is a small price to pay for what is a beautiful book, and would make a great gift for someone with an interest in this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2012
Firstly, the cover of the book is simply beautiful. The feel of it, the texture and the detail in the artwork is outstanding. I was blown away before I even opened the first page.

Internally, the level of detail continues, the pages are beautifully laid out with some lovely comments from George R.R. Martin, the cast and the crew of the show. I would have liked to have seen a little more depth on each of the characters but I understand if you want to grasp a true understanding, then you have to read A Song of Fire and Ice. The artwork; the concept art, production art and even stills from the show are wonderful - though I would have liked to have seen some of the concept art given more exposure.

All in all, this book is a wonderful accompaniment to the first series with great little insights into the second. A worthy addition to anyone's Game of Thrones collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2012
Just looking at the cover of this book, you'll realise that your money has been truly well spent. The casing is a type of soft leathery plastic which feels great, and the printing shows all house sigils, much like the opening credits of the show. It's a big, heavy, classy book that will look great on anyone's shelf.

This book is currently £14 on amazon which is crazy, I bought mine for £25 and thought the value was oustanding.

The first thing that will strike you is the photography- no quality has been spared, each page is beautifully laid out with official photographs of HBOs sets, production and of course episode stills. There are comments from the season actors and from Beioff and Weiss who add useful insights now and again.

The book is set into sections- there are pages for each region in Westeros (Winterfell, King's Landing, Essos ect.) and within these sections there are full character profiles along with detailed set layouts which show us just how much time, money and effort goes into creating Game of Thrones. The foreward by George RR Martin which opens the book is also fantastic.

Overall, any fan of the books or the show will be delighted with this book, it's a must-have companion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2012
Beautifully presented embossed in an embossed cover, "Inside HBO's Game of Thrones" features interviews with and comments from the actors, writers, directors and other production staff of the series. Beware though, information from season two is included so watch our for spoilers!
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"Mad ... too complicated ... too expensive!" These were author George R.R. Martin's reactions to plans for televising his saga. He is thrilled to have been proved wrong.

This is just one fascinating anecdote in what has to be the definitive companion to Seasons 1 and 2.

Welcome here the perfect gift for all "Game of Thrones" addicts, hours of contented exploration guaranteed.

Lavishly illustrated, it delves deeply into every aspect of the series: the warring kingdoms; evocative sets; full-blooded characters; actors capable of rising to formidable challenges, not overwhelmed by the sheer scale of it all.

So many problems were impressively overcome, some with unexpected benefits. Example? What to be done with episodes running short, there little money to spare? Solution? Create scenes with only two actors. These proved a real bonus. Far from being mere spacefillers, they provided valuable extra insight into the characters involved.

As with "Game of Thrones" itself, there is here so much to admire. This treasure trove of information really does the series proud. There can be no higher tribute.
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on 10 January 2014
I purchased this as a gift for a friend who is a great fan of Game of Thrones.
I have to say, having flicked through it when it was initially delivered, I seriously considered keeping it for myself!
The cover alone is a thing of beauty - intricately-decorated, but pleasantly 'spongy' to the touch (it's a "debossed padded case with foil stamping", I'm reliably informed!) It is very, very impressive, and is definitely in keeping with the mood of the programme!

Even more impressive, however, is the content - it provides insight and loads of behind-the-scenes goodies from the series. It really is a must for any fan of Game of Thrones, and it looks splendid on the bookcase!
Finally, at the price its currently on sale at (£7.19) it really is a steal - for the record, HBO are currently selling it on their site for £25! I think we can all see where the better deal is!

Five stars from me - a great quality product, at an even greater price! My only regret is that I was only able to admire it fleetingly, before gifting it to my friend - I'll definitely be ordering one for myself ASAP!
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on 5 June 2013
Bought it as a present to myself and it is an amazing book, fristly the cover of the book is beautiful and overall you can tell that the book is well put together. The content of the book is amazing too, the photos and pictures are wonderfull and of good detail, there is a vast number of text within the book covering many topics, areas, characters etc. It covers characters mainly from the first two seasons of the T.V. show so I wouldnt be expecting any new characters from season 3 to be in the book, although I would image they might release another version with other charcters from the new seasons sometime in the future. I knew this going into buying it so just be aware.

An excellent book for any fan of the show or books, even if you know already alot about the characters, locations etc. it is still a very beautiful book to read and view and is a must buy for any fan, especially for the low price of the book.

Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bought as a present for my son for this Christmas coming, so can't review it fully yet, but it is a lovely book, very nice cover, almost spongy! This was an excellent price as it was £25 everywhere else! Good ol Amazon as always! Fast delivery and no problems!
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on 13 September 2013
'Inside HBO's Game of Thrones' is an expensively produced book with a high quality binding and professional, high resolution photographs. It covers all the main characters of Season 1 and some of Season 2 with biographies of the character and comments from the actor playing the part, and other members of the production team. There is also much background story regarding events that ocurred before Season 1 starts, with potted histories of all the families of the 7 Kingdoms. Information on the various sets that were built is also given. The book is bound in padded embossed material which gives it a quality feel and appearance commensurate with the subject matter. The low price asked makes it a phenominal bargain and it is highly recommended to fans of 'Game of Thrones'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2012
Purchased this for my sons birthday because he is a big fan of the books and the TV series. He had seen this in a shop and it is really a really good purchase for fans of the Game of Thrones.
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