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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue cover paperback boxset - Excellent Value for money, 15 July 2011
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This review is from: A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues (A Song of Ice and Fire) (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 18 Jul 2011 11:09:59 BDT
Jose says:
Thank you for your review but I have a doubt. I bought the other box set, the golden one and, although it is more expensive, it doesn't seem to contain the companion bool you mention that this edition (the blue one) has, my question is, What does it contain this book, profiles of the protagonists or what? And how many pages it has?, How is the cover?
Thanks for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2011 08:59:14 BDT
Hi Jose. I don't think you are really missing anything, the companion book is mainly the Appendix from the 4th novel, A Feast For Crows. The books appendices contain the details of all the Houses/families featured in the novels. The appendix in each additional novel from the first contains more information as the story builds and more characters/families/Houses are introduced. Therefore from the set of 4 novels, the final appendix is the most complete and this has been printed into a separate companion book for the boxset. Its not required, maybe just a nice-to-have. It also contains a number of maps. I can't tell you page count, as page numbers are not printed in it, but I would estimate 80-100. But it doesn't contain anything you don't already have in the main books themselves. Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2011 11:08:17 BDT
Jose says:
Yes, it helps a lot, I was wondering what that book may have, but now I know the answer, thank you Andrew :)
I have only one more doubt, the dimensions of the books are normal, normal format? or are they a bit small? as if they were more compacted.

Posted on 5 Aug 2011 17:59:01 BDT
Hello Andrew - can I assume that the Kindle version of the 'blue' box-set from May 2011 is an 'American' version? I should prefer the 'Queen's Engish'. kr, Ron Munro

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2011 09:55:33 BDT
Jose - I don't have the books to hand, but yes I would describe them as 'normal' in size and format. They are probably slightly larger than a standard sized paperback, and the font is compact but not irregular. I would not say they are compacted. Hope this helps
Mr Ronald Jk Munro - I've not seen the kindle version so I couldn't say, sorry. Amazon might be able to advise if you drop them an email. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2011 18:03:25 BDT
Thanks, Andrew. I'll give it a try! kr, Ron

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Jose says:
Thanks for the information Andrew.
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