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A Game of Groans: A Sonnet of Slush and Soot by [Washington, George R.R., Goldsher, Alan]
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"The literary mash-up we're dying to see!" i09.com "If you can't get enough of the Starks, Lannisters, dragons, battles, and romance, check out the clever parody by George R. R. Washington called A Game of Groans. Be prepared to laugh and groan out loud at the humour you'll encounter on every page. This makes a great gift for fans of the original book and/or show. Adults will really enjoy this funny take on an already excellent fantasy novel." Sacramento Book Review "Irreverent ... sure to give fans a few laughs." Sacramento Bee "Quirky and fun, this book has humour as well as a cracking concept. Four stars" Customer review

About the Author

George R. R. Washington is the author of many novels. As a writer-producer, he has worked on The Outer Limits, Teen Wolf, and many other films and pilots that are currently stored in the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. He lives with the lovely Natalie in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (27 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CLBGY4
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,430,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Enjoyed it and was hoping for the next book to be out soon. Was very funny and made the other books look silly.
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Amazon.com: 1.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars I was the one groaning. 10 Feb. 2013
By Will Henton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love humor. I love A Game of Thrones. I figured that this was one of those peanut butter and chocolate moments, and surely worth a read. Oh, how wrong I was. Frankly this is awful. It should have never have found a publisher to print it. The jokes were stupid, and the stupid jokes came so frequently i often found myself asking, "What half of this sentence is the joke and which half makes sense?"

And they have the nerve to charge ten bucks?!

Knowing what I know now I wouldn't recommend this book if it cost one dollar.

I didn't finish this book nor will I, it wasn't worth the headache of trying to wade through the deluge of awful jokes.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Lector (Reader Beware) 8 July 2013
By Didjiman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
(The following review brought to you courtesy of my wife:)

NOW I know why the bookseller kept this little piece of many-days-old fish in a sealed bag, so that one could only read the blurb on the back. If I had had a chance to peruse the text within, I would never have purchased it.

The "parody" character names are so often not obvious, that many times I had to guess which original character the author might be referencing until sufficient context was established. For example, "Gateway" simply is not evocative of "Catelyn", when one knows the nickname for the original character is "Cat" not "Cate", which influences the pronunciation of the original name to start with the sound "Cat". "Barker = "Stark"? (The single syllable "Bark" would have been a better choice.) "Jagweed" = "Jaime" (Jay-mee); also NOT even a sound-alike, and what the heck does it mean? A variety of marijuana?), "Headcase" = "Eddard"; wha--? The marijuana references are stale (MY line), and often obscure. And honestly: deciding to swap out the term "bastard" with "jerkoff" throughout the story is simply..... pathetic. Not funny, not even "funny-peculiar". Fart jokes abound ad nauseum (that's MY line), which gets very old, very fast. Was this written by a 12-year-old boy at summer camp?

The parody characters themselves were typically vastly out-of-character with respect to the original characters being parodied, which is simply poor / lazy writing.

With fond memories of "Bored of the Rings", I had picked up this book hoping for something similar, but it is nowhere remotely in the same league. Worse, many pages into it, I got tired of waiting for something truly funny to show up - this book was simply BORING. I felt a sudden desire to attend another "Eye of Argon" reading, to make up for my sufferings by immersing myself in something TRULY funny.

If I could give this book zero stars, I would, seriously; because I found it to be a complete waste of $10. The only ones laughing here would be the author, publisher, and seller; on their way to the bank.

Sigh; whatever shall I do.... Too light for a doorstop, this might probably become a preferred gag gift, much like the fabled decades-old holiday fruitcake that is sent on to another unwitting recipient each year. It could be left as a gag item on the "new book freebie" table at the next SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) Nebula Awards ceremony! - Assuming I didn't get caught. :p Or, maybe I have a rickety coffee table that could use a leg prop. Or something...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible... Do Not Read This Book 18 Jun. 2015
By Rogue VI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This gets 1 star because 0 stars is not an option. This book is terrible. The author was trying way too hard to be clever and funny and has failed on both accounts. I haven't finished reading it yet and don't know if I will, it is so excruciating. It is so bad that I had to put it down and come write this review. If the book was good, I could have read it in a day or two, but I just can't stand spending much time with it. The jokes are stale to begin with and then repeated until they're run into the ground. As another review stated, with some of the character names is is difficult to figure out who it is supposed to be from the original story. For me, the only good thing about this book is that I bought it used. Since I bought it online, I couldn't check it out first. If I had seen it in a bookstore, there is no way I would have bought it.

Do not buy this book.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try it yourself 19 Sept. 2012
By D.E. Wray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a not-very-amusing bit that relies on (a) substituting characters' names with "funny" ones, (b) asides made by characters about Martin's narrative techniques and prose style, (c) various anachronisms. I have enjoyed Martin's "Song of Fire and Ice" so far and, like others, would be happy if the continuation and conclusion of the story were published soon, but my hankering for more was far more well met by Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons than this. Perhaps my taste only is responsible, but I would not recommend this to anyone.
One surprising bit was what seemed to me to be a lifting of most of the action from Chris Miller's story "The Night of the Seven Fires" (from the October 1974 issue of _National Lampoon_): the prose differs, but I immediately got the feeling that I'd read it before.
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