- Paperback: 5232 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; 12 edition (12 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007477155
- ISBN-13: 978-0007477159
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,980 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes Paperback – 12 Jul 2012
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‘Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best’
‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome’
‘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.’
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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I am NOT a typical fantasy fan... in fact the idea of goblins and wizards going off on some good vs evil quest of grand proportions does NOTHING for me. But this is no typical fantasy novel. The story spans several view-points from across the fictional lands of Westeros and beyond. It is a story where no characters are safe from harm (or death) at any time. Each of the character-arcs are expertly woven and plot developments continually keep you in the dark whilst simultaneously steadily moving toward what can be some really devastating conclusions.
What I love about these books is that every character serves their own purpose, has their own private agendas and are all capable of good and bad to one extent or another... they do what they must to survive, and through their actions I found myself able to relate to and bond with these fictional people, who I have loved, loathed, pitied and despised. These novels are extremely character-centric which means the reader really does become emotionally involved with its characters, and believe me I did!
As with a lot of other fantasy series' ASOIAF is set during a medival time-frame, a time defined by murder, chivalry, classes and war... a lot of war. However unlike other fantasy series' magic and mythical monsters do not play a major role, but instead is allowed to steadily build and spread from the beginning, with beings such as the mystical Others, skin changers, wights, dragons and more. This gives the series more of a realistic grounding, and is perfectly researched by Martin.
The bottom line is that I found this series truly addictive. It was difficult to put down at times and I really cannot recommend it enough. Give it a go... you will not regret it!
However if you are new to the series I'd recommend you pick up the first in the series, A Game of Thrones, or watch some of the TV show before buying this to see if the series is definitely to your taste. A lot of people complained that there is too much sex, swearing, detail and that their favorite characters were killed off. If you don't like any of that in the your fiction then I wouldn't suggest the series to you. If, however, you love that sort of stuff in your fiction, like me, then I urge you to go read A Game of Thrones right now or try and catch the TV show.
The books themselves are a lot better quality then the previous paperbacks. Before I bought this set I already owned all of the books but they were very used, small fat things with tiny print and the hardback of the fifth title was very, very heavy and after a while a nuisance to hold, if you have kindle those issues are not a problem but a lot of people have been annoyed with the kindle edition so I wouldn't recommend that unless the kindle edition is significantly cheaper. These paperbacks are taller, slimmer and the print is easier on the eye then older editions.Read more ›
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I dont know why they removed the "conveniently sized, hand-holdable" line from the UK description but i think it was a bit deceptive of them. In the pic you imagine these being paperback size at least, unless you look at the dimensions, but these are pretty much pocket books but a lot chunkier than usual ones so they feel like they could fall apart easily. I would have preferred thicker, sturdier covers with a smoother leather effect but for the price i paid i cant really complain. The colours are also a bit off in the picture but again thats not really a big deal.
The only drawbacks are with the kindle version which is expensive and of poor quality.
As well as being expensive (under the agency model used by Amazon to allow publishers to set prices, which is currently under investigation as to being anti competitve) the Kindle version is poorly structured (all books are in a single file and the left/right navigation jumps to the start of each book rather than each chapter) and there are typographical errors.
Often you are left wondering what a word like "ndes" means when in context it should have clearly been "rides". I had hoped this was an isolated instance but have counted at least three in the first third of the second book. (I purchased the five book kindle version after reading the first in paperback)
If we are paying a premium price for a product that costs virtually nothing to distribute, they could at least ensure that the quality was the same as their printed material.
Love the books (so far), love my Kindle, disappointed with this Kindle version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So so so much better than the tv series, and that is brilliant. Much more detail and loads more story lines in the books so this is definitely a very very very good and must read.Published 1 day ago by Su Mawdsley
Great Packaging, currently reading the first book and it's really hard to put down, i wasn't really into reading before but since i love the show i thought i'd give this a try and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by W.K
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The packaging was horrible! The box was too big, the product was not enough protected... Read more
Love the first book, was slightly disconcerted about negative reviews of the later books in the series, which I have still to read but so far I am loving the first book. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tegan