A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 by George R.R. Martin
(A Game of Thrones / A Feast for Crows / A Storm of Swords / Clash of Kings)

70%

13 Critic Reviews

“A Song Of Ice And Fire” is both brilliant, and nothing like “Lord of the Rings”.
-Cassandra Parkin

Synopsis

George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin—dubbed the "American Tolkien" by Time magazine—has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you love, hate to love, or love to hate as they struggle for control of a divided kingdom. It is this very vitality that has led it to be adapted as the HBO miniseries “Game of Thrones.”

This bundle includes the following novels:
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS
A FEAST FOR CROWS
 

About George R.R. Martin

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George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ‘90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place
 
Published March 22, 2011 by Bantam. 4 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

Tor

Good
on Sep 08 2009

These books are often described as epic fantasy, but they’re cleverer than that. Most epic fantasies are quests. This is a different kind of variation on a theme from Tolkien.

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London Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by John Lanchester on Apr 07 2013

I’ve been acting as a kind of low level pusher or drug dealer for the series, shoving recommendations and occasionally box sets in the direction of friends.

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Shiny Book Review

Above average
Reviewed by Barb Caffrey on Oct 13 2011

There’s a lot of violence here, some of it gory and deeply disturbing — and if you buy it in paperback, you won’t feel bad after you throw it across the room.

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The Archaeologist's Guide to the Galaxy

Good
Reviewed by Thomas Evans on Jun 17 2010

Good book within the genre. Solid story, good characters, if you like this genre, read this book.

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Yet There Are Statues

Below average
Reviewed by Matt Hilliard on Aug 04 2010

This leaves the most important issue. Is this the masterpiece of modern fantasy literature that it’s made out to be? No, not even close. I’m genuinely disappointed about this.

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A Metal State of Mind

Good
Reviewed by atleastimhousebroken on Apr 03 2012

This is also not your average fantasy novel series.

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Cassandra Parkin

Good
Reviewed by Cassandra Parkin on Mar 25 2013

“A Song Of Ice And Fire” is both brilliant, and nothing like “Lord of the Rings”.

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Quite Novel

Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth on Feb 12 2012

There is a connection that you feel towards the characters.

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The Bean Chronicles

Good
Reviewed by The Bean Mom on Dec 04 2011

The plotting is intricate and brilliant. The world-building is complex and fully-realized. But the characters. . . oh, my.

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Drake's Flames

Below average
Reviewed by Matt Drake on Jul 23 2011

One big-shot book reviewer said that Martin is the American Tolkien. If that's true, then America should be a little embarrassed.

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What is Mike Reading Now?

Good
Reviewed by Michael Dennis on May 26 2011

Martin does a good job portraying many events from many different viewpoints and rumor, which makes sense in an age of often difficult communication, the desire to spin events for the common people, and partisan agendas.

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Barking Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Jeff on May 05 2011

A confession: I’m a little skeptical of the gritty/realism movement in fantasy; if you can’t write well in the first place, trying to be gritty or modern isn’t going to help...But generally speaking, Martin does gritty better than others.

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Focus on Fantasy

Good
Reviewed by Focus on Fantasy on Apr 08 2010

George R.R. Martins writing skills, together with many, interesting plots, unexpected turns and incredible characters, make this series a masterpiece.

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