A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Postby shelke » Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:01 pm

In the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must... and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split, and there is treachery at court. Worse, a vengeance-mad boy has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities beyond the sea. Heir of the mad Dragon King deposed by Robert, he claims the Iron Throne.

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerors, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:19 pm

The only Martin I've read is a short story called 'Sandkings' - I thought it was great and have been meaning to track some more of his stuff down. :)
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Postby shelke » Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:30 pm

Dont know if this will help but here is a list of his works that he has written
Novels

Dying of the Light, Simon & Schuster, 1977
Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), Timescape, 1981
Fevre Dream, Poseidon Press, 1982
The Armageddon Rag, Poseidon Press, 1983; Nemo Press, 1983
Dead Man's Hand (with John J. Miller), Bantam Books, 1990
A Song of Ice and Fire:
A Game of Thrones, Bantam Books, 1996
A Clash of Kings, Bantam Books, 1999
A Storm of Swords, Bantam Books, 2000
A Feast for Crows, Bantam Books, 2005
A Dance with Dragons, forthcoming/Bantam Books
The Winds of Winter, forthcoming/Bantam Books
A Dream of Spring, forthcoming/Bantam Books
Shadow Twin (with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham), Subterranean Press, 2005
Hunter's Run (with Gardner Dozois & Daniel Abraham), Eos, 2008


Short Story Collections

A Song for Lya and Other Stories, Avon, 1976
Songs of Stars and Shadows, Pocket Books, 1977
Sandkings, Timescape, 1981
Songs the Dead Men Sing, Dark Harvest, 1983
Nightflyers, Bluejay Books, 1985
Tuf Voyaging, Baen Books, 1986
Portraits of His Children, Dark Harvest, 1987
Quartet, NESFA Press, 2001
GRRM: a rretrospective, Subterranean Press, 2003
also published as Dreamsongs, Bantam Books, 2007, two volumes
Starlady / Fast- Friend, Subterranean Press, 2008


Children's Books

The Ice Dragon (illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert), Starscape, 2006
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:56 am

The problem I have with a SOng of Ice and FIre is that the characters you become involved with in one bit then don't appear again so I lose interest hence I've never got beyond the second or third book
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:43 pm

I've only read a short story by him called The Hedge Knight,quite liked it.
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:57 pm

ShadowNinjaCat wrote:I've only read a short story by him called The Hedge Knight,quite liked it.
I've read that too - it was part of a compilation of stories by various writers including Anne McCaffrey (Dragon Runner of Pern) and Terry (The Sea and Little Fishes). :D
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:07 pm

Yip,that's where I read it. :)
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:23 pm

I've read Windhaven long, long ago - it was a great book but then I was seduced by David Eddings... :oops:
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