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READ & DOWNLOAD ´ A Song of Ice and Fire ✓ The ultimate collector’s item for fans of the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones—a gorgeous boxed set featuring conveniently sized hand holdable leather cloth bound editions of the first five novels   An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other A Song of IceThe ultimate collector’s item for fans of the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones a gorgeous boxed set featuring conveniently sized hand holdable leather cloth bound editions of the first five novels   An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R R Martin dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine international acclaim and millions of loyal readers Now the monumental saga gets the royal treatment it deserves with each book wrapped in bound leather cloth covers and packaged together in an elegant display case This one of a kind boxed set includes  A GAME OF THRONESA CLASH OF KINGSA STORM OF SWORDSA FEAST FOR CROWSA DANCE WITH DRAGONS “One of the best series in the history of fantasy” Los Angeles Times ?. Right up front — no spoilers here or bite sized impressionsThis morning I laid down the last volume of George RR Martin’s great opus A Song of Fire and Ice After reading the first volume ushered in for me at least through the graces of HBO’s series A Game of Thrones I decided to read the series in hardbound version probably to add some help for my tired old eyes as newsprint covered with small point sized type is not something I can easily settle into And settle in I did My wife remarked than once how distant I seemed while immersed in each book She was right I don’t remember being so absorbed in any reading since I was fourteen and had just discovered a newly published English writer named TolkienThinking that I would want to write a review once I finished each book proved impossible as one dissolved into the next It became clear that the only review I could offer would cover the series With a fervent wish for a cathartic revelation I plowed through each volume until it became clear to me that this was not a typical story writ large 4643 pages large not counting the many appendices and maps to which I made freuent side trips The volumes stack up 9 58 high and weigh 143 pounds If I rated books by weight alone this would be five starsFantasy writing is clearly alive and well I’ve always found that it provides me entertainment at entry level and then literary appreciation as the genre fleshes out and matures Finally at some sort of pinnacle reside those books where important nuggets of truth and wisdom are skillfully imparted to the reader That is where I would set this series but not without a few caveatsAs a writer myself I know what a fully conceived story can demand and how much emotion is invested in the creation of real characters Then there is my admiration for any well crafted written work whether it be ponderous or very brief If any novel can hold me and transport me then I say the writer has done a good job I have had no experience reading anything that held me so long or provided such a satisfying ride along the way Riding blind mostly it took me until I was some time into the entire work before I began to see what Mr Martin had in mind for the trip or the destination The journey wasn’t a joyride either It was plagued with frustration disillusionment sadness and even a touch of pain but I never begrudged him any of it Within his meticulously created world the population was so real and easily approached it felt to me as if I’d known each character well whether they were to be considered pro or antagonists Neither serves completely to define any of the charactersForemost this series is about real life and power It unfolds the way life unfolds messy It’s a clear mirror reflecting humanity in all of its imperfections Mr Martin’s writing carries honest texture honest dialog and well honed cultural touchstones None of these can be considered minimal tidbits and signposts set solely to enhance the natural progress of the story No each of these becomes an entire meal and is best digested by a reader who enjoys several differing courses If a sense of place completely established is not something you revel in this will be a cumbersome reading The author delves into complex interrelationships details of setting and details of spirit He describes meals He describes embroidery He describes family crests He tells their history and spares us no irony The characters’ metal processes and sarcasms as well are laid bareThe manner in which the story unfolds is as unusual as the level of detail presented Each chapter is told from a different character’s Point of View Occasionally when it is critical to the reader’s comprehension the author presents the same seuence than once Nuance is everything here as it is in real life Missed detail I found out early on have a habit of coming back as unexpected answers so I stifled my occasional desires to skim aheadI read some reviews by other readers that didn’t think it mattered what kind of lace bodice a character might be wearing to one meal or meeting but I found that in a cumulative sense each detail completed my understanding of each character’s actions and choices I know how it feels to wipe gritty dust from my eyes smell low tide at a river’s mouth or eat something I don’t really like So reading the seuences of description brought the experiences of the characters home for me Ditto for the careful descriptions of the food and drink It’s best not to hurry through these volumes but to read them in a measured pace when you are alert enough to absorb it all This isn’t a series to read on your way to work while riding on a subway car or busAfter the third volume I found myself dreaming of Westeros – the primary setting as well as the interactions of the characters I haven’t done that for many years and many books I also had to put my own work aside as I found the author’s voice intruding into my own thinking and my own stories I had the problem once before when I‘d finished reading one of Tolkien’s partially finished masterpieces The Silmarillion Finished by his son Christopher Tolkien from notes and drafts it also was not an easy read but a transforming one The ideas it expressed were so fundamental and thought provoking they resided in my mind for many years after I completed the book and are still there now This has forced me to uestion my own work carefully as it jumps from my imagination; to be sure it isn’t wearing elven grey cloaks Now I’ll be watching out for enameled breastplates and chainmail as wellWhere any similarity ends though is in the brutal honesty of the characters their speech and their missteps These are real people crippled by their sins as much as their dreams They’re hobbled by the world they have grown up in and the perceptions they hold close They’re subject to the restrictions and blindness that plagues our world That makes their behavior so understandable that at times I found myself recalling memories in an endless avalanche of recognition The stories are true It is knownThe author also covers some spiritual ground that deserves tilling again and again Fortunately for me it was rendered gently The evolution of two major characters along these lines although uniue still was familiar enough to be completely believable for this reader That was important as organized religion’s pressure – there are several strong systems of belief here – is key to the motivation of many of the characters The collision between the old and the new is illustrated throughout the series mirrored in our own civilizations Mirrored in our own wars and hatredsThe HBO series it turned out did not dilute my pleasure or surprise during the many bumps in the darkness at all I had expected that giving me an initial memory of the characters faces would minimize my grasp of the suggestions within the writing In my case however the reverse held true The TV series had such an amazing fidelity to the written word it carried me along possibly better than if I hadn’t seen Ned Stark’s face or Catelyn’s or Arya’s or Tyrion’s None of these characters or the hundreds of others will easily slip from your memory for some time whether or not you’ve seen the HBO seriesFinally I would suggest that if you put aside the many steps in the journey in favor of the destination you won’t feel satisfied when you’ve turned the last page There is justice and there is acceptance and there is discovery but much takes place along the way If you keep yourself open to the many details and the many characters The ending and catharsis eventually unfold where you believe they will but not in the manner or at the hands of the expected or in the expected destination so it pays to keep the details sorted out for the riches experience Again the appendices helped If you hated your college level classes in Medieval Studies Political Science or never really liked that comparative religion course then this work out will not be a task you’ll appreciate Following up to insure the fidelity of such a mountain of detail gives me great admiration for the author’s organizational abilities alone I think I lost some serious brain fat tooThe ending brings what you finally expect it to yet it seems not to really end the tale at all somehow I had a distinct impression that we haven’t heard the last of the Seven Kingdoms Mr Martin may certainly feel the need to continue the trip in the future I hope he does If you like tidy packages and tidy players this Song may not be your favorite On the other hand if you enjoy a road trip that shows you a good time serves up tasty meals and leaves you wistful for the next buy a ticket right away And be sure to take a light jacket Winter is coming

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? Winter is coming Such is the stern motto of House Stark the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far off King’s Landing There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name There his family dwells in peace and comfort his proud wife Catelyn; his sons Robb Brandon and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son Jon Snow Far to the north behind the towering Wall lie savage Wildings and worse unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries long summer but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season   Yet a immediate threat lurks to the south where Jon Arryn the Hand of the King has died under mysterious circumstances Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell bringing his ueen the lovely but cold Cersei. I'm going to start my review of this 5000 page still in progress monster by saying something that will probably piss off a lot of fantasy fans High fantasy as a literary genre badly needs to be reconstituted For over 50 years now people who write in this vein have been held in the thrall of writers like Tolkein and C S Lewis writers who for all their imaginative prowess were far too obsessed with cheap religious parables AslanJesus etc and linguistic dicking around made up languages to really create and focus down on actual human characters They fell so in love with the archtypes and mythos of their worlds that they forgot the humans at its core and uite simply they seemed not to care as has often been the case with subseuent writers of high fantasy We have all read and watched enough media about chosen ones dark lords tediously byzantine systems of magic creepy sexual bonds with dragons etc to even pretend to be surprised or engaged by this stuff on anything than a painfully superficial level any That to me is what makes a song of ice and fire so incredibly refreshing and engaging throughout its many many many pages Martin puts the people in his world no matter how awful or broken they may be and everyone in these books is an awful broken person at one level or another at the center of his writing he makes westeros about them and their struggles instead of forcing them to revolve around some clever clever tropes that he simply regurgitated from someone else cough christopher paolini cough Not only that but he is able to sketch out descriptions that flesh out his world without burying the reader in tedious unnecessary details but which still conjure up the dark sad history of the 7 kingdoms Honestly I think his world building has akin to the 19th century novelists like Hugo and Tolstoy than it does with his obvious obtusely prudish fantasy predecessors And god can he write women well More serious literary novelists should take notes on the chapters written from the points of view of Catelyn Cersei Arya etc The real emotional core of these books the profound sense of violence and loss that comes with living in such a militantly unfair civilization really comes to the fore in the chapters about women How many writers of any kind of fiction are able to do that Not many and certainly not many of the kinds of fiction writers who would be inclined to thumb their noses at a fantasy epic In terms of the immediacy of his prose his ability to orchestrate literally hundreds of characters and seemingly tens of thousands of plot points all while creating fully realized fleshed out characters and giving them space to breathe and live within their world Martin is the single best most original writer of fantasy fiction currently active When the dust settles and the series ends he will probably prove to be even better than the stodgy predecessors he owes so much to There I said it


A Song of Ice and FireHis son the cruel vainglorious Prince Joffrey and the ueen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister the first a swordsman without eual the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms   Meanwhile across the Narrow Sea Prince Viserys heir of the fallen House Targaryen which once ruled all of Westeros schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him his beautiful yet innocent sister Daenerys   “Long live George Martin a literary dervish enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers” The New York Tim. Like most I know I discovered this series when the HBO television adaption aired on Sky in 2011 and was instantly gripped Since then I have read all of the books back to back and wow they are AMAZINGI am NOT a typical fantasy fan in fact the idea of goblins and wizards going off on some good vs evil uest 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 conclusionsWhat 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 didAs 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 This gives the series of a realistic grounding and is perfectly researched by MartinThe 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