Book Club: A Game of Thrones (Book One)

Book Club: A Game of Thrones (Book One)

Our last two book club books were interesting reads, but I can’t handle reading another overly depressing book for the time being.


It is summer and I think we deserve a fun summer read.


We’ve chosen A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin:pe1

 

Book Description:
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. 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 sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. 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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Of course, anyone who has watched the HBO series knows the story is much more rich and exciting than this quick plot summary. In fact, many fans of the show who have also read the books have said that the story goes into more detail and is more interesting than the hit series.

George R.R. Martin brilliantly opens us up to a world of fantasy with such realistic character development that we will find ourselves siding with a house and giving our loyalty to the most beloved characters, but we will soon realize that no one is safe in a game of thrones.

Book club starts immediately! We will start our discussing on July 15. However, this series isn’t meant to be rushed and we realize many will not be finished with this book in a month. We will start the discussion and see how everyone is doing with the book.

If this book is enjoyed by most of our members we will probably continue on with the series into the fall.

 


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  1. Rachel Mrotek 18 June, 2013, 14:50

    Awesome choice, this series is the in the top three all time favorites for me when it comes to book series! However, it’s very, very rough, and has a whole whole whole lot of sad and violent things that happen [sometimes to children!] Not the happiest book series, so if you don’t want to get choked up or throw the book across the room in pure un-adultrated rage, you may want to choose something else! :] It only gets under your skin so bad because it’s SUCH an AMAZING series. Worth the read, but don’t go into it thinking it’s Lord of the Rings! :]

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    • Jamie Lynne Author 18 June, 2013, 14:56

      How is it compared to the HBO series? (I am hooked on the series.) I can handle violence and intense fiction. I just read one memoir too many these past few months. I need something fun and fictitious.

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      • Rachel Mrotek 20 June, 2013, 11:27

        GAWD, the show is flipping fabulous. The books are better, if you can even believe that! They have so much more detail in them than the show can shove into an hour at a time. Reading the books gives you an even deeper affection for the characters too (The Hound, omgosh the HOUND! D:) Seriously. I actually was 100 pages into the first book when I went into labor with my daughter, and had finished the series by the time she turned a month old! Now I am all excited to re-read the first book. SIGH. I could be obsessed.
        {Compared violence wise, in some instances it is more intense (your imagination can dish out way more than HBO sometimes) and in other cases the show is more violent (depends on the scene). If I remember correctly there is a great deal more disturbing stuff in the books, but it adds to the landscape of the realm a great deal, it’s not just gratuitous for the sake of shock.}
        It’s a great brain cleanser after too much non-fiction :] Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed! :D

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      • Andrea 20 June, 2013, 13:46

        I always find a book better than a movie or TV show but the HBO series does do it justice. The books (for obvious reasons) have a lot more detail and the characters can be hard to follow in terms of houses and ranks. But there’s a handy reference in the back that certainly helps. I don’t think they changed the story much from the first book; the changes come later in the second and third seasons. :)

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  2. Victoria Gensheimer 18 June, 2013, 17:21

    This is GREAT!!!! I was just going to start this. I am so hooked on the HBO series.
    I am thrilled you picked this. Xxoo

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  3. Mandi Woolery 20 June, 2013, 11:40

    SQUEAL!!! I’m at the end of book 3 and I’m so in love with this series. My husband got me started watching the show and I got hooked, so I figured I’d give the books a try. The show is amazing, but the books are an entire new level of obsession for me.

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  4. Niki 10 July, 2013, 22:03

    I LOVE the book!!! I watched the second and third season of the show and then read the first book to piece everything together! I have read so many books that have been turned into moves and usually am very disappointed by the outcome BUT in my opinion I have never watched a show that stays so true to the book. There is so much dialect that is word for word from the pages you read!

    On a side note if you are interested in a different read anytime soon.. I HIGHLY recommend the author Ken Follet he is AMAZING!! I’ve read every single book he’s published! “A Dangerous Fortune” “Pillars of the Earth” (follow up book) “World without end” and “the Century Trilogy”(only two have been released so far) are my favorites!!!!

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  5. Kevin 2 October, 2013, 07:22

    The only downside to the Game of Thrones is that George R.R. Martin has not got around to finishing them the story yet. I zipped through all the one’s he’s written, got totally wrapped up in the story and then … no ending.

    It’s taken him five years to write some of his books, so it could be a await to see what shinanigans my favourite character Tyrion Lannister gets up to next. Hopefully the producers at HBO might chivvy him alonng before they run out of things to film!

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