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Excellent for anyone who loves the show. Great ice breaker.

I don't often read in non e-book formats anymore. This is because I prefer not having to deal with a thick stack of books in my pack. But sometimes at home I miss a good old-school book. I recently got rid of a good majority of my paperbacks. My hardbacks have been put into storage. I decided to have at least one set of books on my shelf. I would leave them there as an invite to visitors to discuss whatever subject the books dealt with. This set does a wonderful job of looking attractive on the shelf and giving me something to read without having a cord hanging off it while at home.

Box sets like this often suffer from their mass production. Many times the binding isn't especially resilient and the box itself is usually very thin and just for show. Bantam has shown that they can mass produce a quality bound volume box set.

This pack was release just 5 months before the paper back of A Dance with Dragons. The book's covers and box borrow images from the HBO series and is a great gift for fans. If you buy this as a gift you can easily get the fifth book later if your reader has decided to commit beyond the first three volumes.
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Captivating books full of fascinating characters! Now a top favorite!

I have been avidly reading the collection A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin which I get from my local library and am enjoying immensely. I liked it so much that I bought the collection for my 17 year old niece for Christmas. She was thoroughly pleased when she opened her gift and said that her friends and teachers were all praising it in school. The story line is captivating and I find myself 'rooting' for different characters, even though they do frightening things- I have to remind myself that the story takes place in a frightening time. The author's style of writing is mesmerizing and it is easy to visualize a character, an event, the places in my mind and I almost want to be there! Knowing that the books have been made into a movie, I am eager to see that as well as read the books!Read full review...

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A great series in a great package.

The first four books in George R. R. Martin's epic saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. If you're a fan of the show Game of Thrones, then this is a must read. Clean packaging, quick arrival, and dozens of hours worth of medieval fantasy reading. This is not a series for kids or the faint of heart. It's very adult and very graphic, and touches upon a variety of themes from politics and war, to sex and violence, to love and betrayal. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes to read and/or likes a story that doesn't fear to rip your heart out in emotion.Read full review...

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A song of ice and fire volume. 1-4

Amazing series, probably greatest literature I myself have ever read.

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Awesome

After putting off starting this series for a month or so (I mean, really, these books are WHOPPERS), I decided I was finally ready to give it a whirl. Now, with more than half of the first book (A Game of Thrones: Song of Fire and Ice) under my belt, I say, "Where have you been hiding, my dear? It seems I've been waiting for you my whole life!" Like any new romance, it is constantly on my mind, and I find myself wishing there were more hours in a day, so it could fill those too. I read when I wake up in the morning, I read throughout the day, and I read until I fall asleep at night. I read while brushing my teeth and at meals. I am truly in love.Read full review...

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Game of Thrones is both great reading and viewing experience!

The HBO TV Series "Game of Thrones" is definitely one of my favorite shows to watch. I just started reading the 1st of 5 books in this series and its great. From what I've read so far and what I have seen on TV during the past two seasons, the Director/Exec's are doing a fabulous job in recreating these novels for us to watch. I don't normally buy the book(s) that have been turned into a movie or TV series, but I'm glad I did this time. Great reading!Read full review...

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Awesome set of books.

I spent quite a while staring at the blank screen in front of me to come up with a fitting description of A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. Should I compare it to the classic Lord of the Rings for its impressively epic scope? Would it be best to focus on the honest, often painful humanity of the many characters - so rare in a fantasy novel - that personalizes each point of view? Perhaps I could impress other customers here with the sheer brilliance of a plot that weaves so many seemingly disparate stories together to form a believable alternate universe in which not only politics, intrigue, war, adventure and romance can coexist plausibly, but magic as well. How could I do such a work justice?

I might as well get this part out of the way first. Obligatory Synopsis: in a fantasy continent that bears a familiarity to Middle Ages England, Winter is coming. Winter in this world means a sort of mini ice age that will last for seven years before receding. In the always-frosty Northern area, the races of nonhuman beings are gathering to advance with the snows; there are hints that there is an ancient, evil power behind their forces. At the same time in the South, political infighting for the Throne has begun. Overseas, the daughter of the dispossessed former King is maneuvering forces of her own for a bid for the throne. All this is told through the various stories of both "good guys" and not-so-good guys.

For starters, AGOT can't be accurately compared to any other book or series in the Fantasy genre (not without insulting it). The nearest thing of its type is the laborious Wheel of Time series by Jordan - see what I mean? And yet this first in the Song of Ice and Fire series is fathoms above that aimless, droning style. Martin has perfected what Jordan had arguably introduced; the multiple characters' points of view telling the vast saga on an intimate, up-close scale. Never did I feel that I was being strung along, but rather lead by increments toward an incredible revelation somewhere up ahead. Martin builds the suspense masterfully in each book.

But by far the most striking thing about the Song of Ice and Fire is the "rules" that the author breaks. Martin is not afraid to tell the tale from the point of view of some very unlikable, even immoral characters. He is bold about revealing facts from a character's past that challenge one's impressions and assumptions about their ethics. He does not lay all his cards on the table up front, but rather unexpectedly reveals details that later change the whole picture and twist the plot admirably. And his most unusual move: this author even allows "favorites" to die occasionally (no names here...)! These risks pay off well to serve the story as a whole, bring a sense of true humanity to the people of this world and drive the reader on to the next series installment.

It's just too bad that I can't magically transplant my sense of admiration for AGOT onto this page. Hopefully, you are intrigued enough to give it a try; it would be a shame to miss what IMHO could be the best series of the decade.
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Love this series!

This boxed set is a great deal for the price; very glad I got paperback instead of e-book. This is a wonderful series and would be perfect especially for those who are into fantasy. I've been reading these along side with the HBO series and absolutely love it! In the future, it would be very nice if they would include the 5th book in this set.Read full review...

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Game is REAL!

- Why you bought it: I watched the series on hbo

- What you like most about it: sex and raunchiness action and betrayal

- What you dislike about it: no dislikes

- Whether or not you would buy the product again: if I lost one of my books I would buy it again yes. but if I didn't lose it, I would just keep re-reading them!

game of thrones is crack. love the show, love the book. highly recommended.

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If you like a good story with fascinating characters - Song of FIre & Ice

After reading all four books on vacation, I've come to the conclusion that what I most like about fiction is the characters. The more I know about them, the better. Up until now, Dune has been my favorite book. Fantastic character development, people you get to know and love or love to hate. Well George Martin has met the challenge. Not only are the characters terrific, (and there are a ton of them), but George let's you get to know them in a most enjoyable way. He doesn't tell you about the characters as much as he reveals who they are by what they do and think. Plus a great storyline to boot. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Plus, the HBO series is spot on, that is what got me hungry for more, so I purchased the set.Read full review...

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