During 2011, the first volume of George R R Martin’s glorious high fantasy, A Song of Ice and Fire, will be aired in Australia as an HBO series on Foxtel.
It premièred on Sunday in the USA & UK and pulled in 4.2 million viewers
You have the chance to read the trilogy before it screens here in Australia…
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
A Game of Thrones : 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 centre 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 endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman: ‘Barely a few minutes into HBO’s epic Game of Thrones series, it’s clear that the hype was right and the wait was worth it. What we have here is the successful pairing of an acclaimed collection of fantasy books with a television series that illuminates and expands what’s on the page.’
The Guardian’s Phelim O’Neill: ‘The first thing that impresses is how good it all looks: it really does feel like a movie… Game of Thrones gets better and better with each episode. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s all sword and very little sorcery. It’s been called fantasy for people who don’t like fantasy, but Mark Addy put it better: “It’s fantasy about people who don’t believe in fantasy.” Besides, to us here in the UK, aren’t the mean streets of Baltimore in The Wire just as much a fantastical place? I’d go as far as to say the show is a triumph; it’d be a shame to miss out on it due to a deficiency in imagination.
The Atlantic’s Scott Meslow: ‘Game of Thrones is undeniably impressive in its ambition and scope. It’s also almost perversely inaccessible (though no more so than Deadwood or The Wire, which also began by laying out worlds of enormously complexity and daring viewers to keep up). But it’s worth the effort to let the story unfold.’
Time magazine’s James Poniewozik calls the series an ‘epic win!’ ‘Ambitious, visually stunning. It’s also shaping up to be the most immersive grownup adventure TV has produced since Lost. Watching Game of Thrones is like falling into a gorgeous, stained tapestry. This epic, unflinching fantasy noir takes our preconceptions of chivalry, nobility and magic and gets medieval on them.’
Watch the full 14 minute preview: here
Funny article in the Belfast Telgraph: Knowing that sex is an integral theme throughout George RR Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire — on which this series Game Of Thrones is based — I had a vague idea of what to expect.
I just didn’t realise there’d be so much sex.
Outdoor sex, girl-on-girl sex lessons, a vertically-challenged character (played brilliantly by Peter Dinklage) cavorting with prostitutes, and, most shockingly of all, incestuous sex. Read more
‘Game of Thrones’: Five Reasons to Watch By Catriona Wightman, TV Reporter, Digital Spy: Have you heard about a little show called Game of Thrones that’s coming up? Alright, we lie – it’s a huge show. The drama’s based on some very popular books by George R R Martin and is set in the land of Westeros, where a number of families are caught up in violent power struggles to take control of the Iron Throne. But should you watch? Well, yes, you definitely should. If for some reason you need a bit more convincing than that, read on for our five reasons to tune in… More…
I repeat – You have the chance to read the trilogy before it screens here in Australia… Buy your copy of Volume One: Game of Thrones here
About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au.