A Game of Thrones

Sean Bean as Ned Stark in HBOs Game of Thrones
Sean Bean as Ned Stark in HBO's production of A Game of Thrones

When the snow falls and white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” – Lord Eddard Stark

Winter is coming to the world of Westeros.

George R.R. Martin is an acclaimed author whose epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” have enthralled millions.  The epic, dynastic struggles for the crown of Westeros and a seat on the Iron Throne call to mind the English Wars of the Roses. Martin’s vivid storytelling overshadows the flaky stereotype often attributed to the fantasy genre.  His characters are vivid, and his world realistically brutal.  George R. R. Martin’s loyal following of reader are waiting with baited breath for the final books in this yet-incomplete series.

The first book in the series is “A Game of Thrones,” and it has won or been nominated for the following awards:

* Locus Award – Best Novel (Fantasy) (Won) – (1997)
* World Fantasy Award – Best Novel (Nominated) – (1997)
* Hugo Award – Best Novella for Blood of the Dragon (Won) – (1997)
* Nebula Award – Best Novel (Nominated) – (1997)
* Ignotus Award – Best Novel (Foreign) (Won) – (2003)

A Game of Thrones” was published in August 1996 but only just reached the New York Times bestseller list in January 2011.  One can assume that it’s recent increase in popularity is due in part to the hub-bub raised by HBO about their upcoming ten-episode series based on these amazing books.  The show has already been lauded as one of the most popular shows of 2011, but it will not premiere until April!

Click here to see Biblio’s Booklist of every book so far published in the series “A Song of Ice and Fire.”



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