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Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: The Collector's Edition Hardcover – November 13, 2012


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: 47North; Dlx Col edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612185738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612185736
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“…really cool and a must have behind the scene look at HBO’s Game of Thrones adaptation.”
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"This absolutely gorgeous collector’s edition includes one book loaded with glossy images from the show, a second with storyboard sketches for each episode, and two scrolled maps of Westeros and Esos. This all comes in a foil-stamped clamshell case that’s perfect for display and with the maps printed on archival, acid-free paper, they’re ready for framing to show off in your living room. If you’ve got a Game of Thrones fan on your list, this is the gift they’ll be talking about all year."
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I have yet to look at the other book, though I'm sure its just as good!
The Bulleid
It has a great intro by the author of the books and a TON of amazing photos of the show with a great ammount of detail on the characters and actors.
Brian Rokosz
There is an extensive amount of background information mostly consisting of quotes from cast and the HBO production crew.
Paul Brooks

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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Graham Swearingen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 13, 2012
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STANDARD EDITION REVIEW

While I understand people being upset about the collectors edition they're putting out for this book early next month ($90 here on Amazon) and the exclusion of Direwolves, that for me doesn't detract from the greatness of this book. The hardcover is clean and intricate, the page layout is beautiful and it's a good sized book. The amount of depth and details are great, the pictures pop with color and detail and it's a great book to add to my collection. For the price, the content and the look, it's a great book for any fan of Game Of Thrones to get and I highly recommend it to any fan of the series. I got this with the A Feast Of Ice And Fire Cookbook and it's a great companion to have with that book as well.

UPDATE: COLLECTOR'S EDITION REVIEW

*The clamshell it comes in is very nice. The foil stamp is shiny gold and the clamshell itself is heavy and a burgundy leather like case. The Game Of Thrones gold foil stamp is immaculate and printed to perfection with no chips or imperfections and seems well made. It opens and closes easily, seems to be pretty nice quality. It is not wood but a high quality cardboard.
*The storyboard booklet is also hardcover and 192 pages. Some with color, some without. Pretty standard but it's nice to see scenes storyboarded that were ultimately omitted from their respective episodes. It opens and closes with a ribbon that ties.
*Two maps, 11" x 22" printed on acid free paper. Not quite parchment, but still pretty nice. Worth framing and not tacking to a wall. If you lay something heavy on them for a few weeks, you'll be able to get the curve out of the maps incase you do want to hang or frame them. I will keep mine in the clamshell. The detail and print is really great.

Winter is indeed coming.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By kakurenbo on September 27, 2012
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This book is gorgeous and is an excellent companion to the TV series. It's full of beautiful full and double page pictures from the show. There are interesting tidbits about set design, filming locations, concept art for locations and costumes and it features interviews with the cast, the costume designers, the directors, all sorts of folks involved in bringing the world of Westeros to life.

I was surprised by the quality - this is a nice book. It has a sturdy, embellished cover and the pages are thick. This isn't a flimsy, over-sized paperback, it's a real quality book. Honestly, it's much higher quality than I expected it to be. I was quite pleasantly surprised. I think I'm going to order a second copy as a Christmas gift for a friend.

Hardcore fans may want to wait for the collector's edition box set (pre-order for $150 through the HBO store) which contains this book, two maps, an artist's portfolio(book) of additional storyboard art (including deleted and alternate scenes), and a signed book plate (by this book's author, Bryan Cogman, not Martin). Does it sound awesome? Yes. But, if you don't have $150 to spare picking up this book for $26 is great deal here on Amazon.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brian Rokosz on September 27, 2012
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So a few days ago HBO released this book, which is a gorgeous 193 page look into the world of Westeros and how HBO brought everything together. It has a great intro by the author of the books and a TON of amazing photos of the show with a great ammount of detail on the characters and actors.

There are 2 things that make this a 4 and not a 5:

1) HBO just announced yesterday (conveniently the day these were arriving at homes) that they will be releasing a delux version featuring the book, maps of westeros on scroll paper, and another huge book with storyboards and renderings and artwork. Obviously since it's through HBO's website it will be expensive (this book alone is over $60 through them after shipping and tax) so I think this version is perfect for fans.

2) The blurays of the show (dont know about the dvds but i think the same info applies) have an amazing special feature that gives an illustrated history of westeros, showing all the events that led to the beginning of the books. Probably one of the best special features I've ever seen. It also has hours of footage for behind the scenes...so if you have that, you'll see that this book is more a companion coffee table styled fan collectible rather than some exclusive never before scene item.

In summary, the book is gorgeous...its super detailed, soft to the touch, the photos are great, the info is all there (save for the Direwolves, as others have mentioned)....if you are a die-hard fan, you should wait for the delux version, but if you just want some more GoT stuff around you and a really cool addition to your collection, this will suffice.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Mandus on September 26, 2012
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I would have given this five stars but there was no info on the direwolves, just one photo of Lady with Sansa. I was really interested in how they trained the dogs/wolves and what CGI they used for scale. With that aside, I'm happy with it and would recommend it to fans.
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44 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Bruce D. Wilner on October 21, 2012
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Having fallen in love with Game of Thrones (after just having discovered it, I downloaded and viewed all twenty episodes in two days--and then read the first of Martin's books), I was beyond excited to receive this handsome volume, bedecked with five user-granted stars, as it were.

I don't see how the book deserves five stars. It is attractive, and it has lovely pictures, but that's about as far as it goes. I really don't need a rehash of all the characters and their personality traits (I can discern all that from the series) or the occasional, brief interview with some actor who plays a relatively minor character (e.g., Samwell Tarly or Benjen Stark). I was looking for much more information about how the series was created; how the special effects are implemented; how maximum advantage is taken of the available shooting locations; how CGI and replication is used (e.g., does the Dothraki khalasar actually consist of, say, images of only eight horses and riders that are automatically replicated to form a line of horsemen stretching to the horizon?); and something (more than a handful of pages!) on the high-jinks and behind-the-scenes badinage.

By way of comparison, if you are a Narnia fan (I loved the first movie but was sorely disappointed by the second and rather disappointed by the third), and you take a look at "The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Official Illustrated Movie Companion" by Perry Moore, you find all of the elements that I found starkly and shockingly absent from this putative "companion volume" to HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Sorry, but I do not expect 95% of a companion volume to be a rehash of what I already know from watching the series. "Game of Thrones" fans, I would pass on this one, if I were you.
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