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It Is Known: An Analysis of Thrones, Vol. I [Kindle Edition]

Marc N. Kleinhenz
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Book Description


Just how good – or how bad – is Game of Thrones's production values? Its cinematography or visual effects? Its adaptation from the original book? How have the storylines been changed, and how can one simple prop forever alter a character arc?

There has been much critical feedback on HBO’s new flagship series, but few (serious) pieces of journalism have gone to the depth that Marc N. Kleinhenz’s column for Corona Coming Attractions routinely does – and even fewer have examined both the television and literary sides of the coin. Kleinhenz is in the perfect position to make such examinations; he’s written for the biggest websites in the Game of Thrones community, including,, and Tower of the Hand, and he was the driving force behind the Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows anthology.

What makes this ebook an indispensable companion piece to the television series is the inclusion of all of Kleinhenz’s columns, roundtable discussions with the biggest names in the Game of Thrones community – including Elio García and Time magazine’s James Poniewozik – and an original essay exclusive to this collection. Best of all, there are no spoilers for future episodes or books, making it a safe read for all fans.


  • It Is Known – all 10 columns analyzing the first season/first novel

  • The Roundtable Discussions – including Elio Garcia (co-founder of and co-author, with Martin himself, of The World of Ice and Fire), John Jasmin (co-founder of, Phil Bicking (founder of, Amin Javadi (co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire), and James Poniewozik (Time magazine’s Tuned In editor)

  • Meditations on Being – two in-depth essays exploring the thematic structure of A Game of Thrones, including one never-before-published

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  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
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  • Publisher: Blue Buddha Press; 1st edition (March 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LS7LEM
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! Interesting and Helpful March 24, 2012
By Ashley
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This really is a "companion" to both the books and the HBO series. As, first and foremost, a reader, I was apprehensive about trying to compare the two, but Marc really gets it right. This book compares each episode with it's counterpart in the book, tells of the differences and how they improve on or cut short the HBO version. There are technical points of view that I had never thought of. Not being in the industry I tend to gloss over the whys and hows of production and just expect them (the producers) to "pull it off". Marc shows us some of those whys and hows and how the book had to be tweaked to accommodate for the show.

Another aspect of this book that I really liked and found very helpful was the character comparisons. Getting those characters that I know and love onto that small screen was my biggest fear. In the books, character development really drives the entire story, so getting the characters right on screen was very important to me. Marc does a superb job at identifying the differences and explaining if this helps or harms the overall plots. Also, I didn't think it was possible, but this book in no way spoils anything for the "watcher only". If the desire is there to find out how the show compares to the books without having to read them, this is the companion book for you. Good job Marc!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it wasn't is now! April 10, 2012
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What a pleasure it was to read this book. I had my own theories and ideas about the story and how it would progress and what each little thing meant. This book refined some of my ideas, gave me new ones, and sometimes just blew them right out of Westeros!!! This author really has a talent for leading you to the provrbial water and not only suggesting you drink, but making you want to. If you are a serious George RR Martin/Game of Thrones/A Song of Fire and Ice Fan, than this is a great companion to the series. If you are a casual or teetering fan of the TV Series, READ THIS BOOK. You will learn a bit more about the novel side of the story and most likely take them up as well. Enjoy this book and I promise you will enjoy the tv series and the books themselves even more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Analysis of an Analysis of Thrones?! January 16, 2015
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Full Disclosure I did not get a free copy of this book from the author to review. Had he chosen to give me a free copy I would've given it back and bought it anyway. I'll take a signed copy of the printed book but it's electronic so that would be difficult as there are none in print.

A review I read about this book stated that it read as if it were a conversation with a fellow ASOIAF fan and I concur wholeheartedly.

I began reading the GRR Martin saga a couple of years after graduating High School (and continued to read them as they came out.)
When they began the show I was extremely pleased with how a story I had read and held fondly in my memory over the years had been translated onto the screen. It felt the same but it was completely different, so to speak.

When the Red Wedding episode premiered I sat most of the episode watching my wife's reaction as the story unfolded instead of watching the show. Needless to say I've re watched it since then.

I recently changed jobs and have a longer commute, I purchased the audiobooks shortly after season 4 finished to listen to on my commute to work in anticipation of season 5 as I don't have time to sit and read the books physically again.

Although I had read the series beforehand, there were so many details that I had forgotten about, so much history and I forgot about all the history and intricacies in the series that I've fallen in love with the story all over again.

I've been reading forums here and there about theories that fans have about where the story goes and such and I read a couple of blogs (one of whom Marc writes on) but with the busy life I lead, reading a back and forth from many different people gets a bit tiresome.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from the archives in King's Landing April 8, 2012
By Kal
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I found this volume to be very helpful indeed! It is far to easy to get lost in great expanse of George RR Martin's world of Westeros, yet the sections devoted to explain the differences between the episode and book make it much more enjoyable. I read the books quite a few years before HBO announced the series and never would have picked up on any of these changes if not simply outlined within these pages. It's a great reference for those who are new to either medium, and it doesn't spoil any information for the twists and turns yet to come.

I highly recommend purchasing this book as a companion to the both series. It is a great tool for helping to review and/or recall specific details from both storylines, even the most miniscule.

The North remembers, and, with the help of this companion, I do as well! Great job!

Disclosure: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars meld t.v. with favorite book series September 6, 2012
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I have enjoyed the novels and am now enjoying the audio books. I watched the first season of the HBO series thru Netflix and while television is only superior to a book when the book is awful and the HBO series is a pale shadow of Martin and my imagination it is most fun to read these little essays. I like it when is confirms my observations and more so when it brings new things to my attention. Thankfully it is not in to the techie part of filming. At least not too much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. Observations made are generally not very complex ...
It's okay. Observations made are generally not very complex.
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Ready
4.0 out of 5 stars When ASOIAF and GoT meet
A Song of Ice and Fire would not be the same without the TV series. The HBO product has become extremely popular, and due to that fact, millions of people who did not hear about... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Javi Marcos
2.0 out of 5 stars Review of this book
This review book. Did not do it for me. Explanation of each family member told nothing interesting about the author just gave a dull summery of the main characters.. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Melinda Fraley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth My Time
Might have been worthwhile at the time, but now Season 1 is long ago that this ranks with a discussion of the relative merits of the Josephaphine & Carolinian princesses' claims to... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Harold Tisdale
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone. It is known.
I'm a huge fan of the books, and I love to pick out and anticipate differences, slight and great, from the book to the television show as I watch the show. Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by Gerald Drinkwater
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Companion
This is an excellent companion for fans of both the ASOIAF books and the HBO TV series. It contains a thoughtful analysis of the differences between the two media with insightful... Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful!
As a relatively new fan to Game of Thrones and the Song of Ice and Fire novels, I used to think the HBO adaptation was near perfect. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by Katharine Byrne
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More About the Author

Marc N. Kleinhenz has written for 26 sites, including "The Huffington Post," IGN, and "The Escapist." He's co-created and -hosted two podcasts and has had his creative writing published at a number of websites and magazines. His day jobs have ranged from everything from an intrepid GameStop employee to a gaijin English teacher in Japan to a mild-mannered medical supplies representative.

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