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5.0 out of 5 stars Paperback edition couldn't be better!, March 24, 2011
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This review is from: A Song of Ice and Fire, (4 Vols.): A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast for Crows (Mass Market Paperback)
I stumbled across this page and saw a handful of 1-star reviews that left me puzzled. Then I realized that all of them were regarding the supposedly-poor quality of the Kindle version. Well, I can't tell you anything about the Kindle version. I'm one of those old-school guys, so I bought the paperback set, and it's undoubtedly worth the money. Obviously, the content is 5-star worthy (see the reviews for each individual book), so I'm going to limit my review to the box set itself. This set contains each of the first four books in the Song of Ice and Fire Series (that's A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows), with all-new cover artwork. Out of all the versions released, this is the most visually enrapturing artwork yet. The novels are brightly colored and contain designs that are brilliant in their simplicity. The outer box contains some high-quality shots from the upcoming HBO series.

Highly recommended for:
-Someone who's never read A Song of Ice and Fire. This is the place to start, and a great value too (4 loooong books for $23).
-Longtime fans whose old paperback copies are worn from reading and re-reading in anticipation of A Dance With Dragons.
-Hardcore series collectors who want to own the best versions.

I lent my older copies of this series to my ex-girlfriend, and since I never got them back, I decided that this box set was a worthy purchase. I'm so satisfied with it, I can honestly say that I don't miss the books I lost, not even one bit. I've posted some pictures of the box set so you can decide for yourself if you like its look enough to drop the money.
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2011 5:58:30 AM PDT
Are these mass market paperback size or trade paperback size? Thanks for your help!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2011 10:12:49 AM PDT
Regular paperbacks.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 8:04:44 PM PDT
Princeiris says:
Would like to know if Book 3: A Storm of Swords contains both 'Steel and Snow' and 'Blood and Gold'?

I already owned paperback version with A Game of Thrones with a great dragon's head on front cover. But the colour of this edition is screamingly great!

Thx

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2011 8:35:15 AM PDT
Ah I had to do some research on this. I was not aware that the book is divided into two parts in the UK. To answer your question, A Storm of Swords is ONE large 1200+ page book, as it was originally issued in the US. It is the complete edition, and not divided up into multiple parts.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2011 8:45:39 AM PDT
Princeiris says:
Thank you so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2011 12:14:22 PM PDT
K. Corn says:
I assume these are the ones which include the part made into the upcoming HBO series? Any clarification on that? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2011 7:49:39 AM PDT
Season 1 of the television series is an adaption of ONLY the first book, A Game of Thrones. The author, George R R Martin, has claimed in blog posts that the tv series follows the book very closely, and that he is impressed with the show's casting choices and overall quality. The first season is 10 one-hour episodes, and the book is about 800 pages. So each episode will cover an average of roughly 80 pages of the novel. Book 2, A Clash of Kings, will be adapted in the show's second season.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2011 12:21:20 PM PDT
"Mass market" paperbacks are smaller, sold in airports and supermarkets. "Trade Paperbacks" are the same size as the hard-cover editions, i.e., bigger and easier to read and priced higher than the mass market format. I don't know what a "regular" paperback is.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2011 3:13:50 PM PDT
"mass market" =common=regular, presumably

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 3:47:14 PM PDT
These are the mass market versions.
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