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Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2 Hardcover – September 26, 2012
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A Look at Inside HBO's Game of Thrones
"For anyone yet to read Martin's novels, the book is a godsend. For all its epic brilliance, Game Of Thrones' multiple complex story threads can leave you befuddled, but thanks to profiles of the major characters, family trees and more, you soon know how to tell a Greyjoy from a Tyrell.
The book's also a solid 'Making Of'. Author Bryan Cogman (a story editor on the series) has interviewed the show's key creative forces, and between them they reveal the attention to detail that's gone into realising the Seven Kingdoms. Particular focus is given to pivotal scenes like the storming of King's Landing, and it's here - when things get properly geeky - that the book's at its best."
Top Customer Reviews
First of all, let me start by saying that this is actually more than a two star book, but I am rating it two stars to draw attention to a VERY major flaw in this version of the book, one that every other reviewer, both here on Amazon, and everywhere else, seems to completely overlook, to my complete astonishment.
If you are unaware, there are multiple versions of this book. This book was originally released as “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones”. That book was later replaced by the version being reviewed here, “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2”. There is also a “Collector's Edition” version of this book. A companion volume, “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 3 & 4” has also been published.
I became interested in finding out what was the difference between “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones” and “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2”. If you had the first book, was it worth purchasing the 'revised' version? Which of the two versions came in the “Collector's Edition”?
I am completely serious when I say that coming to the conclusions I will present in this review took a major amount of research, which often led in circles. For those of you who wish to avoid the messy details (which will follow), I will jump straight to the punchline: THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE between “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones” and “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2”! “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2” DOES NOT COVER SEASON 2 except for 4 PAGES! “Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2” has episodes guides for season 1 but NO EPISODE GUIDES FOR SEASON 2!Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just started watching GoT about a 2 months ago (late I know, but I wasn't about to pay for HBO for one series), and about halfway into the first season I really found myself... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by FastLane
I love this book and the one on seasons 3 and 4 as well. So nice to read about the backstories and the costumes! Read morePublished 3 months ago by patty flowers
Fantastic for all GOT lovers! Lots of pictures and interesting information.Published 8 months ago by DS
Such a great book! Gorgeous pictures and great info. on the story and the show. Great gift for fans!Published 14 months ago by K. Costanza