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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 – Print, March 22, 2011

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'A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant.' Robert Jordan 'Colossal, staggering! Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world! one of the greats of fantasy literature.' SFX 'Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads! Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.' Guardian 'Such a splendid tale. I couldn't stop till I'd finished and it was dawn.' Anne McCaffrey --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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George R. R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Box edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345529053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345529053
  • ASIN: 0345529057
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,519 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I'm not sure why everyone is complaining about the formatting of this bundle -- my copy has a TOC at the front with links to each book and has a separate TOC for the chapters of each book -- so it seems like everyone else's probably has this too. When you open the bundle for the first time on your Kindle, it doesn't take you to the actual beginning of the book (I've found this to be true of basically all Kindle books -- what it considers "the beginning" skips the cover, table of contents, forwards, etc.). If you use "Go to" on the menu and then choose "Cover" (again, something I do at the start of every Kindle book), you will be brought to a picture of the box set. Three page turns brings you to the Contents page, which has links to the cover pages of all 4 books, as well as the bundle cover, title page, and the bonus material at the end (including the excerpt from A Dance with Dragons). If you don't choose a link from this page and instead turn 4 or 5 more pages or so (through the title and copyright pages), you'll come to the TOC for the first book. I would think that it probably doesn't give TOC as a choice on the Go To menu because there is more than one table of contents to choose from!

In addition, as you can see on the bottom progress bar, the start of each book is marked with a dot on the bar. So you can judge your progress through a particular book by seeing how far away you are from the next dot. Also, from the cover pages in the beginning, if you hit the right arrow on the directional pad, you will be taken right to the cover page of the next book. Hitting the left arrow takes you back to the start of the previous book. This will work from any cover page.
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I received this book set the day it came out. Love this series! I would recommend looking at book #3 "A Storm of Swords" because I am having to replace mine as a result of publisher error. It is missing pages 561-592 and it has a double inclusion of pages 593-624. Make sure that your book set doesn't have the same publisher error! Otherwise, I am very happy with this purchase.
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I don't know if the R.R. in his name is real or a marketing gimmick, but he is no Tolkien (as many reviewers keep trying to declare him); more like Robert Jordan with his "Wheel of Time" series. The difference is that unlike Tolkien, Martin and Jordan never seemed to learn what Shakespeare penned... that "Brevity is the soul of wit". I quit Jordan at Book 9 and I'm starting to get the feeling that Martin is pulling the same stunt. I started getting that "Jordan" feeling in the middle of "A Storm of Swords" (Book 3), and about 1/3 of the way into Book 4, it was confirmed, that this isn't going to end for some time. Tolkien at least ended his series, and didn't jump back and forth and back and forth, adding new characters, and having people running in endless circles for whatever reasons.

While his characters are very well developed, and the story is very well written, he's beginning to lose me. I want to escape when I read fantasy, not drag the real world in with me. I get more of a 16th or 17th century type feel for this world, where Tolkien's is far older. Where I would walk through the door to go to Middle-Earth forever and never come back, I have no desire to go to Westeros, or any other of the lands in Martin's world.

Yes, it is more realistic, plausible, and gritty, than most fantasy out there, but I DON'T WANT to keep feeling like I need a bath after reading.

Many fantasy/SciFi authors lose me with cartoonish stories, bordering on children's literature. Some lose me on over-complicated plots. Some lose me by drawing things out and making them tedious. My rating may change, we'll see.
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