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Monday, June 4, 2012

The Game of Thrones Was a Book First?! A Guest Post

George R. R. Martin
For you hard core scifi/fantasy fans this guest post may seem surprising but I know that some may not be familiar with George R. R. Martin.  I know this is the 2nd guest post in a row but sometimes things just happen that way.  Not to worry, my own deft touch will continue to annoy those of you who regularly visit here.  

A good friend of mine recently made the decision to go back to school. Currently, she is enrolled in a modern literature class, which is strictly online, and as part of their curriculum, the students have to discuss books they've recently read, genres in general and much more.

She told me about a classmate of hers who mentioned the recent "Game of Thrones" HBO series craze and how it all started with a simple series of books with the umbrella title—A Song of Ice and Fire. My interest piqued, I quickly found and finished a copy of the first book—A Game of Thrones, which was originally released over a decade ago.

For anyone who is a fan of the show or even those that have yet to discover it but "have heard things" this is a must-read, as long as you like long stories. The first in a series of what is rumored to eventually be seven novels by George R. R. Martin, it takes place in a fictional world that doesn't seem too different from medieval Europe—aside from the extremely harsh seasons that occur throughout the book(their winter make Canada in January look like a spring day).

Being between 700-800 pages long depending on your version and told from varying points of view, it is hard to accurately capture everything the book has to offer in such a brief synopsis. Possessing a lot of the elements of the classic fantasy story, it is also a very real tale that mirrors our own history quite well. At its core, it is about feuding families who are all vying to be the next in control of the mythical land of Westeros, which has seven separate kingdoms.

No stranger to the fantasy, horror and drama genres, George R.R. Martin has an impressive resume that includes time as a writer for The Twilight Zone.  Being such a detailed story, it is probably best suited for diehard fans of the show who crave more layers and backstory. It's easy to get lost in its many pages of betrayal, incest and lies.

So, if you find yourself feeling that the HBO series just isn’t enough, or if you just like reading well-written fiction that's hard to remember isn't actually real then pick up The Game of Thrones and dive in!

Lauren Bailey is an education writer and freelance blogger. She frequently writes about courses and welcomes comments and questions via email at blauren 99 @gmail.com.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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