“The common people pray for rain, healthy children and a summer that never ends.
It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones,
so long as they are left in peace.”
― A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Here are a few excerpts:
“Welcome to the first volume of the collected A Game of Thrones, a graphic novel based on my epic fantasy novel of the same name. ‘Graphic novel’ is what they call these things now. What they actually are, of course, are big fancy comic books published on glossy paper in hardcover or trade paperback format, and sold through bookshops rather than comic shops, newsstands, and candy-store spinner racks. Has a nice ring to it, ‘graphic novel.’ A nice, dignified, respectable name for an artistic medium that has traditionally gotten less respect than Rodney Dangerfield…”
Fire, I hope you’ll enjoy visiting Westeros and Winterfell, and meeting Tyrion and
Jon Snow and Arya and Ned and Cersei and Sansa and Bran and the rest of my
cast of thousands. (But don’t get too attached).
Maybe you will even want to read the original novels when you’ve finished the comic. That would be cool. Like those old classics illustrated com…er, graphic
novels…this may be a gateway drug. Besides, comic books will rot your mind.”
The visual impact of this novel is hard to put into words – spectacular, stunning, awe-inspiring, mesmerizing, and jaw-dropping are adequate but still don't properly convey the power of this read. (An example of what readers can expect is below.)
The bottom line is that devoted fans of GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga will absolutely cherish this graphic novel and those who have yet to discover the grand-scale narrative of this series will undoubtedly seek out the novels after experiencing this addictive literary gateway drug.
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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