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A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin

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Websites

It's Official

This is George R.R. Martin's website, so it's got a little bit of everything, from his bio to some fan-made art that he seems to like for his books.

Not a Blog

George R. R. Martin does a lot of writing, and some of it is on this not-a-blog. If you want to see what he has to say about editing anthologies or working with HBO, this is your site.

Best Fan-Site Ever

The best apart about Tower of the Hand is that you can set the "scope" for the site: so if you've only read A Game of Thrones, you can set that as the scope and the site won't show you information from the later books. That means no spoilers. Awesome.

Chatting with the Fans

Another fan-site, the Citadel, includes an archive of fan correspondence with Martin. That's right, he's a real person.

A Non-Shmooper Gives it a Shot

Tor.com features a reading (analysis) of the whole series, with chapter-by-chapter thoughts. It's no Shmoop, but it's fun to see what someone else thought when they read A Game of Thrones for the first time.

Movie or TV Productions

On the Small Screen

HBO put a lot – a lot – of money into the production and promotion of this show. (They even had food trucks in NYC and LA that had "authentic" food from the Seven Kingdoms.) Apparently, it was worth it: Peter Dinklage even won an Emmy for his version of Tyrion Lannister. Sure, it doesn't follow the book exactly, but it's definitely worth watching.

HBO Tells All

HBO has a very nice website and guide for the TV show that might be helpful for people interested in the book. Oh, and check out those house symbols.

The Author's Take on TV

This interview with George R.R. Martin discusses a lot of interesting issues surrounding the HBO adaptation.

TV Tropes Recaps the Episodes

One of our favorite sites, TV Tropes recaps every episode of the HBO series, including a description of how the episodes differed from the book.

In the News

Rave Reviews

At the New York Times, David Orr gives his (positive) thoughts on Martin's fantasy novels. But wait: Orr isn't a sci-fi reviewer; he mostly writes about poetry. When poetry reviewers are reading a book about dragons, you know it must be good.

Sales Stats

This article tracks the sales of <em>A Game of Thrones</em> and the other books in the series over time. Surprise: The HBO series really launched these books into the realm of bestsellers.

Realpolitick in a Fantasy World

Martin's books are loved both by fantasy authors and by real people (zing, take that fantasy authors). For instance, the journal Foreign Policy has an online article about how Martin's series showcases real issues of international relations.

Influential to the Max

John Hodgman argues that Martin is one of our world's best storytellers, creating complex characters and unclear moral situations. That's why he made it on Time's 2011 list of the 100 most influential people. Unexpected, but kind of awesome.

Video

The Author Speaks (at Google!)

It's an hour long, but this Q&A is full of interesting information.

Fantasy Author a Fantasy Author

In another chat with the author, Martin is interviewed by fantasy author Joe Abercrombie. Here he discusses both the book and the TV show.

Peter Dinklage on Tyrion Lannister

Now that it's a TV show, you can find lots of videos of the actors discussing their characters. Here, celeb Peter Dinklage discusses how this book is really about the human drama.

Opening Sequence

What do you think of the TV show's opening sequence? Why did they decide to show everything as if it were clock-powered?

Audio

Mini-Podcast

This "podcast" is only eight short episodes, but it has a lot of interesting discussion on where this book came from and how Martin feels about the games. If you want to hear him talk, this is a good place to start.

The Author Talks Fandom

In this interview, Martin discusses the creation of his fantasy world and how his fans appreciate it. And boy, do we.

Images

The Man Behind the Novels

This is pretty much exactly how we pictured him, to be honest.

Don't Judge a Book by its Old Cover

An old-ish cover for A Game of Thrones. Doesn't quite convey the awesomeness of the book.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

What do you think? Is this how you pictured the princess?

George R. R. Martin as College Professor

This comic strip will be appreciated by anyone whose had some trouble with the, um, massive freakin' length of the books.

The Art of A Song of Ice and Fire

Professional and fan art of Martin's world. Pretty amazing stuff.

A Game of Thrones in LEGOs

If you don't think this is awesome (or hilarious), you may not have a heart.

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