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Deal: George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’ 4-Book Boxed Set
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George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 4-Book Boxed Set

Amazon is currently running a deal on George R.R. Martin‘s A Game of Thrones 4-Book Boxed Set for only $19.78 (that’s 45% off the list price of $35.96).

This paperback set includes the four novels in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows.

There’s no indication as to when this sale will end, so I suggest you grab this now while it’s drastically discounted.

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HBO Renews ‘Game Of Thrones’ For Second Season
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Game of Thrones

HBO has announced today that the cable network has renewed Game Of Thrones for a second season.

The show, based on George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, premiered last Sunday to great critical acclaim. HBO reports that the premiere episode had a gross audience of 4.2 million viewers on the main HBO channel.

This first season of the series, which will be 10 episodes in total, is based on the first book of the novel series, A Game Of Thrones.

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Check Out This ‘Game Of Thrones’ Interactive Viewer’s Guide
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Game of Thrones map

HBO’s new series Game Of Thrones premiered last night and this epic fantasy contains all new lands and regions to learn about. The show’s beautiful opening credits attempt to familiarize us with the areas most shown in this first season: Winterfell, lorded over by the house of Stark; The Wall, the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros guarded by the Night Watch; King’s Landing, home of rotund King Robert Baratheon and his conniving Queen Cersei Lannister; and Pentos, the Free City where the rightful heirs to the Seven Kingdoms, Viserys Targaryen and his sister Daenerys, have formed an alliance with the barbaric Dothraki horse warriors in an attempt to win back the throne.

But the Game Of Thrones universe is much larger than what we’ve been shown so far. With any good fantasy tale, you have to have a map, so HBO has created an official interactive Viewer’s Guide to the world which includes a detailed map, along with family histories and backgrounds.

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Get Ready For Tonight’s Premiere Of ‘Game of Thrones’ With This Free eBook Excerpt
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Game of Thrones

Tonight, the first episode of the anticipated television series Game of Thrones premieres on HBO at 9pm, with encore showings at 10pm and 11pm.

The first season is based on A Game of Thrones, the first novel in George R.R. Martin‘s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. I know a lot of people wanted to read the book before they watch the show, and though the series is just hours away, there’s still time to get prepared before tonight’s episode, thanks to a free ebook excerpt from A Game of Thrones, which covers the events and story from Episode 1.

Check out the 70-page excerpt from Random House here below.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin’s Top Ten Favorite Fantasy Movies
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Author George R.R. Martin‘s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has an incredible fan following and is considered one of the top fantasy series ever written. A TV adaptation of the stories is set to begin airing on HBO tomorrow night, with the first season based on the first book, A Game of Thrones.

But did you ever wonder what Martin himself considers some of the top fantasy stories ever told? The author wrote a special list up for The Daily Beast running down his personal all-time favorite fantasy movies.

You can find out what he chose by heading on over to the other side now!

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George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Dance With Dragons’ Gets Release Date
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A Dance With DragonsFans of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire have reason to celebrate today, as an official release date has finally been set for the fifth book in the saga, A Dance with Dragons.

According to EW, July 12, 2011 will see the release of the next book in the series, whose last book, A Feast for Crows, was released more than 5 years ago. The new book is reported to be almost 900 pages in hardcover, and will focus on characters from the series who were mostly absent in the previous book. The timing for the release of the new book will be perfect (assuming Martin is finished in time) as it will be coming out just after the HBO adaptation of A Game of Thrones, the first book in the series, wraps up.

The Song of Ice and Fire started in 1996 with the release of A Game of Thrones. The series revolves around the Stark family, and their roles in political intrigue and war in a fantasy land under threat of human and supernatural forces.

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‘A Game of Thrones’ vs. ‘The Walking Dead’: TV’s Latest One-Two Genre Punch
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The Walking Dead and A Game of Thrones cover artGeek shows have gotten more recognition in recent years than they ever did in the past. Once upon a time the height of genre television was the Star Trek franchise, which, while always intelligent and ambitious, was still shunted by society into that niche of fandom reserved for the obsessive and the dateless. Thankfully, with the success of shows like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and True Blood (and we’ll just ignore the unjust deaths of shows like Firefly, Dollhouse, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles for the moment), genre television seems to have entered into a new golden age, much like comic book movies did ten years ago.

Two of the most recent — and, it could be argued, most anticipated — such shows share a unique mission statement, despite their vastly differing subject matter. Both are adaptations of decidedly adult material, from mediums often given the short shrift in live-action television. Both will attempt to subvert genres that come heavily burdened with the preconceived notions of the common audience. And both feature a surprising pedigree of creators who are dedicated to their success. Those two upcoming shows are AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s A Game Of Thrones.

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George R.R. Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO Series Looking More Likely
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Game of Thrones

In November of 2008, it was announced that HBO had ordered a pilot episode for Game of Thrones, a potential new series based on George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. If a series was ordered, the plan was to make each season based on a book in the series — the first season being of course based on A Game of Thrones. Almost a year later we were informed that Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) had been cast along with a few other names, but the series was still not a sure thing, and it wouldn’t be until the pilot was seen that a decision would be made. Fast forward to present day and we still do not know if Game of Thrones will become a full series, but buzz has been steadily growing and a solid fanbase has already been developing.

Now comes word straight from HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo that he has seen footage from the pilot episode and that he believes its chances for getting a full greenlight are “very strong.”

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Sean Bean Cast In HBO’s “Ice And Fire” Adaptation ‘Game Of Thrones’
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Game of Thrones

Back in November, it was announced that HBO had ordered a pilot episode for a show called Game of Thrones, which is based on the highly-popular fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, A Song of Fire and Ice (Read: George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’ Series Heads For HBO). The pilot will be directed by Tom McCarthy, who is a well-known character actor who has appeared in movies like Meet the Parents and a slew of George Clooney movies including Syriana, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Michael Clayton. Mr. McCarthy is a multi-talented man, though, and does have some writing and directing experience, having directed wonderful movies like The Station Agent and Oscar-nominated The Visitor, as well as a story writer on Pixar’s Up. The pilot is one of about ten that will attempt to obtain a full series treatment by HBO.

To assure that they give it all that they have, the show is putting together quite the cast. Most-notably, Sean Bean has just been cast in the role of Lord Eddard Stark, an honorable man who becomes an adviser to the king. Bean been around for a long time and has done many great things, but he is probably best known for his work as Boromir, the loyal warrior fighting temptation in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. He’s also appeared in movies like National Treasure, Silent Hill, Troy, and even as Emperor-to-be Martin Septim in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion!

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George R.R. Martin’s “A Song Of Ice And Fire” Series Heads For HBO
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Game of ThronesHBO has called for a pilot episode of a show based on George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.

If successful, the hopes are that each book of the seven total would become seasons of the show. The pilot — and hopeful first season — would be based on the first book, A Game of Thrones. Executive producers on the pilot will be David Benioff (Troy) and D.B. Weiss (Halo).

Unfortunately, HBO has about 10 pilots ordered, so no one knows which will actually become full series; so this by no means guarantees that a full season of this show will come to fruition, but it is great news for fans of the series and fantasy alike.

I am a massive fantasy fan and would really love to see a fantasy TV series out there, especially if it’s through HBO and adult-aimed (meaning, not shitty). To have a fantasy genre show with the raw nature of HBO’s typical programming would be amazing and would likely add a whole new aspect to the genre that we’ve not really seen before.

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