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Monday, 28 April 2014

Book Review: HBO's Game of Thrones

Inside HBO's Game of ThronesInside HBO's Game of Thrones by Bryan Cogman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Gollancz September 2012: ISBN 978 0 575 09314 0
Author Bryan Cogman’s offering to fans of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series of books (seven so far, and counting…) and the spin off TV series Game of Thrones is beautifully luxurious without going over the top. At $45 RRP it’s not cheap, but it hit the market nicely timed for the Christmas rush. If you have a nearest and dearest who is a fan of the series in either of its manifestations, look no further – any enthusiast would be delighted to receive this gorgeous tome.

Caressing the soft vinyl cover, reminiscent of the soft leather bindings of a century or more ago, we are immediately carried back in time. Not as far back, perhaps, as the pseudo-medieval world of the series, but far enough back to feel that here is something special, a message from the past. Skimming the enticing Table of Contents, we find that there are entire sections devoted to each of the families engaged in the eponymous struggle – the Game of Thrones. Histories of the houses and of individual characters invite us to dip into their world and get to know them better. Anyone coming into the HBO series without having read the books is likely to need this guide, for this is a complex tale with literally thousands of characters. Fear not – there are family trees and maps included to help you find your way around. The book also features Will Simpson's concept art and work from Gemma Jackson's design team. It also boasts previously-unpublished set photos, production and costume designs, storyboards and props.

Each section is enhanced not only by a multitude of black and white, sepia and colour pictures, but also by interviews with and comments from the actors, production staff and the Grand Old Man himself. As well as popping up regularly within the pages, GRRM also wrote the preface, explaining how the series came to be made. The production’s story is a fascinating one, involving multiple international venues and a huge cast of principals and extras, to say nothing of the vast army of production personnel and support staff.

The book, of course, only covers series one and two, and it’s likely that there will be many more, with a projected ten episodes required to cover each book in the series. Series one and two – twenty eps – are already available. If this book does well perhaps the author will be moved to cover more ‘makings-of’ in further volumes. With a steady turnover of principals (the story has a huge body count) there will be plenty of call for more fan fodder in the coming years.

American author Bryan Cogman is known for writing two episodes of the series: What Is Dead May Never Die, the third episode of the show's second season, and Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things, the fourth episode of the first season. He has written at least one episode for series #3 as well. He has also edited ten episodes. Cogman is familiar with the cast, crew and writing team of Game of Thrones, and his insider knowledge is what makes this book shine.

As a fan of the books and the HBO series, I give this one five stars!


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6 comments:

Jo said...

I have read most, if not all, of the books. They were so spaced out I lost count. I have never seen the TV version. I went off the books a bit when he started killing all the people one had taken a liking to. Although I believe Jon Snow is still around.

Satima Flavell said...

I believe even John eventually comes to a Bad End, Jo, as Mr Martin seems to want a complete turn over of characters. I suspect all the characters in Book One will have kicked the bucket by the time the series is finished! But who knows when that will be?

Jo said...

I suppose I will finish the series one day, but I got a tad disillusioned with it.


Planning to blog about your book and Glenda's too in the fairly near future. The Aussie Dagger books LOL.

Satima Flavell said...

That's kind, Jo. Every mention helps. I'll look forward to hearing what you have to say about the two Aussie Daggers!

Sue Bursztynski said...

I've made a start on the fourth book and have the fifth waiting around. I enjoyed the first one and got sucked into the rest, can't help admiring him for being willing to kill off anyone. But in the end, it has become a mediaeval soapie and I'm not find of soapies. I much prefer his earlier work, to be honest. Fevre Dream, Tuf Voaging and such.

Satima Flavell said...

I feel ashamed that I've read nothing of GRRM's except Game of Thrones! It's actually easier, I think, to see the series first and then read the books. I fully intend to read them all again as I enjoyed every one. Diff'rent strokes, etc...!

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