The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 22 Oct 2019

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LOVE LOVE LOVE Game of Thrones. Disappointed with the last season of the tv show, as almost everyone was, but a super big fan of the books. Anxiously awaiting the 6th book in the series, so having this guide to the tv show to read in the interim was great. Extremely detailed, with lots of tidbits about the show, the history, and unanswered questions fans may have had over the course of the 8 seasons. Great little behind the scenes book.
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Kim Renfro has created a book that is perfect for the TRUE G.O.T. fan.

Ever had a question about an episode or a question about the series as a whole? If so, this book more than likely contains the answer.

I was already a Game of Thrones fan for many years before the television series was ever created. George R.R. Martin is a truly gifted author. His books (and by extension the tv show) are extremely detailed and his world-building is second to none. This book pays homage to his creative vision.

This book would make an awesome Christmas gift for the Game of Thrones fan on your list.

I rate this book as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book
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I have to admit, I haven't watched or read the Game of Thrones series. So I evaluated this book from the perspective of a collection development librarian outside her subject matter expertise. I wasn't reading it as a fan and didn't necessarily appreciate the significance of insights shared. This is a thorough, entertaining history of the making of the show. Some reviews here and elsewhere have mentioned that parts of the insider information in this book have already been widely shared on the internet. Perhaps the obsessive fan will not learn anything new, but a casual viewer who loves the series will enjoy reading it. I expect it'll also be a popular holiday gift!
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Princess Fuzzypants here:  My family have long been fans of both the books and the series.  As we wait impatiently for the final season to come out on BluRay so we can watch the entire oeuvre, this book is a delightful trip down memory lane of many of the high points of the show.
It delves into the genesis of the stories and the original books that planted the seeds in George RR Martin’s fertile imagination.  There have been rabid fans since the books first came out and when Benioff and Weiss discovered the treasure trove, they first had to pass George’s test.  They had to tell him who was Jon Snow’s mother.  It told Martin that they had not only read the story but they got it.
There are lots of background stories but my favourites by far describe the various themes in costumes or music or any number of other touches that foreshadowed or supported what was going on.   I am going to be looking more deeply at the details.  The stories are told with such love and respect.  It even deals with some of the more contentious issues particularly in the final season that led to much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth on the internet.  Now I want to pull out my BluRays and the books and revisit it all.  This is a must for fans of the series.
Five purrs and two paws up.
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This book has been very helpful with stating how the history of Game of thrones has been made. It hows through how meticulous it was to not only put the show together at all, but shows how the actors and music were selected, and much much more. I liked knowing each of that history, and you learn quickly the before and after of the first season and what could have been easily a very bad show. I think this book is key to knowing the history of behind the scenes on Game of Thrones. The detail in this book is insane, and I highly recommend it for anyone considering it for their collection, or even just as a personal read.
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The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones is a post-show compilation of theories, facts, and interviews about the much-discussed franchise. While the majority of the information here can obviously be found in endless Reddit threads or anywhere else on the internet, I was appreciative of the author's deep knowledge of the books and how she was able to weave together that lore with the HBO series. However, if you're already a fan of the franchise and have followed it for a while, you may not exactly learn anything new here, but it's a nice book to have on the shelf to glance at occasionally. 

**I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Atria Books.**
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I was curious about this book and had high expectations. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed as most of the material was already present on the web.
I received this arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
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Game of Thrones. Everyone knows it. Or, at least, they think they do. With this book readers will get to know all about the show and how it is connected to the books. The author, an entertainment editor and fan of both the show and books, really did her research and gives us a treasure trove of knowledge about the show. Unfortunately, that treasure chest might be a little too fully packed. At times, the book seems to get a bit bogged down in detail and minutiae. This might be somewhat of a problem for the casual GoT fan; hard-core fans will eat it up with a spoon. And, if you have read the books, you will be over the moon with the details, explanations and comparisons. 

As a casual Game of Thrones fan, I found the book interesting but more detailed than I wanted. I also found all the production information beginning to make my eyes glaze over and run together in my mind. About two-thirds through the book, I was wishing for a condensed version. Also, I found the illustrations a bit bizarre and wish they had not been included.
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved GOT but started GRRM’s books after watching the show for several seasons. There are so many little things I missed the first time watching. It was interesting to find out more of how the show came into being. The information about the costumes and how the main characters’ look changed with each season was great. I plan to read the final book when George R.R. Martin completes it. Thank you Kim Renfre for giving some closure to me regarding Game of Thrones: a series of books just too large and sweeping for a TV show to even compete. Thank you for allowing me to review an advanced copy.
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This book is a good physical memory of the “event” that is Game of Thrones. It basically compiles a lot of the stuff you would have read on the internet before the shows. Not really much new or inside info.
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This was a fantastic look at the Game of Thrones TV show. The author gave us a lot of information about the show, diving into details about the seasons, the cast, wardrobes, memorable quotes, etc. All of it was given to us in a well-researched and engaging read. I personally binge-watched Game of Thrones a couple months before the premiere of the final season so everything was still really fresh in my mind and Renfro did an amazing job of examining the connections between the characters and events but also giving us new information about the process of making the show. Renfro also compares the show to the books and the ways in which they diverge as well as exploring why certain changes were made to characters and scenes. I think that this book is perfect for anyone who loves the show and wants more details of the whole experience of Game of Thrones.
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Thank you to Net Galley and Atria books for an ARC of this title.  This book was written by someone who knows the books, the series and how to weave them together, giving us so much information and insight at the same time.  With something as broad in scope as GoT, this is an accomplishment.  I'd read a couple of similar books, and I always came across disappointed, because they had information that was easily discovered online.  This book, especially the chapter on the music, is full of information that just boggles the mind.  If you're a GoT fan, a fan of the books, or just want to see the kind of work and thought that goes into a production like this, I'd highly recommend this.
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This book contains a wealth of trivia and behind-the-scenes information about Game of Thrones.  The vast majority comes from previously published interviews and articles; however, it is useful to have this data gathered in one place.  There are two major problems for me here:  1) The illustrations accompanying the text are uninspiring, especially to someone familiar with the wonderful GOT/ASOIAF fanart out there; 2) the author is too much of an apologist for a pair of incompetent showrunners.  Yes, opinions will vary about the ending, but the terrible pacing and the misuse of major characters (for example, Dany turning into a madwoman overnight and Jaime suddenly during a 180 on his redemption arc) will never make narrative sense.
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Another of those books that try to capitalize of the attraction that Game of Thrones has... Think what you want about it, I'm not a big fan of that kind of that kind of things...
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