Yes, it’s official! I’m jumping the George R. R. Martin bandwagon!
Since HBO aired the first season of the TV series Game of Thrones to wide acclaim, people have just been raving mad about how good it was — and so was the book it was based upon written by George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones, the first book in the epic called A Song of Ice and Fire. Learning to approach things that come with hype with caution, I was not too keen both to the TV series and the book — that is, until friends and book blogs I follow began praising how good it really is.
As for me, that’s all the persuasion I need (see how easily gullible I am).
From the get go I was bent on getting the whole series thinking that buying the boxed set will be a good deal if ever the fantasy series does interest me. Actually, I was bent on getting the Bantam boxed set — since it’s the only kind I see — on the 32nd Manila International Book Fair. However, the set was sold out on my second round in MIBF during the weekend.
I let it at that believing that new deliveries will soon arrive and I then have to wait for another sale. When it’s meant for you, it is for you.
As fate would have it I am meant for something better.
So it is that upon seeing the UK boxed set edition of A Song of Ice and Fire published by Harper Voyager (the recent July 12, 2011 printing coinciding with the release of the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons) for the first time on Fully Booked Gateway, I decided then and there that it is the one I want. Yet I hesitated on the weeks that followed mulling over if it’s well worth it as it is steeply priced at Php 2,199. I just overcame my indecision when I receive an email notification from the said bookstore that their Gateway branch is having a 20 % off sale for 3 days (Dec. 2-4). I took this as a sign, and so on Saturday the previous weekend I went to the bookshop, made the purchase that will definitely bloat my TBR pile yet walked off a happy man.
Below are the pictures I took of the UK boxed set edition. Ogle, Gentle Readers!
Here’s the individual pictures of the books included in the set.
Here’s an overview of the books included in the set. As you see the boxed set also comes with a free companion guide, but this should not be browsed especially by those, who like me, are just starting to read the series as it contains major spoilers. The 4 page map at the rear of the companion might come in handy though.
I think this boxed set is a good value for your money and it’s also a nice gift idea for someone who likes to read fantasy epics or a little something of a Christmas treat for yourself. If you’re a nitpicking book collector like me and shies away from movie tie-in editions, this might be the one you’re looking for. Considering the individual price for the individual books, this one’s definitely a good deal, more so if you can have it at a cut-off sale price like I did. So don’t think twice, get this one right away before it runs out. As I hear the second season of the TV series is now on production and will air early next year, so you can still catch up.
Looks like someone’s got a lot of reading to do. Winter is coming!