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Publisher's Summary

An in-depth look at the philosophical issues behind HBO's Game of Thrones television series and the books that inspired it...
George R. R. Martin's New York Times best-selling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals?

Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series
Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones
Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones
Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.
©2012 John Wiley & Sons (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Tommy on 07-12-13

Open your eyes and read this please

Is this a great work of philosophy... no. Does it make you think about topics in different ways...yes. Look, the book might have flaws but I think any book that causes critical thinking is a good thing. If you disagree with the contents, good! At least you are thinking.

I have read the hyper-critical of this work and honestly,the bad reviews convinced me to get it. Someone goes on a 750 word rant about how their thoughts are far superior than the book just make me want to see what the fuss is all about. Rather than trying to prove who has the bigger brain just open up, listen and compare or contrast you own thoughts and opinions.

This book facilitated free thought and that is what philosophy is all about...the investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.
I love Martin's book series and HBO's series and this is a good companion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 02-25-13

An easily understood treatise on philosophy

What did you love best about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

A clear discussion of the basis of a number of philosophical schools, both political and ethical using examples based on the characters in the books and identifying criticisms that are not immediately evident. Chapters are written by a number of authors in their areas of expertise.

What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robin Sachs clearly understands the material and his pace and inflections add clarity to the discussion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Wisdom is like dragons and fears neither fear nor swords.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 12-01-13

Great book to further enjoy the game of thrones

Where does Game of Thrones and Philosophy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Certainly ranks in my top twenty

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the discussion about God and the links to the game of thrones gods. In particular the warrior philosophy was discussed at length which I enjoyed

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Discussions of moral correctness particularly in the case Ned

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes certainly I could not out the boom down so to speak very gripping

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable book that made me think about the real life implication of the characters I'm the game of thrones. It made me look at complicated philisophical ideas in an entirely new light by applying them to my favourite series. You don't have to be an expert in any field to enjoy this boo, if you have read the booms or even just watched the series you will enjoy this book

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1 out of 5 stars
By Choder Boy on 01-03-18

terrible sound quality

An interesting listen ruined by poor sound quality. I stuck at it for at least 5 hours but I keep hearing an awful background creaking every minute or so.

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