The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire)

By George R. R. Martin

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simone
Though Tyrion is one of my favorite characters, this was disappointing in that there was no new material - just quality quotes from Tyrion. Not a bad deal, just not what I expected. This might be a good coffee table book.
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smurphy32
It is great to see a little book dedicated to such a fantastic character. The ever sarcastic Tyrion Lannister is one of George R.R. Martin's finest creations and has such a wealth of brilliant quotes. It was nice to see the compilation, however I feel that many fantastic quotes and zany one-liners were tragically left out of this little tome. Thankfully Martin has given us all his other works of brilliance to pull them from.
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sarmili
This is just a book of quotes Tyrion uses in the movies/books. I am a huge fan of the series so thought maybe this had some additional things that Martin wrote but did not use, but was disappointed. Make a good coffee table book though.
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jasmine spacher
I should have read what this was all about. It just quotes from the book. It is my own fault for not reading what was included in this book. But I was thinking it would be more than just excerpts from the book.
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caitie johnson
I collect "coffee table" or display books so I went into this knowing that it wasn't going to be anything I hadn't read before. Tyrion is one of my favorite characters and GRRM autographed this for me. So I mighty happy with this purchase.
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tuomas
The book contains out of context quotes from the Song of Ice and Fire series. Frankly, most are neither witty, nor wise. The book is what it claims to be; quotes from Tyrian, but nothing of his character really comes through. If you want witty quotes, try Will Rogers or Ronald Reagan.
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mbbartlett7
I bought this for my husband. He is a Game of Thrones freak. He has read all the books and back stories, as well as watch the current series. The book is smaller than I thought it would be, but he got a kick out of it. I suppose the book size corresponds with Tyrions' size...
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lauren osborn
I'm disappointed that this even exists. It offers no new content, just a few excerpts you could blast through in less than 5 minutes. The cover and pictures are not even that nice. What I find particularly funny is that this is the "Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister" through the first five books of what is a seven-book series. So we can all look forward to the *complete* Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion in, I suppose, 20 years.
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cathy day
Nice little book. I bought it as a gift for my brother for Christmas because I never know what to buy him and the Imp is his favorite GOT character.

But really, they're just quotes so nothing new here. Okay artwork, but nothing spectacular...
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louisa
It was alright but i was expecting a book just about tyrion but instead got just his quotes and stuff through the movie/books but its great for those of you that want a refresh of all the things he said in the books/movies
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stacy golden
I would recommend this cute, fun book to all Tyrion fans, but would not recommend it to anyone who is not familiar with the character. Even though several of his sayings are timeless and would be understood, the majority of the quotes are directly related to the story and would be lost on anyone not a GOT aficionado. I would tell George R. R. Martin to spend less time on these peripheral materiasl he has been generating of late and concentrate on continuing the GOT saga! We are all (including HBO) anxiously awaiting the continuation!!
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audrey layden
What is this. I already own all of the books (so I obviously love the series), so why did I just pay for a quote book. If I had a burning desire to find out all the things that Tyrion says, I would just google it. Less than 60 seconds after buying this, I was desperately looking for a way to return it. Setting my money on fire would have been more enjoyable. If this book must be bought, it has to be the print version for the art. The kindle version is in one word: garbage.
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stuart dummit
I bought this as a gift for a friend. Tyrion Lannister is his favorite character and this book is a great compilation of the best of Tyrion. I think we spent a solid 45 minutes reading our favorites. Tyrion is a fantastic character and this book really does a good job of selecting some of his best remarks & quotes.
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alexa johnson
All of the quotes in the book can be accessed from ASOIAF books or the TV show. Coffee table quick laugh material. A keepsake for the hardcore fan at best. Mainly for the concept art. If you're looking for something NEW in the ASOIAF universe you won't find it here.
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tobias otte
I brought this as a Christmas gift for my brother. After reading all the reviews that people felt that it wasn't a "real" book because it was so short I knew it wouldn't be an actual book that you could sit and read all day, but I think my brother will really enjoy it. He and I both enjoy the Game of Thrones series and have read all the books. Ultimately, I liked it!
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erick ortiz
I will never buy another book before the reviews come out. If this is all Martin has to offer maybe I should find another author. I would think you would have made enough money by now, without screwing your fans
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liz cassell
I'm completely disapointed with this book. I thought that there would be some deeper analizes of Tyrion Lannister character but the book is only a small, and by smal i mean i 10 min read cover to cover, collection of things that tyrion has said on the game of thrones books. If you have read the game of thrones you dont need to read this. Save your money for something that is worth it. Its really absurd to spent 7,50 for a 10 minutes read, thats the time some people spent in the toilet and the toilet is a very good place for a book like this...
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janna
I am a follower of Tyrion Lannister. Game of Thrones the HBO TV series made me a follower and super fan of anything GOT either on TV show, character, actor, and online communities. Tyrion is my therapist.
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luseride
Present for husband as he loves Tyrion's wittiness! People this is a fun book, of course there is nothing new but we smile when reading the quotes and that is this cute book's purpose- to have these quotes in a beautiful and easy book. I told my hubby to keep it in his commuter bag and read it on those days when work just totally sucked.
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zannt
Funny quotes collected from Tyrion Lannister. I have to love it, Tyrion is my favourite character. I haven't read the books, only watched TV show - Peter Dinklage rules and thanks to Mr. Martin he's still alive.

"Sleep is good. And books are better. —A Clash of Kings"

Let them see that their words can cut you, and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it, make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore. —A Game of Thrones"

"Guard your tongue before it digs your grave. —A Storm of Swords"

"It all goes back and back, to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets
dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance in our steads. —A Storm of Swords"

"If I could pray with my cock, I would be much more religious. —A Clash of Kings"
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frank
This is a collection of usually one sentence in length but occasionally longer, quotes from the fictional character (and a lot of people's favourite) from the Game of Thrones series of books and TV show episodes. The book is pretty small in size, around the same size a Kindle Fire, perhaps people are getting used to read things on that sized screen, but it certainly won't cost much in postage for this thing. Each page has just one quote on it, there is a little illustration of Tyrion above the page number down the bottom. Each chapter uses the same illustration but Tyrion changes poses each time the subject (chapter heading) changes. There's also the occasional full page illustration, done in the same cartoon style as the front cover, but not as colourful as they and the small above page number illustrations are all done in a brown reddish pen ink style. This is in my opinion where the book falls a bit short of being a great book. If you do an image search online for Tyrion quotes, you'll obviously come across many of the same ones, and they are displayed with a colourful illustration of the character or a scene, or usually an unauthorized screen shot from the movie. Now granted paying royalties and stuff to do the latter may have made this book or quotes a lot more expensive to produce, but ultimately I think it would have appeased more fans. It would also allow you to remember what was going on when Tyrion said the quote. Another drawback of this book of quotes is that it is just Tyrion's quote, what makes some of his lines so brilliant is that they are often part of a conversation with someone else, or a retort to someone trying to put him down. This also results in some of his best quotes not being in here such as when one of the kingsguard with a hand on his sword tried to prevent Tyrion stopping a heinous crime by telling him no one threatens his grace in front of him. He replied "I am not threatening the king Ser, I am educating my nephew. Bronn the next time Ser Meryn speaks, kill him! That was a threat, see the difference?"

The headings (advise chapters) in the book are - On Being a Dwarf, On the Power of Words, On Romance, On Family Values, On the Human Condition, On Music, On Food and Drink, On Kingship, On Realpolitik, The Art of War, Dragons and Other Myths, and On Religion. Some of the quotes you'll find inside are -

"I learned long ago that it is considered rude to vomit on your brother."

"Half truths are worth more than outright lies"

"I am not fond of eating horse. Particularly my horse"

"Every fool loves to hear that he's important"

"When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving he a liar, you are just telling the world you fear what he might say"

"I have never liked you Cersei, but you were my own sister, so I never did you harm. You've ended that. I will hurt you for this. I don't know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt it paid."

Not a bad book to have on your coffee table or something to stimulate conversation about Game of Thrones or something. Sure you could get the highlighter out and highlight the quotes from parts of the novels, but this does present better than that.
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sami melaragno
This is a great book if you just want something to last you a few minutes or to flip through when you are bored. There are many negative reviews here because previous purchasers did not quite grasp that this is not additional information or "wit and wisdom" than what is in the novels.

There is no new content here! It is simply a collection of Tyrion quotes from the first 5 books of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series sorted into categories (eg. about being a dwarf, about money, etc).

Tyrion is a great character and thus this is an entertaining read, but do not expect you to take more than 10 minutes to flip through it as it's 1 quote per page (with illustrations!).

I give it 4 stars because for the Game of Thrones lover in your life it makes a very fun gift to open. My boyfriend (for whom I bought it) has read through it multiple times. When guests come over, they often thumb through it as well. It's a great book to leave lying around on a coffee table or in a restroom. The only reason I did not give a full 5-stars is because I believe there are many golden quotes that should/could have been included that were not.
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kevin harden
If Tyrion Lannister were a real person, alive and well today, he probably would have smacked Martin over the head with this tiny little book from his tiny little stature and railed at him to get some sense. Just because Martin has turned into a fantasy force to be reckoned with does not mean he should just produce and publish whatever he would like.

The two stars stand because I don't necessarily HATE the collection of quotes therein, but I don't like them either. The book is down to $11 on the store.com and is still too pricy. Although there are plenty of good quotes in the book, it falls short, no pun intended, of its main purpose. Although Tyrion certainly has some of the best quotes in the series, they are subjectively lackluster outside of their context. And what with the droll, ridiculous illustrations, this book does not deserve the praise that Tyrion surely should get.

Content yourself with reading the series of books that are out in the Song of Ice and Fire series to gather up your own set of quotes instead of throwing your money away on a book that isn't worth the time or the energy.
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msarnold
I thought this was something new and connected, and bought it as a Christmas treat for myself. Imagine my sadness to find that it was just a collection of quotes from the books that I already had seen!! I feel that this is a cheap trick, and that anyone that can write as well as Martin should be a bit more honorable...
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anderson rearick iii
This is not a book; this is just an extra item in a "collection." This is just further denigration of what had been my favorite character in ASOIAF. Unfortunately Tyrion has been reduced to throw-away one-liners and is not completely devoid of wit and cunning.
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darren smith
I received this as a gift from a well intentioned relative, who I think once heard me talking about the ASoIaF books. I therefore feel guilty for having indirectly contributed to the quagmire of largesse and creative bankruptcy GRRM is currently floundering in.
I can't fathom any reason for this "book" to exist aside from filling in the content gap since it's now obvious it will be years until the next actual book is released. Also, stripped of context these quotes reveal Tyrion as not being particularly witty after all.
On the plus side, come Christmas I can re-gift this to a coworker I don't really like so maybe some good will come of it after all.
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valdapal
As an avid fan of the Fire and Ice novels & the prequels (including the two graphic novels) and especially of Tyrion, I can tell you very honestly that this book is not worth the money. His wit needs context; Shakespeare he is not. Not even a great stocking stuffer, although it looks cute on my shelf next to George RR Martin's novels.
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meredith monke
I feel truly sorry for the people who purchased this book thinking it contained some new Song of Ice and Fire material.

The fact of the matter is if you have read any of the following

Game of Thrones
Clash of Kings
Storm of Swords

Then you have already read The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister it was just in a longer format.

I might suggest the future that if GRRM feels himself growing low on funds he might try Kickstarter or a good fashioned mass email either options would be more direct then this shameless grab for cash.
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ajith
Apparently there's no end to GRRM's greed. Were I in his shoes, then maybe the decision to quit writing and leave an epic series unfinished (not to mention frustrating the millions of disappointed readers who made me what I am) while I sat back and raked in millions of dollars watching movies and TV and releasing trite like this would make sense. Thankfully I'm not in those shoes, and while I miss those millions of dollars, I still have my integrity. I suppose if you have an extra 15 minutes and $5.99 burning a hole in your pocket there are worse ways you can spend both, but not very many.
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cassie imperato
Since I've already read whatever quotes this book might contain in the actual Song of Ice and Fire books, I feel comfortable reviewing this book even though I haven't read it. The reason I haven't bought the book is because, although I am a big fan of Song of Ice and Fire, I refuse to be hustled by its megalomaniac author.

Here's a tip for George. Instead of endless attempts to cash in on books you've already published, get to work on the next book so the people who've already plopped down their hard-earned money for the first five books can feel they've spent their money well. Your readers are your customers, not your worshipers, and they don't appreciate being treated like marks, whether they're buying a series of books or any other product.
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red kedi
Tyrion is one of the best written and developed characters of the 20th century. Fact.
George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" is one of the best written novels of modern times. Fact.

Given those two statement's this book, based on its title, had the chance to be both enlightening and engaging. The sad truth is that it is neither. This is an obvious attempt at a quick buck. There is a single quote on each page and no explanation, analysis, or philosophical break down to be found anywhere.

Avoid and simply search "Tyrion quotes" on your favorite search engine.

P.S. Why did I give it two stars you ask? So that people would read this!
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sugitha
I wish I would have waited until it hit bookshelves because I would not have had to add shipping and handling charges and I would also have received 10% off the price due to my rewards card from the bookstore ..oh well ..other wise it is a fun read.
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paige
Perhaps Martin should focus more on finishing the series instead of pounding out this garbage. But I think that we have discovered already that Martin is no longer interested in finishing the books. Rather he has focused more on how to make his world marketable. If this book, not to mention A Dance with Dragons, is any indication as to how the next two books in the series will be (if they ever get finished), you might as well give up and read something worth your time.
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shubhendu
This slim volume was made to fit inside a Christmas stocking; it collects all the great Tyrion Lannister quotes from the first five books of the A Song of Fire & Ice series (the basis for the Game of Thrones tv show). There is no new material here, all these quotes also appear in the other books.

When I read the novels, I get caught up in the plot and lose sight of the fact that Martin has crafted some really great, textured characters. The writing here is borderline brilliant.
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lies
Nice George! Your character is the greatest character to ever character! So good, he has his own quote book! The pretentiousness of that is mind blowing. Goes to show you fanboys really will buy anything. It's a book, with quotes, from his other books. And people bought it. I'm shaking with laughter.
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kevin wolfe hughes
Please click on the look inside button. You may get some idea of what you are buying. Its not new content, its a collection of random Imp-quotes.

Dont get this as a gift for anyone else. If they are fanatical enough about ASOIAF to want this book, they will have it already. They may even have several copies in case one gets water damaged. Anyone else you give it to will be very, very disappointed in your choice of gift.
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danielle prabaharan
I see that many reviewers think this is a "great gift for the GOT fan". Any fan getting this will be offended by your poor choice of gift. I did not buy this book, nor did I lend it. I browsed through it at the local book shop and realized that I had read the entire thing in three minutes.
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sandy rizzo
It's a quote book. Small square booklet, nearly 6" square (though 3" square would be more fitting). Hardback, about 180 pages. Consists of about 115 Tyrion quotes (1 per page), about 18 illustrations (1 per page) with the rest of the pages being blank or containing section titles (the quotes are organized by category). All the quotes come from books of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series in which Tyrion appeared (Books 1, 2, 3 & 5).

Tyrion (from the books) is neither witty nor wise; merely sad, bitter, cynical, vulgar, and mean-spirited. He can amuse as a foil to other proud and wicked characters, who deserve to be given a hard time. Ripped from their context, his words (whether sad, cynical, vulgar, or mean) just sit there in the middle of the page, and make you scratch your head and wonder how anyone thought this book might be a good idea.

The illustrations, by Jonty Clark, are competent, but uninspired; & tend to show Tyrion with an "Alfred E. Neuman" expression on his face (google the name if you don't understand). This suggests that the book is meant to be funny.

Reasons to buy this book:
(1) It is a physical object (does not apply to the kindle edition).
(2) You can fit it in a large stocking (does not apply to the kindle edition).
(3) It is a keepsake (ie. if you buy it, you will own it).
(4) You can add it to your collection (ie. if you buy it, you will own it).
(5) You can give it as a gift (ie. if you buy it, you can get rid of it).
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jacob oliver
Quotes pulled from the main series, although minus the context. Straight up waste of your time and money

Would be think George Martin would be focusing on the next book in the series as opposed to spinning out money makers like this.
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anja hose
Tyrion Lannister is larger-than-life in both books and on screen. His wisdom is sprinkled through out the volumes of The Song of Ice and Fire. It is so nice to have it wrapped up in one book.
I know have a plea to Mr. George R.R. Martin - PLEASE finish the saga. If Mr. Martin complies Volume 2, I will purchase that one too
Read and enjoy
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maree
Unless you are a massive, and I mean MASSIVE, ASOIAF fan, there is no reason to buy this garbage. It's nothing more than a collection of good Tyrion quotes, that don't function well without context. It makes me wonder if GRRM isn't trying to rip-off his fans. Maybe he finally realizes that some people will just eat this crap up? I know I won't be fooled again. Spend your $10 elsewhere.
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yazmin
Look, Tyrion has a sharp tongue and sharper wit. But taken out of context, most of these fall flat. Illustrations are good, but this could be better as a blog or something, at best. As an entire book, for $12? Well, when Tyrion said "What joy to be a Dwarf" he was being sarcastic/ironic, not suggesting this book.

A 10 minute read with maybe two grins and a chuckle.
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jenniferc
This is a novelty book with a Tyrion quote per page. Not a novel, or anything deep. You can even "look inside" and see that quotes is what you're getting.

That said.. I love Tyrion, and a book of his quotes is pretty cool in my opinion, and it will look great on my coffee table. Not to mention it's a neat addition to my SoIaF/GoT collection. :D
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ben ihloff
George, I have a fantastic idea for you; rather than wasting both of our time with this bull, open up your damn word document and finish you next book. I mean really! what is the point of this? Did you really think your fans would be thrilled to buy something they can look up for free on google? Stupid.
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tim sallinger
This pathetic excuse for a book should be instead aptly entitled the "The Greed and Ignominy of GRRM", unless you like to buy books full of quotes that you already have paid for and have read in the unfinished series of ASOFAI. Along with amateur fantasy artwork the likes the world has not seen since the early days of "Dungeons & Dragons" rule-books circa 1979. Only a demented sycophant would buy this and for autograph purposes only.

"Words are Wind" indeed, and the foul stench of this book only gets one star.
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rene margaret
When this was first announced, I thought it was a joke. Onion satire style thing. But oh no. Sadly, this is very real, and perhaps the most disgraceful, pathetic, and farcical cash grabs of our era. Who would buy this book? Who would display this on their coffee table? Who could read this thing and not feel ripped off, not feel like their intelligence was just hugely insulted? I know not, as words are wind, and I know not where whores go. I predict the majority of sales here will be from clueless people buying a trinket for a family member or friend because they know they are fans (or once fans) of the books or the HBO series. That's what happened to me anyway... but maybe my buddy hates me and is trying to let me know it.

These are new lows for an author who knows no shame. Martin writes on his blog, unapologetically, how he fleeces his fan base and is literally rolling in dump trucks of money. But hey, he's bought a new movie theater in Santa Fe. You can buy the Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister at the concession stand for 200% beyond MSRP and maybe, if you're lucky, you'll get one of the few signed copies in the lot.
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ivy londa
Mr. Martin should be ashamed to cash in on a random collection of quotes (one per page) that - taken out of the context of the A Song of Ice and Fire-books - are utterly meaningless and boring ("words are wind" etc.). I grant publishing this crap was probably not a big effort as some poor intern could harvest the quotations, but marketing this title at a time when the likely release date of "Winds of Winter" has been postponed again is very bad timing. It would be much appreciated if George RR Martin would focus on writing the books that made him popular in the first place. (And I don`t mean Wild Cards or Tuf Voyaging). 1 the store-star for a zero-star-product.

P.S.: The cover is the worst fantasy book artwork I have seen in years.
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shraddha
what a joke. I thought he was actually writing a new book to keep us occupied until book 6 came out instead he gives us this. Merely quotes from all the other books. How lazy and greedy for money can you be? He needs to stop focusing on the tv series. and I'm not trying to be mean by saying this but he's going to die before he ever gets these books written. and then some schmuck is going to come back and try to write the rest. Just like what happened to Robert Jordan
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alice gold
I've read the book discription and then I read a lot of the one star reviews. Seems like a lot of whining caused by their inability to do research before they purchase something. If they know anything about Martin, then the would know that he has long gaps between putting out anything truely new in a series esp. this series. It's a collection of Tyrion's quotes from the books that have already been published. Get over yourselves people.
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mary ann tosca conte
The book is exactly what I'd expect it to be: a cute little coffee table or desktop book of random quotes by Tyrion Lannister, something Game of Thrones or ASOIAF fans would enjoy as a memento while they're waiting for the next book or TV season to begin.

As for the complaints, I'm not sure why all the one-star reviews. You can "look inside" the book before you buy it. Was anyone seriously expecting a detailed analysis or an essay? It's a book of random quotes, nothing more, nothing less. A little holiday "gift" from the publisher. I could see maybe some people might feel it's missing their favorite quotes, but such is life.

As for the price, $10 is not a lot to spend for such a book. The one-quote-per-page format is typical of these quotation books, whether they're books based on Sherlock Holmes, Einstein, or Tyrion. I have all three. People like randomly leafing through them. At around 150 quotes or so (I'm guessing, given the page count and illustrations), I'd hardly call it a ripoff. And of course, not every quote will be overwhelmingly clever out of context (even, dare I say, the Sherlock Holmes ones), but many are at least mildly entertaining and a few are ingenious. Also, more than likely it was the publisher who decided to put out ancillary material like this, and quite possibly even helped select the quotes. The last thing I'm sure they'd want is GRRM taking precious time away from delivering the next book for something like this.

But taken for what it is, it's a nice little keepsake for Game of Thrones or ASOIAF fans. Probably not something I'd get in ebook format though, as it's not a book you "read" like a novel.
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