Non-Fiction Book Review – Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2

  • Title: Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2
  • Author: Bryan Cogman
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 11/03/2014

Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones is a beautiful coffee table book for the television series, specifically seasons 1 and 2 only. The pictures, especially the full-size ones and the double-page spreads are absolutely gorgeous. Often books like this have nice pictures but are skimpy on content. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as much as I loved the beautiful photography. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones covers not only the major houses: Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Targaryen, but all the important but minor characters that appeared in the television series as of Season 2. That is another asset of the book by the way, because it only covers the first two seasons, and it religiously avoids spoilers, if you still have not seen later seasons – it’s a safe read. And since Season Four won’t be released on DVD until February of 2015 – it’s a safe bet some fans of the show have only seen through Season 3 at least. This is a good book to get that avoids spoilers. Also, there are very, very few references to the books and none that are spoilry in nature (a few characters, in terms of casting, were, according to Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones quite different. The interviews on casting explain these choices.)

Besides giving a well-grounded, if brief, history of Westros, Essos, and the major and minor houses – the hardcover coffee-table book is filled with interviews: casting directors, actors, costuming directors, set designers, some information on locations, etc. It’s a thorough coverage of the television series’s first two years. I highly enjoyed it.

If you are a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones television series this book belongs on your bookshelf.

There are a few things I would have liked to have seen: 1. The Credit Sequence for the show won an Emmy – I would have liked to read more about the development of the 3-D map, with pictures (I love models); and 2. I’d just like to see a map. Even with the map in the credits of the show – I’d like to get a better idea of where everything is. But there is a book due out this Fall for Series 3 and 4, so maybe these additional items will appear.

Highly recommended for fans of the show.

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