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itainteasy
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Default  Posted: 12:23 PM, December 31st (Tuesday)

I'm sure some of you have read it..
I got the series for Christmas, haven't started it yet.

Thoughts? Good, bad? It's the first series I know NOTHING about that I'm about to read.

I haven't watched the show, either so I'm really going in blind.


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Default  Posted: 12:57 PM, December 31st (Tuesday)

The first four books are fantastic, then (in my opinion) the author gets a little long-winded and adds in a lot of extra characters that make it more difficult to keep the threads of the story.

Don't get me wrong- it is a GREAT series.
However, George R. R. Martin is a slow writer (perfectionist), so it takes a long while for the next book to come out.

Enjoy!


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itainteasy
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Default  Posted: 1:20 PM, December 31st (Tuesday)

Thank you!

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Default  Posted: 2:37 PM, December 31st (Tuesday)

Still working my through 5. I found books 2 and 4 to be a bit of a chore but for the most part I'm enjoying the series.


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Default  Posted: 2:57 PM, December 31st (Tuesday)

I agree with Gaby except that I found the fourth book to be pretty tedious too (although still good).


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Default  Posted: 11:58 AM, January 6th (Monday)

I'm loving it so far. I'm totally grossed out by the incest, though I'm enjoying the intrigue.

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Default  Posted: 12:33 PM, January 6th (Monday)

I love it!
I had a long break between 4 and 5, which I'm reading now.
Even though I read the wiki pages for reminders, I am so lost when certain things and characters come up....



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Default  Posted: 4:15 PM, January 10th (Friday)

I read them all when the last one, Dance of Dragons came out. Both H and I spent many months reading them. Sometimes it dragged a little, but he develops the characters so well that I could almost see them. I really enjoyed the series and look forward to Martin getting another one out.

When it came out on video we bought the first season and I think they did a pretty good job picking most of the people to fit the parts.

I think reading it is still better than watching it though.


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Default  Posted: 5:12 PM, January 10th (Friday)

Love them, just started book 5 this week and I am addicted to the show. I have a love/hate thing with the author as I have come to know this series better.


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Default  Posted: 9:18 PM, January 15th (Wednesday)

I just got home from the library with my shiny copy of Book 4. I can't wait


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Default  Posted: 3:39 AM, January 16th (Thursday)

I absolutely love the show!!!

I can''t wait until the new season starts!!!

I haven''t read the books. I''ve heard there are a few differences, but like all novels the books tell it better than the tv ever could.


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Default  Posted: 7:47 PM, January 17th (Friday)

This is the best series of books I have read. Liked if even more than the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I am currently reading Name of the WInd and find it good as well.


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Default  Posted: 10:48 PM, January 19th (Sunday)

I tried so hard to get into these books and I just couldn't. I don't know why, but I couldn't get "lost" into it like I like

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Default  Posted: 9:25 AM, January 20th (Monday)

This is probably my favorite book series ever. Love 'em.


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Default  Posted: 3:29 PM, February 3rd (Monday)

I think this is probably my favorite series of books ever. For me there weren't any slow books. I am dying for the next one to come out. That is my only complaint....too long to wait in between books.

Coachdig10- where did you get Name of the Wind?


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Default  Posted: 4:18 PM, February 3rd (Monday)

Oops. I got mixed up about the author for "Name of the Wind".


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Default  Posted: 4:35 PM, February 3rd (Monday)

For those who've read the books & watched the show, did you love both? I held off watching until I finished the books and I haven't started yet.


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Default  Posted: 4:48 PM, February 3rd (Monday)

I love both the books and the HBO series. Tyrion most of all
Be aware that there will be differences....more and more as the series progresses.


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Default  Posted: 8:54 PM, February 3rd (Monday)

For those who've read the books & watched the show, did you love both? I held off watching until I finished the books and I haven't started yet.

I love both! I am more of a reader so I would read the books first. I read the books a while ago and read them so fast that as I watch I'm trying to remember what actually happened in the books, and having trouble.

I may need to read them again at some point.


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Default  Posted: 12:19 PM, February 4th (Tuesday)

I love both the TV series and the books. Maybe the show more, but they are further behind so we'll see how that goes.

I started with the show, and found the female characters more endearing, then on to the books and the male characters are more appealing. Except Tyrion, he is awesome in both.

I wouldn't worry about spoiling yourself one way or the other, they are different enough to be enjoyable in both forms.


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Default  Posted: 5:28 PM, February 4th (Tuesday)

Love both, started with the show, got addicted, had to read the books. I absolutely love the actors on the show and Tyrion is astounding. I love how well rounded the characters are, no one is purely good or evil. You love/hate them all and some you lean more to one side than the other.


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Default  Posted: 7:56 PM, February 4th (Tuesday)

Well, I ended up watching the first 3 episodes on Monday night, very good! Although I hope Jon eventually stops standing around with his mouth hanging open looking dumb all the time! I can't wait for the last book; what's the word on when it will be finished?


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Default  Posted: 10:00 AM, February 5th (Wednesday)

the books are pretty good. ive not watched the series at all except a few episodes here and there.

if you like it, give the "wheel of time" series a try by robert jordan. imo its much superior.


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Default  Posted: 11:17 AM, February 10th (Monday)

I like the series. They do a decent job for the tv series. I am about 50% through the 5th book, but I just haven't been interested in reading the remainder, and not because the book is bad, I am determined to finish it by spring!


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Default  Posted: 6:19 AM, February 11th (Tuesday)

I saw a couple episodes of the show and was totally turned off. But i decided to give the books a shot.

I am about 150 pages or so into book one and it is ok. Less graphic sexually than the corresponding tv episodes.

There is incest, and a child bride (child to our modern way of thinking) and violence. So it is not for the squeamish.

I am reserving full judgement till I finish at least the first book.


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Default  Posted: 8:39 AM, February 11th (Tuesday)

I can't wait for the last book; what's the word on when it will be finished?

I read that book 6 is almost done, no release date but it will be done before season 6 of the show.
It takes him like 5 years to write one, so book 7 could be a long way off!!

I heard a rumor that he told the producers of the show what is going to happen, so that if he dies before finishing the books at least we'll be able to watch it!


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Default  Posted: 10:56 AM, March 16th (Sunday)

I have now read books 1-3. i like them but.... seriously dude needs a better editor. Way too much extraneous stuff.

The story lines are good, and I like the characters and the plot twists- even though he kills off a lot of main characters...but I find myself skimming large sections that seem to have no particular point in the narrative. Dunno- maybe they come into play later but for now I think they are a bit too much.


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Default  Posted: 10:59 AM, March 17th (Monday)

I'm still on Book 3. He is very wordy. I agree about the extranneous (sp?) shit.

If he cut 10% of his word count, the books would probably drop at least 300 pages.

I'm trying not to get too attached to any of the characters. I absolutely loathe half of them, though.


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Content  Posted: 10:45 PM, March 21st (Friday)

Read all 5 books... The last book moved too slow for me. I wanted more resolutions but didn't happen. I also watch it on HBO. Looking forward to the new season next month.

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itainteasy
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Default  Posted: 9:38 AM, March 31st (Monday)

Um yeah. So I'm almost done with Book 3.

WTF?????

I guess if you're going to be a fan of the series you can't get attached to ANYONE!


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Default  Posted: 9:36 PM, March 31st (Monday)

I love the ASOIAF books. I know many people don't care for all the extra characters and whatnot...but I find them interesting. To me, they flesh out aspects of the story I would not have otherwise thought of. It gets a little tricky to keep everyone straight, but once you've read the books 2 (or 3 ) times it all makes sense. Some of it even more so.


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Default  Posted: 4:49 AM, April 8th (Tuesday)

Reposting as I really enjoyed the books. We bought the first two sets of the series as we don't have tv....I think they did a good job, but still prefer reading the books.

I haven't seen anyone post the link for the chapter Martin has on his website from the next book. Fun to preview. I've pasted it here: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/

[This message edited by Alex CR at 4:52 AM, April 8th (Tuesday)]


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Default  Posted: 10:12 AM, April 14th (Monday)

Currently reading Book 5.

George Martin is a brazen author. His character development is well crafted. (Character depth is what I look for in literature and films. Without it I just drift away)The author takes many unexpected turns. It's lovely (for fiction)to be taken off-guard so easily.

As for the show...they have done a great job casting. When watching the first episode, I knew the characters from appearance and mannerisms. I'm not fond of the added sex and story changes but hey, that's Hollywood.


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Default  Posted: 11:47 AM, April 14th (Monday)

Alex, thank you! That made my day!


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Default  Posted: 3:29 PM, April 14th (Monday)

The first four books are fantastic, then (in my opinion) the author gets a little long-winded and adds in a lot of extra characters that make it more difficult to keep the threads of the story.

That can be said for most epic fantasy stories. It can't possibly end up with as many characters as Wheel of Time has. For now I'm watching the TV show, but I refuse to read any more fantasy series before they are completed.

I got there when Robert Jordan died and wheel of Time had to be finished by someone else. At the time I was also reading the Sword of Truth series and found I'd often forget important details from previous books by the time the next one came out.

Anyway I'm enjoying the show. I will likely pick up the books once they are completed.

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Default  Posted: 5:27 PM, May 15th (Thursday)

I'd read the first three back-to-back about ten years ago and really enjoyed them, then waited and waited (and waited some more) for Book 4 - 'A Feast for Crows'. I have rarely been more disappointed in a book. It wasn't until Book 5 was published that I felt Martin actually got back to the 'proper' story of the first three books.

I'm enjoying the TV series. It think it's very well done overall, and any changes from the books work for me.


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Default  Posted: 12:28 AM, May 19th (Monday)

I just ordered them when hubby and I started dating 13-14 years ago, he was reading these books. I used to tease him, and here I am hooked on the show. Full circle They should be here tomorrow, hopefully the kids are prepared to fend for themselves for awhile!


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