I've seen rave reviews of Game of Thrones since it came out in '96 ... but avoided reading it since I wanted to tackle the whole series from start to finish in one go. Obviously I've been waiting a while to start...
Well, then the HBO series came along. And I *really* wanted to watch it. So, after 15 years, I caved and read Game of Thrones. And (for me) it lived up to the hype and I immediately dove into the second book (still on it) as soon as I finished watching Season 1. That said, I'd read the book first and then watch the HBO series, as so many here have already said. I think it condenses some of the fluff in the book without sacrificing much content -- a very good adaptation.
The second season is in production now, so hopefully it won't be too long until the next installment. My question is: Will Martin focus more on the television series now it's a huge success instead of working on the last two books? I'd like to think that with the release of Book 5 his pace will pick up again, but who knows...
You will find no closure from reading Game of Thrones -- but, if you like epic fantasy, it is still a good read regardless.
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Last edited by Dr. Drib; 12-12-2011 at 06:31 AM.