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JanaGreen
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Default  Posted: 9:19 AM, June 24th (Monday)

WARNING - I'm only on page 105. I've already gotten a lot of spoilers from what little bit of the show I've seen, and from Facebook - so please tread lightly, I beg!

I wanted to buy the first book (rather than the boxed set) so I could see how I liked it before committing to the whole series - well, I was up until 2:00 am reading. It's really good so far - what do you think? Does it keep getting better?


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Default  Posted: 10:17 AM, June 24th (Monday)

I loved this series of books.
I have two main complaints though. First, the author takes forever to write each one (so take your time reading them because the next one will be a long time coming).
My second complaint is that the further in the series you go, the list of characters starts to grow exponentially...and while this can be good if they are important to the main plot line(s), it doesnt always feel that these are key players.


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JanaGreen
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Default  Posted: 10:31 AM, June 24th (Monday)

So what you're saying is I probably should start taking notes now?

So - the books that are already written do not complete the series? It's still in progress?? I didn't realize that.


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Default  Posted: 11:09 AM, June 24th (Monday)

Yep, it is still in progress.
Don't get me wrong...it is a fantastic series, but you need a lot of patience with the last couple of books (and the author's perfectionism/slow writing).


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Default  Posted: 11:52 AM, June 24th (Monday)

I loved the first few books a lot, but then they started to get overly complicated and overly populated for me...keeping in mind that reading with a toddler around can be hard and postpartum my ADD has been difficult to manage. So yes! Start taking notes now and enjoy the ride! I think there are two more books planned to finish the series.

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KeepCalm_CarryOn
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Default  Posted: 12:05 PM, June 24th (Monday)

I absolutely LOVE the books and cannot wait for the rest of the series!

But yes, I agree with others, the cast of characters grows (although many do die). Honestly, I started making up nicknames for them so I could keep them all straight!


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JanaGreen
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Default  Posted: 12:33 PM, June 24th (Monday)

Maybe by the time I finish the books that are already written, the last two will be finished. I doubt it because I become a slave to my book when I'm enjoying it, but I can hope!

Does the HBO series follow the book closely? From the little I've watched (I decided early on that the show was so good that I couldn't let myself watch it until I read the series) it seems like it does.


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Default  Posted: 1:03 PM, June 24th (Monday)

The HBO series does follow the books pretty closely, the author, Martin, is very involved with the production and writing of the show. However you get a lot more detail and I think a lot more emotionally attached in the books.


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Default  Posted: 1:50 PM, June 24th (Monday)

However you get a lot more detail and I think a lot more emotionally attached in the books.
I agree.


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Default  Posted: 9:52 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

For some reason, I resisted reading the books and only watched the series. I changed my mind after watching the second last episode of this last season. I've just begun the first book.
I won't mention the scene name, but holy hell, it was awesome.


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Default  Posted: 10:19 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

I won't mention the scene name, but holy hell, it was awesome.


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Default  Posted: 10:45 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

I just started the books and bought season one of the tv show. lol.
I have decided to read the books first. already enjoying them a lot!


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JanaGreen
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Default  Posted: 10:48 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

I'm sure you're talking about the red wedding. Facebook already ruined that one for me.


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Default  Posted: 1:07 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Said scene is so much better in the books!! More detail, more emotion....have I mentioned I like the books better?!


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Default  Posted: 2:39 PM, June 26th (Wednesday)

I am obsessed with the series and the books Book 4 took me forever... it is seriously long and easily the most boring book of the series, but it is worth it. I liked 3 the best.

I watched the first season and then read the books before season 2 started, and honestly... watching the show kind of helped me keep track of people better when things got clunky in the books (which starts to happen at around book 3). Even in books 4 & 5 (where the series hasn't caught up), it somehow helped even though a lot of characters haven't appeared in the series yet.

I've never been into the fantasy genre before until Game of Thrones, and I have been searching and searching for something similar to it that isn't all cheesy and magic-heavy.


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Default  Posted: 8:24 AM, June 27th (Thursday)

Yes, it was the red wedding! I can't wait to read it in the book. So much reading before then!


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Default  Posted: 12:52 AM, June 28th (Friday)

I love this series of books and can't wait until it's finished.

The TV series is a good adaptation of the book and the actor who plays Tyrion is perfect!! He has become my favorite character.

Martin has done a good job with the characters and most are not all good or all bad, but complex.


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Default  Posted: 8:44 PM, June 30th (Sunday)

I finished reading book 2 a couple of weeks ago so I'm currently waiting for book 3 to arrive


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Default  Posted: 2:00 PM, July 1st (Monday)

I love them. I'm on book 4 and it isn't confusing to me because of the characters. When I do need help though to differentiate on the characters I do go to wiki games of thrones my little cheat sheet but i love them and I did find out that the author is still producing more books I just hope he hurries :( either way hope you enjoy


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Default  Posted: 3:51 PM, September 24th (Tuesday)

OK, on A Feast for Crows now!

Where can I catch up on the series? It's not on Netflix and it looks like HBO just has the previous season on demand?


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Default  Posted: 4:10 PM, September 24th (Tuesday)

I grabbed each season on eBay for about $10 per season.
There are just some movies/shows you have to have on hand!


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Default  Posted: 8:08 AM, September 25th (Wednesday)

I'm waiting for book 4 to arrive


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Default  Posted: 12:05 PM, October 28th (Monday)

I'm reading book 3 on my Kindle right now so I have no idea how long it is (I'm 71% into the series. Based on the show I thought I was almost finished at 60%, but it keeps going and going. Is season 4 going to be the second half of book 3?

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Default  Posted: 12:21 PM, October 30th (Wednesday)

Season 4 will include parts from book 3 and possibly books 4 and 5 as well according to something I read George RR Martin said recently. Since the chapters don't happen chronologically in his books in relation to the other chapters necessarily, because they sometimes happen before or during parts of the story you've already read from other PoVs, it will be interesting to see how they fit that into the season next year.


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Default  Posted: 1:24 PM, October 30th (Wednesday)

I love the books! Even though in the later books there are a lot more characters, the books are written so well, you wouldn't mind rereading them until the new ones come out

The HBO series is a very good adaptation. I would recommend reading the book before the particular season that corresponds. I found that the inevitable changes/omissions that must come from an adaptation are very logical and understanding. The actors are fantastic and really got the characters, especially Tyrion!! OMG, it's like he walked out of the book!! He has become my absolutely favorite character, and the actor is superb!


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Default  Posted: 8:54 PM, October 30th (Wednesday)

I got pissed at the books after the 3rd or 4th one because he kept adding characters and just gave up. It felt like he completely lost where he was going with it. I also had issues with some stuff that won't bother other people, like after sixteen wars in four years and the entire peasant population raped, looted and pillaged to death, somehow there's still somebody bringing food in from the fields.

Really like the HBO adaptation though. A lot. It's pretty awesome.


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Default  Posted: 10:33 AM, November 1st (Friday)

I agree SG - the first two were awesome and the series has kind of bogged down since then. A Dance with Dragons just arrived in the mail, and I'm still super excited to read it, but I know it won't be anything like the first two.

I'm still holding off on watching the series until I finish reading the books.


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Default  Posted: 12:01 PM, November 6th (Wednesday)

StillGoing, I'm getting really upset with book 4 as well.

I heard GRRM kept adding in characters, but I wasn't expecting it to be so clunky. Why aren't they being integrated slowly with characters and plot lines that have already been introduced? It's so tangential I feel like I'm reading a spin-off.

I'm tempted to just skip ahead because I have no idea what is going on now and I really don't care.


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Default  Posted: 2:15 PM, November 6th (Wednesday)

I actually found Dance with Dragons to make books 3 and 4 and the sometimes sluggishness all worth it. I personally found it to be a fantastic book and most reminiscent of the excellence of book 1.


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Default  Posted: 5:56 PM, November 6th (Wednesday)

I started reading the books after watching the show. I'm loving it! I'm finally to some story that wasn't part of the show!! :-))

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Default  Posted: 10:11 PM, November 6th (Wednesday)

Why aren't they being integrated slowly with characters and plot lines that have already been introduced?

I dunno. Maybe he was a DM for a bunch of drunk assholes who never stuck to the adventure and always hared off after stupid shit like The Keg Of Endless Maple Syrup and he got used to introducing new main characters every other session because they were constantly getting killed.


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Default  Posted: 8:02 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

We have enjoyed the movies as well. Waiting to see the latest series.


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