I know we have some fantasy literature fans on this forum, so I thought I'd open a discussion for this series, by George R.R. Martin. I just started reading it last week, coincidentally, because I had no idea about the upcoming television series, airing sometime later this month.
Anyone read it? I'm fairly new to the fantasy genre, only having really read Lord of the Rings (rereading it now, I'm older and find I appreciate it more than my first read a few years ago), and Stephen Kings Dark Tower series (which isn't exactly traditional fantasy). I decided to go for an acclaimed work, and found its apparent "realistic fantasy" style interesting, and figured it would be a great contrast to what I've read. I'm only about 100 pages in, but it's great so far.
And of course, the TV series. I'm currently undecided on whether I want to catch it when it airs, or wait until I finish the first book. I heard that each season will be about one book, so I should be fine watching the first few episodes if I'm over halfway through the book by then.