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Game Of Thrones

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I've seen the discussions on other forums and occasionally taken part so I'm wondering does anyone else read the books and/or watch the TV show?

I have only watched the TV show but the books seem to get a lot of praise from people I know so I might pick them up.

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I have never read the books either, but I really really enjoyed the show. It was ... raw and entertaining. And really well made I think.

Can't wait for the next episode this sunday. Can't help really hating the queen though. Just want her to DIE! :D

There are 10 books arent there? Thats a lot of reading :)

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The TV show looks very well made, however it's not on regular TV here in the UK so I won't be watching it myself. However if anyone can recommend the books I might try those out.

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I've only read the first three books. Marvelous work but hard to read for someone without an advanced knowledge of English (like me). I use a special dictionary that can find and translate words on the screen to read it.

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I'm half way through the second book now, after re-reading the first book and deciding to read further. Must admit, I've been trying to ignore the TV series, but I'll probably get season 1 on DVD when it's cheaper.

The reviews for Book 4 haven't been great, anyone read it?

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I've only read the first three books. Marvelous work but hard to read for someone without an advanced knowledge of English (like me). I use a special dictionary that can find and translate words on the screen to read it.

I know how you feel, i felt like that when i was 11, but i tried reading books in english (and had no option for games, since most developers released games only in english/german/polish), now i have read (in english) 13 warcraft books/pocket books/short stories, Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, my studies' books, i watch TV series, etc.. The point is: it's very important to try and read in english to improve your skills, even though you'll only understand the book after reading it for the second or third time.

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I've only just read the first one and it was excellent! A very gripping read, with the author building suspense brilliantly, and has left me wanting to buy the second book. It wasn't as good as Tolkien - the history just didn't feel as rich or deep. But it is the best fantasy book I've read in a long time.

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I'm half way through the second book now, after re-reading the first book and deciding to read further. Must admit, I've been trying to ignore the TV series, but I'll probably get season 1 on DVD when it's cheaper.

I read the first book then saw the TV series then read the next three* books afterwards, and I don't think that seeing the TV series detracted from the later books for me - it's very close to the book in terms of plot so it doesn't lead to confusion over inconsistencies, and the characters are mostly the same (though with a few small changes that made me evaluate the book characters slightly differently, which was probably an improvement), and I didn't mind the characters being given faces and voices (I suppose I'm generally not a very visual reader so I didn't have problems with the TV series differing from strong images in my imagination).

(* counting the split-volume book 3 as one; I haven't got to the recently-released one yet, but it looks like it's out in paperback later this week, so I guess I might as well start that soon.)

The reviews for Book 4 haven't been great, anyone read it?

Where 4 = A Feast for Crows? I think I found it quite comparable to the earlier books, so if you find them adequately enjoyable then there's no reason not to read the later ones :)

(On a similar vein, I've recently read some stuff by Joe Abercrombie, who seems to be frequently compared to GRRM, so that might be a good place to look for anyone wanting more generally-not-very-magical fantasy with generally-a-bit-nasty characters but with more humour and less amateurish book covers (at least in the UK editions).)

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Where 4 = A Feast for Crows? I think I found it quite comparable to the earlier books, so if you find them adequately enjoyable then there's no reason not to read the later ones :)

Yes A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons haven't received unanimously positive reviews, but as you say, I'll review them for myself :)

(On a similar vein, I've recently read some stuff by Joe Abercrombie, who seems to be frequently compared to GRRM, so that might be a good place to look for anyone wanting more generally-not-very-magical fantasy with generally-a-bit-nasty characters but with more humour and less amateurish book covers (at least in the UK editions).)

Will take a look

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I've started on the books. As for the show, its looks really tempting, but I think it can wait.

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