I finally finished A Game of Thrones. Despite some of the annoyances I discussed earlier about the eBook being an OCR'd copy of the print version, it was one of the most compelling pieces of fiction I've read in a while! If you haven't read this book yet, you need to start now. That way you can finish before they start the HBO series in Spring 2011! The book was recommended to me by one of my preceptors from last year, and ironically enough, it was probably the best advice he's ever given me! Now when the HBO series starts, I can be one of those elitist pricks who constantly complains that "it was never like that in the books," or "they totally screwed up that character," and "the books were WAY better." Though I actually have a good bit of confidence that HBO will do right by this series. We'll find out.
A few friends have warned me that I'll be extremely pissed after the first 4 books because it's been 5 years since George R.R. Martin released the 4th book and there's no release date in sight for #5. Unfortunately, I'm already addicted so I can't stop now.
I usually find enough nonfiction to satiate my palate between Orson Scott Card's books that come out a couple times a year, but I'm glad I tried something new. Of course, I've already pre-ordered Pathfinder, but I'm going to try to get through as much of A Song of Ice and Fire (the name of the series) until then! Next up is A Clash of Kings.
So, if haven't already, give A Game of Thrones a shot. It's not exactly a quick read at ~850 pages, but it's worth it!