"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
I'm completely hooked on the TV series and the book, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. It is magnificent stuff. I'm up to the eighth episode now of the TV series with two more to go. The last one will be shown this weekend. This is modern fantasy at its best, transporting viewers to a world of magic, romance, adventure, ambition, love, murder, betrayal and revenge. Geez, what more can you ask for?
With the season about to end, I'm dreading having to leave the world of Winterfell, King's Landing and the rest of the Seven Kingdoms. I'm so completely caught up in this world. There's a second season in the works but it will only premiere in April 2012! That's too long to wait so I've started reading book one. I'm a third of the way through and so far it's proving to be just as good as the TV series, maybe even better. Of course, it's not literature but it's a lot of fun. If you want a sweeping epic novel then definitely read this book.
The characters are captivating including the bad guys. Martin has created a cast that you really grow to care about. Eddard Stark, John Snow, Bran, Daenerys, Arya, the list is endless because Game of Thrones does have a large cast. I think it helped to see a few episodes before starting the book because I'm now able to put a face to every name.
Has anyone read these books? What did you think? How are the rest of the books in the series?