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#1 Dec 25 2011 at 5:19 AM Rating: Good
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I loved the series and I'm about to start the book. I hear the show followed the books very well but I'm hoping the book gives me more background on the characters. I'm already in love with most of them.

Has anyone read the book yet? Will my hopes for more background info be fulfilled?
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#2 Dec 25 2011 at 5:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm hoping the book gives me more background on the characters. I'm already in love with most of them.
You poor, doomed child.


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#3 Dec 25 2011 at 7:20 AM Rating: Decent
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
SillyXSara wrote:
I'm hoping the book gives me more background on the characters. I'm already in love with most of them.
You poor, doomed child.


Edited, Dec 25th 2011 5:05am by Poldaran


Tragic, yet funny too though. :D

Mind you, the first three books are really good stuff. I'm not a big fan of the later ones, but that's just me.

You'll find all the background and drama you can get in the books for all the characters!
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SillyXSara wrote:
I loved the series and I'm about to start the book. I hear the show followed the books very well but I'm hoping the book gives me more background on the characters. I'm already in love with most of them.

Has anyone read the book yet? Will my hopes for more background info be fulfilled?


You should really enjoy them, yeah. Things are a bit more fleshed out in the books. What's been great about the HBO series, though, is that they've been adding scenes here and there as well. Dangerous, but they've been well done, so it's paying off. They're necessary scenes because they help account for the differences between the time length and pacing in the books and show.

The two compliment each other nicely.

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#5 Dec 25 2011 at 1:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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SillyXSara wrote:
I'm hoping the book gives me more background on the characters. I'm already in love with most of them.
You poor, doomed child.
Oh god I lol'd.
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#6 Dec 25 2011 at 5:27 PM Rating: Decent
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SillyXSara wrote:
I loved the series and I'm about to start the book. I hear the show followed the books very well but I'm hoping the book gives me more background on the characters. I'm already in love with most of them.

Has anyone read the book yet? Will my hopes for more background info be fulfilled?


You'll get more background than you could ever want. Also, under no circumstances should you get too attached to a character. You've been warned.
#7 Dec 26 2011 at 8:31 AM Rating: Decent
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I loved the series and I'm about to start the book. I hear the show followed the books very well but I'm hoping the book gives me more background on the characters. I'm already in love with most of them.

Has anyone read the book yet? Will my hopes for more background info be fulfilled?


You'll get more background than you could ever want. Also, under no circumstances should you get too attached to a character. You've been warned.


Can't say this enough.
However with that last book . . . zombie (the Whites?) are the new way to go. Death stops no one!
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#8 Dec 31 2011 at 3:29 AM Rating: Good
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Well I'm finally going to start reading tonight and I'm excited. My dad warned me that characters tend to die and the last book was a huge disappointment.
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SillyXSara wrote:
Well I'm finally going to start reading tonight and I'm excited. My dad warned me that characters tend to die and the last book was a huge disappointment.

I feel like George RR Martin holds a death lottery for all the characters.

And your favorites characters' numbers ALWAYS come up. Smiley: glare

The books are good. The most recent one wasn't bad; it just wasn't the about the characters I was interested in the most. The most disappointing part is that we might need to wait another 5+ years for the next one. I'm hoping the demand made by fans of the HBO series will force him to step up and release it within 3 years (and then the last one a few years after, thus keeping along with the TV schedule). But who knows; he seems to walk to the beat of his own personal drummer.
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#11 Jan 01 2012 at 1:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Winds of winter Sample chapter: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html Only click that if you really want to read it.


That sample does make me want to actually finish Dance with Dragons, just to see if what is said in that sample happened then. (I'm not even going to mention it in a spoiler)

Then I started to remember why I stopped reading it in the first place, so no, I'll just ask a friend who has finished it.
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So tempted to read the sample, but I know it'll only make me want to read the rest of the book, and I know it's going to be years before he finally finishes the **** thing.
#13 Jan 02 2012 at 10:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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I was going to start reading these but if he's not even finished with them, maybe I'll just wait.

Also, is it April yet??
#14 Jan 03 2012 at 12:56 AM Rating: Good
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In the mean time, I recommend these finished series:

Brent Weeks, Night Angel trilogy

Robin Hobb, Assassin Trilogy, Liveship Traders Trilogy, and the Tawny Man trilogy which is a sequel to the Assassin trilogy.
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Brent Weeks, Night Angel trilogy


Good god yes. I only wish he would write more in the same "world"
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#16 Jan 03 2012 at 8:44 AM Rating: Good
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The only other book I think I've ever read that has more twists in it than the Brent Weeks trilogy (and I've read thousands of books), is The Golden Age trilogy by John C Wrigt. I only didn't recommend that one because it's Far-Future Science fiction, and not medievelesque fantasy.

The Robin Hobbs I recommend, not only because they are excellent stories with many passages of great beauty, but because they have a similar gritty reality to them like Game of Thrones. The Assassin's trilogy takes the Kitchen-Hand TO King genre and turns the harsh light of day onto what would really happen to a small orphaned boy with a dubious royal background. And what that environment would really do to his personality.

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#17 Jan 06 2012 at 9:34 PM Rating: Good
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I'm thinking I should start reading again. I used to read all the time in high school. Then I graduated, and I don't think I've read a book since.

Maybe I should pick up the Song of Fire and Ice series. Just don't know if I should get hard copies, or buy an e-reader and go that route instead.
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#18 Jan 08 2012 at 5:15 AM Rating: Good
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E readers have many benefits and one some drawbacks. Benefits include: ebooks are generally cheaper than paperback; ebooks don't take up any space in crammed bookshelves; ebooks read on a small handheld are lighter than a hardback or first out paperback; most ebooks can be read in bed in the dark, on a night-time setting with low light output; A good ebook program lets you read about the first chapter of a book for free, letting you know if the writing is good enough that you actually want to read the story.

Negatives of ebooks include: Cheapness and easiness of buying ebooks leads to massive spending on ebooks unless you keep a budget tracking your many small purchases; the ability to read a book in the dark so you don't disturb your partner/parents can lead to all-night reading and all day sleeping, which can have its own fatal consequences; free first chapters can lure you into purchasing stories that aren't that good, you just want to know what happens next.

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You could just ... torrent the ebooks.

YOU WOULDN'T DOWNLOAD A PIZZA

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#20 Jan 08 2012 at 10:23 AM Rating: Good
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The **** I wouldn't!

If I could download pizzas, I wouldn't have been able to lose 60 lbs this last year...
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#21 Jan 09 2012 at 8:25 PM Rating: Good
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I ended up purchasing the first book in the series. I can't see buying a reader just yet. Plus my book collection is a decade old, needs some fresh paper in it.
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