A Song of Ice and Fire

I'm not much of a re-reader.  I generally follow the opinion that with the overwhelming size of my TBR list, it's sort of crazy to go back and read something that I've already read.  Yet, I do make exceptions.  The Harry Potter series is one that I've revisited a few times.  There are Mark Twain works that I read in middle or high school that I've gone back to as an adult.  I've honestly lost count of how many times I've torn through R.A. Salvatore's Homeland after first reading it in the early 90's.

And I'm about to embark on another journey of rereading.  A Song of Ice and Fire is the name of the epic fantasy series by George R.R. Martin.  There are currently four books in the series with the fifth due out in July.  Book one, A Game of Thrones, has also recently been made into an HBO series and debuts next month (and yes, I'll agonizingly be waiting until it's released on DVD/Blu-Ray to indulge as I don't have premium cable).  I have been following the trailers and promos on George R.R. Martin's website and I must say it does look quite awesome!  But back to the books, I read the first in the series in 2006 and the second (A Clash of Kings) and third (A Storm of Swords) in early 2007.  And then I stopped.

For those unfamiliar with the series or Martin's writing, book three leaves off with some shocking cliffhangers, only half of which are resolved in book four (A Feast for Crows).  The fourth book carries the story of half the characters in book three, but the other half are left hanging until book five A Dance with Dragons - the book that Martin fans have just been told (officially!) will be released in July.  So I've waited four years to even crack the spine of book four but since there are four months until the release of Dance and four books in the series leading up to it, I figure now is the ideal time for a reread!
Check back here for my progress report:
March: A Game of Thrones (finished 3/31/11)

April: A Clash of Kings (finished 5/07/11)

May: A Storm of Swords (finished 6/28/11)

June: A Feast for Crows (finished 7/19/11)

July: A Dance with Dragons (finished 8/3/11)

If anyone wants to join in the series reread or try out A Game of Thrones, let me know as I'd love to swap notes and join discussion!  Or if any long time Ice and Fire fans want a partner for the happy dances of joy that will accompany July's release, I'm glad to join in those as well!

4 Response to "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  1. Melissa says:
    March 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    I'm with you - I rarely re-read books. I've read several Anne Tyler books two or three times. They're just so good and she went for years without putting out a new title.

    I'm not really into the fantasy genre, except for Harry Potter, but this sounds like a good series. You really have a talent for finding good reads. :)

  2. Lana says:
    March 27, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    I only recently read the first three books (though I only reviewed the first - shame on me) - and I've really enjoyed them. I'm looking forward to reading what you have to say about them!

    I had a lot of fun reading recap posts of the first book at Fiefdom (some may be spoilery for the fourth book) and I hear that Tor.com is doing a recap/read of the books here.

  3. lisa :) says:
    May 31, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    May update: I'm sinking farther and farther behind on this one... Dare I attempt to tackle bot Storm and Feast in one month???

  4. Peerland Fire Alarm says:
    August 1, 2011 at 5:56 AM

    Ya even I love reading fictions,something like harry potter series is awesome,I am one of the million fan of harry potter series.When it comes to George Martin ,he is one of the smoothest writer his works are truly great.Nice post.

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