I’m re-reading the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series in preparation of the next book, which I assume will come out at some point before the world ends and we all die. I originally read these almost five years ago, long before there was a TV show or hype beyond word of mouth – see how cool I am?! – but I need a refresher on the intricacies of the story, and who’s-fucking-who, literally and figuratively. Since I don’t watch the show, committing the next 5-7 months of my life to Westeros should get me fresh and ready for whatever sick, sad twist this series takes next.
I generally buy based on price and page count, so I don’t end up reading a lot of well known titles. As a result, I don’t have much of a chance to connect with other people and discuss characters and plot when the topic of books comes up in conversation. But in this case, almost without fail, I get a very excited wide-eyed breathless account of how much they love Game of Thrones. So that’s nice, I get to dish a bit. Unfortunately, since my last reading of it was five years ago, it’s hard to suss out where they are in the books, so popping off with spoilers is hard to avoid. Not to mention, they’re just making shit up in the TV show now? Until I figured that out, I was real confused and worried that I’d forgotten a lot more about the story than I originally thought. So to avoid being a plot spoiling,smug sounding jerk, I’ve told about four people what I’m reading, and just don’t mention it to anyone else.
(Aside: The only other series I’ve made it through is His Dark Materials, which wasn’t nearly as popular as GoT or Harry Potter. “You know, The Golden Compass? There was a movie with Nicole Kidman?” But nobody ever knows. Kind of depressing. His Dark Materials is a great series, check it out! I can’t vouch for the movie, Nicole Kidman unsettles me.)
I finished Book 1 last night. 704 pages down, 3,569 left to go!