I can't believe how long it's been since i first read Game of Thrones. I was just a kid a the time but i remember being shocked at how different it was from all the other fantasy novels i had read. No offense to Eddings or Hobb, but GRRM was just an evolutionary step above the rest. Of course now i'm miserable to the point of exhaustion from waiting for the series to end. I am terribly worried he will die. I felt the same about Jordan and WOT, but in the end i celebrated the death of that money grubber. But i haven't given up on GRRM. Maybe it's because i think that while there has been a lot of waiting (Oh the years!), the quality of the work hasn't been terribly diminshed and we aren't quite on book 11 yet. God i hope he finishes soon and finishes well. If i re-read these books anymore i'm worried i'll start to hate them. I've had book 1 memorized for about 6 years now and can't even enjoy reading it at this point. p.s. i enjoyed reading the post someone made about a copy of a ASOIF book that had split into 3 sections. A lovely and enfuriating experience i feel glad to have shared. Also, hello! I enjoyed reading much of your discussions (i was amused to see that even in a GRRM forum there are still the same flaming and shenanigans) and look forward to a little more cathartic shared bellyaching.