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Poll: Read it or watch it? HBO's 'Game of Thrones'

In book form, George R.R. Martin's series is called "A Song of Ice and Fire." On HBO, starting in April, it'll be "Game of Thrones," taken from the title of the first book.

Those who've already made Martin's books bestsellers know that there's more to them than a rivalry of royals (not that you'd guess that from the trailer). Instead, they're about rival kingdoms shielded by a northern wall, behind which dwell scary creatures. Like fire-breathing dragons and ice vampires.

It's all news to me. I haven't yet read the books, the first three of which were Locus Award winners. Publishers Weekly called Martin's "A Game of Thrones," the first in the series, "extraordinarily rich," citing its "superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness." I'm not sure I'll have a chance to read them before the show debuts on HBO.

How about you?



-- Carolyn Kellogg




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Don't cheat yourselves on this one, folks. Read the books first.

I read the first book and it grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go. I won't be reading any more until Martin gets the next book out. It is years behind schedule and it isn't even the final book. I just don't want to get completely immersed in the story and then have the series left unfinished for whatever reason.

the books are amazing, amazing, amazing. And I can't wait for the mini-series. I'm all a whoa whoa whoa it looks awesome! But can someone please ask the dear author to finish the new books so that we can read ahead!

It's not a mini-series Cecil, it's a full on season!

And to Carolyn, the "ice vampires" thing is very misleading and though important later on the Others are very understated in the story overall. And no dragons behind the Wall. They're elsewhere, and mostly a plot point in a specific character arc. The moreal of my mini-rant? Go read!!

Btw, GRRM has been dropping some heavy hints of A Dance With Dragons coming out this year. I so hope it's true.

Carolyn, the story really IS mostly about the rivalry of royalty! The "fire-breathing dragons and ice vampires" are mostly just things talked about and alluded to.

Don't be turned off by the fact that this has a Fantasy setting, because this ain't your mama's Fantasy story!

cant wait to see it on screen,got a special intrest as my dogs are playing the wolves in this

Julie, that sounds like fun!

Can you tell the raving fans what kind of dogs they are? There have been some speculations. The greys we have seen look like huskies or huskie crosses to me though. The white is different. And do you own all of them?

If you mean to read the books, don't worry about having enough time. Most people I've lent them to finished the first one (800 pages and change) in a matter of days (rarely as long as two weeks).

Just don't start them on a week that has a lot of things needed done!

(I actually think—if you've read the books—ice vampires is a pretty apt term. If you haven't though, it will certainly give the wrong impression.)

I don't think he should be working on an HBO series until all of the books are finished.

the dogs are all northern inuits

Read them all and waiting for Dance of Dragons which is due this summer. I wouldn't really call the Others "icy vampires." To me they are similar to zombies then blood sucking vamps. And the cold, icy creatures behind the wall and the fire breathing dragons are a major part of the story. Martin didn't name the book series "A Song of Fire and Ice" for kicks. All this to say, go read the books because Winter is coming. :)


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