I figure that not titling the thread "Game of Thrones" saves me having to make a distinction between books and television.
Seeing as we had two threads on the old forum I thought it was best we do the same here, though we'll see if it gets the same usage.
Just finished A Storm of Swords the other day, and I have to say, I have a hard time believing that any of the other books will top it. Having watched the series first, I knew what was coming, but boy did I fucking enjoy it anyway! The denouement just makes for fantastic reading, though as much as I enjoyed it I am kind of mourning the loss of Tywin Lannister. What a brilliant character.
One thing that did shock me was Littlefinger throwing Lady Lysa through the moon door! That doesn't happen till much later in the series if I remember correctly, definitely not in the same series as the Red Wedding etc.
I was also shocked that Catelyn is reanimated/a zombie/proto-Mountain! My girlfriend informs me that henceforth she is referred to as Lady Stoneheart, which definitely isn't in the telly series, so I'm very interested to see where that goes.
I keep intending to take a break and read some other stuff but I have dived straight into A Feast For Crows anyway!
Out of interest, has anyone bought and read A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and is it of the same standard? Also, The World of Ice and Fire is a companion book which according to wiki is a "326-page volume is a fully illustrated "history compendium" of Martin's fictional Westeros, featuring newly written material, family trees and extensive maps and artwork". Looks worth buying, anyone own it?