I’m presently working my way through A Song of Ice and fire at, seemingly, break necking pace. I’ve read Clash of Kings*, Steel and Snow and am half way through Blood and Gold over the last six weeks or so. I have to say the series is fantastic. It carries with it all the intrigue that you expect from reading the tales of classical antiquity, the machinations in both republican and imperial Rome.
I can understand why some folk don’t enjoy the series mind you. I have seen complaints that ‘nothing happens’ in the books. I would have to counter that plenty happens but the story is not forced into a climatic showdown between good and evil. In fact the characters are all shades of grey, even the child characters. This makes for extremely interesting reading as characters you should, were the book written in a tradition fantasy style, despise such as Tyrion Lannister become sympathetic and characters that would normally be rooted for, such as Catelyn Stark, lose your sympathy on a regular basis.
I recommend that anyone who enjoyed the TV show or that enjoys reading of the political machinations of ancient Rome should get stuck into this series.
That said, this cartoon does describe how I have been reading A Storm of Swords(Books 3.1 and 3.2).