A Song of Ice and Snow, et al

"Winter is coming."

If you know what I am talking about, you are probably addicted too. 

I have yet to find a human who has started the journey that begins with "The Game of Thrones" that is immune to its appeal.

My sister, Wendy, would hate these books and the TV series (season two is currently on HBO and season one is on DVD), but she doesn't like fantasy or visiting other realms. I get it, it is not for everybody, which is fine (she also dislikes The Simpsons and Monty Python, and that is not).

I first heard about this series a few months ago, in part due to the popularity of the TV show. I thought I should check it out, since, unlike my sister, I love when an author can create an entirely new, realistic world. The world of Harry Potter, is a perfect example. You accept that of course pictures can move around and everyone knows a petronus spell protects you from Dememtors (to be fair, Wendy loves Potter too).

Even George Takei, of Star Trek fame, is hooked (holy crap, if you don't 'like' him on Facebook, you must. His posts are lengen-wait for it-dary.)

Here is his post for the "Game of Thrones" drinking game ala The Bob Newhart Show. I love the thought of drinking whenever a Lannister says they always pay their debts. Hilarious.

Still, the thought of tackling a series of several tomes can be daunting. Holy crap those are heavy and long books, and I have only begun. There are two other series besides Harry Potter that I have tackled prior to beginning this journey of ice and snow.

I remember picking up the first book of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series early in high school, and was blown away by it. Those out there who wish to start it now are so lucky. I had to wait twenty years, until 2004, when he was able to finish the series (uphill, in the snow).

Stephen King once wrote about a woman who contacted him because she was terminally ill. She just had to know what happened to Roland, the Gunslinger. How did it all end?

He shared with us his grief that he could not tell her, as he didn't know himself. It took him 20 years to complete the series, because it took him 20 years. Period.

When he found the ideal ending to his tale, he wrote it. I have to say, I was pleased with what he came up with. Was it worth 20 years and 7 books (now 8, just released)?

Yes.

I liked sharing this process with him, being a Constant Reader and all. It is some of his best writing, with characters and worlds from his other books sprinkled in for good measure.

I asked for this 8th book for my birthday.

The only other voluminous work I have attempted to tackle is Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander' series.

Violence. Amazing love story (my friend Karen & I fight over who gets the male lead!). Fantasy- our main female falls through an ancient stone circle in Scottland and goes back 200 years. What could possible happen to a 1950s woman trapped in 1800s Scottland? Apparently, lots. It's a good one, with historical fact sprinkled in for some history lessons too.

I hope that by seeing me read during my spare time, my kids learn to have a lifelong love of reading too. They kinda get it...

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