Winter-is-coming.net is reporting an unconfirmed rumor that HBO has purchased two more seasons of their successful adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Game of Thrones. Filming on the second season, which adapts the second novel of the series, A Clash of Kings, is ongoing, with a scheduled premiere date of April 2012 in the US. The third and fourth seasons HBO has reportedly picked up will probably comprise a two-part adaptation of the lengthy third book of the series, A Storm of Swords, generally thought to be the best volume of the story so far.
I just now finished A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. I know, I know: what the hell kind of a geek are you, you ask. And you are right to do so. Most fantasy fans worth their salt finished ADWD shortly after its release, Bill included. But it had been a couple of years since I had read any of the previous books, particularly the lackluster A Feast for Crows, and I knew that a re-read was in order if I was to get the most out of the long-awaited sequel. We all spent six years waiting for it, after all, so it occurred to me that I should make the most of the experience. The book came out this August. I spent much of the late summer and autumn rereading the series, and due to work and other pursuits I didn’t finish until just the other day.
Rather than post a review at this late stage, I thought it would be a more interesting idea to have a spoiler-filled conversation with Bill about it and post it here. The result is a mixture of excitement and frustration, always laced with anticipation for the series’ final two books.
This conversation is spoiler heavy. That’s right, HERE BE SPOILERS. Read on at your own risk. If you’re in for some sweet, juicy spoilers, meet us back here after the jump.
I’ve got a confession to make. I haven’t read A Dance With Dragons yet. I’m about two-thirds of the way through A Storm of Swords, which puts me at almost three-quarters of the way through my re-read of A Song of Ice and Fire.
The sad truth is that I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like, and in the spare time I do have, reading often competes with other forms of entertainment, not to mention home improvement projects.
That said, I just got through the Red Wedding last night … and it was as disturbing the third time as it was the first.