A bit surprised I couldn't find another thread about this book. I only saw the one about A Dance with Dragons, and that's a bit too far ahead for me. This book was recommended by a friend whose taste in books I usually trust, and since I've seen people talk about the series a lot here, I decided to give it a try. I'm only a few chapters in, so please try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but so far I'm not really impressed. First of all, I am given so much information of names and places, and I have no idea which of them actually matters. It's especially annoying as I have only just somewhat realized who is who in the Stark family (and I'm like eight chapters in). The writing seems amateurish at times too, but it's usually decent and completely average writing. What bothers me the most is how they go on and on about the past, about people I don't yet care enough about to bother learning who is. Not a single scene can just be about the moment they are in. And if someone gets their hair ruffled one more time, I'm going to effing press delete in anger! I have an e-reader... Despite that, I can see some potential. When stuff actually gets going, it's usually interesting. I just wish it could get going a bit faster. What do you think of the book? Are the next books better/worse? Anything else you'd like to say?