I have no idea why, but when reading something last night, I abandoned the two books I was switching between (never a good idea), and started Game of Thrones again from the beginning. My timing is horrible. I was going to wait until he finished the series before I started over. But I have this pressure to watch the TV series. But if I watch the TV series even once I'll never be able to read the books again without those particular actors popping into my mind as I read.
Already as I started reading, I couldn't help but picture Sean Bean as Ned Stark, and that guy from the latest X-men movie as Tyrion Lannister. Luckily those are the only two castings I know about.
I got drawn back in immediately. The writing is so unburdened from pretensions. The descriptions are so well written, he's one of the few authors where I don't grow impatient and try to look ahead in the paragraph, since his descriptions draw me in. I love that he focuses not just on visuals but on sounds.
The fourth and fifth book will be completely new to me.
Still, damn it. This is terrible timing. I hope I'm done with the five books around the time he releases the 6th one, at least.