A Game of Thrones has been out for 16 years now, and the HBO TV show has been out for a year. I managed to watch the TV show and enjoyed it immensely, but I never got around to reading the books despite, or because of, the general acclaim.
Recently though I found myself at the end of Pattern Recognition and the only unread book on my Kindle was A Song of Ice and Fire. With a resigned sigh I launched myself into it. I have to say, it entirely deserves the acclaim it enjoys and knowing the story beforehand in no way diminishes the enjoyment of reading it. I’m nearly done with the first book and I can’t wait to read the second. I’d go as far as to say that I’m looking forward to it more than season two of the TV series.