What a ride... and it's not over yet. Eeeep. Fantastic story for anyone who loves periodic stories, fantasy, war, sex, betrayals, gore and so much more. I'm so not surprised HBO picked it up for TV production. No other network could have done a better job.I'm so shocked by the turn of events that happened from about half way through the book to its end. So. Many. Surprises. Of some of them I'm sad, since I absolutely love the characters, and the actors that were cast to play them in the show.Farewell: Jason Momoa, Sean Bean... the rest of them can go to hell.