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[–] varialus 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Listen to the audio books.

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[–] Doomking_Grimlock 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

OP, this right here might be the best answer thus far.

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[–] pitenius 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I hate reading. It's basically for faggots. However, I was trapped in a foreign land where I couldn't read local literature and I got the first book. I read it. I traveled about 80 miles to get the others. I am now reading them again for a second time.

There's lots of detail and it's about 65% the same story as the show. And George RR Martin can be a terrible, terrible writer (much and more, little and less, half a hundred, washed down with). His descriptions of food are the foul dreams of a man who can't cook. I wonder that he's fat. There's also a lot terrible, weird sex. Cersei goes lesdom, Danerys lezzes out, Samwell and the lactation fetish. It's pretty cringy and I'm always aware that this is essentially the spank bank of a lard. All of that being said, there's an aspect of mythology, ambiguity, and world building that's very enjoyable. The show doesn't really present that. The show is devolving into a CGI budget.

If you read the books, then you can enter the debates of fan theories (which reminds me -- I need to check up on Reek at westeros.org).

tl;dr: I hate reading. I willingly read the books a second time.

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[–] AddictedToBadIdeas 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

To be honest, No. Read something else, the books are filled with minor details and huge sections of little conflict or plot. It's great if you love referencing passages, appendices and maps to speculate and predict what will happen. The show is great for asoiaf because it takes all the description and foreshadowing and turns it into visuals and suspense.

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[–] Doomking_Grimlock 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

There's tons of lore videos on youtube that give you plenty of information about people, places, and events that are mentioned in the books, but never get a whole lot of detail.

Of course, once you go down that rabbit hole there's fan theories and speculation and all kinds of other shit. The big reveal about a certain bastard's true heritage was theorized for a good two years before season six came to a close. It was pretty much word for word, exactly how the theory claimed it would go too.

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[–] Sellyoulight 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I read all the books and I’ve seen every episode of the show at least a couple times each. IMO the show is far better.

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[–] Doomking_Grimlock 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Depends. Do you actually enjoy reading? Are you ready to grapple with the differences between what is book canon and what is show canon? Because at the moment the show is way ahead of the books, and the books are long, and a bit trying at times.

Me, i love reading. I read the books about a year before the show was announced, so for a while I knew everything the show was gonna throw at me.

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[–] So_lost 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The books are a long read. A bit tedious at times. Especially when ol' Georgie goes on for a page and a half about what they are wearing....