A Song of Ice and FireFebruary 15, 2008
When I was in the hospital in 2003 to have surgery on my lung, I asked Piroko and her friend to go pick up a fantasy book I’d seen mentioned in a Slashdot comment a while back: George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. Four books later, I find it hard to even give any other fantasy series a chance. In fact, when I was in the mood to read fantasy again, I spent some time checking out potentially enjoyable series, got frustrated, and just ended up starting Martin’s series over again. I just started the third book, A Storm of Swords, last night.
The series is even better the second time through: I don’t have to spend as much thought keeping world details straight, I’m doing it all in one sustained campaign of reading rather than grabbing chapters here and there between distractions, and I’ve got resources like Tower of the Hand at my disposal. This is exactly the type of Ice and Fire site I would create if I had unlimited time and energy to devote to it: every fact from every chapter is recorded, cross-referenced, and filterable by chronology. That last bit is the coolest: on each page you can choose how far you are in the series, and filter out anything you shouldn’t see just yet.