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The Summer of Read-Alongs 2011

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Winter is here!

I think the whole damn world has gone Game of Thrones crazy. Would it be too hipster of me to scoff for having read these books six years ago? Hipster Carey even has a signed first edition of A Game of Thrones with a limited edition shiny silver cover. Here's a picture of me with the man himself at C2E2 in 2010. George is a crusty, yet charming bastard. I wish he were my grandpa.

I've been really pumped about the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones that will air in a few short hours (although as you read this, it probably already made your head explode with awesomeness). I've also been inspired by Tor.com and their read along of the book. I thought to myself, I should do a Geektress read along... One of the downfalls of Tor's read along is that they only tackle about 20 pages at a time. Since Game of Thrones is over 800 pages long, I wanted to go a bit faster.

So, for the next four weeks, I'll be reading, reviewing, and discussing roughly 200 pages of Game of Thrones each week, and I hope you all will join me. I don't intend to read along in time with the television show, especially because the show will deviate from the book. However, I would love to talk about the book in relation to the show and how we all liked or disliked the differences. Heck, even if you're only watching the show, give us some imput - I'd like the perspectives of folks who are watching without having read the book first.

As for the nuts and bolts of this operation, Captain George doesn't really like chapter names or numbers. Each seperate "chapter" of the book is headed by a character's name - this is the character whose POV we're getting, and each character has multiple POV chapters. Hence, breaking this up in chunks of pages as opposed to plot points or chapter titles. Spoilers will abound, so if you don't like them, don't read the post.

I'm excited - this will be fun. As fun as a George R.R. Martin novel is, I suppose. Prepare yourselves for murder, betrayal, and creepy sex!

[We have a chat room now for Game of Thrones talk during and after the show -- and Carey will be having chats on Mondays after her read-along posts are published! - BK]

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