I'm a showfag, converted bookfag, and I am currently halfway through A Clash of Kings. Since this board is pretty slow, I thought I'd start a thread chronicling my journey through the second of the epic series. Here are my thoughts thus far: This book deviates a lot from the series. I thought the first season stayed pretty true to the book, but this one clearly leaves a lot of details out, and even changes the plot in certain areas. Although, I tend to watch the series stoned as shit, and miss out on a lot of things that I have learned in the books. For example, I never knew about the tunnel between the brothel and the castle. Completely missed a lot of the stuff leading to Arya ending up in Harrenhall, too. I also don't think the whole Renley-Loras love affair thing is made apparent at all, although he hasn't died yet, so I guess we'll see. Here are a few other things I've noticed. Jon Snow chapters are the most boring to me. I like him a lot as a character, but I like hearing about the war in Westeros more than the daily happenings beyond the wall. Obviously, I'm not a Sansa fan, but her chapters are usually interesting, as she is in the middle of King's Landing. Obviously, the books explain things a lot better. I had no idea about the Maesters of the Citadel until I read the books. I also picked up on a lot of things I missed in the series. The dialogue between Varys and Tyrion is probably my favorite part of the books. They have a lot of lines together in the series, but it remains a constant in the books. They are both conniving and intelligent characters, and it's always great when they are together. Prior to reading the books, I liked Stannis. He didn't come off as bitter in the series, and due to his rightful claim to the throne, I was pulling for him. Now I think he's a cunt and I hope he is defeated swiftly. I also like the queen more in the books. Showing what is going through Tyrion's mind really tells a lot more about the character. I don't think the show depicts his insecurities near as well as in the books. I think Martin does a better job of showing the good and bad in characters, as oppose to the showrunner. I am still a huge Stark fan. Honestly, I think the best scenario to end up would be Dany taking the Iron Throne, and allowing Robb to remain King of the North. It just makes the most sense since the Lannisters are all cunts, and Stannis is a prick. Anyways, I'll probably bump this thread as I continue to read through the series. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, and will hopefully be caught up with the entire series by the end of the summer.