Re-reading (and re-enjoying) George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones

Re-reading (and re-enjoying) George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones

When the HBO series A Game of Thrones finally came out on DVD, my husband bought it the first day it was out.  He has been a fan of the series by George R.R. Martin since there were only two or three books out, and waiting for the first season to come out on DVD was excruciating for him (we don't have cable).

Of course, we watched the entire season in about three days, and I certainly think we had it better than some, since we were able to watch several episodes in a row instead of waiting for the next week.  But watching the show made me start wanting to get caught up on the series.

Hubby actually talked me into reading the books a couple of years ago -- or at least, the first couple of books.  I read A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, but I never got around to reading three and four, and then of course five, which came out last year.

Unfortunately, as much as I read, I don't keep the details of a book in my head for very long after I read it -- I think they get pushed out by the sheer quantity of information I am always reading and taking in.  So I decided after watching the show to reread the first couple of books before continuing on with the series.

I'm quite a ways through the first book now, more than halfway, and I have to say I'm enjoying it more than I did the first time I read it.  Perhaps it's because I have the visuals now, thanks to the show -- the actors they chose were so well cast that I can't help but picture them now while I read.  But I think it's more because I was so confused the first time through, trying to keep up with all the many characters' names and roles and whatnot.  This time around I am having an easier time keeping it straight, partly because of the show and partly because I've read it before.

Even my husband, who has read the books several times each (especially the earlier books), wants to read them again after having seen the first season of the show.  What about you?  Have you seen the show, and did it make you want to read the books -- either for the first time, or over again?