Since I had heard so much about the popular HBO TV series "Game of Thrones" (which for the record isn't the topic of this thread), I decided a few weeks ago to buy the first 4 books of "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin. It's a paperback box set that I got at Walmart for about $25, so it's a pretty reasonable price for 4 paperback books, I think.
I'm about 100 pages into the first book, "A Game of Thrones," and I gotta say it's quite an engrossing story. I haven't touched the other three books in the set, so I'd appreciate it if spoilers were avoided. To those who haven't read the books or seen the TV series before, I gotta say that it's not a light read. From the pages I've read, it's got a lot of graphic and oftentimes disturbing details, and you know what they say: "The devil's in the details." Without causing controversy, let's just say that, from my observations, some parts could be considered controversial due to how certain characters are addressed or treated by their peers. Speaking of characters, I'm constantly having to refer to the appendix at the end of the book in order to see who's who and what their titles are since there are just so many characters to keep track of. It might just be due to my having an erratic and scatterbrained memory, but I digress.
TL;DR: my first impressions of the book are simple: it's a great read so far and it's definitely not for the little ones. If you've even got an inkling of interest in the series and are a bookworm, go for it.