I was at the bookstore last night, waffling between picking up Game of Thrones and The Name of the Wind... I chose the Patrick Rothfuss offering, and started enjoying it from the first page.After reading that post though, I realize that the Game of Thrones series is going to be my next book(s). Interesting that it took something like that to completely draw me in.
I'm very much a Game of Thrones fan - I got into the books after everyone starting flipping out about the TV show and the latest book, A Dance of Dragons dropped. They end up sprawling a bit in the later books - spreading out to new characters, leaving old friends alone for hundreds of pages at a time - but no, they're pretty goddamned incredible, and have some of the coolest characters you'll ever meet.