"Winter is coming."
-- from Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin; book one in his epic "A Song Of Ice And Fire." Book five, A Dance With Dragons, at last comes out next week after a delay of more than five years, and I for one will be first in line. I'm spending the week rereading the previous four books, including Game of Thrones, and I recommend historical fiction lovers to do the same: this is fantasy that even fantasy haters will like. Parallels to real history abound, and to make matters better, HBO just wrapped Season 1 of a blood-drenched, mind-bogglingly lavish, eye-poppingly sexy, superbly acted Game of Thrones TV show.
Come back on Friday to read my full review.