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Which books from the "Song of Ice and Fire" series can I read if I don't want to go beyond where we are at the end of Season 4?

Asked by Megan64 (5826points) May 6th, 2014

I want to read the books, but I don’t want to spoil the TV series for myself, because I’m a crazy fanatic who loves it so.

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Seaofclouds's avatar

You can safely read books 1 & 2 for sure. I have not finished the others to tell you if you are safe to read them, but I think the television series is working on book 4. Hopefully someone else can tell you a definitely stopping point, but while you wait, you can start with the first two.

Megan64's avatar

@Seaofclouds Cool. I will begin book 1 for sure then.

dappled_leaves's avatar

You can safely read up to book 3 without spoiling the tv show, if that’s your priority. But it’s getting quite difficult to line up the timelines between the books and the series, since about the middle of season 3. I’m reading book 5 now, and there are spoilers for me in the current season. In other words, the writers of the series (sometimes Martin is among those writers) are placing some events from the very latest writings into season 4 – even though they still haven’t covered some major events from book 4. It’s a bit crazy.

So, just be aware that you might not be able to read beyond book 3 for, like, another year or so. But I’m going to bet that if you make it that far, you won’t be able to wait. ;)

Megan64's avatar

@dappled_leaves Thanks a bunch. I have that feeling too (about not being able to stop) but I’m willing to risk it!

mazingerz88's avatar

Read all the books and can’t wait for the next one. Just need to know what happened after the Red Wedding and everything beyond that-! Lol. :)

Seaofclouds's avatar

@dappled_leaves Thanks for confirming that information. I thought I had heard elsewhere that they were at different points in different books now. Looking forward to catching up to the series and seeing where it goes.

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