I figured there are enough of us who have read this, or are now reading it due to HBO, that we could talk in here rather than clutter some of the tv thread with spoilers. I just finished A Dance with Dragons, and really just want book 6 already. In order of favorites in the series thus far: Book 3 - one of the best, most intense books I've ever read. Book 1 - a fantastic introduction and quick hitting storyline that drew me in and set it all in motion. Most unexpected scene in a book for me in a long time. Book 5 - Only elevated above 4 because of a few favorite characters and one I didn't think I'd want to read that I found myself fascinated by. Book 4 - Better than people say, but likely only because I didn't have to wait 5 years for it and 5 more for book 5. Took me a bit to get into the whole Dorne angle. Loved the Petyr stuff in it though. Book 2 - Good, but overall I didn't feel like a whole lot got added. Great stuff with Brienne and Jaime, but other than a few really crazy scenes (battle, Renley) it didn't stick with me. I'm pretty sure that doesn't jibe with others' ranking, but that's what personal rankings are for. Now, who wants to talk about who Jon Snow's mom could be?