I love these books so far. I'm in book 2 and loving it. I'll tell you what I like...it's the MAPS! Ever since I was a kid I loved maps and the detail is pretty cool. I'm thinking of getting that MAP books thingy...I saw it at the store the other day.
Also, two questions for the experts:
1) Is there a "encyclopedia" in the works? Not necessarily by GRRM but maybe someone else? I could use something like that.
2) What's the best way (ie cheapest) of getting those "prequel" novels? Ham and eggs or some such (lol). I've looked for these but evidently they only exist in compilations...I'm not real interested in that.