There used to be a thread on this topic (well, technically it's still there), but it was closed. I have no idea why. So at the risk of making myself foolish, I am going to ask you guys, what are you reading? I am currently reading a series by George R. R. Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire. It's a fantasy tale set in a different world, feudalistic with iron-age technology (pre-gunpowder). To me, it's like the author went to a Renaissance Festival or something and decided to write what the "age of chivalry" was really like-- the knights are rarely virtuous, there are many traps for the unwary, particularly when it comes to politics and 'the game of thrones', and a lot of death. The characterization is wonderful, the reader starts rooting for even the worst of the characters as we see things from their point of view. The heroes don't escape unscathed, and several of the heroes die throughout the epic. I am thoroughly enjoying these four books (four more supposed to come out, but there's no knowing if and when that will happen), and I am inspired by the 'life is thoroughly unfair' theme.