I don't understand why people like the series at all. It's some of the most poorly written fantasy that I've ever read.
... and Martin himself is a total douchebag, he has no respect for his own fans and takes ages to put out his books. Steven Erikson and Jim Butcher pump out high-quality fantasy novels at twice the speed and have a real connection to their fan base.
I'm on book II right now, and honestly I'm only reading it because I'm on a temp assignment where I have nothing to do but read 95% of the time.
I bought the 4 book series on the advice of my neighbor, who gushed about how great it was.
Albeit, I was rather busy while reading book I, so it was kinda start again, stop again. I want to give the benefit of the doubt that I'd have liked it better if I was able to read it straight through. As is was I only became interested in the very last chapter of book I when Dany came onto her own. Those chapters were at least the most interesting to me, as they were modeled after the Mongols.
Now I'm 3/4's of the way through book II, so I'll just soldier on.