I just recently finished reading the 3rd installment of "A Song of Fire and Ice" by George R.R. Martin, and I was so exhausted!! This book was called "A Storm of Swords," and it really was that fighting and crazy-ness all over the world.
William Styron once said "A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You have lived several lives while reading it."
I could not agree with him more on this point, I was slightly relieved when I came to the end of this book. This series is very well written, and for those of us who enjoy the descriptions in such works as "The Hobbit," this book gives all that we could hope for and more. I am amazed at how Martin is able to portray the characters, I don't feel that I really know what is going to happen at the end of the 7 book series (which is good because it is not even published) and I have no clue who are the real bad guys and good guys. He kills off one of the major characters in the first book, as if to tell the reader that No One is safe!! My favorite character is Tyrion Lanister, a dwarf and the younger brother of two of the most hated characters so far. I like him because he is the underdog, and I never know what he will do, how he will act or how his story will turn out! I am getting stressed just thinking about these again!! I go to sleep at night thinking about how these fictitious characters should have acted or not acted and what they will do next!
As for starting the next book, I have chosen to hold of even purchasing it, to give my self a chance to relax!! If you are looking for a good book to loose yourself in I highly highly recommend this series!!
P.S. I can not speak to the TV adaptation because we don't have cable and I have not watched them!