Via cdj in his new blog, I learn that George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Ice series is making its way to HBO.

This is superb news because it means that I no longer feel obligated to actually read the books. I started the first book once and put it down for too long, so that when I picked it up again I had lost all the plot threads, yada yada. I’ve always meant to burn through them, not doubting their quality on the basis of so many positive reviews from friends. But now — now, as people will, when the series airs, begin the process of discussing book vs. TV versions, society at large will need That Guy Who Saw the Series But Never Read the Books. And I will be that guy.

I accept, nay, embrace this responsibility.