The combined length of Books 1-4 of A Song Of Ice and Fire.
Yes, as of May 7th, 2011, I have completed my re-read of the series in anticipation of the 5th book "A Dance With Dragons" release July 12. Those who remember me blogging about this previously will remember that I began reading the day of that blog, which was March 14th.
I hate doing math, but by my calculations I finished all 4 books in 55 days (no I did not calculate minutes or seconds, I'm not that hardcore), and since the combined length was 3504 pages, I read an average of 63.7 pages per day... wow. Considering how much Martin packs into each page, and how much other crap I have going on in my life, I consider that a feat for myself (yes I'm sure some of you could read 5x that number, for me though, 64 pages each day is a lot).
Allow me to say, this is probably the 5th time roughly I've read these books (maybe 3rd or 4th for the 4th book, the first 3 books I read as a chunk, thankfully I didn't start the journey with Martin in '96 with the first book, I think I may of died already from the anguish of waiting if that was the case), but its amazing that even after so many reads, I'm still reading things with fresh eyes, and picking up things that I either missed or skimmed over before, and to see the amount of detail and care he's put into this world he's built... simply magnificent.
It is my belief (and hope) that by the time the series is complete, we'll have gone just about everywhere in the 7 kingdoms, and hopefully explored much of the east as well. 4 books down, and its evident he's well on his way to making that a reality.
One quick note, for those who have read the books, I actually enjoyed Brienne's journey in "A Feast For Crows" much more than I did in previous reads, when I thought it suffered from being a little bloated (no Brienne, I'm not talking about your hind end, just your story). But this time, I really enjoyed the adventure and exploration of some of the out of the way places you wouldn't get to see otherwise in Westeros as seen through the Beauty's eyes. Some people argue that the 4th book gets a little meandering for its own good, with little plot development, but I'm more of a character first type of guy, so I can appreciate not as much happening as long as the character work is first rate (which is probably why Scalped is my favorite story being told in the comics medium... Dash, you're still looking for your Mom's killer? Really? kidding). I would argue that actually a lot DOES happen, but I suppose compared to the first 3 books, people have a bit of a point.
Wow, this was supposed to have been a short post, bottom line, I'm primed and ready for July 12. Those of you that haven't done so yet, read these books! Maybe it'll take you longer than 55 days, but with the show running strong, and the 5th book on the near horizon, its a great time to be a ASOIAF fan, so jump on that bandwagon!
Ok comics, you've piled up on my floor long enough, its time to catch up. Whew.