Man I finally got to A Game of Thrones and it's freaking amazing. I'm about to finish it and plow right into the second one. I really wish I got to this sooner- great great stuff.
I absolutely understand what you are saying. The only problem is that it takes GRRM 4-6 years to write each book... so if I had gotten into them sooner, I'm just be waiting more
I'm excited for you for what you still have to read, especially the second book.
Once I'm done with A Dance with Dragons, I'm going to read Ghost Stories, the most recent Dresden book.
Then, my mom has been begging for me to read some book series called "conversations with God." No matter how many times I tell her that I'm an atheist, she still doesn't get it. "I just know you'll love this book, it reminds me of you." No... it sounds like a book based on a character I don't believe in, and it reminds you that you don't like the fact that I'm an atheist. Whatever, I'll deal with the pain.