Summary: Well, mostly! It really follows very closely and actually gives some more insight into the story line with things being blatantly said that were more subtle in the book. I'd hate to try and watch this show without having read the book though - I imagine you'd be a bit lost.
Summary: The TV series is surprisingly close to Book 1. There are some minor differences, edited to save time for TV. Overall, the casting is pretty good, with a few exceptions. Interesting how they added dialogue for certain characters. As always, TV or movies do not do a book justice.
Excerpt: We were late coming to the Game of Thrones phenomenon until I was given the first 3 books for my birthday and I became totally hooked. I bought Season One DVD only and we watched the entire series over 5 days - my husband could have watched 3 episodes a night instead of 2.