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.