I have read a couple of his short stories and watched Preston's videos on the 1000 worlds even though i'm not into sci fi all that much. The best part about the books imo is that they're never really boring, no matter what (i know people differ on this topic but i liked Meereen so hey) even when George steps out of the main story and wanders (cough Brianne) its still interesting on its on to read, there are very few sections on the book that are truly dull, even if i wished certain parts were a bit shorter or removed (cough Penny). Most characters are quite fleshed out and do feel like people, my problem with name of the wind is that every single character except the main one is nothing but a name and 1 or 2 "characteristics" that define them and the ones that have potential to be interesting barely get any screen time at all. Also the world is accesible and feels interesting and fleshed out without tons and tons of exposition. Anyway sorry for any errors or grammatical problems, is not my first language.