@legion_: I recommend them wholeheartedly to just about anyone who has the free time or is an avid reader (not even just a typical "fantasy reader"). I've blown through all of them, and I've even had to wait on the releases of the last 2; the changing and world-traversing POV chapter style keeps you reading like you have a kind of addiction. Martin has truly mastered the end of chapter 'cliffhanger' - to an almost frustrating extent.
The books will certainly open up a lot of the different POVs to you, and the show has undoubtedly focused on a few characters who get less time in the books - namely Robb.
As another bit of foreshadowing: all of the Stark family members have really interesting and important stuff coming up for them in future seasons.