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A Dance with Dragons am Book Warning The dragons in this review are named Giant and Spoilers I have tried to shield most of them from view but don t get mad at me if one o

A Dance with Dragons am Book Warning: The dragons in this review are named Giant and Spoilers. I have tried to shield most of them from view, but don’t get mad at me if one of them burns you. With this book, it was bound to happen.This one was a real mudfight. Between me, myself and I. Me didn’t get beyond “SQUEEE!” for several hundred pages,Myself, while also trying to get over her grammatically awkward name, came up with the logical reasoning why this reaction was totally okay and based on something other than left over teenage hormones...and I glared at both of these two delusional fools and tried to figure out what was wrong with them.With these three in my head, along with GRRM’s cast of thousands, it made for a very messy, crowded and contradictory reading experience. It didn’t take me a week to finish this book because it was long. It took me a week to finish this book because the three people in my head needed to have it out after every chapter and big moment and would not shut up. Needless to say this is going to be a bit of a mixed review. So. Let’s start with the good stuff and get everybody settled in, shall we?The Good: So, as usual, GRRM’s world is three dimensional (or perhaps more, I might’ve lost track in one of the appendices), sprawling, dirty, pulsing and real. It’s a banner of spices, wine, and gardens in full bloom unfurling. Opening these books is like walking into a forest and picking up a handful of dirt, letting it run through your fingers as you start on one of the hundred paths you know are waiting. After six years, it was a thrill to let it envelope me, and at least at first, I was totally fine just letting myself be guided unresisting through the scenery.I also think that this book has a lot of really good things to say about politics, law, war, and the realities of being a ruler or a subject. The first few chapters seemed like a treatise on how fragile the foundations of law are, and in particular international law of any kind. GRRM shows everyone still scrambling from the disasters of Storm of Swords, trying to find some way to survive, after all existing law and order has disappeared. The law is just another chimera is people resort to: using outdated or foreign or superseded laws as weapons, and applying them wildly out of context because that’s the only way they can justify themselves. He’s even better at talking about the wages of war and the realities of the aftermath. Aside from his squirm inducing descriptions of battle wounds, entrails hanging in bushes, and flies crawling out of eyeballs which, if nothing else, will not let anyone reading forget what war is, GRRM is excellent at showing how the cycle of conflict never, never, ever ends. We’re five books and twenty years on from the rebellion that put the events of Game of Thrones in motion, and there are at least four wars going on and three generations fighting them. The kids die and these old men linger on and on, cherishing plots within plots in hopes of revenge for events that occurred thirty years before. And the thing is that they still matter, because they’re still sitting there in their positions of power, long after the world is supposedly fighting about something else. They will rear their heads and (view spoiler)[stab the only good man in a viper’s nest because he is threatening them with peace in a way that they have not planned (hide spoiler)]. Peace and war mean nothing next to utopia and imperfections- waiting for it all to turn out just the way they planned is their ultimate payoff for years of humiliations and insults. Old men with all their eggs in one basket ar terrifying. The last chapter of this book was, ultimately, one of the more satisfying (though not as much as it could have been, see below) things in the book- (view spoiler)[ as Varys, poor, forgotten old still powerful, connected Varys who no one could ever entirely control comes out of nowhere. It’s always the butler, you guys. But someone forgot to tell that to the Seven Kingdoms. (hide spoiler)]It was also great that along with these never ending generational conflicts, there were plots within plots with little tunnels leading to other plots. Those in Plot A might be involved in/aware of B, but certainly don’t know about C, though people in D are certainly aware of A but not B, etc, and are clearly going to have spectacular head-on collisions from flailing about in the dark, or thinking they understood the plan when they were very very wrong. I am a big fan of dropping Life Happens into carefully plotted stories. Just because. Because traffic jams on the interstate don’t know that you have an hour to defuse the bomb, and the lady next door was in a bad mood yesterday. You can’t just trust that you can go through the motions you have planned out and it will be okay- you have to work at each motion and there’s someone to be paid off, distracted, appeased, or avoided at each step.I also liked that this book was an up close and personal look at all the stuff that King Robert was whining about in the first book- winning a kingdom is relatively easy compared to holding it. Winning is hammers and glory and a single purpose, holding is compromising and trudging your feet in the mud to get one inch of what you really want done. In a country where presidential campaigns get longer every year, and the news media prefers to analyze who ‘won’ and ‘lost’ at every political occasion ever, I feel like this is not an unimportant insight to bring up and explore. Of course they prefer to concentrate on the gladiatorial aspect- it is easy, clear, and not fraught with moral tangles that would be ‘elitist’ to try to discuss in a complex way on national television. Plus, ruling every day is boring and almost universally depressing. The wages of winning wars are getting what you wish for, over and over again, and finding out that what you wish for is just going to make someone else want to kill you as much as you wanted to kill the guy before. Martin is upfront about the terrible choices available to even a well meaning ruler (though from Stannis to Daenerys, the definition of ‘well meaning’ certainly varies), and the realization that you will never, ever make a choice that will not hurt someone. A lot of people think that this book could have been skipped over, but I don’t think so. This is a necessary book in an epic that is really, in the end, thousands of pages about the nature of war and kings. Again, a lot of people don’t like all the random peripheral characters introduced, and the consequent lessening of the amount of screen time that we spend with old favorites, but I actually liked it. Ongoing conflicts and uncertainty will continue to involve more and more people, forced to finally become involved, or become something they weren’t before, and the game board will change day by day according to how desperate people get to live or how irresistible taking advantage of the chaos becomes. There are so many types of wounds, from so many different times and places, and Martin manages to show them all (everything from that excellent moment where (view spoiler)[Tyrion slaps Penny, which kind of broke my heart a little to the disturbing, hard to read Reek chapters (hide spoiler)]. Do I think that his sprawling, ungainly cast of characters were all necessary? No. Do I think that we needed two books like this? No. I also don’t think he probably needed ten years and nearly two thousand pages to do this. In addition, I think that the map he’s laid out for himself is going to cause him problems in the future. But for now, this is an extremely effective book about how surreal, insane and mindboggingly awful war is. That works for me.All right, now we come to the not-so-good to bad areas. Unfortunately, there were quite a few of these. First of all, while Martin’s world is three dimensional and vivid, he forgot to make his characters that way in this book. This is an odd occurrence. One of his strong points is generally how character focused these books are. But the story’s gotten away from Martin is my opinion. He’s gotten to the point in his series where he needs to start marching people along to a particular place, and people are now becoming signposts, of a sort. I think so many of these characters have now been stuck along a sort of continuum from innocence to corruption, from power mad to submissive, that that’s all that matters about them anymore. Either they are the extreme of innocence (Quentyn, Penny) or they are incredibly worldly wise, and there’s very little room for grey in the middle. Martin’s characterizations are not about people who sing, or a guy who moves his head in a weird way, or a man who must have three eggs every morning, the way you would usually do a character study, but simply what incarnation of power they are. And then he took an overly long time to tell me about their classification. Tyrion is perhaps the exception, and there are several moments that defied this, such as the (view spoiler)[ killing of Janos Slynt, the chapter where the Dorne kid gets burned up, a moment where Barristan Selmy wrestles with his service of Robert (hide spoiler)], these felt real. Because they were sudden, made sense with characterization, had complex history and motivations behind them, and told me all I needed to know. But with the exception of the (view spoiler)[Slynt part (hide spoiler)], he took ten unnecessary chapters to lead up to one good moment. Aside a few moments and Tyrion, Martin tears down any other motivation someone might have for something. There’s no room for a combined grey area of delusion, belief, family, the desire to be good, desire to improve, to make a name, the motivations of guilt and/or grief. It’s always, always, always about power. I don’t think that this is a realistic way of depicting why people act the way they do. Did he (view spoiler)[ maybe take this back with the last chapter? With Varys and his long cherished belief in the prince? I don’t know. Somehow I don’t think so. We’ll have to see in another five years. (hide spoiler)]Also, although I thought that Martin did make a number of good points (as detailed above), he also spent a thousand pages belaboring four points into the ground, and telling me rather than showing me, most of the time. Or showing me and then telling me later, which was almost worse. One: Everything is ugly/anything that is pretty is evil or doomed (um, the entire book), Two: love is always something else in reality (Tyrion, Quentyn, Daenerys, etc), Three: “words are wind” (EVER AGAIN, TOO SOON), Four: Clothes make the man (Cersei, Tyrion, Arya, Quentyn, Daenerys, the “mummers”). He hit me in the face with these points so many times, it went from being interesting and/or vivid to me wondering what sort of complexes he was working out on the page or asking mself he was just lazy or tired enough by the end of the book to just not care very much, and so repeating himself from earlier. I mean, I have so many questions. For example, why is it that everyone who is beautiful must be punished? I understand the skin deep thing and beauty is definitely a tool in the power game that can be taken away from someone, but why is it that it always, always must be wrong? You’re all about realism- it felt like a point, not like the random lottery it should be of beautiful people who are nice and those who are jerks, those who are innocent and those who are manipulative. Did we really need Arya’s entire storyline and most of Cersei’s to tell us that people see what you look like? That social rank is all trappings? I don’t think so. And yet, there seemed to be little point other than that.Also, the bigger issue for me was that, I don’t know how to say this, but I think that Martin has forgotten why we all liked him in the first place. Or at least why I do, in large part. Because of his insistence on breaking down delusions and tales and attempting to retell legends with a dose of messy reality. The biggest symbol of this seemed to be his ability to deal with the most difficult reality of all: death. Fantasy and sci-fi genres have a lot of tools at their disposal to ensure that main characters never need to face this permanently. He chose to insist on it, quite effectively, starting right away in GoT. And now, five books later(view spoiler)[it seems like he’s decided to backpedal on the one thing that made him famous, (hide spoiler)] like he can’t live up to the way he helped transform the genre (or part of it) and the others who have followed in the kind of ‘movement’ he began. Guys like Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch and all the rest. The genre’s moved on from where it was when he first killed Eddard Stark,(view spoiler)[ and it seems like he’s moved backwards and he regrets his decision that war and violence have permanent consequences and people who are important and likeable can die. Jon gets stabbed at the end of the book, but after all the false cliffhangers and people returned from the dead, who reading this ACTUALLY believes he is dead? I haven’t the slightest faith that he is. Nor that Daenerys is in any danger. Nor that Ned or Rhaegar are dead, either. Okay, Ned probably is, but at this point, why not? Why would you go back on the thing you’re most known for? I don't get his thinking. Just getting too attached to characters and exercising his powers as God to bring back anyone he regrets killing now? (hide spoiler)] Maybe this would have been fine if all these books had come out one after the other in the late 1990s, but his audience (including me) has grown up now. I was in my early teen years when I started these books. They shaped my idea of what awesome fantasy was in a lot of ways since they got me so young and impressionable. But even I’m impatient with him now. The trappings aren’t enough to convince me he’s Important in some way. He’s still writing the same book he did in 1996, and not writing it as well.I mean, I did try to put myself in his shoes. He’s probably been surrounded at conventions by fanboys and girls for ten years now, and in addition, my understanding is that he has been very lightly edited by his publishing house for at least the last two volumes because they just want to get the things out on the market and make some money. I can’t conceive that he gets challenged a great deal about whatever he writes, so he has little motivation to think that he’s doing anything less than perfect. I mean, I don’t know, it’s just a conjecture. At the opposite end of the spectrum, he’s held onto this book for so long and the hype has become so breathless that he must’ve felt the overwhelming need for some good old fashioned shock and awe. Hence(view spoiler)[ those silly cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, and the amount of people getting brought back from the dead. I can see someone getting to that point after wracking their brain for six years to come up with something so startling we’d wait another half decade for the next one.(hide spoiler)] I can only imagine the pressure. He wrote on his blog constantly about untangling the Meereenese knot. And the thing is.. after six years I don’t think he did. I think he wrote about the knot itself. Is that what I just paid for? 1000 pages of you telling me why you couldn’t move the plot forward? After 900 pages of doing that in the last book? I have a lot of patience for big books, and as I stated I don’t in principle mind peripheral characters, but I think we have to admit that he’s making his task in moving forward all the harder by introducing all these new threads and names, when he doesn’t even know what to do with the main storyline. Oh, maybe that’s why he did it. Just to stall. I don’t know. In the end, my reaction to this book was, “Oh. So GRRM is just a normal fantasy writer now. Okay.” That's pretty much the point. His methods and plotting is no longer vanguard, different, or really, much above average for the genre. I mean, that isn't a horrible put down. Says a lot about the quality of at least the first three books, or at least my experience of them. It’s just run of the mill fantasy, from a plot perspective, with some writing skill and ideas that rise above, at times.Just not enough times. Not nearly enough times. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’ll be in line with all of you for Winds of Winter when it comes out sometime in my old age. He’s earned that much, and at this point, his books have been big milestones of my adult reading life. I just expect that I will be reading it with more realistic expectations, rather than with the wide eyed breathless staying-up-all-night attitude that I dove into this one with.Sorry, y’all. I won this particular mudfight. And I didn’t even really want to. Damnit.* * *UPDATE: Where all my nerds be at? BECAUSE THIS JUST GOT REAL: http://georgerrmartin.com/if-update.html* * *ORIGINAL: Amazon NOW claims that this book is coming out next fall. I'll believe it when I see it in my hands, George. Until then, I will assume this is another in your WEB OF LIES.. In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance beset by newly emerging threats from every direction In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her As they gatheIn the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance beset by newly emerging threats from every direction In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys s claim to Westeros forever.Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone a structure only as strong as those guarding it There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night s Watch, will face his greatest challenge For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.. Good Kindle A Dance with Dragons Dear George R.R. Martin. Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You may have killed my favorite character. Prepare to die roll in dough as we continue buying your brick-sized creations. (The above is what you'd expect from a book titled "A Dance with Dragons." Disclaimer: For the vast majority of this book's pages, none of it happens.)Yes, I have a few problems with this latest installment in GRRM's neverending magnum opus. I have high standards for GRRM after ASOIAF 1-3. Hey, I read GRRM before I ever read Tolkien. He showed me that it was okay to hold fantasy to high standards, for crying out loud! And now I am disappointed. *sadface* So allow me to use this review space for the gripe-fest. A thousand-plus pages doorstopper (this book can easily serve as a self-defense weapon in a dark alley) - and yet the story advances by a few millimeters at best. Nothing gets resolved. The characters spend pages and pages going about mundane tasks, participating in endless drawn-out conversations, pissing, eating, drinking, pissing, whoring, eating some more, pissing again. Is it supposed to make the story GRRM's trademark "gritty and realistic"?Seriously, I have not encountered this much information about bodily functions and food outside of nephrology textbooks and Food Network.This overload of description of landscapes, clothing, banquets, people, and food makes me snooze. FILLER! And it makes me wonder whether any editors AT ALL were involved in the creative process. -------------------------------------------------------------------------GRRM's trademark move is ending everything with an "OMG CLIFFHANGER!!!!!". Maybe it stems from his TV-writing days: the notion that the readers will tune back in, despite nothing really happening in the entire episode, only if the hero is left hanging off the cliff at the end? That's what this book felt like to me: pages and pages of very little happening, of a narrative stagnation, of endless repetitive conversations. And then, with a few chapters left to go - BAM! POW! BOOM! ((view spoiler)[ Dragons are released! Jon (maybe) dies! Dany flies Drogon and meets Dothraki! Aegon invades! Jaime trades one cliffhanger for another! (hide spoiler)] Which guarantees that we will read the next book. Cheap and lazy trick, Mr. Martin.In the meantime, I see another Tyrion or Dany or Quentyn or Davos chapter and get a nagging feeling - wait, haven't I read this already?-------------------------------------------------------------------------WORDS ARE WIND - GRRM seems to hammer this message in on what feels like every other page. Yet if this book is any indication, given the lack of overall storyline development, HE HAS PASSED MORE THAN ENOUGH OF IT. -------------------------------------------------------------------------Neverending repetition in this book is grating. Just to name a few: "Words are wind", "leal", "neeps", "where do whores go?", "kissed by fire", "Reek rhymes with...", "jape", "nipples on a breastplate", "kill the boy", "it is known", "must needs"... Enough already! I miss the times when I was just eyerolling at "You know nothing, Jon Snow". Which makes its appearance here as well, by the way.-------------------------------------------------------------------------My problem with this book is that I expected a story. You know, where things are happening and storylines advance. VERY LITTLE OF THAT HAPPENS. Very few of the storylines led anywhere. Those that advanced somewhat were Jon's, Dany's, and Bran's (and the first two should have been trimmed a bit), and Theon/Reek's story was fascinating in its horror (Ramsay Snow Bolton joins the list of most hated characters EVER). And yet we are still barely a step away from the events that transpired back in Storm of Swords. And as for other storylines... Tyrion gives us a travelogue, and nothing that we could not have covered in a single chapter. Arya is doing pretty much the same stuff as before. Jaime's chapter traded one cliffhanger for another, and frankly, just like Cersei's chapters, was not necessary. Davos's and Quentyn's arcs could have been summed up with a sentence each in somebody else's POV. The ironborn, Dorne, Barristan - why were they needed in this book, again? A pictographic summary of ADWD.------------------------------------------------------------------------Which leads me neatly to what I think is the root of all evil. GRRM's trademark move number two is supposed to be killing off characters. I call BS on that. Yes, he killed a few protagonists. BUT IN THEIR STEAD HE UNFAILINGLY SPROUTS WHAT FEELS LIKE DOZENS MORE. It seems that everyone and their grandmother is getting a POV chapter these days, which bogs down the story quite a bit. I really only care about the characters that we met in the first couple of books. I do understand the need to occasionally give us a perspective through a fresh set of eyes. That's cool. But here is a problem: (a) Do I really need an insight into the head of EVERYONE? Leave me with some mystery, please.(b) Too many cooks spoil the soup. I lose track of the overall story which comes to a standstill dealing with its ever-expanding cast.(c) The entire story arc of Quentyn Martell. Why? The details of his voyage were unnecessary to the story. His ultimate act was interesting, yes - so why not dedicate just ONE chapter to him (view spoiler)[ turning into a crisp?(hide spoiler)] The story by now seems to have sprawled too wide and out of Mr. Martin's control. How can he satisfactorily wrap up this monster of a story with only two more planned volumes unless he pulls a Steven King in The Stand and suddenly kills off most of his POV characters? Which raises a question - why the need to introduce them in the first place?-------------------------------------------------------------------------Martin is still a better writer than many out there - despite the gripe-fest above. But this was a mostly unsatisfying read which could have benefited from some serious editing and trimming of the verbal diarrhea. I will still read the next installment (when it's out, in a decade or so) - mainly because I need some resolution to this story despite its declining quality. I hope the next book will resemble the first three volumes.3 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
A Dance With Books Reviews, Recommendations, Discussions Follow A Dance With Books on WordPress Come Follow Me View signourney s profile on Twitter View signourney s profile on Instagram View adancewithbooks s profile on Pinterest Bloglovin Feedly A Dance with Dragons A Dance with Dragons is the fifth novel, of seven planned, in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R R Martin In some areas, the paperback edition was published in two parts, titled Dreams and Dust and After the Feast. dance Definition, Types, History, Facts Britannica Dance, the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music and within a given space, for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, releasing energy, or simply taking delight in the movement itself Learn about the history, styles, and aesthetics of dance in this article. Dance Styles All Dances A through Z Dancetime Dance styles is a general term that is interchangeable with the terms dance genres or types of dance Here we feature all different types of dance styles including partner social dancing, dancesport, competition dancing, solo or group dance jazz, ballet, belly dance, classic dances, modern, hip hop, dubstep, Irish stepdance line dancing. A Dance with Dragons A Wiki of Ice and Fire Dancing With the Stars Show News, Reviews, Recaps and Types of Dances Vocabulary Word List Enchanted Learning A vocabulary word list word bank about dance and dancing Login Sign Up Print Page Home Site Index What s New Free Sample Pages Login Subscribe About Us Contact Us

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    George R.R Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines amateur fan magazines Martin s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21 The Hero, sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue Other sales followed In 1970 Martin received a B.S in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude He went on to complete a M.S in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972 1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973 1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976 1978 He wrote part time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher In 1975 he married Gale Burnick They divorced in 1979, with no children Martin became a full time writer in 1979 He was writer in residence at Clarke College from 1978 79 Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986 In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co Supervising Producer He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992 93 Martin s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico He is a member of Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America he was South Central Regional Director 1977 1979, and Vice President 1996 1998 , and of Writers Guild of America, West uscmillan author george

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  • Warning The dragons in this review are named Giant and Spoilers I have tried to shield most of them from view, but don t get mad at me if one of them burns you With this book, it was bound to happen.This one was a real mudfight Between me, myself and I Me didn t get beyond SQUEEE for several hundred pages,Myself, while also trying to get over her grammatically awkward name, came up with the logical reasoning why this reaction was totally okay and based on something other than left over teenage h [...]

  • Dear George R.R Martin Hello My name is Inigo Montoya You may have killed my favorite character Prepare to die roll in dough as we continue buying your brick sized creations The above is what you d expect from a book titled A Dance with Dragons Disclaimer For the vast majority of this book s pages, none of it happens Yes, I have a few problems with this latest installment in GRRM s neverending magnum opus I have high standards for GRRM after ASOIAF 1 3 Hey, I read GRRM before I ever read Tolkien [...]

  • Words are wind, says George R R Martin GRRM no less than 13 times in the latest installment of his A Song of Ice and Fire series In this incredibly windy tome there was very little advancement of the overall story and no resolution to any of the myriad plot threads Instead, most of the book followed characters travelling, yet in its 1,000 pages only one reaches his destination while the rest are still travelling.Words are wind, and GRRM is a windbag His predilection for overwriting is ridiculous [...]

  • Tyrion Lannister s horse was rubbing him raw as they rode onward, the branches of the trees above them swaying in a branch like way Ravens flew about among them, and clouds of dust hovered like halos around the hooves of their steeds Wiping sweat from his brow, Tyrion spoke to yet another minor character you ve never seen before I hear that the Morvin and the Shornpel clans have sided with Darvus Farier from the great city of Bee Eff Eee, and are pushing forward late king Baratheon s bastard s s [...]

  • Purchased anew, and laid it beside her bed,Conflicting thoughts flying through her head.Afraid almost to crack the covers, read the pages,What if it was the last book No, More, she rages.What if it wasn t How long the wait next time Five years Seven Thirteen Unlucky, even in rhyme.First I must reread all the othersfresh my brain of Snow and all his Brothers.Sansa is no smarter than I did recall.Starks should avoid other Kings Halls.Weddings never make things merry,The price too high for use of f [...]

  • I m blown away that someone could write a book so long in which nothing actually happensI wrote a longer review at allthenomineesBut it says pretty much the same thing.

  • This is the review I did for the Sunday Express It only appeared in hardcopy so I can t link it.Since it s a national newspaper and many of the readers may never have read a fantasy book, let alone the first four in the ASOIAF series, the review is less about this book and about the series and the author I hope to make them the gift of a great reading experience My rating for the book is set in the context of the alternative works of fantasy on the shelves rather than in an attempt to rank this [...]

  • PROLOGUEHe awoke to the warmth of sunlight on his face At last the day had come He stretched to work out the kinks in his joints and muscles and groaned at the throbbing in his head On his nightstand lay a bottle of Dornish red, which he downed in one long swallow to clear his mind, wine dribbling down his beard and tunic He spied the book at the corner of his room where he had hurled it, and nearly threw the bottle too as the rage resurfaced along with his senses.The book was called A Dance wit [...]

  • Spoilers Included, so skip if you feel the needSo, it s like this You like hotdogs Hotdogs are your favorite food And there s a jumbo hotdog coming out on the 12th, so yay Come the twelfth, all you get is the bread, and they say, eat that, the sausage is coming It s so meaty, you re already salivating, dribbling on yourself in public like a fool.Munch, munch, munch But the bread is dry Then you come upon a sausage factory The Jumbo Sausage factory, and you get a grand tour, up and down every ais [...]

  • So now it s getting to where my watching the shows before the books are confusing me I mean I have the pre order of season 7 coming next week and I feel like this book isn t up to date Then I remember that we are still waiting for the next book Well, next 3 books according to GR Anyhoo, I m going to add some spoiler gifs next So if you haven t read or seen any of the shows you can pass up the next 3 gifs I will scroll down a wee bit before adding Mel

  • I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell I did it This is the longest book I have ever read And while I am proud of myself, I also hope it will stay that way GRRM better not let the sequels be longer than this beast.Once again, I had a slow start Once again, this took me than a month Once again, there was things I liked and disliked, chapters I enjoyed and parts where I wished neither I nor the author had such a vivid imagination Some things [...]

  • Wow Another one down Each of these books are so incredibly long that it feels like a major accomplishment to complete them I feel like I should get a merit badge or something.Nonetheless, this epic saga continues While I didn t see a lot of forward movement, I appreciated the time spent with some of my favorite characters Mr Martin is not one to spare details, and this book is full of them.That being said, I spent a lot of time feeling lost As if there weren t enough characters already, Mr Marti [...]

  • Martin himself describes the writing process of Feast The last one was a bitch and of ADWD This one was three bitches and a bastard If the author had trouble writing it It s not surprising that it is also three bitches and a bastard to read Presumably the first 3 books were easier to write, I also found them far enjoyable to read I think part of my difficulty with reading ADWD is my refusal to skip anything, I never felt this urge to in the 1st 3 books I read this today and thought it was very [...]

  • So where were the dancing dragons This book was so bad Not a single dragon danced once I m so disappointed Gosh I may not even read the next one You call that dancing I m, of course, kidding When the next book comes out I will devour it in an angry sort of way It s been far, far, far, too long Well, I should say if the next book comes out But, let s not go there it is far too painful to think about I m annoyed at the wait I ll curse George R.R Martin for leaving me in suspense, but I ll then pra [...]

  • So, this is it The dragons were supposed to dance, instead they barely spread their wings And I am left thinking, this is it My complaint by the way, is not about the wait itself I think I have been waiting since 1998 for this this was supposed to be book 3 sometime in the past After a few years of waiting, I think I managed to ignore it by ruthlessly ignoring almost all discussion of anything related to these books for years Other authors take their time Megan Whalen Turner seems to also take 5 [...]

  • This was a struggle between what I wanted to feel and what I felt I m not going to lay false claim to being an early convert to George R.R Martin s A Song of Ice and Fire cycle To the contrary, up until April 17, 2011, I spent a great deal of time passively ignoring fantasy in general, and Martin in particular By passively ignoring, I mean I lived my daily life without ever thinking about the topic However, on that date, HBO premiered Game of Thrones Within three minutes, people were being decap [...]

  • An Initial Reaction to an Initial ReactionChicago Tribune What s A Song of Ice and Fire It s the only fantasy series I d put on a level with J.R.R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings It s a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don t read fantasy ugh, SHUT THE FUCK UP, CHICAGO TRIBUNE a fantasy series for hip, smart people you make me want to never read this but i won t let you influence me fuck off, douchebags how dare you spoil my excitement with your pretentious, bougie nonsense.__ [...]

  • 8 27 11 Ok, no it didn t take me a month to read the book It took me a few days I just waited to write the review because it s one I didn t want to write BELOW THAR may BE SPOILERS Ok, I m underwhelmed GRRM is undoubtedly a fantastic writer and the writing was superb, as always But the god damned story is dragging 1 Dany and her dragons will never ever ever ever ever ever ever get moving Never ever Never And that s bullshit There was no dancing with dragons There was a nice little view of dragon [...]

  • ENGLISH A Dance with Dragons ITALIANOThe fifth chapter of A song of ice and fire is yet another confirmation that George R.R Martin, in the field of the epic medieval fantasy, is the most worthy successor of J.R.R Tolkien The universe molded by Martin is described with a manic cure and with so many details that some readers are rather disappointed, accusing the work to be too long and or boring I do not agree Game of Thrones has become what we today know exactly thanks to the painful precision o [...]

  • At the risk of getting thoroughly stomped by series fans, this was the first book where I really felt it was ok is the best I can say of it It s wildly scattered all over the landscape of the current story, both in term of physical location and in terms of characters There are so many new characters, new armies, new leaders, new kings, new slaves, new queens, and new vicious psychopaths that it s impossible to keep track of everyone, even if I wanted to I know fans will say that s what the list [...]

  • Did any of you guys watch Lost Remember how you d be watching a totally banal episode, and you re like Oh, interesting, everyone is mad at Hurley for eating ranch dressing right out of the tub, that s, gee, that s compelling, hey now do scenes of Jack and Kate re establishing readily apparent character conflicts and interrelationships, zzz But then at the end of the episode, something totally crazy would happen, and you d be all OMG IS VINCENT THE SMOKE MONSTER and the music would go bbbbaaaaar [...]

  • Well, I guess we know now why Martin took so long to release this latest volume it s a steaming mess.Forget for a moment the fact that of the many principal POV characters, only one Jon Snow has any discernible character arc throughout the tome s 940 pages Forget too that the only female POV characters Cersei and Dany, and even Asha in her first chapter can scarcely go two pages without pining lustily and pathetically for their male paramours Don t trouble yourself with the chapters Victarion, D [...]

  • Whenever I ve heard about other people s favorite books that they reread once a year, I m puzzled by the fact that they say that they find new things every time when reading Not every time, is it In fact whenever I reread a Dance with Dragons, I get lost at the very same place, my most treasured book parts are the self same I don t read the book to hone any detective skill that might be lying dormant in me, but for pure pleasure.I know the book has problems, but I say that it wouldn t do to foll [...]

  • 1 A Game of Thrones 2 A Clash of Kings 3 A Storm of Swords 4 A Feast for Crows readASOIAF Read Along Hosted by Riley from Riley Marie, Elizabeth from Liz Loves Literature, and Kayla from BOOKadoodles A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons cover the same period of time, but split the characters and their points of view up I ve always chosen to read them back to back, but maybe people enjoy reading them simultaneously If you would like to read them combined, here is the reading order Link Not [...]

  • Stannis Baratheon marches on Winterfell from the Wall Daenerys s empire is threatened from within Tyrion finds himself enslaved Cercei finds herself in chains The Crow s Eye desires Daenerys for his own but so do several other would be suitors And Jon Snow faces dissent from his brothers of the WatchIn the latest installment of Incest and Intrigue, of the pieces are placed on the board Daenerys can t trust anyone Jon Snow can t trust anyone Iron Lords cannot trust their own brothers Sellswords [...]

  • The never ending game of thrones continues, and in this fifth installment things get quite out of hand Full of deceit and wrong decisions that lead to consequences beneath a human being s capability to accept Never a dull moment with George R R Martin, another masterpiece.I could talk about the plot and characters for days if I wanted to, but I ll try my best to make this review as short as possible Kindly note that this will contain spoilers Don t read beyond this part, unless you re a person w [...]

  • I don t know how to objectively review this book.I first found Westeros in high school soph year, to be exact I d had A Game of Thrones for months, maybe a year I think it was a present I kept opening it, reading a few pages, and bouncing off And then one day I was bored and didn t have anything better to read and I finally forced my way through the prologue which I still hate, and skip on rereads and fell head first into the book When I came up for air, I demanded my parents take me to the book [...]

  • Basically I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I HATE THAT I LOVE IT SO MUCH BECAUSE AFJDKALDADSAD MY LIFE IS RUINED.Yup That is my entire review, right there You can go now BH AH AHA HA HAh ah haha breaks down in tears I have no idea how to review BUT I WILL SAY MORE THINGS Because I have things to say I don t love everything about this series, but I do love it I mean, it has stuff that makes me really angry and I m 10000% sure it has a lot of unnecessary sex and rape and violence But the world building is inc [...]

  • Three and a half stars.There are currently over 3000 reviews of this book on this here website here Adding another one would be like spitting into the Delaware River So here goes.Like the previous entry in the series, A Feast for Crows, there are too many POV chapters from characters I don t care about, uninteresting subplots that go nowhere, too much bloat I read A Game of Thrones in about a week this book took me over a month, and it seemed like forever Am I going to read, The Winds of Winter [...]

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