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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to greatness?
By leaving out some of the main characters, the previous book of the series, "A Feast for Crows", felt incomplete. Now that I finished reading "A Dance With Dragons - Dust and Dreams", I'm sure that both books should be considered part 1 and 2 of a larger, three-part installment.
As expected, "A Dance With Dragons" follows the footsteps of Jon, Bran, Davos,...
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the wait
I love this series, but after growing old waiting for this book, I was disappointed to find that it was not worth the wait or the ageing process.. Nothing happens. Danny sits around and doesn't even bother setting off for Westeros. Tyrion sets off to find Danny and doesn't get there. And if I can word this without too many spoilers .... after crafty old Doran Martell has...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much padding and repetition,
This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Paperback)If ever a book cried out for a Reader's Digest abridged version this is it.
In many chapters nothing happens until the last 2 pages. For example (slight spoiler) in one chapter a character is in jail. We learn the names of all the gaolers, their shift pattern, their personalities, their domestic situations and their relationships with each other. Pages and pages of it. Our character promptly leaves his cell for good and we never meet these characters again. What was the point?
Every time the word 'table' is mentioned we are treated to a long list of everything on it. The list will contain 'lampreys'. I suspect it's just the same list re-ordered each time.
At half its size it could have been twice as good.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good continuation of the series,
This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Paperback)I worried this book wouldn't be as good as the first three, as the number of characters I liked to read about was diminishing, but this was not the case. The continuation of the stories of some of the characters whom we had met right at the beginning of the first book, among others, were interesting, and odd POV chapters from other characters added to this. All in all, though it doesn't compare to Storm of Swords, I really did enjoy this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good continuation,
This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Paperback)I got a bit confused with all that Danaerys was experiencing, but I'm sure it will make sense in the long run
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating.,
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time! Wait for the TV series!,
Perhaps fame got to GRRMs head by book 4, or perhaps subconsciously he himself has gotten board with writing such massive volume (with such little substance). There is nothing clever about book 4 and 5. There thrill is gone. There is nothing intricate about the plot. In fact the plot gets wafer thin. You have to read this huge expanse of chapters and characters, to gain very little in terms of a story.
Watching the TV series, I felt book 1 was followed about 90% accurately. Series 2 was a bit less true to the book, maybe 80% but still a very good story. Then after watching the 3rd series, I could not understand why it deviated so much from the book (maybe 60% true to the book), especially missing out the thrilling final chapters. Now it all makes sense! Books 4 and 5 are such a waste of time! The end of chapter 3 + books 4 and 5 will be probably be edited out into 1 series. That is how the books should have been treated- not just an editing of material, but a complete overhaul - being trimmed down into 1 smaller book!
It really is disappointing. I used to rave about books 1 to 3 telling a lot of people to read them. Books 4 and 5 I tell people not to even bother and wait for the series. There is nothing clever about GRRMs writing anymore. His idea of a clever turn to the story is by killing another character. Not with suspense, not with a ploy, not in thrilling fashion or a good tale, but rather they just die out in a whimper! "Oh him, he got killed in a battle", a few pages later, "oops, he stepped outside and got stabbed". It is completely uninteresting and uncreative story telling.
Do yourself a favor, and wait for the TV series for books 4 and 5. Reading this book is a waste of time.
By the time book 6 comes out (where hopefully even some of all this pointless meandering will actually amount to anything) you probably will have forgotten most of what you have read in books 4 and 5. Between the 500 plus characters and still having to wait until (rumored) 2015 for book 6, this is a waste of time one would rather avoid!
As another poor review mentioned, which I feel is a massive point, which actually ruins the entire series... we are periodically told in the story about the threat to the entire world by the "others" and "whites" but it is now after book 5, and they have gotten 3 or 4 chapters where they really have featured, in between what 350 chapters! Difficult to take a threat seriously when it is actually so benign!
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great installmant,
This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Kindle Edition)Yet another great chapter in the series. I am getting ever closer to the dreaded point when I am waiting for George to finish the latest book!
4.0 out of 5 stars dance with dragons part 1,
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Part 1 of Dance for Dragons,
This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Kindle Edition)This is a good catch up to the various characters we have heard little about recently but is slower moving than the previous books. Once started the series has to be read to the end, although he has not written Book 6 yet.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this part of ice and fire,
3.0 out of 5 stars long a twisted tale ....,,
This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Kindle Edition)The story was long twisted and entwined hard to bring both books together and longing for more action to unfold
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A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) by George R. R. Martin (Paperback - 15 Mar 2012)