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Drifting into the absurd,
This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 2 After the Feast (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Paperback)
I have really enjoyed the previous Books but the last Book 5 seems desperate and almost farcical with Dwarfs riding pigs and boys morphing into tress whilst hanging in them. I agree with many other readers that the spread of characters which appears to get ever broader looses touch with the original theme. What is it about Martin that he keeps needing to kill off the main male characters, the killing of John Snow provides yet another disjointed twist to the story. It also makes the outcome appear somewhat predictable. I do not feel particularly engaged with the remaining characters and am particularly disappointed with this latest Book.
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2013 08:50:37 GMT
I have to agree, Lorraine. After the 'red wedding', killing John Snow left me feeling quite dejected. I can understand Martin trying to avoid lapsing into clichés of the genre but he's gone too far the other way. Fortunately I've read these past 5 volumes in quick succession and haven't had to give two decades of my life waiting for each subsequent book, if I had I would be feeling really let down at this point of the story. Only morbid curiosity will make me finish the series rather than enthusiastic expectation. Martin has gone on record saying that he doesn't plan his books, he just starts writing and sees where they go. I have to say this method really shows, a sprawling mess!
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