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Like book 1 - but with more repetitions,
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This review is from: A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
After having read the first book and rated it with an average 3 stars, I was still curious enough to buy the second book. I found that the second book drops in quality compared to the first book. The most striking aspect is the endless repetitions: there are formulations which the author just keeps on repeating whenever a certain character appears on the scene (e.g. "corn, corn, corn" or the neverending "Hodor") - a little uninspired. The same goes for most of the story lines, which often seem to follow certain patterns, e.g. Arya's constant escapes and being captured again.
The recurring theme of incest is also something I find slightly strange. I cannot quite see why it is necessary to treat this subject with so much attention, and who the target audience might be.
Another aspect which I found quite annoying is the general brutality and use of rough language. I understand that these are meant to illustrate the "depravity" of some characters but surely there are other, subtler means to achieve this. After a while it becomes just banal and boring, so that I simply no longer cared who was being harmed in what way - it was complete overkill.