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Dropping the ball,
This review is from: A Feast for Crows (Reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) (Paperback)
Like many I was drawn to these books by the TV adaption. In particular I was drawn by the double act of Tyrion & Bronn. Tyrion is one of those characters that gets created once in a blue moon. I cared about him, he had wit, invention, a filthy mind and an honest heart. Although he could have been the underdog he was actually more often the one on top.
Book 2 was, if anything, better than book 1, and book 3 wasn't far behind. "A Feast for Crows", however, is just awful.
The last chapter informs the reader that the author has written "lots and lots" about all of the characters and that it just won't fit into one book. He then says that the reader is better served by a book that that told all the story for half the characters.
I disagree. The reader would have been best served by Mr Martin actually reading what he has written and cutting out everything that is unnecessary. How about all the micro-descriptions about what everybody is eating and what design is on their coat of arms? What was the point of the Brienne sections. What was the point of most of the Jaime sections. Cersei's final predicament needed to be developed but it should have been done alongside Danny's tale (which I've not yet read, by the way) Why only half develop the "Viking" part of the tale? In short, it needed a bloody good editor.
If indeed he had written so much about all of the characters, why did it take 6 years to release the second book? Why exactly is the ebook version more expensive than the hardback? Methinks some milking of cows is going on. In the process the author has lost me as a reader. I won't buy the second part of this tale. I can see where the story is going and I'll fill in the blanks myself.