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Martin losing track of his own story...,
This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Paperback)Well, after years of waiting, Dance with Dragons came out and did not fail to disappoint. The writing's been getting slower and slower on Martin's end, and the quality of the story is getting worse and worse. Feast for Crows already felt average compared to the 3 previous books, but we were all willing to accept that because we thought the book was a pedestal for Dance with Dragons to dazzle us with its pure might. Needless to say, it was a complete disappointment as Dance with Dragons is the most uneventful book in the series. Basically, nothing happens. The status quo doesn't change, characters seem to stay exactly where they are, the plot lines barely evolve (Tyrion wasn't entertaining. How is that even remotely possible? Tyrion's dialogue alone could make the first 3 books worth reading, well, lemme tell you what, not in this one). Martin is pulling a Robert Jordan on us, dragging on his series while the quality of the writing and story worsens periodically. Dance with Dragons is Song of Ice and Fire's equivalent to Wheel of Time's Path of Daggers (thankfully not quite a Crossroads of Twilight). Yes, for those of you who know that it means, it is that bad. Considering that I thought of Song of Fire and Ice would go down in history as one of the greatest fantasy epics ever written, I'm starting to have doubts now. Martin better pull a hell of sixth book to get his story back on track. He didn't ruin anything with this book as he barely added or removed anything, so there is still hope. But at the rate Martin's writing, I'll probably be worrying about putting my kids through college by the time he's done (and I don't even have kids yet).
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2012 15:13:49 BDT
Ben W says:
Couldn't agree more. With such an electric couple of opening books it is so immensely disappointing to see the series meander to nowhere. It strikes me as an author without a plot in mind, with an editor and publisher too in thrall to tell him to pull his finger out.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2012 02:29:50 BDT
W. Davis says:
Many a time have I heard "no plot in mind". Perhaps there is, but you need to wait for things to conclude before you see it.
Posted on 15 May 2012 21:22:59 BDT
Debbie L says:
So far I couldn't agree more. I don't feel justified leaving a review because I haven't got past 250 pages yet. I am usually a voracious reader and would normally plough through a book the size of this one in about 10 days tops, I've been slogging through this for two weeks already! Every time I pick it up I get through half a dozen pages, get bored and put it down again. Very frustrating as I do want to read it, having come this far I am determined to see it through to the end and find out what happens. Even if like you I am putting my child through college by the time I get there (my kid is at least 10 so maybe not so long to wait!!)
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 15:02:52 BDT
somewhere in all these reviews of this series of books,i read one where the reviewer compared the series to lord of the rings,never once whilst reading LORD OF THE RINGS ,did i find myself saying in my mind get there, get there faster,as i do with these books
Posted on 24 Jul 2013 16:23:50 BDT
David W says:
Lost the plot......sums it up! Nothing is resolved and some of the characters are weakened and become less important. a great shame. Hopefully GRRM can resolve this is the next book??
Posted on 9 Aug 2013 19:19:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Aug 2013 19:19:27 BDT
Completely agree, to be honest I was beginning to lose a bit of interest during the previous book and I have got about half-way through this one and have lost the will to pick it up again but feel like I must at some stage being as I have come this far but surely that is not the point of reading. He could slash the size of his latest books down by at least 30% I would say and Mr Martin just comes across as being self indulgent, we don't need to know every bit of scenery in intricate detail.
I am sure I read somewhere that he is considering taking the series beyond seven books but hasn't decided yet, I think his fanbase will have seriously dissipated by that stage and I for one can't see it through much further. A great shame because I really enjoyed the series for a long while.
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