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This review is from: A Dance With Dragons: Part 2 After the Feast (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (Paperback)
This is a more general overall review of the series rather than a review of book 5 alone.
WARNING: IT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
when I first got book 1 about 6 months ago I thought it was amazing, detailed and clever. the characters were well written and the story gripping. It had just enough magic / monsters in it to be fantasy, but not so much that it over shadowed the story.
I have just finished book 5.
my first thought is GRRM needs to employ an editor... (or sack one)
the series is well written and engaging for the most part, but so often I found myself reading pages of writing about clothing or food. I also found myself reading about so many characters that you lose a bit of interest in them.
the essence of a great story is in here somewhere and if there was less about the Iron Isles (tedious) less about Dorne (goes nowhere fast) and less about Dany (this section should just be a separate book about her travels) and Arya (this goes on and on...) then the characters and plots of real interest (the Lanisters, the Wall and beyond, the White Walkers, little finger and Stannis)
The story heads in too many directions and with so many names its hard to keep up or interested in what they are going to do, I say going as not much ever gets done to a conclusion, except the death of main characters, but even then they come back from the grave.
ultimately I enjoyed it enough, but on closing the last book I could not help feeling a bit frustrated that this series could have been much better and much slicker. Its bloated beyond need and you get the feeling that its not half as fat as its going to get.... its a cash cow.
I just hope the people at HBO feel as I do and trim this down for series 3 onwards.