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Where the wheels came off
on 27 September 2015
What a disappointing disaster this book is! I can think of no motive beyond greed for its nature. By Martin's own admission he had come up with a text for his forth book which was far too long for publication in a single volume. So, what does he do? Proofread and edit ( don't we all wish he would do that occasionally!)? No. Find a convenient point to divide into separate volumes? No.
Instead he has decided to separate the characters and run two books in parallel. However in doing so Martin has chosen all the least interesting ones for this one, leaving out anyone of much consequence. Be warned, there's no Tyrion, Dany, Jon, Theon, Bran and many others in this one and it is a very dull 800 page plus hike of very little consequence. You can see why the TV adaptation picked little out of it as there is barely enough for an episode.
I recommend reading the Wikipedia synopsis and heading straight for A Dance of Dragons- there's more incident in the first 3 chapters. No, really, do not waste your time.