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I'm fed up with this long-running soap opera
on 14 July 2011
I have just finished this fourth book in the series, and will be reading no further. I am getting bored out of my skull, with what started out as a fabulously-engrossing story in Game of Thrones, but has now deteriorated into an endless series of 'cliffhanger' chapter endings and an endless parade of characters, created apparently only to be killed off or passed around, ad infinitum. I no longer give a rip who becomes 'king' or IF anybody ever becomes king, who survives, who doesn't, or who-marries-whom. Ho-bloody-hum.
Is there any resolution to this saga in sight? Well, no, apparently not yet. I understand this author has written, what, 5 books, 6 books, and STILL his 'story' isn't anywhere near being finished? I do think Mr Martin is having us on here. As long as people keep buying these books, he'll keep on churning them out. Why kill the Golden Goose?
What a waste of such a strong writing talent!
A GOOD story -- any kind of story, short OR long, including 'fantasy' sagas -- must have focus, a beginning, middle and end. The ending need not be happy, but all loose threads need to be tied together in some satisfactory and believable way at the conclusion. And there really DOES need to be a conclusion -- hopefully one the author had in mind from the very start. Mr Martin should take a gander at Joe Abercrombie's First Law fantasy trilogy, to see how a multi-viewpoint, lengthy and complicated 'gritty' story SHOULD be constructed.
Soap operas differ from stories. Soaps just diddle on and on and on from day to day, until somebody finally pulls the plug on them. Exciting events come and go, original characters have their dramas, leave the show, new characters appear, hang around, have THEIR dramas, then THEY leave ...etc, etc... Sound familiar?
A Song of Ice and Fire isn't a story any more -- if it ever was; it's a long-running paperback soap opera.
There are obviously folks out there who enjoy this kind of never-ending saga, but I'm not one of them. I'm away. If somebody ever comes to me and says 'Hey -- did you know George RR Martin FINALLY finished his Song of Ice and Fire saga?', I might pick it up again and read on. But until that day dawns, I'm through. Sorry.