....then this is probably not the book for you.
But for the serious student of any of the liberal arts( philosophy, politics, history, literature, sociology, fine arts, ect.) this is a must read. Another of his series of histories, Cahill has an encyclopedic grasp of the evolution of modern western society. Lively and at times risque, he gives a persuasive arguement for the study of the classics.
It's a good read.
A plot that actually leads the reader somewhere.
Valar morghulis. Mysterious now, but when you learn what it means you'll wunder why you fell for such an obviuos ploy to keep you buying books.
Anger. Martin is a sadist, making you love someone, torturing them, then making them disappear or die.
O.K., so you ignored my warning about this series of cheap hooks, cliff hangers and gimmicks designed to keep you reading until the end of time. This is the high watermark of the series, in that you have invested yourself in characters you like and there aren't more developed plots than you can follow. You are being set up. Everyone and everything you love will be taken away and replaced by excruciating blather about court gossip, clothes and historical trivia in this alternate reality. Martin is a cheat. No plot line will pay off and it will only leave you frustrated.
See the south park parody of Martin; it is spot on.
Teenagers interested in rough trade porn.
the voices change in book 3. You'd think Roy Dotrice would have thought to review his notes before he made everyone scottish.
George R. R. Martin
I felt abused!
Cheap gimmicks, cliff hangers and hooks that never, ever payoff; I quit reading in the fifth book with 8 plot lines, 2doz. main characters, maybe 3x as many minor characters & no hope of tying up all the loose ends short of an asteroid strike. Whenever something interesting develops, Martin abandons it for 50 chapters or jumps to action on another continent.
Meandering, tedious and lacking any unity, these books are 4000 pages dedicated to horney teenagers interested in the rough trade porn that happens every 5th chapter where a woman is stripped, beaten, humiliated and/or raped in excruciatingly lurid detail. Aside from misogyny, Martin also has a pathological fascination with purilance, crusty wounds, feces and bodily fluids of all types. AND STILL NO DRAGONS! I felt sick when I heard two additional books are in the works, each with an estimated 1800 pages. Do not attempt these books without plenty of hand sanitizer.
DO NOT EVEN START THESE BOOKS. GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!
PS South Park, Black Friday episode is an accurate portrayal of Martin.
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