Maybe a little disappointment is inevitable, but Book 3 set up so much, and Book 4 delivered on very little of it. There are chapters and chapters of narratives from Sensa and Sam, who are doing...pretty much nothing. There's an interminable boat trip. There is endless scheming in the Vale. We see Cersei elevating the church and obliviously running the kingdom into the ground. Jamie's self-loathing and attempts to make things right gets many chapters. Significant secondary characters in earlier novels are (apparently) killed -- which we've come to expect -- but their deaths occur "offstage" and are related by others very briefly.
No chapters about Tyrion or whatever happened to him, either. Stannis and his ambitions barely get mentioned. Whatever is going on at the Wall is barely discussed.
I have to wonder if Martin got his first big royalty check right before writing Book 4, which seems pretty self-indulgent and serious "padded." I just read that HBO is going to divide Book 3 between two seasons of production. I'm pretty sure they could dispense with all of important events in Book 4 in three, maybe four episodes.
No, but if Book 5 is as rambling and ennui-inducing as Book 4, my "Song of Fire and Ice" obsession will be over.
The funeral at sea for the maester presided over by Samwell.
A huge disappointment. There's very little dramatic tension in the novel, and almost all of the new characters introduced here are far from compelling.
I apologize to the other "A Song of Fire and Ice" fans who may strongly disagree with my reaction, but this is my very honest response to the book.
I liked the characters and the basic plot-line, but there wasn't much character development and some of the novel's crises were introduced and resolved very, very quickly. It would've been a much better story if there was a bit more evolution of the story instead of a rush to reach the novel's climax.
Pretty much what I expected! Not bad, but not surprising, either.
I don't know that accents are the way to go, here. Every male character had a distinct regional accent...the Bronx guy, the Scotsman, the Englishman, the Aussie. Maybe work more on changes in register or range than going all out on giving characters accents.
It's a likeable enough novel, so follow-ups seem obvious.
Those who didn't listen to the 20th anniversary version of Book One.
I don't know. This seemed like something I could've written in my sleep.
Most likely not.
The book was too short and rushed to cut anyone.
Just...wow...it's like the abriged version of the abriged version.
I would give the author another chance, but this book simply fails to live up to the hype.
Nothing by him. Not for a while.
The narrators are very good at what they do. I've hard Mark Vitore (sp?) several times before.
Disappointment. So many unresolved issues. So many characters who didn't serve any real purpose other than to make the book longer and more plodding.
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