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on August 15, 2013
Simply put, the book is long, wordy, and seems to go nowhere. Everything ends in obnoxious cliffhangers so there's no sense of closure, just frustration.
Some of the characters I was most interested in (i.e. Bran) get almost no mention. I read in an interview where GRRM said that Bran's chapters were some of the hardest to write because of the magical elements... so I guess he fixed that by just not writing any.
I wonder how HBO will turn this and book 4 into functioning seasons, because the events related in their combined 2000 pages don't offer much of the breakneck pacing and excitement the show is known for.