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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire) Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013
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“Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty, A Dance with Dragons is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.”—The Washington Post
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times
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About the Author
George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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all this angst and drama and no clear indication of who gets beheaded next.
his books are like our last presidential election filling me with outrage, incredulity, despair and yes even a little hope.
rollercoasters. there is a place in the world for rollercoasters.
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.
But the man critique I have is for the KINDLE edition. There is something seriously wrong with the type sizing. It is either way too tiny or giant. Nothing in between. For the amount of money I paid for this thing, I expect that technologically it should be PERFECT. So you might want to try the paper copy which at least has a readable font size and is going to be way cheaper in paper back.
My main comment concerning this book, and indeed perhaps the whole series, is that I've come to realize that it never seems to have any lighthearted moments. It's just a bunch of people being pretty damn nasty to each other. It needs a touch of Tom Bomabadil. Expect a pretty grim tone and mood.
Hopefully, HBO will bring in some fresher, younger blood to wrap up the series, lest all the actors die of old age meandering their way through this ponderous mess.
In general, Martin has a tendency to go into way too much useless detail, and go too far into sub-storylines that are just dead ends and don't go anywhere or contribute to the overall story. This book does the least of both since book 1.
First of all, things actually happened in this tome, something which I can't say about the last volume ('Snoozes with Subplots', was it?). It's nice to see that some characters are actually moving the plot forward, however slowly.
Secondly, we *finally* see the strands of plot threads and isolated characters scattered by George with increasing abandon over the past four books start to come together. Does this mean that perhaps this tangled hairball will actually, eventually, glacially knit itself into a conclusion?