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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire) Hardcover – July 12, 2011
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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
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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But the aspect that drove me crazy more than anything else was Martin's verbal ticks. Once you notice them, they become a huge distraction. I cannot believe how many times he uses the phrases "much and more" and "little and less." It seemed like every chapter, sometimes more than once in the chapters, he uses these phrases. Like many other fantasy series, this author could have greatly benefited from having an editor exercise some control. Yes, the book should be long; yes, Martin has created a world that deserves all the acclaim and popularity; yes, I am as eager to see the publication of the next books as so many others. But I want to immerse myself in the story, and the verbal ticks pull me out in a frustrating way. Overall, the effect of the book is lessened by the excesses and repetitions of the author.