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Need less description of urination, less "you know nothing, Jon Snow",
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This review is from: A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire) (Hardcover)
Edit: finished the book a week ago. I stand by everything I said. I was really hoping for the second half to pick up, and it didn't, except for the one moment where the author went "OMG look! Aren't you shocked?!!". But honestly by then, all of that character's chapters were so tedious and repetitious (an unfortunately common problem for this book), that I wanted to join in on what the bad guys did, just to make him stop boring me.
And after 15 years, GRRM is still the best writer I've come across for descriptive and character-development writing. Mostly due to the prologue, I'm finally finding the whole warg thing less boring and seeing it less as pure new-agey mumble-jumble. But my concern is I've read in places that the book really picks up momentum after the half-way mark? So I still have another 20% of menu- and trip-planning to plod through before that happens? Still, I really hope it does pick up, because so far I don't see anything happening other than "they had X stewed in Y for [insert meal here]" and "he [sailed/walked/went on horseback]" for yet another day. It's like AFFC all over again, like I'm reading a travel book except the author only talks about sitting on the plane and brushing his teeth in airport hotels (or should I say pissing, because there really is an awful lot of urination in this book) rather than the destinations themselves...I'm squeezing time out of bar review to read this book, and I really hope there's going to be something more worthwhile.
One little thing I'm absurdly happy about is that GRRM has really cut back on Lord Mormont's crow. Man how I hated that stupid echoing crow. Glad it doesn't say "corn corn corn corn corn corn corn corn" after every sentence anyone says anymore.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2011 10:20:36 AM PDT
Jennifer L. Rinehart says:
George must have been hungry when he was writing because they're are a lot of food descriptions. He's always pruning people!
Posted on Jul 13, 2011 10:38:10 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
It was a lie. It does NOT pick up after 1/2 of the book. Get used to skimming because 90% of this book is useless drivel meant to add page count. Last 100 pages you might find interesting. Book is terrible and GRRMs flame is dying. He has lost it. He let the story run away from him and now its just one big giant mess of drivel.
Posted on Jul 13, 2011 11:44:26 AM PDT
Kenneth C. Warren says:
Good, solid review. Thanks for being clear and concise. And I laughed out loud at the 'corn, corn, corn, corn...' comment lol.
Posted on Jul 13, 2011 8:13:09 PM PDT
Timothy Davis says:
Don't worry, there's still plenty of corn to be found.
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 1:33:54 AM PDT
L. Tipene says:
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 3:55:45 AM PDT
Read Patrick Rothfuss if you want a great writer who is in no danger of losing control of his material.
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