Holy amazeballs! This is easily my favorite so far. This one takes off running and never slows down. It was very hard at times to pace myself and not just tear through it because I wanted - needed - to know what was going to happen next. Martin is a master storyteller and the various narratives he's crafted in the first two books continues to build here until it reaches max capacity - and then just keeps going. And that ending
Catelyn's resurrection and paling around with the Robin Hood gang
- wow. I couldn't believe it when I heard that was left out of the show, because I can't wait to see what Martin's going to do with that.
And how about that kill count, eh?
Joffrey, hand's down. Tywin's a close second.
Most upsetting death:
Prince Oberyn Martell, my prince of salty goodness. You were too precious for this world.
Also, Lysa Arryn. I absolutely hated her character, but what a miserable, loveless and lonely life she led. And then betrayed at the last second.
Most predictable death:
ROBB YOU IDIOT!
Death worthiest of a Darwin award:
Hope you had a nice fall, Balon Greyjoy. May you make it to that pearly ship in the sky, or whatever.
Just die already:
Gregor, Littlefinger, and Roose Bolton and his little Bastard too, and all the Freys.
I wasn't terribly happy with the way with this book was written. If you've been reading the Song of Ice and Fire saga up to this book (and beyond) then you know that the series has quite a few different storylines, many of which your likely to find interesting and others that might bore or turn you off. Thats ok.
A Feast For Crows completely cuts out several major storylines which is why I didn't really care for it as much. Tyrion, Daenerys, Jon Snow on the wall, and Davos Seaworth are nowhere to be found. For me the only consolation I got was a few Arya chapters, as the book focused on Jaime, Cersei and Brienne primarily, with a few chapters for Arya, Samwell, Sansa/Alayne and some new Ironborn and Dornish plotlines. In the final pages, G.R.R.M. explains the he had written far to much and what he had would be more like two books. Instead of splitting the book in half and keeping all the plotlines, he decided to cut some out and do them in the next book A Dance With Dragons. Irritating. I would have preferred the other way.
Perhaps this is why the book lacks Martin's typical habit of killing off important characters.
I did find it enjoyable, but not as page turning as any of the others so far.
I'll be jumping immediately into A Dance With Dragons now. With the impending series finale of the GoT show, I think its likely a release date for Winds of Winter will come with it. For that reason, I'm opting to catch up with the series right now before any announcement of said release date.
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.
August 6, 1996: A Game of Thrones was first published 21 years ago today. George R.R. Martin wrote the landmark fantasy novel (as well as its sequels) on a thirty-year-old PC using a rather ancient WordStar 4.0 word processor. He owns a separate computer for checking his email.