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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-17 02:44
A Feast For Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

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.

(spoiler show)

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.

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text 2017-07-22 05:40
Reading progress update: I've read 489 out of 967 pages.
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

I usually mostly read a chapter or two when I go to donate plasma, twice a week so it can take me awhile to get through books. This one has been going faster, however, and I'm very happy about that.

 

I'm not at all liking this one. If your familiar with Song of Ice and Fire (better known as Game of Thrones), you're aware that there are quite a few plot lines being developed and played out side by side in each book. In A Feast For Crows this becomes annoying as many of them have been deliberately left out of the book. Most of my favorites in fact. We briefly get a Sam chapter on the wall near the beginning, which is eventually followed by another Sam chapter (not on the wall). Arya gets similar treatment along with Sansa. Tyrion, Daenerys, and Davos appear to be completely absent so far, with the bulk of the chapters going to Cersei, Jaime and Brienne. The Ironborn plotline also significantly expands adding new characters, but little interest so far. An even more boring plotline focusing on events in Dorne is also introduced.

 

I think this one is going fast, because I just want to get through it and get back to the stuff I like in the next book.

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text 2016-09-02 00:42
2016 Reading Challenge- End of August Update
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin
A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five - George R.R. Martin

My simultaneous re-read of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons took longer than I expected, mostly because my reading plan during my vacation got blasted thanks to the state of Tennessee sending my tag and drivers license renewal letters one day apart meaning I received them a day apart which going to the same location two consecutive mornings.  Oh well, I eventually got time to read after making up time I wanted to write my practice novel which still didn't get as far as I wanted.

 

However I've started my next book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and am already 55% through after two days of reading.  By the end of September I'll have Patriarchs and Prophets finished as well so I should be close to finishing my challenge of 40 books but not close to the 40 I have listed below.  Oh well...

 

1) Revolutionary Heart by Diane Eickoff [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
2) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-> The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
3) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
4) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
5) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
-> The Separation of Church and State edited by Forrest Church
6) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
7) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
8) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
--> Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
--> We the People by Juan Williams [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
9) Nixonland by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
--> Blood Stain (Volume One) by Linda Sejic
10) The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein
--> Oddly Normal Book 3 by Otis Frampton
11) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
12) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
--> Jefferson's America by Julie M. Fenster [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
13) The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel by George R.R. Martin, Mike S. Miller, & Ben Avery
14) Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King edited by Robert Silverberg- REREAD of The Sworn Sword
15) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book One by Winston Churchill
16) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
17) The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
18) How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
19) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book Two by Winston Churchill
--> The Poetry of Robert Frost
--> Seventh-day Adventists Believe by General Conference of SDA
20) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
21) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
22) A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
23) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
24) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
25) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
26) The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
27) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
28) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
29) The Truth by Terry Pratchett
30) Warriors I edited by George R.R. Martin- REREAD of The Mystery Knight
31) The Black Count by Tom Reiss
32) The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
33) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
34) Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
35) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 by Edward Gibbon
36) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
37) The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
38) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
39) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
40) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
 
Also reading:
Patriarchs and Prophets (82%)
The Book of Mormon (52%)
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot (24%)
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review 2016-08-25 00:43
A Feast for Crows (ASOIAF #4)
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

The War of the Five Kings is all but over with only a few holdouts remaining in the realm, however as Westeros attempts to recover enough before winter hits it appears that more carrion will be on the menu of A Feast for Crows.  The fourth installment of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series shows the ugly aftermath of war which other fantasy epics seemingly ignore after the triumphant conclusion, but as the middle of Martin’s series begins it shows that politics and opportunists use any situation for their advantage.

 

Unlike the first three volumes of the series, Martin divided narrative settings in half with some point-of-view characters appearing in Feast while some had to wait until the fifth volume (A Dance with Dragons).  With the focus on the events in southern Westeros, primarily King’s Landing and the Riverlands, the story feels more intimate than grand as the previous volumes did.  The fallout of Tywin’s death is felt in King’s Landing the most when Cersei takes control and attempts to outshine her father in governance, yet it caught up getting entrapped within her own web of intrigues.  Jaime’s story shows a man looking to redeem himself while taking advantage of his dishonorable reputation in wrapping up the war in the Riverlands.  Along with the Lannister siblings, readers followed Arya to Braavos where she happened to interact with a traveling Samwell Tarly headed for Oldtown who on his journey sailed around a conspiracy filled Dorne and saw the effects of events among the Ironborn.  Within the untouched Vale finds Sansa Stark under a false name watching as Littlefinger schemes to retain power and set up events for the future.  Yet Martin’s best writing is following Brienne of Tarth’s quest to find Sansa in the war ravaged hinterland, showing off the results of war upon the land and the populace which is often avoided in other epic fantasy.

 

While many fans have found the division of the narrative upsetting and following Brienne’s journey annoying, some didn’t realize how much set up Martin was writing for events in the last 40% of A Dance with Dragons as well as the last two books of the series.  In the chaos of war’s aftermath just like in battle, anyone can take power and some who thought themselves natural wielders of power are outplayed in the game of thrones.  The events in Dorne and the Iron Islands change the completion of the entire series, making it more epic in scale when seen in context of the whole story.  One of Martin’s best decisions was to both begin and end in Oldtown with characters introduced in the prologue appearing again at the end from the point-of-view of a favorite character in a sense connecting the whole book together.

 

A Feast for Crows shows the aftermath of war as well as showing that schemes for power never end, especially as a realm tries to put itself together after it was shattered by war.  While not as “epic” as the first three volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, this book is still a fantastic read on why the game never ends.

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text 2016-08-24 22:08
Reading progress update: I've read 684 out of 684 pages.
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

Re-read

 

Brienne VIII: 9/10
Cersei X: 9/10
Jaime VII: 9/10
Samwell V: 10/10
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