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Just finished reading grrm's 'Dance With Dragons'. We'll see… - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
Just finished reading grrm's 'Dance With Dragons'. We'll see what I think when the next book comes out, but at this point I feel like I might not bother, even though this one is a very good read; I felt the ending of this (already the fifth book in the series) was very unsatisfactory and begins to feel like the series could stretch out into the horizon, book after book after book, without it ever resolving. [ Edit ] And already on the fifth book and the two main lines of the plot have only only begun to unfold but only just and so, so very slowly.

It wouldn't be a spoiler, I reckon, to say that at some points (one, in particular) you feel like shouting "Noo! How could you kill that character!" -someone you thought was central and indispensable to the story and without whom, etc; we already know things like this are going to happen in a book of his.

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flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: December 29th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
strawberryfrog From: strawberryfrog Date: December 30th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm out in the countryside without much else to do, just read "A Clash of Kings", Book #2. I'm saving book #3 for the journey back to London. There are places in each book so far (Ok, 2 out of 2) where some character realises (or nearly enough, soliliquises to themself enough that we can add it up) that the whole feudal medieval thing really sucks - it's brutal to everyone who isn't noble, the noble men treat women as objects and spend thier time killing each other in battle and intrugue for transitory power. And though the actors die off and are replaced regularly, baring a change to human nature or the way thier society works, the cycle will never, ever stop. It's exceedingly sexist, grim and bloodthirsty. Or is that just grrm?

I am told that book #7 is planned to be the last one. Perhaps this is because there is an end in mind. Or maybe because of the fate that befel Robert Jordan. Part of me hopes that it ends with an extinction-level meteorite impact to the seven kingdoms.
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