The Larch: HalEmmerich: You clearly haven't gotten to A Feast for Crows yet. Hundreds of pages of almost nothing of note happening.That's a shame. I just finished A Storm of Swords, and I was already trying to figure out why he was spending so much time with secondary characters and (seemingly) inconsequential plot that wasn't driving the overarching story forward. It's clear that he has some idea where he's going with the story, but I'm a little afraid he's going to get eight or nine books into it before he realizes that he's created a big hairball and can't figure out how to unravel it all.A Song of Ice and Fire is like the opposite of Lord of Rings, in a way -- Tolkien started with a huge overwhelming world, and he carved out a small slice and tried to make sense of it. Martin appears to have started out with a good story and a relatively small slice of a world, and suddenly finds himself trying to wrestle with a huge world that has grown beyond his control.Imagine if Tolkien decided top stop the story in the middle and spend 400 pages telling us Galadriel's backstory fit into current events. That's kind of where I'm afraid it's going...
elchip: The Iron Islands and Dorne chapters eventually figure into the overall story in a big way. I actually found the "reveals" to be pretty satisfying, but maybe that's because they're two of the few plot points I didn't ruin for myself by reading A Wiki of Ice and Fire.
UrCa: ha-ha-guy: //oh hooray Cersei is a PoV character now, just what I always wantedNot sure if sarcasm, but I enjoyed reading everything she did blow up in her face
Hebalo: Also, the books are HORRIBLY written. I'm convinced Martin is a master of character and plot, but a terrible writer. It's a form of torture to slog through his books. I've given up trying to get ahead, and will wait for the show to return. He's a shiatty, shiatty writer.
mikefinch: moothemagiccow:Dont even get me started on the publishing timeline. The next book should be done some time after 2083... The shows started as a 1 book a season deal. Now the future books are being split into multiple seasons... Part of me wonders wether its just to give him the time he needs to finish the series.It drags and drags and drags but it had enough of a hook to make me want to find out what happens. Just keeping your readers hooked isnt enough to make what your writing good.
mikefinch: Part of me wonders wether its just to give him the time he needs to finish the series.
XMark: Cagey B: Hodor.Hodor!
moothemagiccow: It's just not up to you to decide what the plot of the book is or when it comes out. Sorry. I like the books and I understand what Martin said. At the end of the day, the work is going to be judged by its quality, not how quickly it was finished.
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