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Crows will fight over a dead man's flesh and kill each other for his eyesBloodthirsty treacherous and cunning the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy king Tommen The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to lifeThe Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead Euron Crow's Eye as black a pirate as ever raised a sail returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles From the icy north where Others threaten the Wall apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the CitadelAgainst a backdrop of incest and fratricide alchemy and murder victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts


10 thoughts on “A Feast for Crows

  1. says:

    Behold the Ugly Stepchild of A Song of Ice and Fire Behold the Readers of A Feast for Crows Angry Sullen Vengeful silly readers i'm not sure i've ever read such a collection of resentful reviews for one book one reviewer just decided to repeat the same phrase over and over and over again sorry Joel had to say it another decided to note that kids are inherently boring Kids aren’t clever er wtf? sigh i suppose i can understand the backlash Martin took a long assed time to put this out into the world and then WHAT THE HELL reader favorites Tyrion Jon Snow Daenerys have dropped off of this book's radar but i am also perplexed despite the loss of these wonderful creations this is an excellent and challenging novel come on readers grow a pair personally i savored this book from beginning to end the intricate plot the propulsive narrative the intelligent world building and most importantly the depth of characterization that were all hallmarks of prior volumes are still in place and undiminished in this installment one of the things that is often overlooked about Martin is that he is a brilliant writer of uality prose his descriptions are not just lavish they are often uite beautiful he has an expert grasp of language; the man knows how to create imagery that is by turns stark subtly threatening strangely enchanting morbid nostalgic and ambiguous the only reason the novel does not earn a top rating from me but really who cares anyway is because of an unfortunately heavy reliance on repetition mainly of key phrases and dream imagery still this novel should stand tall as an excellent continuation of this amazing seriesfirst and foremost A Feast for Crows is A Story of the Women of Westeros because this is set in a medieval land that has very little wish fulfillment in terms of rectifying gender imbalance it is fated by its own nature to be an unsettling and unfufilling narrativeCONSTANT SPOILERS FOLLOWThe ueen Regent Cersei Lannister is this series' chief villain and so it was with much anticipation that i approached her POV chapters they did not disappoint uite unlike the POV chapters from her formerly villainous twin Jaime there is not much redemption coming Cersei's way she's such a fuckin bitch as the saying goes she remains cold grasping machiavellian murderous and extremely petty she is also incredibly entertaining a villain in the Grand Old Style full of swallowed rage and sweetly uttered put downs and viciously cruel schemes she takes to drink and she lets a fellow viper into her bed which also allows Martin to indulge in an enjoyably laugh out loud lesbionic interlude she makes a classic mistake in allowing fanatics to arm themselves in the end she literally outsmarts herself and is the victim of her own foul trap best of all she is going crazy her dreams haunt her dreams of her death and the deaths of her children much of her villainous nature is explained by these dreamswhat mother wouldn't stop at anything to protect her children? and so Cersei doesn't stop at anythingbut what i mainly took away from her chapters were two important lessons that i learned oh years ago probably in my various college Gender Studies classes first a woman in power within a patriarchal structure is a woman in constant battle with her peers she will not receive the automatic respect granted to men; she will have to earn it whatever that even means she will be constantly reminded that her job is actually to marry and to bear children and that her position of authority is somehow unnatural against the natural order of things i despised Cersei but i also despised those around her who did not give her the automatic respect a man would have in her position i appreciate that Martin made this ineuity crystal clear he is against Cersei of course he is she's the villain but he also gives the challenges she faces in her new position a rather timeless uality gender ineuity is timelessand the second lesson a woman who gains power within a patriarchal system by mirroring the gender essentialism that supports that system has sadly sublimated that structure as natural and right and will therefore enact that chauvinism Women's Studies 101 folks Cersei does not challenge gender imbalance she supports it her interior monologues are full of the same bullshit as any sexist dumbass she despises weakness in men she condemns slutty behavior while indulging in it herself she uses classic chauvinistic tactics to bring down a rival and even classic male brutality to destroy men and women alike as i mentionedshe's a fuckin bitch but her character is a fascinating one to contemplateThe Sand Snakes and The Dorne Princess i suppose the chapters set in Dorne could contribute to many readers' disengagement with this novel oh whatever i love Dorne Dorne is the ugly stepchild of Westeros matrilineal and distantly threatening with a great big chip on its shoulder but what a place it is aggressive and volatile sure but also a land where women are automatically given the same respect as men where a princess is the natural heir to the throne where bastards are not automatically disrespected the brief glimpses of the Sand Snakes despite their inability to start the war they craved were compelling in how differentiated they were in their various proposals to begin battle and i also appreciated how fallible Arianne Martell turned out to be a girl unused to schemes but still scheming away a seductress who fell in love a woman loyal to her friends and disinterested in cruelty an heiress and misguided leader to be one whose time in the limelight approachesSansaAlayne and AryaCat sometimes a girl has to literally convince herself that she is someone else simply to survive sometimes a girl has to forget the parts of her that make her herself in order to achieve her goals of course in one case this is a girl who has lived her life as a pathos ridden pawn in the other case we have a girl who is slowly losing her humanity as she becomes a kind of living weapon eh so what? they both have my full support go Sansa Arya go survive this series you can do itCatelynStoneheart and sometimes a woman fails to accomplish her goals to protect her loved ones to save her children i imagine that some women can get past this and can go on to define themselves anew and other women cannot or do not they swallow their bitterness but do not forget it becomes their fuel their purpose for being it can turn a heart to stone and um it probably doesn't help having your throat slashed at your brother's wedding and then being revived as a monstrous uasi zombie and so Catelyn becomes a dread avenger and not a pretty one she is a killer without regard to reason or even justice and she turns Dondarrion's Merry Men into a grim and bloodthirsty cabal i never thought i'd see Thoros be so sad so lost i never thought Lemoncloak could be such an uncaring asshole i never thought Catelyn would hang an innocent woman or a mere lad well i suppose that's what can happen so i know that Brienne survives that's obvious but if Podric Payne dies i'm coming after you George MartinThe Maid of Tarth i saved one of my favorite characters of the series for last i don't think Brienne is a lot of readers' favorite; i assume they find her constant integrity and her eually constant naivete repetitiousness and lack of imagination to be tedious but that's not how i feel i loved her from beginning to probably not her end there is such genuine realism to her loyal awkward lovelorn character she is a warrior woman but this means nothing in male dominated Westeros except constant and automatic disrespect she is i suppose physically unattractive and is constantly reminded of that by nearly every person she meets she is always Doing The Right Thing; that integrity causes her to be disrespected even and it often means nothing to the people around her well it means a lot to me her uest may have been aimless but it was also useful in illustrating the true and awful tragedy of war the lives lost the tormented survivors the bleak landscapes the sense of a world turned dark and bloody and soulless a world without meaning seeing such a brave person travel through this blighted landscape and continuously stubbornly mulishly trying to do good was hard to read but it was also what i really needed in order to truly connect with this novel a hero tried and true her two fight scenes vanuishing members of the appalling Brave Companions were awesome what a brave lady and what a uniue addition to the fantasy genre's Hero Archetype i love her as i loved this booknow on to the next one


  2. says:

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  3. says:

    The context here is everything A Song of Ice and Fire began with the publication of A Game of Thrones in 1996 Thrones introduced us to the land of Westeros a continent the size of South America but suspiciously similar to medieval England We followed a handful of characters representing various factions of the Seven Kingdoms suabbling for the right to sit upon the Iron Throne Its grittiness tactility fully realized characters and high stakes a major character loses a head gave it a cult following Two years after Thrones A Clash of Kings was published It told the story of “the War of the Five Kings” Though it started slowly it built to a fine ending which included the shocking loss of Winterfell home to many of our main characters and the epic Battle of the Blackwater A phenomenon had started Like clockwork the third novel in the cycle A Storm of Swords came two years after Kings It was the biggest book so far and easily the best It featured all the hallmarks we’d come to expect from author George RR Martin – swordfights detailed descriptions of food casual misogyny laughably crude sex scenes shocking twists major character deaths and a humdinger of a cliffhanger – but those elements were heightened There are set pieces in Swords that are simply classic see eg “the Red Wedding” At the end of Swords the fate of several major characters – beloved characters – dangled in the wind Readers thirsted for the next installment They began their wait And then crickets Nothing for five years After five years we were given the present installment A Feast for Crows By this time it was nearly impossible for any book to live up to the expectations of Swords On this level at least Crows did not disappoint It certainly met the expectation that it could not meet expectations As the old saying goes the only thing worse than a bad meal is a small bad meal Not only did Crows fail to meet the challenge of Swords it was over too uickly When readers got to the last page they were left to wonder this is it? Martin you see had allowed the manuscript for Crows to get so long he decided to cut the thing in half As he explained in a now infamous postscript Martin decided to split the book geographically rather than chronologically That meant that many of the best characters did not appear; none of the cliffhangers from Swords were resolved; and we were left to follow the dubious uests of various secondary personages To make matters worse Martin tentatively promised the next volume A Dance With Dragons would be published the next year That postscript was written in 2005 Six years later A Dance With Dragons was finally released Thus it is a fortuitous time to review Crows It is a much maligned book buffeted by two competing elements the long wait before the book was published and the longer wait after In other words the book has suffered critically because it took so long to come out and did not satisfy the pent up demand It also suffered because it did nothing to alleviate the long wait for Dragons Almost all agree that Crows is the weakest volume in A Song of Ice and Fire Beyond that opinions are split Some people hate it with the light of a thousand suns Some people love it like a pug dressed in a tuxedo Others acknowledge its weakness while admitting that a subpar steak is still a steak The length of time it takes Martin to churn out his opuses creates some high passion amongst his fans That passion combined with the internet and thousands of basements belonging to thousands of moms has created a great deal of hyperbolic ire directed towards Martin While this criticism is a minority report it is loud and has colored the merits of Crows I am immune to this misplaced anger I am a latecomer to Martin’s work; accordingly when I started reading Thrones four books had already been published with a confirmed release date for the fifth I’ve never suffered the long withdrawals between books that the early adopters have had to overcome Due to this tardiness I feel like I can judge Crows based on its literary ualities rather than its late arrival onto the Ice and Fire firmament Unfortunately the literary ualities of Crows are in short supply Most of Crows’ problems stem from Martin’s decision to divide the story by geography and focus mainly on the action in Westeros that takes place south of the Wall That means that the dwarf Tyrion Lannister Martin’s greatest creation is missing So are Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Not only are you losing fantastic multidimensional characters with whom we’ve traveled for hundreds and thousands of pages you lose the heart of the story As far as I can tell and I’m sure I’ll be wrong Martin’s endgame seems to point towards two events the struggle at the Wall against the onslaught of the walking dead the song of Ice; and Daenerys’ struggle to reclaim the Iron Throne with the help of her dragons the song of Fire Neither of those crucial points get any play in Crows Instead it’s 700 pages of B sideThe viewpoint characters in Crows Martin’s story is told in the third person limited with chapters that alternate points of view among various characters are mostly new to the spotlight Jaime Lannister Samwell Tarly Arya Stark and Sansa Stark are the only returning viewpoint characters The other viewpoints go to ueen Cersei Aeron Asha and Victarion Greyjoy Areo Hotah Brienne of Tarth Aerys Oakheart and Arianne Martell Some of these characters are brand new Some have been barely mentioned Most of them are confusingly named it gets a bit tough keeping Arya Areo Aeron Aerys and Arianne apart at least for me; unfortunately I’m not able to devote my entire life to these books With some exceptions their stories do not rise to the level of interest or intensity as the plotlines of Martin’s earlier books The bulk of this book nearly a uarter of the pages belongs to Cersei Given space to develop her character Martin is his usual strong self Earlier in the series Cersei was a terrifying enigmatic peripheral character In Thrones she showed her smarts and her cruelty by getting the drop on Eddard Stark admittedly not the sharpest tool in the shed After the death of her son King Joffrey in Swords Cersei’s transformation began She became guarded paranoid and megalomaniacal Her descent into madness is marked by her growing certainty that all her decisions are correct The most interesting aspect of Crows is Cersei’s long fall contrasted with the rise of a fanatical religious movement called the Faith Cersei is also beneficiary of one of Martin's weird peripheral characters the the fallen maester Lord yburn Like Dr Frankenstein yburn toils away in the dungeons doing odd experiments on living subjects the result of which it is obvious to see will be half human half monster Unfortuntately Cersei's chapters are disadvantaged by a subplot concerning Westeros' outstanding loans to the Bank of Braavos All the talk of high finance and trade federations harkened uncomfortably to another famous fantasysci fi epic that lost its way Cersei’s brotherlover Jaime has the second most page time His evolution from villain to hero takes a big leap forward as we see him go from murderous sister humper to a canny leader pushing back against the excesses of King’s Landing With Jaime’s chapters Martin is able to tie up a few loose ends still dangling after the War of the Five Kings for example the dragging siege at Riverrun is finally concluded The balance of Crows is told in scattershot style through the ten remaining viewpoint characters We barely hear from Sansa which is fine with me Still it is nice to see that she is developing at least a semblance of wit I have a major problem with her character mainly because Martin portrays Sansa as a real child; that is as someone who is uninteresting and dumb The problem with kids as characters is that kids are inherently boring Kids aren’t clever no matter what I see posted on Facebook Only in a book or movie is a kid who can’t tie his shoes crafty enough to turn his house into a living version of Mousetrap to foil a pair of robbers So far Sansa is realistic in the sense that she is dull frightened mistake prone and hollow This also means she is a weak protagonist In Crows despite a limited appearance she finally starts to learn some of the finer points of deception Arya Stark is a traditional fictional child Despite her tender years she performs great heroic feats Her ever growing darkness however makes her a joy to follow I wouldn’t be surprised if at the end of A Song of Ice and Fire we counted her among the bad guys In Crows Arya is exiled to Braavos She doesn’t do much of anything and her chapters seem meant only to explore the islands of Braavos This would’ve been fine if Braavos was interesting Instead it’s just Venice right down to the swaggering arrogant hand talking men folk Three characters Areo Arienne and Aerys serve to give us entrée into Dorne The set up here – the machinations of Dorne against King’s Landing – is obviously important However these chapters are rushed and the Aerys chapters are so short and abrupt I have a hard time understanding their inclusion The same goes for the chapters with the three Ironborn characters Aeron Asha and Victarion In perfunctory style they are moved like chess pieces put in place for further development down the road The chapters following Brienne are like walking on a treadmill She’s given a lot of space to do things but she never gets anywhere Martin has her crisscrossing the ruins of a war torn Westeros searching for Sansa Stark Of course we know exactly where Sansa is; therefore we know that Brienne is never going to find her Also for all her abilities she is portrayed as a slow thinker a female Forrest Gump who’s handy with a sword Even if we didn't know where Sansa was hiding we’d have a pretty good idea that Brienne’s plan to find her would fail it literally consists of her wandering around asking where Sansa has gone These are structural problems And forgivable as long as the book’s uality had been consistent It’s not This is a poorly written book by Martin’s standards His descriptions seem tired His writer’s tics are pronounced The dialogue which had been whip smart and eminently uotable is execrable It is flat repetitive Jaime’s “I love you too sweet sister” is repeated on a loop and filled with odd obtrusive never before used idioms For some reason the characters start referring to their uncles as nuncles even though uncle had served just fine before In one chapter the insult “stoatish” is used two or three times as far as I can tell it means weasel like and then dropped like a bag of flaming pooDespite taking five years to write Crows feels like a first draft There are brief glimmers displaying Martin’s mastery of both his world and his writing For instance even though Brienne’s dead end uest is inert as a narrative Martin’s evocation of a war weary Westeros is captivating with its fresh graves burnt out homes and outlaw infested roads Subpar writing can be saved by a propulsive plot or a great set piece As I noted before the plot grinds forward Moreover nothing exciting happens Swordplay is kept to a minimum There isn’t a battle to be found in a way Martin’s exhausted effort mirrors the tiredness of war blasted Westeros With the exception of Moby Dick I try not to use the word “boring” in my reviews Here though things get awfully close to the b word To be sure there are a few saving graces The first is the sex scenes They are just awful and bound to put a smile on your face The highlowlight is a lesbian sex scene between Cersei and Lady Taena that involves an unfortunate comparison of a women’s nether regions to a swamp It had me laughing my ass off Martin is also able to add a few twists at the end including a cliffhanger that leaves one character dangling by the neck Here unlike in Kings a strong ending isn’t enough to save the rest of the book To the contrary Martin should take lessons from M Night Shyamalan you can’t rely so much on 11th hour shocks or uncertain character fates At some point A Song of Ice and Fire will be finished Either Martin will complete the saga or it will linger forever as a partially completed near great thing When that time comes it is very likely that the esteem for Crows will rise It’s faults will be less glaring; its virtues will seem virtuous Right now though I just want to move on to A Dance With Dragons and pretend Crows wasn’t half as bad as I know it was


  4. says:

    B 77% | Good Notes It's about people on journeys spread too thin over too many inconseuential perspectives with too little of a pay off


  5. says:

    Hey everyone George RR Martin here I thought I'd take some time off from planning my intricate and complex storylines spoiler alert everyone has sex with everyone and then kills each other to introduce A Feast for Crows the long awaited fourth installment in my epic fantasy series You guys are in for a treat this one is awesomeSo the last book was uite a ride huh? There was that craziness that was the Weddings of Death Tyrion killed his father Jon Snow finally got cool and is now Lord Commander of the Night's Watch Arya continued to be a tiny BAMF Bran looked like he was finally moving towards a real plot and Daenerys decided to temporarily shelve her whole unleash the dogs of war plan and be a ueen for a while Also I made Christmas come early for Madeline when I killed off Catelyn Stark only to bring all her hopes and dreams crashing down when it turned out that Catelyn is a zombie now and will never die Hee hee hee Anyway with all that cool stuff you probably thought that this book was going to be made of awesome what with all the fallout from the stuff I described above And it will be but unfortunately my attention to detail and complex storylines finally came back to bite me in the ass and it turns out I couldn't devote an entire book to all the plots I started in the last book So I divided them into two volumes and saved all the cool people for Book Five Want to read about Jon Snow Daenerys and Tyrion? Too fucking badDon't worry though this means we get to meet lots of fun new characters like Theon's crazy uncles and a lot of random people from Dorne They each get just one chapter of course because they only exist so I can have a perspective to show all these events from my changing single character viewpoint structure has also begun to bite me in the ass unfortunately and you'll probably never see them again but that's what makes it fun It's not all bad at least Arya's still here even though she's not doing much murdering or really much of anything This is where Arya learns how to be awesome so she can wreck everyone's shit later or maybe not because in the last chapter we see her in she's just gone blind Is it temporary or permanent? You'll just have to buy the next book and find out maybe And hey I gave you guys some Cersei chapters finally And yes she's just as much of a psycho bitch as you always suspected You're welcome Also Jaime chapters bet you didn't think he would turn out to be one of the only decent characters in the series huh? of course if he's becoming one of the good guys that means I'll probably murder him soon And there are Samwell Tarly chapters Everyone loves reading about Sam right? Guys? Guys? Where are you going? Don't worry the next book will be all about Tyrion and Daenerys and Bran look it's going to pay off soon I swear Really guys he's going to be interesting eventually and all the other cool characters that I totally ignored in this book and that you really wanted to read about As for all the character based cliffhangers I established in this book will they be resolved in the next volume? Probably not I am George RR Martin and I demand your money and your tearsPS uit bitching at me to write faster You'll get your books when I say you get them and not a day sooner Don't push me or the next volume published will be titled A Siege of Tears and it'll be nothing but Jon Snow Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly sitting around and thinking about how inadeuate they are Do not test me on this nerds


  6. says:

    B 77% | Good Notes A salad course of best laid plans travelogues and plots it’s missing meat feels short on heat and fails to hit the spot


  7. says:

    I'm not uite sure what happened hereAs others have mentioned Martin slows the pace of the story down considerably in this fourth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire ostensibly writing this as the first half of a two book volume with a 3 5 year production time on each As such the book is by necessity filled with unresolved storylines AWOL main characters and lengthy travelogues where nothing of importance happens Of course this draws the inevitable comparisons to another famous fantasy series that started strong and became a sluggish irritating morass something to do with wheels and time as I recall The pace isn't really the problem here though as the story still stands on its own two legs The problem is the writingThough the first three books were extraordinarily well written as a whole one could never classify Martin's prose as elegant In this book he takes three steps backward for some reason and sounds almost amateurish in some chapters The book is filled with phrases and sentences that are awkward clichéd and sometimes downright hackneyed Martin's prose may typically be spare and to the point but I never audibly groaned while reading the first three booksOne of the biggest problems with this is Martin's sudden inclusion of collouialisms that so far as I can tell never existed in the books before this one Coz's nuncles and valonars abound even though we've never read any character use these turns of phrase before and be prepared to hear groats referenced multiple times in a single chapter This doesn't only present a continuity problem for those of us wondering why these dialect oddities are so suddenly commonplace Martin seems to have run out of patience for phrasing things differently so the exact same idiom often gets used ad nauseum I was weary of these invented clichés before I even truly understood what they meantBy now fans of the series thus far are used to the disturbing ubiuity of rape in Martin's world but even that loses what little subtlety it had in this book with at least two characters being described as needing a hard raping another example of redundancy in Martin's writing did that expression really need to be used twice in one book? The consensual sexuality devolves in this book as well; Martin uses strange fixations and blunt force descriptions the comparison of female private parts to a swamp was the high point for me as it were which make them seem almost bizarre and therefore a lot gratuitous than they were in the first three booksI gave it two stars instead of one because the standout elements of this series are still evident in A Feast For Crows despite Martin's apparent attempt to sabotage them with clumsy writing The characters are multidimensional unpredictable and well developed and the overarching story is fascinating enough to keep me turning pages However I am genuinely concerned about the direction of this series which has heretofore been my favorite fantasy series and often recommended to friends I don't know what's going on with Martin's writing but I truly hope the next book returns to the caliber of the first three I would hate to have to do with this series what I do with Jordan's recommend that people stop at Book 3 and pretend it's an open ended trilogy I'd much rather dismiss this one as the mediocre volume and go back to enjoying the series Here's hoping


  8. says:

    The book was better than the first time around I didn't like the narrator on this one so it ruined it the first time around I still didn't love it but I was glad to have Arya Brienne 😊 Death is not the worst thing the kindly man replied It is His gift to us an end to want and pain On the day that we are born the Many Faced God sends each of us a dark angel to walk through life beside us When our sins and our sufferings grow too great to be borne the angel takes us by the hand to lead us to the nightlands where the stars burn ever bright Those who come to drink from the black cup are looking for their angels If they are afraid the candles soothe them When you smell our candles burning what does it make you think of my child? Winterfell she might have said I smell snow and smoke and pine needles I smell stables I smell Hodor laughing and Jon and Robb battling in the yard Sansa singing about some stupid lady fair I smell the crypts where the stone kings sit I smell hot bread baking I smell the godswood I smell my wolf my smell her fur almost as if she were still beside me I don't smell anything she said to see what he would say and she leapt to meet his rush both hands on her sword hilt His headlong charge brought him right onto her point and Oathkeeper punched through cloth and mail and leather and cloth deep into his bowels and out his back rasping as it scraped along his spine His axe fell from limp fingers and the two of them slammed together Brienne's face mashed up against the dog's head helm She felt the cold wet metal against her cheek Rain ran down the steel in rivers and when the lightening flashed again she saw pain and fear and rank disbelief through the eye slits Sapphires she whispered at him as she gave her blade a hard twist that made him shudder His weight sagged heavily against her and all at once it was a corpse that she embraced there in the black rain She stepped back and let him fall Old ReviewI don't have any idea when I started this so I just set it to today I do that a lot when I don't add books to my currently reading I get anal having too many books on my currently reading Anyway I hate giving this a 3 star review but at some point I'm going to re read it I'm trying to listen to a lot of my chunkers on audio and mark my place in the book Unfortunately the narrator ruined it for me I think he would be a great narrator for other books but not this one and that's just my opinion When he was doing the voices they all sounded like whiny little boys or something Do you think the evil Cersei sounds like that or the awesome Brienne or even Jaime? And he kept calling Brienne Brain Anyway it pretty much ruined it for me I did miss my fav characters but I'm fine reading about others I love Brienne and Jaime And Arya had some parts although she sounded like a whiny little boy Ugh it was bad I will just have to physically read this one day because the audio is just no


  9. says:

    Dear GeorgeHow do you do this lovely May morning? I'm terribly sorry to bother you but I really did think that I must in good conscience warn you of this problem I have You see I know many people who read these books and absolutely adore them Legions of fans I'm sure you know that Really the books are uite high uality and uite enjoyable and whatever you need to do to get them to stay at that uality please do it within reason It has come to our the masses' attention that perhaps waiting three to four years between books is a bit excessive Don't you think so?Now importantly than the principle of the thing I've noticed some very unhealthy side effects from these gaps in between the books Namely some severe mental complexes that are resulting in a personal hostility towards you I thought I had an obligation to warn you that I have heard of several imaginative plots that many of my fellow readers have dreamed up to get you to finish these books All of them involve house arrest most of them involve chaining you to your computer a few involve terribly cruel things with assorted war instruments like those you brutally describe in your novels I've heard a few terribly distressing things along the lines of shoving a broadsword up his ass I'm sure you can imagine the restNow while I don't think that people would employ such plans now I do notice that these mental complexes seem to get worse over time So who knows in the future?Just thought you should knowSo toodle pip hope that put you in the mood for writing These people apparently think that such things willA sincere fan


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    I’m aware I’m in the minority when I say this was my favorite book of the series BUT JUST HEAR ME OUTThings I liked1 You get to hang out at King’s Landing A LOTCersei Lannister is despicable and I love her with all my heart I send the Lannisters my love and they send it back because they don’t want it2 Daenerys isn’t in itI’m aware I’m also in the minority in enjoying her absence BUT COME ON Lady has three dragons and STILL no idea how to cross the ocean and take back “her” throne The Baratheons called—your dad was a real dick and therefore your family’s throne privileges got taken away Once you torture people for fun you kind of don’t get to sit with us any Also you freed a bunch of slaves and just CANNOT BELIEVE they’re now starving because NO ONE WILL HIRE THEM WOW Plot Twist Didn’t see that one comingAlso you can tell me all the live long day that you’re a ueen and a great leader and deserve everyone’s adoration Well actions speak louder than words Dany You can’t figure out how to cross an ocean with three FLYING dragons Homegirl Cersei might be cruel but at least when she says she’s going to blow something up SHE FUCKING FOLLOWS THROUGH As you’ll see in this book3 Jaime’s Gryffindor side really showsHe’s still in love with his Slytherin sister but you see he’s really not a total villain4 Brienne is a badass Gryffindor who I could follow around all dayNot in a creepy way5 Jon Snow isn’t in itHEAR ME OUT JON SNOW IS GREAT HE IS A LOVELY HUMAN AND SHOULD ACTUALLY BE SITTING ON THE IRON THRONE I just don’t find him very interesting to read because he’s vanilla AF6 Asha GreyjoyGirl power7 Sam has of a purpose than just being Jon’s Hufflepuff sidekickHe’s such a cinnamon roll8 Arya is a ueenI’d put her on the throne just to watch her get revenge on anyone who even looks at her wrong9 No BranCall me when you’re ready to progress the plot10 SANSAAAAAAAAAAAAAYou get to watch her blossom into something other than a prim and proper lady I still haven’t forgiven her for the direwolf thing in the first book but this did help our relationshipThings I didn’t care for1 No Ravenclaw TyrionThe Lannisters are such a well rounded bunch2 Daenerys wasn’t killed off by a pride of lionsSpoiler alert