When this book was first released I was in a very different place in my life than I am now. I've just re-read this for the I don't know how many timesWhen this book was first released I was in a very different place in my life than I am now. I've just re-read this for the I don't know how many times. I remember when I originally read Deathly Hallows I had quite a few complaints about the pacing and large amount of narrative exposition that went on.
Now, as a mother and wife, I actually had to put this book down and not read sections as I normally do at my desk at work or out on the go. I knew I'd be in tears and emotional. This re-read of Deathly Hallows really highlighted for me that you get out of a story what you bring to it.
For those who grew up in Harry's world and whose lives were brightened and changed during formative years, I'm not sure any book could ever really be the perfect ending to this series. Part of me still waits to hear that Rowling will be releasing another story in Harry's journey, though another part of me knows that hope is very unlikely to be fulfilled.
Deathly Hallows is the culmination of years of life changing reading, and I see now that any review I write will just be changed and updated as I read and re-read this series over and over during various points in my life. For a series, and a book, that I don't want to stop reading, I think a 5 star rating is appropriate....more
For a while I have been feeling like I’d lost my ability to read lengthy novels. Now, I’ve realized I haven’t lost that ability. I just needed materiaFor a while I have been feeling like I’d lost my ability to read lengthy novels. Now, I’ve realized I haven’t lost that ability. I just needed material I wanted to keep reading. And thus, another edition of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga, finished!
A Feast for Crows narrowed the scope of the series to only a portion of the characters found in previous books. Notably absent were some of the characters I love most (Tyrion, where for art thou?!). This has been lamented ad nauseum in a majority of reviews I read for this book. I refrained from reading reviews, mostly to avoid spoilers, until after finishing this. Wow. The anger! The sheer distress and hatred! I had to pause before writing this to think “Did I miss something? Was this book really so bad?” And to myself I answer . . . Nope. In an attempt to relate to my fellow reviewers I should say, I can see the anger when you’ve had to wait ages for this book, or had to wait ages for the next one. I have been spoiled when reading this series because so many of the books were available at the time I started. For a portion of reading AFFC I had moments of wanting to skip through certain point of views (Samwell, why can’t I like you? Stop the simpering and man up already!!). My reading experience fell in line with previous installments of this series where I found that the last quarter or so of the book really picked up. I had no issues plowing through to the end and then immediately purchased A Dance with Dragons. I didn’t want to leave the world for very long. Sorry 634 other books I’ve picked up and haven’t finished yet!
Part of the real gravity of this book didn’t hit me until I was reflecting on it now to write this. A lot of the story felt like characters were just shuffling around for most of the book. Upon further reflection it wasn’t just shuffling. Martin set up so much conflict to explode (hopefully) for the next book. Some people are going to get theirs (they better or I will HUNT YOU DOWN MARTIN - I think I’m required to say something like that, in all caps, in this review . . .). There were some events near the end that had me wanting to run to friends who have read the books and say “OH EM GEE!!” I can only give AFFC 3 stars though. I liked the book. But I didn't love it. There were enough times I found myself rolling my eyes at yet another repeat of phrasing or descriptions that I just cannot give this book a higher rating.
I typically don’t read fantasy. I have had a hard time making it through long novels lately. But Martin has kept me connected and interested for four books now, and onto the fifth. ...more
This installment of the series was everything I was promised it would be, and more. Halfway through I was getting anxious and angry at the goings on.This installment of the series was everything I was promised it would be, and more. Halfway through I was getting anxious and angry at the goings on. But the second half of Martin's massive story was amazing. Jaw dropping. I gasped. I squeed. I kept telling my husband how much I wanted to talk to him about it, but didn't want to spoil it for him (as he has only been watching the T.V. show, and doesn't want next season's shockers spoiled). I've honestly never been so desperate to find a friend to talk to about a book. Although most of the conversation would probably have gone "Can you believe . . . I KNOW! . . . And then . . . WOW!! . . . I never imagined . . . HA! Oh em gee! WOO! Argh!! Okay I need the next book now." Thank you Amazon and Kindle, for I was able to pick up A Feast for Crows immediately after finishing this. And I definitely wanted to. No doubt in my mind I needed to keep reading the next book, which is a huge endorsement for a series.
Where I found prior installments of this series a bit slow, and mostly character shuffling, A Storm of Swords does shuffle characters, but quickly and interestingly and in a way you have to know what happens next. The cliff hanger endings of a lot of the chapters were great. Made it hard to put down at night! Reflecting on the book now, I'm not sure I got as much of an emotional feeling about certain narrators in this book. I've found myself either really liking or disliking narrators in previous books of this series. Maybe my emotions are already tied to people enough that I just didn't switch around much. Martin also has new and different narrators in both this and the next book. This definitely adds to the enjoyment and desire to keep going.
If you're having trouble slogging through the previous book(s), get to this one. Get through it. You'll definitely be hooked in!...more
I didn't have the boredom issues with this book that others report. However, I also had Season 3 of the TVHurray! Book two is done - onto book three!
I didn't have the boredom issues with this book that others report. However, I also had Season 3 of the TV show to let me know "better things are coming". I found most of A Clash of Kings to be character development. I only got a bit bored during Dany (GASP!) and Davos chapters. The other characters I enjoyed getting to their chapters and seeing what would unfold. I do think the knowledge from the TV show helped augment my enjoyment of this book. Some of the more potentially boring chapters became "Oohhh, so THAT is how this got started/what is going on" background building. It helps too that I got hints from a few people that A Storm of Swords is amazing in comparision.
The combination of this book and the TV show has definitely spurred me on to continuing my A Song of Ice and Fire series reading. Usually I get bored of series and like to just read one book at a time and come back to them, but this one has definitely captured my attention and I don't want to stop....more