Story wise it was on par with 'A Clash of Kings'. I wouldn't describe it as fascinating but apparently it was engaging enough to keep me reading and g...moreStory wise it was on par with 'A Clash of Kings'. I wouldn't describe it as fascinating but apparently it was engaging enough to keep me reading and give it a 4-star rating. To be quite honest I don't think any of the books would ever have the same effect on me as the first one. As for here I truly got into it somewhere towards the end. One thing I did not like was that there were too few chapters on Daenerys, seriously, how could Davos get more showtime than her. It wasn't fair! And also for a book called 'A Storm of Swords' I was expecting a lot of impressive battles, but unfortunately I was wrong. More fighting, less plotting, please!!! It was all gossip, convoluted plans and treachery. There was maybe one battle that fulfilled my expectations scale wise, but it wasn't enough. One thing's for sure, though, George stayed true to himself and continued killing characters, even main ones, left and right. And the Daenerys fan I am, I thought I might pick another favorite character, since I wasn't offered the needed amount of chapters, but with George R.R. Martin it's pretty dangerous to get attached to a character, because they might die in the next couple of chapters.(less)
Oh George, you naughty, naughty boy! Seriously, I’m starting to think that this saga is gradually turning from adventures in fantasyland into adventur...moreOh George, you naughty, naughty boy! Seriously, I’m starting to think that this saga is gradually turning from adventures in fantasyland into adventures in not-so-softcore pornland. Plus, if someone’s first encounter with English is via this book, I think they would decide the most used word in it is “whore”. It’s all about some whore whoring around in some whoredom and everyone’s general direction of traveling is wherever whores go. I do have trust in George ( I have to admit I keep calling him Ge-whore-ge because of his already evident obsession with the term) and still believe this won’t eventually become a medieval rendition of “ 50 Shades of Gray” with dragons and knights BDSM-ing one another. Yeah, I’m going to have nightmares after mentioning this.
On the other hand, that’s what’s cool about him, he keeps it realistic.... and yeah, I do realize I used an oxymoron by calling a fantasy novel - realistic. But since it is supposed to be sort of medieval-like, he has every right to be as crass and cruel as he wants to, those were tough times and most people today are used to things being sugarcoated and that’s where these novels may appear shockingly blunt. And it is all put so well into words that the EWWW and O.M.G. forces are really strong in this one. After five books, one thing is certain, George doesn’t give a flying flip about the readers’ damn feelings or how sensitive they are. I think, though, the reader was spared a lot of the gourmet food from the previous books, save for a few unborn puppies ….. on a stick (probably Jose Jalapeno’s pets).
I can’t say I’m some diehard fan of the series, yeah, I like them, but honestly I don’t remember probably ⅔ of the characters he introduces, I’m too lazy to keep track of them. Initially it was something that rather bothered me but at one point I was like, whatever, as long as I can keep up with the general plot, I’m alright. And he gave me 10 whore ...errr I mean WHOLE chapters with Daenerys, HURRAY, “A Feast for Crows” was pure torture, I’m suspecting I might be a huge fan of her, until he kills her of course, then I’ll have to move on to somebody/something else, preferably something he cannot kill, but no, he’ll find a way to do it, he has superpowers, the power to destroy everything you like. You find something that you want to have more of and then BOOM it’s gone, then decide on something else and George is - oh no, we can’t have you enjoy it so much, better get rid of it. I have to be fair and say that he has calmed down a little bit for this installment and the average longevity of the main characters has increased somewhat, but I’m in no hurry to get my hopes up.
And I just can’t NOT mention the YOLLO character, seriously, or not, it’s impossible not to laugh every time his name appears. I still can’t decide what else it is that he does only once that starts with an “L” (hence the double “L”) but whatever it is, it would be true, George R.R. Martin’s characters rarely live long enough to do ANYthing more than once. (less)