Aug 12 2011
The number of books I read any given week more or less depends on their respective genres. If I’m reading YA or romances, I will burn through many books. On the other hand, if I’m reading a doorstopper epic fantasy, it can take a while and I’ll only finish one. This was a Only One Book sort of week.
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin. I finally finished this 1000+ page monster! Was it worth the wait? I honestly don’t know the answer to that. I struggled through the first half of the novel. We’re talking slogging here. It improved for me in the second half and I really liked where the majority of the storylines ended up, but the truth is there isn’t much forward progress in this book. It’s mostly development and set-up, although we’re finally starting to see how the different storylines are going to come together. But is that enough? It’s been almost 6 years since the last book came out, 8 since the majority of the characters featured in this novel were last seen in the series. I’m at the point where I just cannot recommend this series to anyone anymore because the publication schedule is so erratic and in all honesty, I’m not convinced we don’t have another Wheel of Time situation on our hands. (I’ll probably write up a full-length review for next week. I need a break — reading this book wore me out!)
So what about you? Who has read A Dance with Dragons? What did you think? Or are you someone who started reading the books after watching the HBO series? If so, what do you think of the books so far? Anyone else experiencing long-running series fatigue (of any genre, not just fantasy and definitely not just A Song of Ice and Fire) and wondering when it will all end? Come commiserate.