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Jason
04-27-2018, 07:17 AM
The ending was good enough, and I have the excitement to start book 4 now, but that was a long 974 pages. I understand the next one is even longer so I took a break and finished two other books on my read list that were easily 1/10th the challenge.

Iíve got another 2 days of vacation time and think I can read one more to make 4 books in 6 days!

Maryn
04-27-2018, 04:20 PM
They're monsters, those Game of Thrones books. I just started rereading the series for the first time in many years, and it's interesting how different it is when 1) I know what I now know about what happens, and 2) I rarely mix up who's who because I've seen most of the HBO series. (I still look up the actors on a few minor characters; it helps me envision as I read.) I'm halfway through the first book, and the plan is to read other less demanding things in between.

Jason
04-27-2018, 08:40 PM
Heh that’s actually why I put them on my read list - brother said the show is great. So I asked, “Better than the book?” He had no idea. LOL

I wanted to get the authors vision of things first before having it altered by the Hollywood “creatives”. Plus I hear the show has deviated from the book by now... :(

Keithy
05-01-2018, 01:53 AM
I am slogging my way through book 2, this time with a critical eye. It's still pretty good, but I know I'll get to book 3 and remember that (a) books 4 & 5 aren't too good and (b) the thing isn't finished yet. You do know that book 6 isn't coming out this year? That's hardly a shock anymore. To think some fans thought it would be out by 2015. Chuckle.

Jason
05-01-2018, 03:24 AM
What's book 6 gonna be? 200K words?!?!?!

DanielSTJ
05-01-2018, 03:02 PM
Never could get into it. It was okay, sure, but it didn't quite tickle my fancy.

Maryn
05-01-2018, 03:31 PM
I finished my reread of book one and will read something else before taking on book two. My SIL gave me a fat book she read for a book club and really liked. The Lilac Girls or something like that. We'll see. Her tastes and mine sometimes don't jibe.

I want to read a book that isn't 800 pages. Is that too much to ask?

Taylor Harbin
05-01-2018, 03:38 PM
I finished my reread of book one and will read something else before taking on book two. My SIL gave me a fat book she read for a book club and really liked. The Lilac Girls or something like that. We'll see. Her tastes and mine sometimes don't jibe.

I want to read a book that isn't 800 pages. Is that too much to ask?

I get that way sometimes, and it’s especially worrying when your own writing tends to go longways.

By the way, love your sig. I remember those times and how fun it was to get online. Now, I usually avoid the internet if I can help it.

Keithy
05-08-2018, 02:09 AM
Still slogging through book 2. My main impression at the moment is that it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I know what's in the next few books (in outline) and it's more "stuff happening". Lots of small stories that don't always make a big story. I used to prefer the books to the series due to the added depth. Now I'm wondering... are the many characters and plot lines getting in the way of the storytelling?

Will Collins
05-08-2018, 07:15 AM
Really? Book 3 is the best one.

Jason
05-08-2018, 08:25 AM
Yup really - it’s over 900 pages lol

http://www.howlongtoreadthis.com/book_details.php?asin=0345535529

If it takes 74 hours to read 5 books, that’s about 15 hours per book. At an hour a day that’s over two weeks. So yes, in my mind that’s a slog of a read! :)

Maryn
05-08-2018, 05:22 PM
And surely I'm not the only one who doesn't carve out an hour a day every day for reading, resulting in forgotten details when I return to my book. It's this damned writing, I think. I have a finite amount of word time in me per day, and if I use it writing, I don't read.

Jason
05-08-2018, 08:29 PM
My dad complains that as a retiree, there's not enough time in the day between guitar practice, banjo practice, working out, eating, errands, and such to add an hour of reading lol

Kjbartolotta
05-08-2018, 09:40 PM
My dad complains that as a retiree, there's not enough time in the day between guitar practice, banjo practice, working out, eating, errands, and such to add an hour of reading lol

Retirees have it so hard, my mom constantly complains that there's no time to get anything done between the morning bloody marys and the white wine at lunch.

I thought book three was my favorite, the next two started to feel like a slog to me, but also opened up the world and expanded the storyline in interesting and satisfying ways. So many checks he's written I hope we eventually can cash.

Will Collins
05-08-2018, 10:04 PM
Yup really - it’s over 900 pages lol

http://www.howlongtoreadthis.com/book_details.php?asin=0345535529

If it takes 74 hours to read 5 books, that’s about 15 hours per book. At an hour a day that’s over two weeks. So yes, in my mind that’s a slog of a read! :)

Yeah, they're definitely long reads. I was just surprised you found book 3 a slog as it's widely considered the most exciting one.

Kjbartolotta
05-08-2018, 10:08 PM
Yeah, they're definitely long reads. I was just surprised you found book 3 a slog as it's widely considered the most exciting one.

I felt both things were true.

Jason
05-08-2018, 10:18 PM
I wasn't so much singling out Book 3 as I am critiquing GRRM as an author - it's like man, he's so wordy!

I did find Book 3 to be the most entertaining and engaging thus far - so am going to approach books 4 and 5 with a bit of trepidation LOL

Maryn
05-08-2018, 11:29 PM
This thread is making me want to skip the SIL's gift book and proceed directly to the next GoT book.

Maryn, very bad

Jason
05-09-2018, 04:25 AM
Uh oh, dare I ask - what is SIL's gift book?

Keithy
05-09-2018, 04:44 AM
I have long read books whilst in the bath. It's about the only time I get to do so.

Will Collins
05-09-2018, 06:03 AM
Agreed GRRM is wordy lol. Even worse is how long he takes between books. I think it's been nearly seven years of waiting now.

Keithy
06-09-2018, 06:29 PM
I'm about 30% through book 3 and remembering my frustrations with the series: there's characters I like, and some that bore me. Dany and Tyrion I like. Jon Snow is pretty good too. Bran's wanderings and changing into a wolf are very boring. Arya is more boring than I recall. Ah, but the red wedding is coming up. That shocked me the first time around, but now I see the hints leading up to it more clearly.

Kjbartolotta
06-09-2018, 07:08 PM
Elder!Frey was one of my favorite characters in the series, btw.

WGough
06-27-2018, 05:06 AM
I'm about 30% through book 3 and remembering my frustrations with the series: there's characters I like, and some that bore me. Dany and Tyrion I like. Jon Snow is pretty good too. Bran's wanderings and changing into a wolf are very boring. Arya is more boring than I recall. Ah, but the red wedding is coming up. That shocked me the first time around, but now I see the hints leading up to it more clearly.

I'm with you, Keithy. Read the full series-to-date a few times. Just finished listening to the audio of book one. On the library waiting list for book two. He do go on, at times, don't he? The recollections I have of pages long descriptions of landscapes and food were not present in book one. Yes to the red wedding. My partner watches the show but didn't read the books, so I stared at his face while he watched it. Lots of expletives. :Wha:

Keithy
07-20-2018, 07:26 PM
Just about finished "Feast for Crows". And I've come across the usual problems at this point. It dawns on me that the series isn't finished yet, and will probably not be finished for at least 6-8 years at the present rate of progress (I would not be surprised if it were another 10 years). I read the Iron men chapters and still think they're completely pointless. I mean, who cares who their next king is? Why are Brienne and Cersei so stupid? Why can't we have more of Dorne. Too many characters - that should be obvious from the need to split a book in two. And a new one - why are the characters suddenly talking in modern slang ("Coz") when they never did before? I've seen this thing with modern language in medieval settings elsewhere and it's jarring - it's poor editing.

So, Dance with Dragon beckons. Why put all the best characters in one book?

Jason
07-20-2018, 10:27 PM
LALALA...I'M NOT LISTENING TO YOU KEITHY!

Midway through book 4 - finding it better actually as an audiobook so shush! LOL :)

frimble3
07-20-2018, 11:13 PM
Well, that's why the TV series diverges from the books, they're all caught up, and can't just stand around whistling.
BTW, if, after the whole series is written :roll:, I wonder if it will occur to the publishers to re-edit the books into each major character's story? So you could get the whole original set, but if you only cared about, say, Tyrion, or Jon Snow, you could get a book (or e-book) of only their bits? (Other scenes that might affect their stories could be briefly summarized.)

Keithy
07-28-2018, 05:44 AM
Well, that's why the TV series diverges from the books, they're all caught up, and can't just stand around whistling.
BTW, if, after the whole series is written :roll:, I wonder if it will occur to the publishers to re-edit the books into each major character's story? So you could get the whole original set, but if you only cared about, say, Tyrion, or Jon Snow, you could get a book (or e-book) of only their bits? (Other scenes that might affect their stories could be briefly summarized.)

I remember reading on fan sites opinions to the effect that the TV series will make GRR write faster so he can keep ahead of it. So much for that.

I'm on Dance with Dragons right now. I like it, but there's too many characters - there needs to be a cull soon so that things can wind down to the last book "A dream of getting the darn thing finished"

Marian Perera
07-28-2018, 02:55 PM
Just about finished "Feast for Crows".

A friend gave me Feast for Crows for Christmas. The third book had been so good that I couldn't wait to continue. I remember eagerly anticipating the read, saving it for a day when I knew no one would interrupt me.

And then I opened the book and started.

Dance with Dragons was a little better, but not much. If Winds of Winter is ever published, I'll wait until there's a second-hand copy for sale.

BonafideDreamer
08-04-2018, 12:56 AM
Never could get into it. It was okay, sure, but it didn't quite tickle my fancy.

I've read all of Sansa's chapters in all the books. Read a lot of Jon's, then I started reading the book in order, got halfway through the first book and asked myself: what's the point of becoming invested if GRRM is never going to finish the series? Now I've set the books aside. If GRRM releases The Winds Of Winter, then I'll binge read all six books. For now I'm pouring all my love into the show.

Keithy
08-04-2018, 07:06 AM
I've just finished Dance with Dragons and overall I like it better than I remember. But... why does GRRM suddenly start using the word "pinkie" for someone's little finger? It's a modern term, not used before the 19th century. If you're doing a POV then do it from the person's POV with regard to the setting, not a contemporary POV with modern language. Dany does not think to herself "Daario Naharis is hot" before saying to Grey Worm how much that sword looks like a lightsaber.

btw I've been steadfastly avoiding the show where possible, even though the ending is pretty obvious without it. This oft-stated thing about GRRM never finishing a series bothers me.

Marian Perera
08-04-2018, 03:50 PM
I've just finished Dance with Dragons and overall I like it better than I remember. But... why does GRRM suddenly start using the word "pinkie" for someone's little finger? It's a modern term, not used before the 19th century.

I must look out for that if I ever reread the book.

The word "neeps" annoyed me more. I feel like Martin fixates on certain words - leal, nuncle, niello, etc. - and then they crop up everywhere. I started thinking of the series as "the knights who say 'Neeps!'"

Jason
01-02-2019, 01:45 AM
Just finished #4 yesterday in time to wrap up 2018, so now it’s time for Dance with Dragons

Maryn
01-02-2019, 06:18 PM
My intention is to reread the whole series, then watch the whole HBO series. I could die of old age first, though, in light of the rate at which I fulfill my intentions.

Maryn, honest

Irene Eng
01-03-2019, 08:45 AM
Wow... that's wonderful! I haven't read a cover-to-cover in a while ... :Ssh: