Thursday, January 10, 2013
A Dance with Dragons Book Review + Thoughts for Thursday--18
Book Review: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
This is part of the Read and Review Hop, hosted by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings!
As for the book, I won't talk much about the plot because, as I said before, this is book 5 and I don't want to do too many spoilers for earlier books. If I do any I'll warn you first.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I LOVE this story! The characters and settings and conflicts are masterfully done and once you get into the story, you just can't put it down. That said, Martin's writing style can be a big difficult to get into. You have to get used to the way he writes. His style isn't bad or amateur. It's just kind of heavy. Then again, if you make it all the way to book 5, I suppose you would've made your peace with the writing hundreds of pages ago.
While book 4 focused a lot on the less mainstream story lines, Book 5 goes back to the more central conflicts and characters we've come to love. Many people have criticized this book for it's meandering and...I can kind of see their point. I do wish Martin would move the story along a bit more quickly rather than going into detail about characters, cities, and cultures that have nothing to do with the main characters. Yet, being a writer, by the time I got to the end, I could see how he was shaping the story and where he was going all along. He just could have gotten there sooner.
One could argue that there are other dragon dances of course, literal in the case of Daenarys and the death pits and figurative for Jon Snow. All threads end in disaster (fitting for a novel which isn't the final one) and while the novel stalled a bit in the middle, the end left me desperately wanting book 6.
There was also a very touching chapter near the end with Daenarys looking back over her recent choices and conversing with an imagined someone that she regrets having sent away. I found it very touching as it strayed into literary fiction and had a sweet, melancholy feel. Possibly my favorite part of this book.
Overall, if you're into Martin's series, this is simply a continuation of the story. It may not be the most exciting installment (nothing has equaled Book 3 yet) but it's important to read this to get to the next part. Martin has set up some exciting things for book 6 and--like all the other epic fantasy suckers--I will be pre-ordering it when it becomes available.
Thoughts for Thursday--18
Readers may respond by either commenting on the quotes I put forward or contributing a quote of their own. Leave it in the comments or a link to your quote in the linky. Whoever comes up with the best one will get some swag and be entered to win a bigger prize later on!
Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!
This week's theme is Goals!!! (I thought it'd be appropriate what with most of us making New Year's Resolutions in the past week or two. :D)
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal--Henry Ford
Goals are dreams with deadlines.--Diana Scharf Hunt
People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.--Earl Nightingale
The goal you set for yourself must be challenging. At the same time, it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to reach. It should be challenging enough to make you stretch, but not so far that break.--Rick Hansen
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.--Tony Robbins
Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.--Sylvia Plath
What do you think? What is your favorite quote? Do you have one to contribute?