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A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (original 2011; edition 2011)

by George R. R. Martin

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Title:A Dance with Dragons
Authors:George R. R. Martin
Info:Harper Voyager (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 704 pages
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A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (2011)

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A revival, of sorts, to the pulse pounding exitment of the earlier books in the series and the plot returns to some of the more central (and favorite) characters of aSoIaF. A very entertaining read, can't wait until winds of winter. Things are starting to really heat up! ( )
  nmg1 | Mar 20, 2015 |
I did enjoy this overall and will pick up the next book in the series when it's published--thus the three stars. But this marks a significant decline for me from the earlier books in the series--they impressed, this showed cracks. This time around I found myself annoyed by certain stylistics quirks (I'd say flaws) such as "book saidisms" (distracting sentence tags like "quipped") and "burly red head syndrome" (saying "the little man" or "dwarf" rather than Tyrion.) I never noticed that in previous books--they moved so quickly despite their hefty lengths. And while other books had great moments of suspense or gasp-worthy moments or times that made me want to cheer--well, one story thread aside, I'd say the most memorable parts of the book was the descriptions of the food. It's no wonder this series has inspired more than one cookbook.

The biggest problem I think was that far too much time in this book was spent traveling to one place or the other. One chapter even began with--I kid you not--"Are we there yet?" (The one story thread that did engross me was surrounding a character that pretty much stayed put). So much of this book is bloat, it makes me fear (especially given how long it took between this book and the last) that Martin has not a clue what to do with this series, how to end it, so he's dithering and prolonging the journey while trying to figure out how to get to his destination. I also felt a bit jerked around by this book. For a long time I didn't go beyond the first book, because in killing off a favorite character, I realized no one was safe and wasn't sure I wanted to take a trip through such a dark world. That has its pay offs though. The books had been suspenseful because a reader had good reason to believe Martin wouldn't spare his characters. But this book had too many cliffies, too many instances of the sure-to-have-bought-it surviving or getting off easy, I fear Martin might have lost his nerve. Yet, conversely, there are scenes of such brutality--and far too much description of rape for my tastes--that I find myself at times repelled--even more so than in previous books. It may be not so much that this was so much worse, but that because it was weaker overall I noticed this aspect more.

And yet I do remain engrossed by this world, still am left caring about Martin's characters--still want to find out who wins this game of thrones. Thus three stars--barely.

And now, if you'll excuse me I have several seasons of the HBO series to watch--which I understand diverge some from the books. This next season will take us to the end of this book, so if they're going to give us more, they're going to have to use material Martin hasn't published or their writers leap beyond him. Maybe that'll be good for Martin--he'll be jumpstarted by their creativity. Which I would find highly ironic given GRR Martin's famed hostility to fan fiction... But here's hoping, one way or another, Martin can bring this series to a finish as strong as his beginning. ( )
  LisaMariaC | Mar 13, 2015 |
long and drawn out this epic may be but it's being told well. Martin is maintaining his quality storytelling with this installment. the story moves forward with unexpected twists and character developments as usual but it does seem that he's losing some traction. i have to question his decision to bring in chapters from the point of view of minor and even fringe characters. isn't there enough going on with established characters? they really did distact me from the story. i'm having to plough through some short interlude with people i know barely or not at all when all i want to do is catch up with Arya or Tyrion or Jon. even so, the book definitely lets us catch up on the characters left out of Feast for Crows and moves things forward enticingly with some really interesting cliffhangers at the end. ( )
  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
One of the best cliffhanger given where it has ended. ( )
  durgaprsd04 | Feb 25, 2015 |
I enjoyed it, always a good cliffhanger. I agree there may be too much repetition and listing, but I don't feel like it detracted too much from the story. He's done it in every book so far, why would he stop now? ( )
  adam.d.woodard | Feb 23, 2015 |
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It's terrible. Martin has taken the concept of the pot-boiler to an extreme — it's a novel where nothing happens other than continual seething, roiling turmoil. He whipsaws the reader through a dozen different, complex story lines where characters struggle to survive in a world wrecked by civil war — one other problem is that I'd hit a chapter about some minor character from the previous four books, and struggled to remember who the heck this person is, and why I'm supposed to care — and again, nothing is resolved. Well, not quite: major characters are brutally killed, if they're male, and graphically and degradingly humiliated into irrelevance if they're female. I guess that's a resolution, all right — perhaps the last book will be a lovingly detailed description of a graveyard, draped with naked women mourning?
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Martin remains boundlessly creative, sketching out intricately realized new civilizations, societies, religions, and factions on one continent while continuing to complicate the established political agendas on another. No part of his world ever feels like an afterthought or an easy fantasy cliché.
Even so, “A Dance With Dragons,” for its bounty of adventure, is more about Mr. Martin marshaling his forces in anticipation of the cycle’s final two books.
Was "A Dance With Dragons" worth the six-year wait? Absolutely.

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Ce volume est pour mes fans

pour Lodey, Trebla, Stego, Pod,
Caress, Yags, X-Ray et Mr. X,
Kate, Chataya, Mormont, Mich,
Jamie, Vanessa, Ro,
pour Stubby, Louise, Agravaine,
Wert, Malt, Jo,
Mouse, Telisiane, Blackfyre,
Bronn Stone, Coyote's Daughter
et le reste des cinglés et des folles furieuses de
la Confrérie sans Bannières

pour les sorciers de mon site web
Elio et Linda, seigneurs de Westeros,
Winter et Fabio de WIC,
et Gibbs de Dragonstone, à l'origine de tout

pour les hommes et les femmes d'Asshai en Espagne
qui nous ont chanté un ours et une gente damoiselle
et les fabuleux fans d'Italie
qui m'ont tant donné de vin

pour mes lecteurs de Finlande, Allemagne,
Brésil, Portugal, France et Pays-Bas
et tous les autres pays lointains
où vous attendiez cette danse

et pour tous les amis et les fans
qu'il me reste encore à rencontrer

Merci de votre patience
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The night was rank with the smell of man.
"Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun's son and the mummer's dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal."
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies .... The man who never reads lives only one."
Women do not forget. Women do not forgive.
Give me priests who are fat and corrupt and cynical ... the sort who like to sit on soft satin cushions, nibble sweetmeats, and diddle little boys. It's the ones who believe in gods who make the trouble.
There are ghosts in Winterfell. And I am one of them.
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Dragons? Dany? Others? Imp?
Do nothing at all

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553801473, Hardcover)

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again--beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone--a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. . . .

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series--as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

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New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies, while Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wallof ice and stone.… (more)

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