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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (original 2011; edition 2011)

by George R.R. Martin

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Title:A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)
Authors:George R.R. Martin
Info:Bantam (2011), Hardcover, 1040 pages
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A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Author) (2011)

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Can certainly understand why the show runners of the tv series felt the need to combine books 4 and 5 into one season, even though it meant running themselves out of material. Also understand why there might be a prequel--so much history recounted (with not much action in the present). ( )
  beaujoe | Apr 9, 2017 |
Wow. Um, wow. I finished this a short while ago but I'm still reeling from everything that has happened - especially the last chapter and the epilogue. No spoilers, natch, because my sister is afaik still on book two, but I can't imagine anyone who waited the full length between this and Feast For Crows walking away disappointed. Unless your favorite character didn't get a chapter, but que sera sera.

Calling it now: the person who will rule the Iron Throne in the end is Patchface. I know, I know, oh oh oh! ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
I've watched all episodes of the show through the end of season 6 so much of what is happening in this book is fairly recent on the show also. Maybe because of that, I noticed more of the differences between the show and book this go around or maybe the show just went in different directions from the book more recently.
Anyways, I'm very interested in the entire universe of ASOFIAF so it's all interesting to me, but the first 3 books were definitely the best for me so far. Although lots of things happened in this book, I don't feel like the story moved forward as much. There were some big things for sure, but they mostly lead to more questions.
I'm sad that I'm caught up and will have to wait for more books to be released now. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
3.5 stars is more like it. Normally I'd "bump" something like this up to four...but I'll keep it at three. I really enjoyed rereading this, much more so than A Feast For Crows (snooze fest), but the Tyrion chapters and some of the Daenerys chapters were a bit slow for me. Jon's chapters were actually my favorite this time around. And I definitely noticed things I'd missed the first time I read this. I'm glad I did a reread.

Now if only he'd get around to releasing The Winds of Winter! Although, in reality, I don't want him to rush. I'd rather he take his time and write it well, rather than write it in a hurry and have a book that's garbage. ( )
  Gaiagirlie | Jan 12, 2017 |
I don't think I have it in me to wait 5 years to find out what happens next! ASOS is still my favorite of the series but I did very much enjoy this one, even if the surprises and twists were minimal. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
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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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