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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Subject: A Dance With Dragons is Finally Out...
Date Posted: 7/13/2011 2:19 PM ET
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I just got it from the library today.  I can't be the only one who's been waiting a long time for this one.  After a 3-year break, it's taking me some time to get back into the storyline, but I'm enjoying it.  

Date Posted: 7/15/2011 2:06 PM ET
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I had Dance with Dragons pre-ordered and delivered on the 12th.  I was so excited I didn't know what to do with myself.  I was in a foul mood though because I was at work and stupid work was seriously interfereing with my reading time.  I finished it this morning.  I absolutely love this series and I am so depressed now that I am done and don't know when he will finish the next one.  Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......  Will I ever learn how this story ends!  I swear it is as excrutiating as having you nails ripped out to wait and fret about what happens to these characters!

Do you watch the HBO series too, Matt?

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 7/15/2011 7:30 PM ET
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I don't have HBO, so I haven't seen any of the TV series.  

Thursday and Friday are my long days at work, so I still haven't got that far into this book.  

Date Posted: 7/16/2011 10:32 AM ET
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The wait list at my library was too long, so I broke down and bought it new at Costco.

I'm about halfway through, been reading a little every night. Of course it's terrific, but it does seem quite different from the others---not as much action, I think.

It seems like everyone is settling in, setting the stage and getting organized for something big to happen in the NEXT book. I'm already dreading the wait!

Kinda cool how the TV show has driven the early ones back up the best-seller lists. Maybe that will encourage Martin to keep writing!

Date Posted: 7/17/2011 2:19 PM ET
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I am trying to hold out and not start the series until it is finished, but I may weaken. 

Date Posted: 7/21/2011 1:38 PM ET
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I finished it....wish someone else would so we could compare notes!

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 7/21/2011 7:02 PM ET
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I'm up to page 800, but not finished yet.  

Not that I am looking forward to the end, and another 5 years waiting for the next book...

Date Posted: 7/21/2011 7:18 PM ET
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Am I the only one who didn't think the series was that good??  I do not like it--  Of course I'm going to read and finish the series, I am curious as to how to all ends for everyone but the series started strong, very strong, and drifted...Anyway, waiting for paperback!

Date Posted: 7/21/2011 10:11 PM ET
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I haven't read it yet... I picked up the first one a while back but haven't managed to finish it yet.

But I've just gotta point out that Martin's not an idiot, and I'm sure he was sitting on the manuscript for at least a year so that the release coincided with the HBO series.  There's a LOT of publicity in that, particularly with Tor rereleasing all of the earlier books.

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 12:53 PM ET
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I pre-ordered ADWD but I haven't started it yet.  I read 1-4 back in 2005, but started a re-read aloud with my hubby (his first) last year.  We're into AFFC now, but it will probably be a few more weeks until we finish it.

The first three books WERE that good, IMO.  It stalled in the fourth, and from what I hear, in much of the fifth.  If I have the pieces of what Martin has said put together correctly, he originally intended to just jump ahead 5 years (after book 3, I think, that part I'm not clear on) to when the youngsters are adults, but ultimately decided that wouldn't work.  So now he's dragging us through tangents and side stories of what takes place in the five years.  Maybe he really did need to tell that story as it was happening, rather than trying to back fill it; and maybe he did need to better introduce the southern characters before actually arriving in the 5 year jump.  But I think it would have been a much stronger story if editors could have reduced it by  ... oh, 30-40%.  I'm so bleepity-bleep-bleep TIRED of him describing in detail every bite of food anyone eats and every article of clothing and accessory of every single person in every freaking scene.  He's not as bad as Jordan got, but it's a problem.



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 7/23/2011 5:22 PM ET
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I finally finished it.  I wouldn't want every book I read to be in this style, but for this particular series I like the detail and deliberation.

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 8:31 PM ET
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Not yet - I started the first book two weeks ago and while I started book 2 I also read a few other things in between them - I'm excited to pick it up again tonight. :)