Discussion Forums - Historical Fiction

Topic: Dance with Dragons

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Dance with Dragons
Date Posted: 2/28/2012 5:56 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2009
Posts: 2,952
Back To Top

Sooo excited!  Just check out a copy of George R.R. Martin's Dance with Dragons from the library (there goes 3 WL listings).  Has anyone read it and, if so, what did you think?

Date Posted: 2/28/2012 5:58 PM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2008
Posts: 2,491
Back To Top

My daughter loaned me her copy when it first came out.  I liked it very much even though I thought it dragged in a couple of places.



Last Edited on: 2/28/12 5:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Bruce -
Date Posted: 2/28/2012 8:33 PM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2008
Posts: 3,412
Back To Top

Much better than A Feast for Crows. Martin returns us to some of our favorite characters and the storyline is closer to the first two books in the series. Lots of plots twists, betrayals, and cliff hangers.

Date Posted: 2/28/2012 8:51 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2009
Posts: 9,174
Back To Top

So Bruce and Cheryl your saying this is worth reading I barely made it through the one before this?



Last Edited on: 2/28/12 8:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/28/2012 10:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 1,588
Back To Top

Hmm, Jerelyn.  I don't know.  I've had the book since the week it came out, and I still haven't finished it.  I was reading about a chapter every week or so with my hubby but we petered out at 25% into it. Months ago. I'll read it eventually, no doubt, but I just have no motivation right now.  Maybe when I finally get back to it I'll find it picks up and I should have persevered earlier but ... eh.

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 11:40 AM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2008
Posts: 2,491
Back To Top

Well now I really liked A Feast for Crows.  I seem to recall that I gave it a 5 star rating.  I think "Dragons" is worth reading, but then I am a fan of the series.  I had really high expectations for it which the book didn't quite live up to after all the time we spent waiting for it to be released.

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 4:58 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2008
Posts: 370
Back To Top
Last week I bought the Nook Tablet and Dance With Dragons was the very first book I put on it. I'm really enjoying it. The biggest problem I'm having with the book and the whole series, really, is the sheer number of characters. It's hard to keep up with. I also don't really like how some chapters are named something besides the proper name of the point of view character. For example, one chapter is titled "The Blind Girl" and I was halfway through it before I realized it was Ayra. Very distracting. Other than thought, it's been very hard for me to put the book down. I've been staying up too late at night reading.
Date Posted: 3/1/2012 7:35 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
Posts: 2,851
Back To Top

Wait! Ayra's blind? That's what I get for reading this thread. LOL.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the book!

Date Posted: 3/1/2012 9:49 AM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 1,588
Back To Top

My biggest problem is that he's gone Robert Jordan on us with this book.  Yes, at least it has my fave characters, (which the last book didn't) but the plotlines for them aren't actually advancing.  Just going in circles. I knew from reviews this would be the case, but I expected the circles to be interesting.  They haven't been. And I don't particularly like where some of them look to be going.  I really don't like what he's doing with Bran.  Or Theo (NOT a fave character, just an observation.) 



Last Edited on: 3/1/12 9:51 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/5/2012 5:02 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
Posts: 2,507
Back To Top

After zipping through the first one, I found the second to be a slog, so I read on Wiki how the storyline goes, and will do so upon the publishing of the next one too :) 

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 1:36 PM ET
Member Since: 3/27/2010
Posts: 2,139
Back To Top

I just finished Storm of Swords last month and almost gave up halfway through when it got to the Red Wedding. I was so ticked. But I was encouraged by a friend to keep going and liked how it ended. I haven't picked up Feast for Crows yet, but I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. :)

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 2:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 1,588
Back To Top

A LOT of people stop, yell, throw things at the point of Red Wedding. Oh, did my hubby rant!  Usually, nothing but politics gets him that worked up. :lol

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 7:56 PM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2008
Posts: 2,491
Back To Top

The Red Wedding scene is what totally hooked me on the series beyond redemption

Date Posted: 3/8/2012 5:43 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2009
Posts: 2,952
Back To Top

Ah, it's so good to be back with the characters of this series - Jon Snow, Bran, Tyrian and Queen Daenerys to date - 100 pages done.

Date Posted: 3/9/2012 7:42 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
Posts: 2,851
Back To Top

REK, I'm jealous. But, but ... I just got The Game of Thrones in DVD in the mail yesterday.

My son's, like, "Oh, mom, you're the coolest." And snagged it outta my hands while I was basking in the praise. Sneaky little manipulator...

Date Posted: 3/10/2012 10:36 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 1,588
Back To Top

I almost got the DVDs when I was in Best Buy for something else.  But then hubby said "maybe we should get blu-ray" even though we don't have a blu-ray player because "everything's gonna be blu-ray eventually, and we'll wish we had it".  So ... hmmm ... have to think about that.  And passed on it for now.

Counting down to season 2.

Date Posted: 3/18/2012 7:45 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2009
Posts: 2,952
Back To Top

Getting there.  Down 548 pages and still loving it.  My technique for reading such long books is to tuck a shorter one or two or more in so I can keep going.  Don't knock it!  It works for me!  

Tyrion is marooned on a ship that lost several crew members, sails and the mast when they sight a sail coming to their rescue but it's a slaver. Jon Snow, in charge of the wall, is trying to staff more forts, but keeps losing men to the wildllings or the wights.  Bran is living in a cave under a hill where he has learned to fly (entering a raven) and studying to "see" through the trees to view both past and present.  Daenerys is trapped in Meereen waiting for an invading army to attack.  Lots of updates on The Onion Knight and others but you'll have to discover those for yourself.  

 



Last Edited on: 3/22/12 9:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 6