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If I was reading on an actual book instead of the Kindle, I may have thrown it across the room when I read "Brienne screamed a word". We're in Brienne's head! We should know what the word is. I've seen a bit so far in book 5 but I don't know if it's as bad.
The same goes with Lies of Locke Lamora, which I think is better than anything Abrecrombie has yet done.
A sea voyage is rather boring. What did you want to read about for that voyage?
I didn't want to read about that voyage.
I don't know if The Lies of Locke Lamora is great, but I do know it's enormously fun to read.
Hell, Littlefinger apparently had the ability to teleport around Westeros at will in the first few books.
Well, in the TV show he appears in Renly's camp and also far away in Harrenhal to meet with Tywin Lannister, although I'm not sure he did that in the books.
I really want to reread the series but they are so damn long and the first 100 pages of the series are so godawful that it makes it virtually impossible for me to do so.
It's possible (in the sense that we don't get Tywin or Littlefinger chapters so when he's not in King's Landing we really don't know where he is). But in terms of explicitly mentioned locations of Littlefinger I think it goes:
His house in the Fingers
That said, part of the reason I'm not complaining about GRRM's "meandering" is because of Jordan. WoT tended to wander quite a bit in the middle books, but lots of that wandering came to fruition in the final books and you could see the reason for the plot arcs. But while they were still developing, the plotlines looked aimless and silly-it was only when one could step back and see the entirety of the tapestry that the placement of individual threads began to make sense. I'm hoping that GRRM is operating on the same principle.
We needed to wait for other stuff to happen in other parts of the world until GRRM was able to write about them, which is why he's writing about them in that book rather than the most recent one. So it's not a choice between Sam's sea voyage and the Rickon update you want. It's a choice between Sam's sea voyage and a shorter most recent book that still doesn't have any Rickon in it.
Thank you for adequately summing up the problems with George R. R. Martin. The fact that the books are so bloated that a simple story cannot be told without pointless digressions that do not move the story along is the entirety of the problem.
Jordan wrote all kinds of stuff into the middle four or five books that was totally irrelevant to the conclusion. WTF was the point of Masema? Why spend all that time with the Sea Folk? Remember all those intricate mysteries about who killed X random character, who is totally irrelevant? Do you remember who was the killer? Of course not. Who cares?
You could basically cut the entire Crossroads of Twilight book and what would you lose? Perrin goes to the wolf dream and putzes around...Mat is in a tavern and in a bad mood...things are spoiling...Okay, next book.
Sad to say, but bringing Sanderson in was the best thing that could have happened to the WoT. He tied off loose ends and actually got around to advancing the plot.
I still find it unbelievable that anyone could read five WoT books, let alone the entire series. And I understand the feeling of keeping up with something terrible just to stay with characters you like, but they are just so awfully written.
#170 Was recently re-reading David Gemmell's "Quest For Lost Heroes". In the intro he doesn't specifically mention Jordan but does mention the number of "kid on a quest to save the world" books and had decided to write a story where the heroes are all past their prime and are doing something that they absolutely know is not of earth-shaking importance. (written partly as therapy, to help him deal with his having been laid off)
#172 I really enjoyed the first set of books. I'm kind of struggling with the new series. Not sure exactly what the difference is.
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