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A Dance With Dragons [SPOILERS!]


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After six years of delays, George R.R. Martin's fifth novel in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series will be released July 12, 2011. And that date is set in stone. Or forged in Valyrian steel.

Information on his blog here. There's also a nice picture of the cover.

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Woohoo!

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I'm afraid I won't believe it until I have an actual copy in my hands.

Just what I was going to say.

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

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Some photos illustrating the ginormasity of the manuscript. Hot dang.

Also, I looked at Wikipedia to see who the POV characters are for this book. That got me thinking...which characters do people like or like the least? I did some searches online and some of the common answers surprise me. People don't like Davos? Really? I found him one of the most sympathetic characters in the series.

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My favorite POV characters are Jon, Tyrion, Arya, and Jaime. I'm not sure where he ranks in my list of POV characters, but I like Davos as a character in his own right, POV or otherwise. He's one of the few characters in the series who acts primarily from a sense of honor and duty, rather than blind ambition. Conversely, I'm not sure if I like Bran all that much as a character, but I'm very intrigued by the story unfolding in his chapters.

My least favorite POV character is Cersei.

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Woohoo... now I just have to wait for it to arrive from Amazon.

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So far so good. It is exactly what I expected for this point in the series.

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My copy arrived today, but I'd just seen The Tree of Life and so I spent most of the evening trying to put together my thoughts on the film. I plan to start reading in earnest tomorrow.

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Huh. Itching for conversation about this one. Let me know when completions have occurred, because I have nothing non-spoilerish to say.

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Well,

I am really ambivalent. He has kind of lost me in that this book represents no significant narrative advancement over the entire series so far. I understand that he has always been weaving together a finale, but I found massive narrative threads of this volume pretty unnecessary. The whole Dany marriage thread for starters... And the end. I kept thinking: Who has to die and/or appear to die to make this a Martin book? It was always Snow. Yet, the prominence of Tyrion is what made it engrossing for me. It is becoming clearer that Tyrion is the closest analogue to Martin embedded in the series. Tyrion really is the overall narrator. "The gods are blind and men see only what they want." His relationship with Penny was what kept me from totally bailing on Martin with the hope that there may be more to come.

Thanks. Had to get that off my chest.

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I'll probably chime in later, since I've only read the prologue thus far. I was unfortunately spoiled to something near the end of the book (that's what I get for reading reviews pre-release).

Specifically, something that happens to Jon. I can't help think that some of the warging going on in the prologue foreshadows what happens later with Jon.

I guess I should just keep reading and find out.

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