|Submitted by pauline |
(Jun 28, 2010)
A Feast of Crows opens in the region of the Citadel of Maeges and introduces us to yet several new seemingly insignificant characters that are not mentioned again in the entire novel until the last page when one of them is named in a manner that one assumes the reader is expected by GRRM to be surprised or shocked or amazed that the person is named. Sadly, much of GRRM's books in this series are chock full of such random moments and random characters that he sometimes manages to weave somewhat successfully into his ADHD-fest of his Fire and Ice series. Seeing this character, who the reader has absolutely no emotional connection to, briefly at the beginning and incidentally at the end, leaves the reader ambivalent and wishing for a horse kick to the frontal lobes. A reader wouldn't mind it so much if the rest of the majority of his book wasn't a bore-fest of familial lineages and detailed costume design descriptions, and much repeated phrases, and A Feast of Crows is resplendent in this. Where A Game of Thrones left the reader hopeful, anticipatory, excited and willing to shell out the money and time to read the next, A Feast of Crows makes one wish their reading eyes were eaten out by one of those oft mentioned, yet altogether, ultimately meaningless crows that hop around cawing, corn, corn, corn, corn. Perhaps they should add the letter 'y' and describe GRRM's writing skills.
On a hopeful note, GRRM shows the possibility of talent when he writes dialogue and action scenes. He should stick to what he is good at. The back story is what the author keeps to himself, and does not bore his poor readers with. And that is how he/she spins a lovely tale worth reading repeatedly and recommending to millions of others. Perhaps he should settle down with a slender copy of one of Robert E Howard's Conan the Barbarian series. Or try Kafka's Metamorphosis. He would most certainly be inspired by reading those, just as millions of readers and future writers were before him.