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Old 23-12-2011, 12:32   #441
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Im currently half way through a Feast for Crows and finding it a bit of a struggle. I dont really give a monkeys about any of the characters and want to get back into the stories of the ones ive invested in in the last 4 books.
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Old 23-12-2011, 13:02   #442
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Im currently half way through a Feast for Crows and finding it a bit of a struggle. I dont really give a monkeys about any of the characters and want to get back into the stories of the ones ive invested in in the last 4 books.
Well at least the fifth book is out so you know you can do soon.
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Old 23-12-2011, 13:18   #443
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My first time through Feast I felt similar. When I read it the second time as part of a complete series read through my opinion changed a lot. There is so much going on in it.
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Old 23-12-2011, 15:28   #444
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I own both books in hardback and read them and enjoyed them that way. But I also got the ebooks and created a merged version (using someone else's timeline which you can find online). Yes it was a pain in the neck to do but having read it again that way that'll be my prefered way of reading them in future. Apparently there are a couple of chronological hiccups but I must be a really inattentive reader because I didn't spot them ; )

I wish they'd bring out an official merged version.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:18   #445
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I don't get what happened between A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows. One was a massively entertaing, if long, book full of twists and turns and intrigue and then the other became one of the most poorly paced, meandering, trudge of a books I've ever read. I have A Dance for Dragons to read but can't face returning to it now as everything I've read suggests its just following on the same lack of focus that book four suffered from.

So disappointed after three stunning books.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:26   #446
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I felt something similar upon my first read of A Feast for Crows, although I still enjoyed it. Upon a second read much later, I realised that there is a lot going on, the issue being that it's either hidden or happens "off screen". It's probably them most complex part of the story.

It's certainly the weakest of the series so far, though. Returning to the series most entertaining characters in the next book was very welcome.

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Old 02-02-2012, 20:39   #447
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same as Colin, I still enjoyed reading it but at the end of the book you are no further along and it just seemed as though everyone has just spent their time travelling and not doing much else.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:22   #448
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A Feast for Crows was a struggle for me as well. While the Cercei and Jaime chapters were interesting I thought the chapters featuring Brienne and Samwell were a complete bore. I really love A Dance With Dragons though. It's a huge book and although it doesn't really advance any of the major storylines much it was gripping from start to end.
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Yeah half way through it at the moment and its definately better.
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Old 16-04-2012, 05:34   #450
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I read books 3 and 4 back-to-back last week and I've just started book 5. Tremendously good books. I can see why Feast could be considered a little disappointing after Swords, but I loved it all the same. I liked the additional characters and exploring the new Cities - it felt like an RPG expansion pack in book format.

After reading books 1 and 2 in fits and spurts and struggling a little to keep track of who's who, it is definitely recommended to hammer these as a 'holiday book' to really do them justice.
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I took a break from the series after my post above - best thing I could have done. Gone back to finish off book 4 now and I'm enjoying it again. I guess I was just suffering burnout after reading the first 3.5 in quick succession.
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Just started A Game Of Thrones audiobook (not read the printed ones) - onto the 3rd chapter, good start so far althought the reader is a bit pants...should I just get the printed versions or carry on with the audio and get used to him?
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Would definitely recommend reading them mate. If the reader is pants it's only going to spoil your enjoyment of a fantastic series of books.
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Just started A Game Of Thrones audiobook (not read the printed ones) - onto the 3rd chapter, good start so far althought the reader is a bit pants...should I just get the printed versions or carry on with the audio and get used to him?
... Roy Dotrice , he is a legend! Was a huge outcry when he want available to narrate the 4th book, so much so they had to get him back to do it in the end... He can take a little getting used to but is worth persevering... Awesome narrator..
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Its just when he is saying a characters words, he doesnt change the bits back to his normal voice when he says something like this "I cut him down with my sword", Ned Said.... don't know if I'm putting it across properly but basically he says the "Ned Said" bits in the character voice...puts me off a bit Saying that though, I am only 2 chapters in lol. Will try to persevere
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... Roy Dotrice , he is a legend! Was a huge outcry when he want available to narrate the 4th book, so much so they had to get him back to do it in the end... He can take a little getting used to but is worth persevering... Awesome narrator..
Gotta agree, I went through the series up until the last book, via audiobook and Roy does an amazing job. Given the huge number of characters in the saga he really lends them all an individuality during his narration which is quite incredible.
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He's in the Guiness Book of Records for his reading of the series, on record for the highest number of distinct character voices. He also played the pyromancer who looks after the wildfire in the second season of the show.
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Not much an audiobook fan, but might have to have a listen to a chapter or two, does sound good...
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I thought he was one of the worst audiobook readers I've ever heard. And I listen to lot of audiobooks.

Everything he read. Was in sentences. Of three words. With a pause. At the end. Of each sentence. For twenty hours.

He totally put. Me off listening. To any other. Of the books.

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About a third through Feast for Crows and whilst it is is lacking a little of the high drama of SOS, it's not a struggle for me. I'm enjoying the characters moving about and being setup with their new missions, even if a lot of these new character chapters can be slightly off putting at times. Do miss Tyrion and Dany though.
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