[DWJ] A Feast for Crows
jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 15 14:59:32 EST 2006
You can put my name on the list of George RR Martin
fans, having aquired the new book I became extremely
frustrated when I discovered that I couldn't find my
copies of the previous three to double check on
things. My youngest daughter eventually confessed that
she possibly loaned them to a friend, unfortunatly the
daughter is in England and the friend lives in Sydney.
I did love the comuppance you mentioed. Very deserved,
and I fully agree on the greyness rather than
black/whiteness of characters. Seeingly evil ones can
do crucially good acts, while noble acts can be evil.
And he kills of characters just when you get attached
to them, mind you, you can't even rely on charcters
being safely dead.
Jon, who hopes to be in England, Greece, Malta, Spain
and France in June/July if some country will give me a
--- "Ian W. Riddell" <iwriddell at charter.net> wrote:
> While we're talking about overlapping tastes in
> books . . . .
> I seem to remember there being some (small, indeed)
> group of folks
> here who also liked George R. R. Martin's "Song of
> Ice and Fire"
> I've just finished the most recent, "A Feast for
> Crows" and enjoyed it
> as much as the previous 3. On one level, I'm
> frustrated that we only
> get to see into the lives of half of the perspective
> characters, but I
> understand why this had to happen. If it means we
> get the next volume
> sooner, that much the better.
> This book certainly sees some major changes in the
> status quo of some
> of the main characters - with one making a startling
> return (expected,
> of course, but with a serious attitude adjustment),
> one seeming to be
> at least beginning to get the cumuppence deserved,
> and several more
> continuing on their paths from seemingly one-note
> supporting players
> to well-rounded, interesting protagonists in their
> own right.
> This is Martin, of course, so we're left with
> several cliff-hangers
> and questions - which, of course, given that the
> next book will deal
> with different characters completely (Daenarys, Jon
> Snow, and Tyrion
> most notably), we're not going to have answered or
> resolved for a good
> long while.
> Again, I found myself in several sections completely
> lost with the
> sheer number of characters - too many Sers to keep
> track of to be
> honest. That's one fault of this series, for me at
> least. I have
> always had trouble remembering names of characters
> and Martin
> constantly tests my ability to the limit.
> But I love complex, grey characters. People who do
> good things and bad
> things. Good people who make stupid mistakes
> (because that's what
> good, trusting people often do). Seeing innocent
> people learn that the
> world requires them to be less than innocent and
> hoping that they keep
> their goodness while walking that narrow path.
> People we perceive,
> through others, as horrible monsters being noble and
> There are really only a couple of characters I
> haven't warmed to at
> some level, one of whom, at least, who is truly
> irredeemable in my
> eyes (hence the joy at the comeuppance occuring),
> and some we just
> don't know well enough yet.
> A joy at having it to read - and sadness that I'll
> have to wait for more.
> It is my belief that everything you need to know
> about the world can
> be learned in a church choir.
> - Connie Willis
> Ian W. Riddell
> Director of Music Ministry, James Reeb UU
> Artistic Director, Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus
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