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First review of ADWD


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#1 Werthead

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:02 PM

Interesting.

Slightly spoilerific as well, though nothing major. General vibe is positive, but the reviewer states that it has the same 'feel' as Feast for Crows (exactly what that means I'm not sure, as the reviewer also indicates the book has more plot movement and developments than AFFC).

The biggest weakness of the book - one we already knew about - is that apparently it leaves things set up nicely for Book 6, and of course we have to endure a multi-year wait for that volume.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for posting, Wert.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:13 PM

General vibe is positive, but the reviewer states that it has the same 'feel' as Feast for Crows


Oh Christ. That's not good. /unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' /> Thanks for posting anyway, Wert.


ETA: The review basically is stating that fans won't find what the series is renown and well-liked for.

Edited by Jhogo, 03 June 2011 - 12:16 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:15 PM

Here is the blurb for people who don't want to click the link:

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#5 Loras

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:26 PM

This comes across as a good review for the book. Though I think that this book will receive strong criticism from the readership due to extremely high expectations because of the wait. I'm expecting a book similar to AFFC... which for me is the strongest book in the series - in terms of character development.

Notice too that the reviewer claims that disillusioned fans will be caught up in the book - that suggests to me that while the book is not action driven, that it is still a very good book.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:28 PM

I wouldn't call that a small Tyrion spoiler.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:31 PM

Maybe it happens early in the book, but that review does reveal one thing about a major character that's more than slightly spoilerific.

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Edited by Basileus777, 03 June 2011 - 12:33 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:31 PM

Having the same feel as aFfC is definitely not good. Also

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After so many years, I don't want a book that hints that action will come, I want the action now.

Then again, I await the book with as much anticipation as fear, so I'm probably overreacting.

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The review sounds as if the book will be the same as aFfC, only with more popular characters - nothing happening until the end.

Now I'm thinking that maybe it's not a good idea to read those reviews if i'm going to freak out so much from a review that doesn't even sound negative enough to justify me freaking out.

Edited by Joy Lannister, 03 June 2011 - 12:54 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:32 PM

states that it has the same 'feel' as Feast for Crows (exactly what that means I'm not sure, as the reviewer also indicates the book has more plot movement and developments than AFFC).


I think that this is in reference to 'slow trudges through war-torn Westeros'.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:35 PM

Interesting, thanks for posting Werthead.

One particularly surprising development (warning: pretty major spoiler for Dance):
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Somewhat surprising for me:
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:37 PM

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:39 PM

Oh Christ. That's not good. /unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' /> Thanks for posting anyway, Wert.


ETA: The review basically is stating that fans won't find what the series is renown and well-liked for.

Not quite, it is stating the feel of the book is quite close to AFFC. That is only a bad thing if you disliked AFFC, which part of the fandom does but not everyone by any means. Also, the return of Jon, Dany and Tyrion alone will change things even for some who disliked AFFC - since quite a few dislike it mostly because those 3 weren't in it to start with!

I think "Dance" will be a great book as usual, if not entirely to the liking of people who really dislike the slower pace from "Feast".

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:39 PM

I think that this is in reference to 'slow trudges through war-torn Westeros'.

As well as a general lack of huge set-piece battles and dramatic bloodshed, a la the Battle of Blackwater and the Red Wedding. I'm fine with that. Not so fine with 2/3rds of the book being filled with characters I don't care about doing little of interest.

#14 Kaitscralt

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:41 PM

Spoiler


This has so many potential applications. Does the reviewer simply mean that more living characters come back on screen (Theon, etc) or is it referencing the wights of the Others?

Or, even better, could it be UnGregor... or my fanboy wish of UnCat breathing life back into someone? Robb?

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:42 PM

I don't want it to Be like feast =/

#16 Joy Lannister

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:42 PM

Why do you mark spoilers? If someone hasn't read the review because they don't want to be spoiled, they won't read the comments about the review either o.O

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:43 PM

38 days, folks. Expect more of these. As Joy said, may be best not reading reviews.

ETA: Any chance of the countdown on George's site being added to the board, mods?

Edited by Jhogo, 03 June 2011 - 12:43 PM.


#18 Wouter

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:43 PM

I wouldn't call that a small Tyrion spoiler.

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#19 BarrileteCosmico

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:44 PM

Well if there's one thing that review has accomplished is to decrease my expectations tremendously.

#20 Kaitscralt

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:46 PM

Why do you mark spoilers? If someone hasn't read the review because they don't want to be spoiled, they won't read the comments about the review either o.O


Because they might be interested in non-spoiler comments about it, such as the OP's. Putting something in spoiler tags takes just a second, no reason not to do it. Everyone will look at this thread (whether they are reading the review or not) and now they won't have to see something they might have otherwise.