I am a Dragon Posted June 23, 2014 Share Posted June 23, 2014 Would like to know what you find amateurish about Martin's pacing or narration. Don't get me wrong, I'm never "insulted" because of someone's honest opinion about my favorite author, no matter how strongly you dislike him. And it does look like you really dislike Martin, because you did say he's "far from a great writer", and that certain aspects of his writing is amateurish. That's why I'd be interested to find out about particular complaints of yours. I said "it felt almost-amateurish" not amateurish. I do like Martin; I just tend to be critical in most things. I've been quite a large fan of the series ever since picked up CoK as a child and I'm rereading the series for the umteenth time at the moment. The pacing itself seems very non-deliberate at times. This is moreso in the last 2 books. GoT and CoK feel extremely well thought out and structured. SoS is close but the pacing does seem to falter slightly towards the beginning. As for FfC and DwD, I feel the problems with pacing are quite clear. One example: The ending of Feast didn't feel like an ending in any sense; when I saw "Meanwhile, Back on the Wall", I was fully expecting a final chapter. As far as narration, I regularly get the feeling it slips into omniscient view from the established restricted PoVs. There are several passages where a lengthy description overpowers what a character would believably notice. It's not overly regular but when it does occur, it just breaks my suspension of disbelief. Anyway, just because I notice some, what I view as, faults in the writing, I still really enjoy the series. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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