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READ ✓ A Feast for Crows ¶ Crows will fight over a dead man's flesh and kill each other for his eyesBloodthirsty treacherous and cunning the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy king Tommen The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to lifeThe Martells of Dorne and thEre Others threaten the Wall apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the CitadelAgainst a backdrop of incest and fratricide alchemy and murder victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts. I'm not uite sure what happened hereAs others have mentioned Martin slows the pace of the story down considerably in this fourth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire ostensibly writing this as the first half of a two book volume with a 3 5 year production time on each As such the book is by necessity filled with unresolved storylines AWOL main characters and lengthy travelogues where nothing of importance happens Of course this draws the inevitable comparisons to another famous fantasy series that started strong and became a sluggish irritating morass something to do with wheels and time as I recall The pace isn't really the problem here though as the story still stands on its own two legs The problem is the writingThough the first three books were extraordinarily well written as a whole one could never classify Martin's prose as elegant In this book he takes three steps backward for some reason and sounds almost amateurish in some chapters The book is filled with phrases and sentences that are awkward clichéd and sometimes downright hackneyed Martin's prose may typically be spare and to the point but I never audibly groaned while reading the first three booksOne of the biggest problems with this is Martin's sudden inclusion of collouialisms that so far as I can tell never existed in the books before this one Coz's nuncles and valonars abound even though we've never read any character use these turns of phrase before and be prepared to hear groats referenced multiple times in a single chapter This doesn't only present a continuity problem for those of us wondering why these dialect oddities are so suddenly commonplace Martin seems to have run out of patience for phrasing things differently so the exact same idiom often gets used ad nauseum I was weary of these invented clichés before I even truly understood what they meantBy now fans of the series thus far are used to the disturbing ubiuity of rape in Martin's world but even that loses what little subtlety it had in this book with at least two characters being described as needing a hard raping another example of redundancy in Martin's writing did that expression really need to be used twice in one book The consensual sexuality devolves in this book as well; Martin uses strange fixations and blunt force descriptions the comparison of female private parts to a swamp was the high point for me as it were which make them seem almost bizarre and therefore a lot gratuitous than they were in the first three booksI gave it two stars instead of one because the standout elements of this series are still evident in A Feast For Crows despite Martin's apparent attempt to sabotage them with clumsy writing The characters are multidimensional unpredictable and well developed and the overarching story is fascinating enough to keep me turning pages However I am genuinely concerned about the direction of this series which has heretofore been my favorite fantasy series and often recommended to friends I don't know what's going on with Martin's writing but I truly hope the next book returns to the caliber of the first three I would hate to have to do with this series what I do with Jordan's recommend that people stop at Book 3 and pretend it's an open ended trilogy I'd much rather dismiss this one as the mediocre volume and go back to enjoying the series Here's hoping

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Aftermath new conflicts spark to lifeThe Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead Euron Crow's Eye as black a pirate as ever raised a sail returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles From the icy north wh. B 77% | Good Notes A salad course of best laid plans travelogues and plots it’s missing meat feels short on heat and fails to hit the spot

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A Feast for CrowsCrows will fight over a dead man's flesh and kill each other for his eyesBloodthirsty treacherous and cunning the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy king Tommen The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out but in its bitter. Behold the Ugly Stepchild of A Song of Ice and Fire Behold the Readers of A Feast for Crows Angry Sullen Vengeful silly readers i'm not sure i've ever read such a collection of resentful reviews for one book one reviewer just decided to repeat the same phrase over and over and over again sorry Joel had to say it another decided to note that kids are inherently boring Kids aren’t clever er wtf sigh i suppose i can understand the backlash Martin took a long assed time to put this out into the world and then WHAT THE HELL reader favorites Tyrion Jon Snow Daenerys have dropped off of this book's radar but i am also perplexed despite the loss of these wonderful creations this is an excellent and challenging novel come on readers grow a pair personally i savored this book from beginning to end the intricate plot the propulsive narrative the intelligent world building and most importantly the depth of characterization that were all hallmarks of prior volumes are still in place and undiminished in this installment one of the things that is often overlooked about Martin is that he is a brilliant writer of uality prose his descriptions are not just lavish they are often uite beautiful he has an expert grasp of language; the man knows how to create imagery that is by turns stark subtly threatening strangely enchanting morbid nostalgic and ambiguous the only reason the novel does not earn a top rating from me but really who cares anyway is because of an unfortunately heavy reliance on repetition mainly of key phrases and dream imagery still this novel should stand tall as an excellent continuation of this amazing seriesfirst and foremost A Feast for Crows is A Story of the Women of Westeros because this is set in a medieval land that has very little wish fulfillment in terms of rectifying gender imbalance it is fated by its own nature to be an unsettling and unfufilling narrativeCONSTANT SPOILERS FOLLOWThe ueen Regent Cersei Lannister is this series' chief villain and so it was with much anticipation that i approached her POV chapters they did not disappoint uite unlike the POV chapters from her formerly villainous twin Jaime there is not much redemption coming Cersei's way she's such a fuckin bitch as the saying goes she remains cold grasping machiavellian murderous and extremely petty she is also incredibly entertaining a villain in the Grand Old Style full of swallowed rage and sweetly uttered put downs and viciously cruel schemes she takes to drink and she lets a fellow viper into her bed which also allows Martin to indulge in an enjoyably laugh out loud lesbionic interlude she makes a classic mistake in allowing fanatics to arm themselves in the end she literally outsmarts herself and is the victim of her own foul trap best of all she is going crazy her dreams haunt her dreams of her death and the deaths of her children much of her villainous nature is explained by these dreamswhat mother wouldn't stop at anything to protect her children and so Cersei doesn't stop at anythingbut what i mainly took away from her chapters were two important lessons that i learned oh years ago probably in my various college Gender Studies classes first a woman in power within a patriarchal structure is a woman in constant battle with her peers she will not receive the automatic respect granted to men; she will have to earn it whatever that even means she will be constantly reminded that her job is actually to marry and to bear children and that her position of authority is somehow unnatural against the natural order of things i despised Cersei but i also despised those around her who did not give her the automatic respect a man would have in her position i appreciate that Martin made this ineuity crystal clear he is against Cersei of course he is she's the villain but he also gives the challenges she faces in her new position a rather timeless uality gender ineuity is timelessand the second lesson a woman who gains power within a patriarchal system by mirroring the gender essentialism that supports that system has sadly sublimated that structure as natural and right and will therefore enact that chauvinism Women's Studies 101 folks Cersei does not challenge gender imbalance she supports it her interior monologues are full of the same bullshit as any sexist dumbass she despises weakness in men she condemns slutty behavior while indulging in it herself she uses classic chauvinistic tactics to bring down a rival and even classic male brutality to destroy men and women alike as i mentionedshe's a fuckin bitch but her character is a fascinating one to contemplateThe Sand Snakes and The Dorne Princess i suppose the chapters set in Dorne could contribute to many readers' disengagement with this novel oh whatever i love Dorne Dorne is the ugly stepchild of Westeros matrilineal and distantly threatening with a great big chip on its shoulder but what a place it is aggressive and volatile sure but also a land where women are automatically given the same respect as men where a princess is the natural heir to the throne where bastards are not automatically disrespected the brief glimpses of the Sand Snakes despite their inability to start the war they craved were compelling in how differentiated they were in their various proposals to begin battle and i also appreciated how fallible Arianne Martell turned out to be a girl unused to schemes but still scheming away a seductress who fell in love a woman loyal to her friends and disinterested in cruelty an heiress and misguided leader to be one whose time in the limelight approachesSansaAlayne and AryaCat sometimes a girl has to literally convince herself that she is someone else simply to survive sometimes a girl has to forget the parts of her that make her herself in order to achieve her goals of course in one case this is a girl who has lived her life as a pathos ridden pawn in the other case we have a girl who is slowly losing her humanity as she becomes a kind of living weapon eh so what they both have my full support go Sansa Arya go survive this series you can do itCatelynStoneheart and sometimes a woman fails to accomplish her goals to protect her loved ones to save her children i imagine that some women can get past this and can go on to define themselves anew and other women cannot or do not they swallow their bitterness but do not forget it becomes their fuel their purpose for being it can turn a heart to stone and um it probably doesn't help having your throat slashed at your brother's wedding and then being revived as a monstrous uasi zombie and so Catelyn becomes a dread avenger and not a pretty one she is a killer without regard to reason or even justice and she turns Dondarrion's Merry Men into a grim and bloodthirsty cabal i never thought i'd see Thoros be so sad so lost i never thought Lemoncloak could be such an uncaring asshole i never thought Catelyn would hang an innocent woman or a mere lad well i suppose that's what can happen so i know that Brienne survives that's obvious but if Podric Payne dies i'm coming after you George MartinThe Maid of Tarth i saved one of my favorite characters of the series for last i don't think Brienne is a lot of readers' favorite; i assume they find her constant integrity and her eually constant naivete repetitiousness and lack of imagination to be tedious but that's not how i feel i loved her from beginning to probably not her end there is such genuine realism to her loyal awkward lovelorn character she is a warrior woman but this means nothing in male dominated Westeros except constant and automatic disrespect she is i suppose physically unattractive and is constantly reminded of that by nearly every person she meets she is always Doing The Right Thing; that integrity causes her to be disrespected even and it often means nothing to the people around her well it means a lot to me her uest may have been aimless but it was also useful in illustrating the true and awful tragedy of war the lives lost the tormented survivors the bleak landscapes the sense of a world turned dark and bloody and soulless a world without meaning seeing such a brave person travel through this blighted landscape and continuously stubbornly mulishly trying to do good was hard to read but it was also what i really needed in order to truly connect with this novel a hero tried and true her two fight scenes vanuishing members of the appalling Brave Companions were awesome what a brave lady and what a uniue addition to the fantasy genre's Hero Archetype i love her as i loved this booknow on to the next one