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Anybody read "A Feast For Crows" yet?

By RexWorld ·
I just picked up a copy of George R.R. Martin's "A Feast for Crows" last night. But I understand it's been out a while in some other locales, like Australia.

So I was just wondering if anybody out there has had a chance to read the book, and could share their general impressions? Basically I'm wondering if it's worth me holing up at home this weekend to try and get thru as much of the book as possible.

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by M_a_r_k In reply to Anybody read "A Feast For ...

I've never even heard of it. Never heard of George Martin, either. What's this book supposed to be about? I sometimes check places like Amazon for reviews when considering buying a book (especially tech books).

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Clue me/us in, please

by beads In reply to Anybody read "A Feast For ...

Never heard of the author but who is he and whats the book about, again? LOL.

- beads

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Probably the best "Sword and Sorcery" that I've read to date

by neilb@uk In reply to Clue me/us in, please

I'm part-way into the book, now.

The author is just over half-way through writing this mammoth set. One of the things that I like is that the author is not afraid to kill off his main characters and in fact seems to relish piling it on!

Read the series. Not too many LOL moments, though!


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That's great, but...

by M_a_r_k In reply to Probably the best "Sword ...

please solve this mammoth-size mystery for us. What's the book about?

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Difficult to put in a single readable post

by neilb@uk In reply to That's great, but...

About midway through a "Sword and Sorcery" epic. I've not, personally, read a series of S&S that I've enjoyed more. As for "A Feast for Crows", I've only just started it.

Synopsis from Amazon
This book continues the most ambitious and imaginative epic fantasy since "The Lord of the Rings". "A Feast for Crows" brings to life dark magic, intrigue and terrible bloodshed as the war-torn landscape of the seven kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as any in its violent past. The war of the five kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast. Euron Crow's Eye is as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, sworn to deliver the whole of Westeros to the ironborn. No less to be feared are their enemies. The Starks of Winterfell and the Martells of Dorne seek vengeance for their dead. And the last of the Targaryens, Daenerys Stormborn, will bring fire and blood to King's Landing when her young dragons reach their terrifying maturity. The last war fought with dragons was a cataclysm powerful enough to shatter the Valyrian peninsula, now a smoking, demon-haunted ruin, half drowned by the sea. Against a backdrop of alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel, and the coldest hearts.

If you like S&S, then you must read the series. If you don't, then don't.

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Thanks and Wilco.

by beads In reply to Probably the best "Sword ...

Ahhh... Now I understand. You caught me in one of those overly serious business moments.

Haven't noticed the series but I will be sure to check it out.

The other book that should be out that I am looking forward to is the end of the Talon of the Silver Hawk and Exiles Return. The authors name is just on the tip of my toungue but not for the life of me can I remember his name.

Looks like rain this weekend here. Good time to sit inside and either read another CCNP/SP book or something more relaxing. I am betting I'll be ready for something more relaxing. A S&S sounds more to my liking at this point and time.

Thanks again for the suggestion!

- beads

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The Author, the Series and the Next Book

by MCHall In reply to Clue me/us in, please

George R.R. Martin is a pretty established presence in the sci-fi/fantasy genres. A lot of his work aside from this series is older and difficult to find because he took a great number of years off to write for television. His best known TV writing was for the series "Beauty and the Beast" staring Linda Hamilton (of "Terminator" fame) and Ron Pearlman.

"Feast For Crows" is the fourth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. The overall conflict in the series is loosely based on the English War of the Roses. This is not historical fiction however. It is set in a fictional land with it's own gods, magic and fantastical beasts. The writing style is fairly unique in that each chapter is written from the vantage point of a different character, and there are quite a lot of characters to cover. As a result, each volume is as thick of a brick and the wait between volumes has been lengthy.

The follow up for FFC is expected to be released sometime next year. According to Martin's web site FFC got so lengthy that he had to split it in two. Readers who have suffered through the interminable wait since book three will be rewarded for their patience with the quick follow-up.

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I have to assume that you've read the earlier books!

by neilb@uk In reply to Anybody read "A Feast For ...

If you haven't then get them immediately! It'll take more than a weekend, though.

If you have read them then why are you asking such a silly question? I can't believe that anyone can have read the others in the series and not be knee-deep in FFC already?


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Yes, but several years ago

by RexWorld In reply to I have to assume that you ...

A friend turned me on to the series about three years ago, so I was able to read the first three books in rather short order.

It's now been three years since I read "A Storm of Swords" so I'm not certain I'll be able to follow everything in the current book. I just hope Martin lives up to his current promise of releasing the fifth book next year instead of another long long break between books.

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so there's a new one out...

by Talimon In reply to Yes, but several years ag ...

Good to hear he finally put out the next book...
I, like RexWorld, had read the first three some time ago, and had waited with baited breath for the next installment...and waited, and waited. I too hope George has a fire lit under him by the publishers to get that 5th book done! (as long as it doesn't mean he sacrifices the quality of the storyline of course).

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