Of course, since he has no idea who I am, that probably doesn't mean very much, but still. I recently finished the audiobook for A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I was willing to forgive the length of the books because of the amazing amount of detail that he puts into the fictional world he has created, even if it meant that I have to listen to them on audiobook instead of reading them in my all too precious free time. And I know that part of my issue is the fact that this book and the fifth, A Dance with Dragons were originally supposed to be one book, until it grew to such behemoth size that it had to be divided. But I'm miffed. Thirty-plus hours and no mention of some of my favorite characters. Plenty of mention of some of my least favorite, which is fine, I suppose. And then lots and lots of new characters and new history and new families and new settings and new politics to learn. And NOW, I've started A Dance with Dragons, hoping to find the answers to the cliffhangers set up in A Feast for Crows, only to discover that the two books are CONCURRENT? So yeah, George R.R. Martin are in a fight.
That said, I'm completely sucked into the whole Game of Thrones universe. I can't stop reading them any more than I can stop watching the show. As far as the book itself goes, A Feast for Crows was an awful lot of exposition and not a ton of action, but it is worth it in the end when one of the most evil characters in the series appears to get what is coming to her. Of course, I'll have to wait to find out, because instead of writing a continuation of the story in A Dance with Dragons, I have gone back in time to catch up with the characters that were excluded from A Feast for Crows. But at least now I know where Tyrion ended up, and what was happening on the Wall after Sam leaves. But I'm going to be really ready for book six.