A Song of Ice and Fire #5
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He drank his way across the narrow sea.
The ship was small and his cabin smaller, and the captain would not allow him abovedecks. The rocking of the deck beneath his feet made his stomach heave, and the wretched food they served him tasted even worse when retched back up. Besides, why did he need salt beef, hard cheese, and bread crawling with worms when he had wine to nourish him? It was red and sour, very strong. He sometimes heaved the wine up too, but there was always more. "The world is full of wine," he muttered in the dankness of his cabin. His father had never had any use for drunkards, but what did that matter? His father was dead. He ought to know; he'd killed him. A bolt in the belly, my lord, and all for you. If only I was better with a crossbow, I would have put it through that cock you made me with, you bloody bastard.
Below decks there was neither night nor day. Tyrion marked time by the comings and goings of the cabin boy who brought the meals he did not eat. The boy always brought a brush and bucket too, to clean up. "Is this Dornish wine?" Tyrion asked him once, as he pulled a stopper from a skin. "It reminds me of a certain snake I knew. A droll fellow, till a mountain fell on him."
The cabin boy did not answer. He was an ugly boy, though admittedly more comely than a certain dwarf with half a nose and a scar from eye to chin. "Have I offended you?" Tyrion asked the sullen, silent boy, as he was scrubbing. "Were you commanded not to talk to me? Or did some dwarf diddle your mother?"
That went unanswered too. This is pointless, he knew, but he must speak to someone or go mad, so he persisted. "Where are we sailing? Tell me that." Jaime had made mention of the Free Cities, but had never said which one. "Is it Braavos? Tyrosh? Myr?" Tyrion would sooner have gone to Dorne. Myrcella is older than Tommen, by Dornish law the Iron Throne is hers. I will help her claim her rights, as Prince Oberyn suggested.
Excerpted from A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin. Copyright © 2008 by George R. R. Martin. Excerpted by permission of Bantam, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
You’ve waited six long years. Now the book you’ve been aching to read is here at last! Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin dazzles us anew with his storytelling power in A Dance With Dragons—the fifth installment in the towering Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy series.
Beset from every direction by newly emerging threats, the future of the Seven Kingdoms once again hangs in the balance. In the east, the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen rules in a city built on dust and death, as her countless enemies set out to find her.
To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—where Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. Snow has powerful foes, not just within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.
And from all corners, bitter conflicts re-ignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all....
Hardcover Book : 1040 pages
Publisher: Bantam Books, Inc. ( July 12, 2011 )
Item #: 12-612489
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
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Reviewer: qa t
I may be in the minority, but I loved Dance with Dragons. Perhaps the torture of getting through "Crows" set me up to appreciate this book. In some ways, in retrospect it even made "Crows" a little bit better. Overall, I would say it is not quite as good as the first three books. But considering the 10+ year weight for the true sequel to "Storm of Swords," I would say this was well worth the wait. Most importantly, by the end of "Dragons" I was licking my chops for book 6 (even if I must wait 10 more years).
I never thought I'd complain about TOO MUCH of this series, but I agree with other reviewers.This book should have been heavily edited so that peripheral characters and writing that does not advance the plot did not bog down enjoyment of the story.I couldn't wade through the written text and chose to listen to it on audiobook--and even then, I was left with word-fatigue.It's a shame because the series has been so well-written, well-paced and a fascinating read. Don't know whether I'll make it to the sixth book.
Love the series, but these last few books are HUGE (must be getting paid by the page count???) Brings up to date a lot of the characters missing in the previous volume. Awesome read if you like a huge amount of details, but without speed reading / skimming I would have dropped the series long ago. Martin is long-winded to say the least...
That said, his characters are fascinating, real people with the hopes, dreams, fears, loves & hates of all of us. The plots and sub-plots within plots are well thought out and have a LOT of seriously warped & twisted surprises. The world created by Martin is a brilliant creation of believable (if somewhat bizarre) geography and peoples.
H** channel on cable has a great series version of "Game of Thrones" that is really impressive and well worth watching. Daenerys Targaryen Is HOTTT! and Tyrion Lannister steals the show...
One star off for the sheer weight of each volume in the series, but well worth the read - even if it's just for the forearm workout alone...
"Winds of Winter" seriously needs to wrap it up though, frankly I couldn't take more than one more volume to complete this thing. That said, this is the 1st time I felt a series worth the time to review. All in all great stuff, but verbose. (takes 1 to know 1... LOL)
This is a tedious novel in a tedious series with the plot drowning in page count. Martin uses five books to advance the plot to the point another author would use two. page count and over detail do not make a great read.