Maedhros_the_Tall wrote:The story is incredibly complex, which i love. My only problem, if it even qualifies as a problem, is that the books appear to be written in a way that almost demands a reread. It is almost impossible to understand many of the significant happenings, and the consequences without reading future additions the the series and then goin back. True, it gives the series longevity and keeps people interested, but IMHO it slightly hampers the readers enjoyment the first time through. Being in the dark, so to speak, regarding so many important matters.
Falagar wrote:the plot preceeds the events in House of Chains (at least some of them do, if I'm not much mistaken).
Epor wrote:The entire books takes place well before we find Trull Sengar chained to a wall in the beginning of House of Chains.
"Some people seem to think that because Martin kills quite a lot of his characters, no matter how central they are that it's a sign of a good book"
" For me it seemed like every character was doomed from beginning, I couldn't bother to get attached to them because they would get killed anyway. "
"I've put the first book on hold with my library. With so many recommendations I had to try them out. Hopefully they will live up to my
"I feel like I have to defend myself "
"so I don't know the current reasons why Martin is a genious. "
"Maybe I should start talking about Martin again in proper threads, maybe the people from some other forum will come to insult us again.
"BornofFantasy, you really are taking this forum by storm, aren't you? "
undomiel wrote:It may not be entirely fair for me to comment on this subject as I've only read the first few chapters of the first book of Martin's and I haven't read Erikson's at all yet, but I'm going to anyway. I didn't like what I read of aSoIaF. I was unable to like or identify with any of the characters thus far introduced and if the writing was good the story so far had been uninteresting. I liked the prologue a bit, but after that lost interest and after a few chapters had no desire to continue reading. Personal tastes vary. I do plan to give them another chance in the future, but there are so many other things I want to read first, this series being one of them.
BornofFantasy wrote:Well, although I'm new to the board, I'm not new to the genre, I already know everything about LOTR and the other related Tolkien works.
"The first hundred pages of A Game of Thrones is, in my opinion, the weakest part of ASOIAF."
" Martin's excessive use of fake deaths "
"I tend to place a higher value on great worldbuilding than great characterisation."
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