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A Dance With Dragons

Martin, George R. R. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys Targaryen rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way east--with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem. And in the frozen north, Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone, and powerful foes from within the Night's Watch. In a time of rising relentlessness, the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, to the greatest dance of all."--Page [4] of cover.
Authors: Martin, George R. R.
Title: A dance with dragons
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2013
Edition: Bantam Books mass market edition.
Characteristics: 1123 pages :,maps ;,18 cm.
Summary: "In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys Targaryen rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way east--with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem. And in the frozen north, Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone, and powerful foes from within the Night's Watch. In a time of rising relentlessness, the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, to the greatest dance of all."--Page [4] of cover.
Local Note: 53 54 56 60 61 64 68 69 70 71 81 102 112 118 152 172 173 198 211 216 228 242 244 245 258 268
ISBN: 9780553582017
0553582011
Statement of Responsibility: George R. R. Martin
Subject Headings: Seven kingdoms (Imaginary place) Fiction Fantasy fiction. Imaginary places Fiction. Magic Fiction. Dragons Fiction.
Topical Term: Seven kingdoms (Imaginary place)
Fantasy fiction.
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Jun 06, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The critics say A Dance with Dragons is vastly more satisfying than its predecessor. I call bull****. Feast for Crows wasn't great, but this one is barely any better. I cannot imagine fans waiting the six years between books 4 and 5 only to be rewarded with this tiresome heap. Sure a few of the more interesting characters are featured, but their story lines are tedious compared with the earlier books. Preserving Crows and Dragons as a single book, which was the author's original intention, would have prevented so many problems. All the extraneous standing around and chattering, gone. While we're at it, let's get rid of all the unnecessary characters too. Gawd I hope Martin has a plan for these little side plots. A Dance with Dragons does end on a relatively strong note—not great, but stronger than the 600+ pages preceding it—and that's saying a lot because I was ready to say goodbye to Westeros for good. Hopefully Martin has everyone carefully positioned to drive this story home in the final two books because I don't have the patience for any more meandering. Still, I fear that even with a superior series ending, A Song of Ice and Fire has already suffered irreparable damage.

May 15, 2014
  • LT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The obligatory cliffhangers began to seem rather precious early on in the book. Possibly Martin spends less time with editors than he should because he has been so successful. Certainly, his narrative meanders at times. Gratuitous violence--especially sexual violence--everywhere you look, possibly a hangover from Martin's career as a TV writer. Disappointing after the brisk pace of A Feast for Crows. Watch out for the spoiler from TSV00 below. Paperback edition has tiny print and is really hard to hold and keep open, because the book is so long.

May 02, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hard not to chase the Game of Thrones story. Suggest to read in eBook as the print version is heavy even in its dense paper back version. Unfortunately the next book of the series, winds of winter, has yet to be written!

Apr 19, 2014
  • TSV00 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book because this story is not sugar coated like some fantasy novels. The good guy does not always win. An example of this is Jon Snow as he gets stabbed by his brothers in the Night s Watch for making an uneasy alliance with the Wildlings to protect them from the White Walkers. This makes the story really intriguing and adds a lot of emotion to the story. It makes you want to keep reading because you never know whats going to happen next. I also enjoy how descriptive it is with character and location. It makes the image really clear in my head. It makes all the characters and locations have really unique traits. If you like Medieval fantasy books I highly recommend this series.

Feb 06, 2014
  • pagetraveler rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

** spoiler alert ** About fifty pages from the end, I vowed to never read another book by George R.R. Martin. His sadistic need to kill the people I love had gotten to be too much. Forty-five pages later, he had me back. These are the kinds of emotional roller coasters and mind games that are frequent in his books. Beware.

What a disappointment.

Sep 15, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was happy to read about many of my favorite characters again, but then it was kind of like they hadn't returned at all because they were making really stupid decisions. The action is s-l-o-w and introduces still more characters with new plots to contest the throne of Westeros. I begin to grow tired of all of the set up, and I just hope that the payoff is worth it. And all of these dribs and drabs about Lyanna and Rhaegar and Robert's rebellion had better come to something. I hate it when authors spend time and energy laying a trail that doesn't go anywhere. Now I get to settle in with the rest of the obsessed for the long wait until the next book, and to see if this thing is ultimately worth all of the time and effort.

Aug 29, 2013
  • nieuwendorpy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's amazing how complicated this series has come from the first book. That last revelation was epic. Can't wait for the next one

This book is ok compare to "A Feast for Crows" too many characters come and go, wasting time. Disappointment.

Apr 25, 2013
  • JodiMarr_MarkhamPL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow ! I can't wait for the next book in the series. This one was a page turner with lots of surprises and unexpected turns of events.

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Apr 22, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What does Stannis offer you? Vengeance for my sons and yours, for your husbands and your fathers and your brothers.Vengeance for your murdered lord, your murdered king, your butchered prince. Vengeance! --- The best calumnies are spiced with truth. --- In my Seven Kingdoms, knights go on quests to prove themselves worthy of the maiden that they love. They seek for magic swords, for chests of gold, for crowns stolen from a dragon's hoard.

Apr 22, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Many good men have been bad kings, Maester Aemon used to say, and some bad men have been good kings. --- Meereen is a free city of free men. A poor city that once was rich. A hungry city hat once was fat. A bloody city that once was peaceful. ---- "Courage?" Ser Barristan lashed out. "Her Grace freed you from your chains. It is for you to sharpen your swords and defend your own freedom when she leaves." --- You haggle like a crone with a codfish, Lord Snow. Did Ned Stark father you \on some fishwife?

Apr 14, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

... But both of them were dead and burned. Gone into the trees and streams, gone into the rocks and earth. Gone to dirt and ashes. That was what the woods witch told his mother, the day Bump (Lump’s brother) died. Lump did not want to be a clod of earth ...

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