The dread of having to wade through the last 200 pages of Game of Thrones in two more sittings really did not sit right on me. So I took it at one go and read it. What follows is my opinion of the whole book and why I do not like it. For all the sensitive spoiler freaks out there, do not worry there will be no spoilers. Just my thoughts on the writing, the story, and why I felt and feel the way I do.
No, I did not enter the book with a positive look. I did not even make it through the first episode on TV. And when I mean I did not make it through I mean I could not change the channel, website, video player fast enough. That is how much the dialog sucked in my opinion. I thought it was uninspired and still do. To me the discussions tend to be children playing at a mystery game where they all know that each other is lying but refuse to call them out on it just so they can play longer. There was no intrigue for me and even though I was wrong on my guesses for what was coming I found that I was right more often then wrong as when an event happened I was not surprised, nor was I amazed. To put it plain and simple the writing did not carry the weight that a good fantasy novel with intrigue should carry.
Maybe I am reading the book wrong, maybe it is not meant to be a fantasy, maybe it is supposed to be a soap opera told in a fantasy setting. If so, then it is clear why the book did not appeal to me. If he was trying to write a compelling fantasy novel I think he failed and the only reason the book has merit is because it is long. But a long boring story is still one thing. Boring.
Something that I did like was the description. He was very good at painting elaborate scenery and rooms. I could feel the cold of the ice around the neck, but that was not enough to save the story that had no excitement.
As I said before I could see what was coming and though I made mistakes here and there about what was happening it was not for lack of trying. I wanted to get into the story and really tried to be excited. Yet even when it came to deaths they sort of just happened. They tended to remind me of the old paint by numbers books but in conversation. So when someone died, even though I wanted the character to die or whether I wanted the character to live I was like well yeah that was going to happen. There was no loss or elation in the scene. This may be why the most common comment I have seen is I saw the show and then read the books. I guess for those who saw the show and enjoyed it then they would enjoy the books. It would be like reading a script and enjoying it. Well I did not.
My last comment will be on the ending. (Sigh) even my friend who lent me the book was like, wait until the end. Others were wait until the end it will be something. I can honestly say I waited and there was nothing. Now before the comments come as well they built it up to big, or you must read the next book, or even that I may have just missed the point, I simple say NO.
The Ending was just there. Even pyre scene was just there. And you could not expect me to be excited about something that anyone with any thought would know was coming since the first mention of it way way earlier, I am talking first part of the book early and then throughout the book. There was no mystery, no excitement, no suspense. Again it was paint box one red, box two blue. If I put water in a tea pot and put it on the stove to heat up. When the pot whistles I get hot water. I am not surprised by the hot water, I know what happens when someone heats up water. IT GETS HOT.
For the childlike whiners out there. A spoiler may come after this, that is if you have not seen the show at all, or read the book in this whole time. Which is doubtful. But you have been warned. Do not worry I won’t go into specifics but just add a simple fix that to me would have added so much in the end.
Now someone might be stupid enough, ignorant enough to make the comment, well what would you have done differently. Or to put it easily put up or shut up.
One simple fix. A very easy fix and it would have added some inkling of suspense, thrill, mystery, excitement. Remove three rocks from their earlier mention. Have them brought in as a funerary gift to be burned as offering to the gods. Have those rocks be noticed by Daenerys but only in passing glance. (Not the obsessive are they no they aren’t bullshit game that was used.) As a second thought she brings up the idea of what they are just as the screams and thundering is heard from the pyre. Then do the reveal.
The way that he did I would have been more surprised if they had been rocks. Or if he would have saved them until book two. At least that would have given me something to look forward to if that can be said about anything in this book. You know a mystery, some suspense, anything to bring to life a dead story, dead dialogue, dead characters with very little to know value to me. Even the imp towards the end was just there for me and I rather liked the imp towards the end, even though I saw him and still see him as more of a move the plot forward device.
By Jin Okubo author of Love