A Dance with Dragons

What I’ve finished reading lately:
A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin
Quinn, by Iris Johansen
White Woman on a Green Bicycle, by Monique Roffey

What I’m reading now:
The Silent Girl, by Tess Gerritsen
The Cure is a Forest, by Desi Di Nardo
Understanding World Religions, by Irving Hexham
Damned, by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dust and Decay, by Jonathan Maberry
Fury, by Elizabeth Miles

Quinn is, supposedly, the next-to-last installment in the Eve Duncan series. It was an excellent, fast-paced read. I’ve been reading this series for a while now, and while I’ll be sad to see it end, I can’t wait to find out how it’s resolved and what happens to the characters. Eve, Joe, Gallo, Catherine, even Bonnie, are all great characters that I’ve made an emotional connection to.

White Woman on a Green Bicycle….Truthfully, I’m not sure what to say about this book. It’s the story of George and Sabine, their marriage, and the history of Trinidad. It’s very vivid and evocative, and I enjoyed the descriptions of Trinidad. It also explores the lives of the characters when they first came to Trinidad as a newly-married couple, and also, years later, when they are in their 70s.

A Dance with Dragons, is, of course, the latest in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. It’s been almost six years since the last book came out, but fortunately, I only “discovered” the series two years ago. What can I say about this book? It’s typical for the series. Engrossing. Detailed. Action-filled. And, of course, Martin is not afraid to kill off major characters that are dear to the reader. As a writer, I am in awe of his ability to make his readers care about his characters. As a reader…man, I HATE when a character I love dies!

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5 thoughts on “A Dance with Dragons

  1. Actual reply:

    I’m reading DwD right now. I’ve been reading the series since 1997, and am finding my enthusiasm for the series dwindling. Even though Martin has been a huge influence over my writing, I’ve grown frustrated with keeping track of hundreds of background characters and minor subplots for the 5 or 6 years between books. I’ve too little reading time these days to re-read the entire series whenever a new book comes out.

    For example, when the identity of Coldhands was revealed (something I’ve been wondering for 11 years), I had no idea who the true identity was. Apparently, there have been clues sprinkled through the last book and the prequel short stories, but I don’t remember him at all.

    Anyway. Only page 150 or so and reading slowly…

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    1. I just read the series within the last two years and didn’t remember who Coldhands was…so don’t feel bad. I haven’t read any of the short stories, so maybe that could be my excuse? It’s hard to keeping up with all the characters and what’s happened to them. Also, as I was reading this one, I couldn’t remember: what happened to Sansa?

      I’ve enjoyed the series, it’s just a little too much for my brain to keep organized, I guess. How’s writing stuff going for you?

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