A song of ice and fire — comments/review/thoughts/notes


Am reading the ice and fire right now..
And gotta admit it is some compelling story telling. I started off at book 1 some 5-7 days ago, ago and have been going on continuously
Rarely have i been able to put it down for more than 2 hrs.
It has the character’s POV structure.
And therefore enables him to create the characters well enough to develop sympathy/empathy in the reader.
He doesn’t really hold back on leaving one character’s chapter at a suspense either and jumping to another character.
But for all of these pros, he sacrifices communicating duration passing/ duration judgement/ tempo of the events of the story.
It keeps springing up surprises in the mind of the reader, to realize what seemed to be temporally distant in his mind earlier, are temporally very close(almost simultaneous).

And the lack of clear map/spatial location or knowledge, doesn’t help either.(Perhaps in this case the author has done a good job, but i have been hasty in skipping some details.)
Also the massive number of characters he juggles around, with trouble in identification, multiple names and nicknames

Not to mention the lack of conversion factors between, golded dragon, silver stag and pennies.
he could have used them convey a sense of time, if he kept spiking the dragon rates.
After all, lannisters seems to have infinite gold supply and though it’s not clear about minting, i suspect they might be the ones.

And so far i have finished the first three books, he has kept a very cool/mysterious narrative about magic.
That is to say, no explicit magic spells named, not exactly acknowledged by all characters the existence of magic etc..

Infact, i think part of the goal is to keep options open. He could use the nature of magic to swing the plot anyway he wants in the 4th book.
I’ll see. Ex: to me it looks like the beric’s knights come back from dead more like inferi/zombie in the physical body state being same as that when they died.
But they don’t exactly sound as part of what can be called lord of lighthood.. or may be am just being too literal thinking about the zombie picture,
rather than what they do.

Book 4:
Damn it, he seems to have moved away from the character wise titles/chapters to a mix of the standard descriptive titles and characters.
hmmm..interesting.. Damn it,,.. it doesn’t conclude the plot either.. In the drive to get as much detail as possible he has extended
it too.. oK no more predatory reading on his books.. but rather ok i’ll read it when i get around to it types..
Now i need to get Book 5, but am not getting it for some time to come.. I’ve better things to do..
To his credit, the author has created a whole universe, and seems to have inspired other people to write around him.
That doesn’t happen often in fantasy and fiction worlds, or rather it happens, but not with every story or every author.
Am impressed to that extent. Also so far that mysterious nature of magic is preserved.

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