I won't provide you with a full review of George R. R. Martin's new...well, not exactly novella...let's call it text. The reason for this is that I will talk to Sean T. Collins and Steven Attewell about it next week on the new BLAH, and I guess we will all three be the wiser after it, because synergy. So, just let me give some bullet points.
- The story really isn't what you call an enjoyable read. The perspective of a maester writing a history book makes for a pretty dull and at times forced read. There's none of what makes the books usually enjoyable, especially the sharp dialogue and point-on descriptions.
- That doesn't mean it's not a compelling read. It just feels a bit like work.
- There is so much stuff in there, especially about but not limited to, dragons, I can hardly begin to sum it all up. Great, great information dump.
- Oh boy, this war is bloody. If you ever doubted our theory that Martin essentially writes an anti-war-story, read this thing.
- Vermithor! Syrax! Tessarion! Did we just jump into High Fantasy?
- Somehow I don't believe Prince Daemon's final stunt.
- I love just how much goes wrong in this.
More on the next BLAH next week!