Before I even begin, let me say this: I’m not reviewing the book. This is just my opinion on what the book meant to ME. And only me.
I think I’m done with the ASOIAF series. I know the series is supposed to be a big deal and all that, but honestly, I think I no longer enjoy the read now. Finishing ADWD felt more like a chore, just to see what the heck else will happen. And at the end of that ‘chore’ all I feel is relief and not an ounce of excitement for Book 6.
This is no way reflects on the literature as such, though. It would take a genius to come up with something like this series and I won’t be surprised if this is spoken on the same terms as LOTR. And just like LOTR, it needs a certain kind of dedication and patience to enjoy this book (and possibly Book 4).. you know, like wine. Not everyone has a palate for it (contrary to what they may say aloud, mind you – there’s a lot of pressure on conforming to popular public opinion). So I understand all the glowing reviews and accolades. And they’re all probably right too. Just that, it doesn’t work for me.
The only thing that irks me now is how I was introduced to these books – I was told they’re better than the ‘over-rated’ (sic) Harry Potter series. Again, depends on the taste of each individual and so, I speak only for myself when I say that HP for me will always be better than any series of books that were ever written or ever will be written in future. It just makes me appreciate the genius that is J K Rowling, that much more. It’s not a joke keeping an audience interested in 7 books, where the levels of expectations rose with every released book and the next book actually managed to exceed those expectations. GRRM couldn’t do that for me. JKR could.