…and we’ll never see Martin finish the GoT, so I’m going to add a couple of comments as I’m listening to the books while I work around the house.
- I didn’t understand those who felt that Martin was self-indulgent with these novels, mostly because I guess I read them too fast. I get that now, as listening I can’t skim ahead, and I get to hear just how long the kingmoot among the Ironborn, for instance, takes, or how long he takes to have Cersei mock her council. I’m guessing that he thinks that he’s setting up future plotlines, and that he’s trying to tie some of the disparate elements together chronologically, but man it feels like it drags. Of course, I also probably read way too fast.
- Being in Cersei’s head makes her power madness easier to understand, I’m guessing, than watching the HBO series. Perhaps that’s why folks watching the teevee think that she’s evil – in the world of George R.R. Martin, ain’t nobody really evil, but that’s pretty subtle for the idiot box.