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  •  The problem I had with the books is the (9+ / 0-)

    realization that the author got bored. The last 2 books are a rambling mess that don't move toward resolution. I just skimmed the last one. I was royally pissed that I had wasted a whole lot of my time with this jackass.
    I watch the HBO series with mild interest. Someone is going to figure out how to wrap this up, & Martin doesn't look like he's up to the task. I hope we don't have another Deadwood finale in the making.

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    by chuck utzman on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 07:47:25 PM PDT

    •  The last two books (3+ / 0-)
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      Have been all about moving characters into position for endgame.  Martin had a clear idea of how the story starts and I think he has a clear idea of how it ends, but he seems to have made some mistakes which made it hard to get from A to C.  One mistake which he has copped to is that he started the characters out too young, something the show was able to remedy.

      I can see how I would be going about it if I were writing the series.  Having established that making mistakes often gets people killed, I would say that part of the story has been about bring certain characters to a low point where you think their story might end just like everyone else, only to have them find a way to succeed, although probably towards a bittersweet ending which avoids traditional heroic arcs.

      He might not go in the direction I would go, but at least I can see a possible direction and a reason for certain things in the last two books.

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