It took me years to finish this book. I just had better shit to read.
In spite of GRRM's obsession with creating list after list of every food that was eaten and every article of clothing ever worn by every character to the point that you just stop having any fucks to give, I really enjoyed the first book. This was a major disappointment. As a little exercise, I started renaming some of the worst chapters to help me get through this book. Some nap inspiring chapters include, but are not limited to:
- The Saga of Arya's Bladder
- That Time Theon Greyjoy Got a Blowjob and No One Cared
- Bran Sits at the Adult's Table and Boring Things Happen
Things finally improved toward the end, when things started to actually happen. Thank goodness for Tyrion's wit. Also, for the record, I would like declare drunk Cersei my spirit animal.
The main thing that eventually got me to finish this book, other than missing two seasons of the HBO series because I don't want to watch the show until I finish the books they're based on, is that I know the author is capable of so much more than what he offered here. It is my hope that the future books provide more substance so that I can forgive this one stale part of the series.