George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire--A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons--as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. Garc a, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
New York Times best-selling author and television screenwriter and producer Martin continues his fantasy epic of the mythic Seven Kingdoms in this fourth installment of "A Song of Fire and Ice." The War of the Five Kings is winding down and there's a lull in the action, as many surviving characters from earlier installments are absent. Tony Award-winning British actor Roy Dotrice provides a clear and engaging narration of this tale of power, politics, and people. Feast has a sense of bleakness and disjointedness, with slow-moving plotlines. VERDICT Of interest to fans of fantasy, adventure, and the HBO series. ["A must-purchase for libraries owning the series, this panoramic fantasy adventure is highly recommended," read the review of the Spectra: Bantam hc, LJ 11/15/05.-Ed.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Long-awaited doesn't begin to describe this fourth installment in bestseller Martin's staggeringly epic Song of Ice and Fire. Speculation has run rampant since the previous entry, A Storm of Swords, appeared in 2000, and Feast teases at the important questions but offers few solid answers. As the book begins, Brienne of Tarth is looking for Lady Catelyn's daughters, Queen Cersei is losing her mind and Arya Stark is training with the Faceless Men of Braavos; all three wind up in cliffhangers that would do justice to any soap opera. Meanwhile, other familiar faces-notably Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen-are glaringly absent though promised to return in book five. Martin's Web site explains that Feast and the forthcoming A Dance of Dragons were written as one book and split after they grew too big for one volume, and it shows. This is not Act I Scene 4 but Act II Scene 1, laying groundwork more than advancing the plot, and it sorely misses its other half. The slim pickings here are tasty, but in no way satisfying. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is
by far the best.... [He] is a tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting
plotter and a deft and inexhaustible sketcher of personalities....
This is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American
Tolkien."--Time Magazine "The only fantast series I'd put on a
level with J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings.... It's a
fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don't read
fantasy.... If you're new to the series, you must begin with Book
1, A Game of Thrones. Once you're hooked.... you'll be like
the rest of us fans, gnawing your knuckles until book 5"--Marta
Salij, Detroit Free Press "THE MOST impressive modern fantasy, both
in terms of conception and execution, is George R.R. Martin's A
Song of Ice and Fire.... A masterpiece that will be
mentioned with the great works of fantasy."--Contra Costa Times
"Long-awaited doesn't begin to describe this fourth installment in
bestseller Martin's staggeringly epic Song of Ice and
Fire."--Publishers Weekly "Grabs hold and won't let go. It's
brilliant."--Robert Jordan "Such a splendid tale and such a
fantistorical! I read my eyes out."--Anne McCaffrey
"Fantasy fans will feast!"--Associated Press