Originally Posted by JudgeSmails
You just reinforced my point. When the story becomes crap everything else just falls apart.
I wasn't implying the story was crap, I was implying the story was the problem in that it became too large and unwieldy. And because the story became too large, Martin's original (well, not really since he originally hoped for 3 books) conception of 6, and possibly 7 books, has fallen apart. He's either got to expand that, or he's got to pare down the story big time.
I imagine the character POVs in Feast will ultimately serve some purpose, or he would have just skipped them and gone directly to whatever he has planned for Dance. Feast was indeed slow as shit, but that doesn't bother me as much as some people. I think the pace would have been less of a problem if the book had come out a year or two after Storm, but the long gap between the two, followed by a slow book just put people off.
The greatest criticism I can level at Martin at this point is that his tendency to free write wasn't well suited to the ambition he had for this story.
I hope the show is successful, and if so that Martin can be as hands off as possible. If his time is consumed in part by the show, I can see another 3-5 year gap between books. That might certainly turn me off to the series.