The end of a saga, for now

I don’t know why I always feel the need to follow some sort of prompt.  I know in the beginning, it helped bring people to my site through the host, but I think I just ended up getting used to it.  I think it also became a not very helpful crutch, especially when I have something I want to just get out, but for some reason I feel like I can’t unless I can attach it to a prompt floating around out there.  Not that there aren’t plenty, and not that I couldn’t have found one today, but it’s late and I honestly just have something to say, you know?

When I had surgery in December of 2016, I watched a lot of TV.  It got to the point where I was starting to see reruns and I was getting very bored.  I ended up picking up a book that I had no idea would bring me all the way here.  The book I picked up was the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.  Do you realize that there are over 5,000 pages in the five books that are currently out?  I realized it pretty early on, but I had done something similar in the past and I just knew I could do this.

I had no idea it would take me a year and a half!  I couldn’t even pick up another book because I was so into that world (when I could actually find the time to read).  I actually did end up reading a fellow blogger’s book, but that only took me a single day, so it wasn’t much of an investment, although the story was great.

There’s just something about coming to the end of the book that feels almost surreal and forlorn.  When you make it to the end of five books in a series that isn’t even finished yet; it’s devastating.  Not only that, we have to wait until, I don’t know, 2019? before we get another one.

I do love the series and I’m planning to finish it, but I was on Goodreads after posting my successfully finished book, and I started reading some reviews.  I don’t know what it is about two or three star reviews that just suck you into the madness.  People can be downright cruel.  Also, why is it that reviewers feel the need to rewrite the book?  Anyway, for all of that, I did read some things that made me wonder if there was a reason it took me so damn long to finish.  The reviews for the last two books were all about how the story slowed down and didn’t progress very much.

I will admit that I had a really hard time finishing book five and I realized last night it was because I was bored!  I was so captivated by the story and so determined to finish those damn books that I didn’t even realize that the reason I had a hard time picking it up each day, or each week was because it wasn’t holding my interest.

However, the last fifty pages were reminiscent of the first three books, so I’m holding out hope that the next book will move along in a more direct way than books four and five.

I’m not so good at reviews, but I just wanted to throw it out there.  I finished all five books and I can now look for other things to read.

Until next time, my friend!

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8 thoughts on “The end of a saga, for now

  1. I agree it can be sad to reach the end of something you’re heavily engaged in, be it a book, TV series, movie saga or whatever. I’m also no good at literary reviews so I don’t bother. Hah. I just know what I like and what I don’t, alas I would never shit all over anything the way some people seem to.

    Hopefully you find something else to entertain you in the meantime.

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  2. Helen, it is good to celebrate accomplishments and reading over 5,000 is a hallmark. I remember feeling good after I finished reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy Lord of the Rings, although that was many years ago.

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  3. I do like George R. R. Martin but haven’t read this set. I think sometimes writers get caught up in the idea that my book has to have x number of pages — x depending on their genre. Sometimes a book does take 500 pages but sometimes it can be 300 or 100. Sometimes when I’m reading I feel like they are stretching things out to fill up the pages rather than developing characters or plotlines. It happens a lot in cozies. The main character suddenly frequently starts whining about something or insecurely starts second-guessing themselves (when they didn’t whine or were insecure in the last book) or go round and round in circles over one idea — and the second or third time it happens in the same book I start thinking, filler! when I like the author generally, I just start skimming filler sections when I get to them.

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