Yup, finished the book! Reached the last chapter thursday night after perhaps half a day's reading and neglecting of school-work, but have been a bit busy and didn't think of posting here before now. Naturally, there's quite a lot to say. I'll try to state my opinions in this post... (...which will contain some major spoilers...) ...but I'm a not entirely certain as to what I should say. Of course, it was a good read. Martin's writing, his characters and his world are as good as ever (though the pace is slowing down) and there are many good moments. I thought the best chapters were Sansas' (the eldest miss Stark is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, actually), Jaimes' (who continues on his path away from Cercei, and to redemption?), those on the Krakens and their dealings and the chapters containing Prince Doran and his relatives. But I didn't think it was as good as the others, at all. As mentioned earlier the pace has gone down a few notches. Some passages were longwinded (not Jordan-winded, yet), there aren't many really important events (and Cercei's apparent fall was expected, so no big surprises), and I'm wondering what on earth he's doing with some characters. Brienne's thread seemed...meaningless. Unless she didn't die (Martin sure loves those cliff-hangers) her whole journey didn't have much point to it. I'll have to break it off here, no time to write the rest now. I'll be back.