Re: A Song of Ice and Fire books
Personally, there's some stuff in book 5 that while not exactly moving the plot forward, is some of the best material I've ever read in novel. Theon's redemption alone is masterfully done.
"The smell was something he was born with. A curse, the smallfolk said. The gods had made him stink so that men would know his soul was rotting. Ramsay’s mother appeared at my gates to demand that I provide a servant for my bastard, who was growing up wild and unruly. I gave her Reek. It was meant to be amusing, but he and Ramsay became inseparable. I do wonder, though... was it Ramsay who corrupted Reek, or Reek Ramsay? ”