Originally Posted by CrypticOne
I don't know how people can say AFFC and ADWD are of lower standards than the first three books. All have been awesome reads for me. And it has kept me guessing on how this will all end up. I also don't see how GRRM will end this series with two more books. So much stuff is happening. And the Others still haven't shown up yet.
That's basically my point. A lot of stuff is happening, and while it's interesting, it's doing very little to advance the main plot, and after a while I find myself wondering "okay...why do I care?" And I began to wonder if all these new characters were really necessary, since they seem to be doing little to nothing to advance the main plot.