A Dance with Dragons, day 1

By Razib Khan | July 13, 2011 12:16 am

George R. R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons has been out one day. There are now ~20 reviews (as of this writing) on the Amazon website. So we have some information in in terms of reader reaction. The sample size is small, so I don’t have a high confidence, but it does look like that Martin has outdone A Feast for Crows. It had been the nadir of this overall series, A Song of Ice and Fire, though some of this might be contrast effect. Book 3, A Storm of Swords seems to have been the fan favorite.

In any case, I’ll be posting an update in the future when the number of reviews goes north of 100, but here are some charts comparing the five books in the series. The first shows the absolute number of ratings. Since A Dance with Dragons has been out for only a day, the second one shows the proportions.

  • jhominal

    It may be useful to mention that 1 is the best score on these charts – I was puzzled to read that Storm of Swords was a “fan favorite” with a majority of 1s – which I first took to mean “1 star on Amazon”.

  • john

    I personally don’t give a lot of credit to Amazon reviews. Nothing proves that these people have the same tastes that I have, that they are educated, intelligent or whatever.

    I mean just look here:

    Harry Potter 7 got a 4.5 grade with over 3600 reviews. Not only was this book maybe the worst of the 7, but all the HP series is a waste of time anyway ! So that gives you an indication about the value of these reviews – at least the grade. The text can be informative.

    Furthermore, as you noticed, 20 reviews is really a low number and I expect the figures to be very different when we reach the hundreds.

  • SteveF

    The Amazon reviews just aren’t trustworthy at this early stage – there are people out there with severe and hilariously hyperbolic axes to grind against Martin that skew things, other people who are posting 1 star reviews for some fairly random reasons and a whole load of others who I doubt have actually read it.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    #1, fixed.

  • Zora

    Martin is a good writer — must admit that — but I can’t read his books. Too grim and depressing.

    Tastes differ :) Or, as the Scotsman said, “If we all liked the same thing, think what an oatmeal shortage there would be!”

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    #5, i think that’s why you see polarization for *game of thrones* people who don’t like it, just don’t move on.


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