George R. R. Martin’s prose “functional”?

Daniel Kaszor wrote the following in a review of George R. R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons over the weekend:

 “No one would call Martin’s prose more than functional…”

The NP’s standards for reviewers are slipping. From what I’ve read of it, Martin’s prose is some of the finest in all genre writing.  Granted, I’ve only read the first two chapters of Game of Thrones, but it’s impressive. I find it hard to believe that the quality of his prose has declined in the intervening years.

At any rate, I think it would have been better form for Kaszor to exemplify the faults and to offer a counter-example. I can’t really think of anyone who writes prose comparable to Martin’s.

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