Great time away. Almost finished with A Feast for Crows. And will have to purchase and complete A Dance with Dragons before devoting my reading time to something else. AFFC is not liked too much by series diehards and I can see why – a lack of certain characters and not nearly as much action as the third book. However, the book is quite good in spite of all that as the intrigue and new plots make up for the action. It also helps that I did like the new perspectives ( Cersei is quite overbearing but because of her issues) though I did not like that Martin chose to do his chapter headings differently, titling certain chapters by the titles of the characters than their simple names.