Mildly interesting also that the Vincent character Godfather III is actually impossible in the books as they make a point of how that character isn't able to have kids.
The thing about the book is it's not that well written as prose, but aside from the stuff they cut out it's almost word for word accurate to the script, and the script is good. So maybe Puzo was better suited to writing screenplays than novels?
I'll finish the other two books, it seems silly not to after having read the first three twice. I might have to have a break as I've got a big pile of likely much better books I need to get through. I got Charlie Kaufman's 700 page Antkind for Christmas!
I don't know much about Wheel Of Time except that it's the worst nightmare for Game Of Thrones book fans (or *was* the worst nightmare, I think most of them have flat out given up at this point).
If I remember correctly he had it planned as a 12 book series, then became terminally ill and died with three still to go.
From what I've gathered though, the last books are seen as something of an improvement after the declining quality of the books by the original author. So maybe it wouldn't be the worst thing if GRRM doesn't live to see the end...
You've talked about these very things, but there are certain tricks and gimmicks GRRM does that become very glaringly obvious once you pick up on them.
One is giving each character a defining gimmick or trait and just hammering on that point over and over.
The other that drives me up the wall is his habit of wasting whole paragraphs just pedantically listing things. He can't seem to go more than a couple of pages without finding some excuse to reel off another batch of made up names that just do not matter at all.