Apples and Oranges. I find Martin's scenes more compelling, but he's too self-indulgent and is taking forever to finish his story, and I've about lost interest. The first three books were great, and were about the same length of LoTR. Then the fourth one came, and I'm like, Okay. This is just more of the same. Then the fifth one came, and I was like, "WTF? He's just throwing in dozens more characters now, just so he'll have more people to kill off! Get over it, dude! End this!"
Martin's writing a series where only two of five volumes have felt like they told a semi-complete story. The rest of them, he seemed to think "Okay. This is the biggest cliffhanger I've had in twenty chapters. I'll end the story here!"
If Martin had written his series in three or four books, I'd probably prefer him. But I still don't know if the climax and denouement are going to be worth reading, so it's a little premature for me to declare a personal favorite, although I have a sinking suspicion I'm not going to care when the final volume comes out, in which case Tolkien would win with me.
But as another respondent said, it's all personal opinion.
· 5 years ago