I have a problem with Martin's books because of the lack of time progression. He writes his characters in a 'fly by the seat of their pants'
way in that they meet one obstacle after another, and yet, are we never to see how these challenges shape them as adults? In the last two books are they still going to be children?
Like you I also threw that particular book across the room. I was so angry with the author, mainly because he does suck you in, which is his particular genius and you simply have to know what happens-even to the characters you don't like much.
Yes I suppose one tends to forget what you were like at 9 years old(I pray God that I had more sense than Sansa!
) and the child actors in the show are truly talented. They really do bring alive these incredible characters including the actress who plays Sansa.
I am only hoping that Martin does not change Tyrion too much, because it is that streak of humanity and compassion that makes one truly love and admire this character.