This is undoubtedly the weirdest book written by George Martin. Yes, many of his books are weird, but the creativity and Martin’s quite unique writing style normally offer tremendous fun to read. However, “The Armageddon Rag”, which is probably the 19th Martin’s books I read, is just weird.
Perhaps it is due to the cultural background that the story sets in. I am, after all, not grew up under influences of Rock n Roll nor I could easily associate myself to the anti-war movement took place decades ago in a foreign country. Throughout the book I found myself standing as a third person afar from all characters and utterly uninterested by things happening among them, a completely un-GRRM reading experience.
It appears that this book was indeed a commercial failure for Martin. It almost made him quit writing – this was the period in his life that he went to become a screenwriter. Fortunately, he gave himself a second chance in fiction book writing.