Monday, January 12, 2009

George R. R. Martin Get Off Your Ass

Sometime during the summer of 2008 I stumbled across the series of books known as 'The Song of Fire and Ice'. I was instantly smitten. There are four published books in the series and the author has promised at least another few.

The problem is Mr Martin is way overdue on the next announced volume called 'A Dance with Dragons' which, you can see from this posts accompanying image, already has cover art. The book's status was last updated on the author's web page over a year ago and various speculative publishing dates have come and gone with no word from the author. It's becoming very frustrating for the fans.

During the intervening time I've managed to entertain myself with some good reads. I'm especially fond of the series 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' by Steven Erikson. Alas, this series is also incomplete but it is both further along in the story and the author has a better record of timely publishing.

The Malazan books are a fascinating but difficult series in many ways. At first I was turned off by a near pornographic level of violence but as I kept reading I became intrigued by the depth of the mysteries that Erikson unveils. He has created an amazing set of unique characters and places whose connections reveal an epic and ancient subtext. In addition, unlike so many of his peers who leave dangling plot lines, Erikson seems poised to wrap this twisted tale up in a tight knot. I'm really looking forward to completing it. Since I'm only 3 1/2f books into the 8 published of the 10 book series, perhaps I speak too soon, but I think not.

So there you have it George. I'm currently entertained, but this series wont last forever. Get off your tuckus and finish your damn book.
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