Friday, I finished listening to A Dance with Dragons – book five of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (the basis of HBO’s A Game of Thrones.) This story is so good, and I love the way it’s read by Roy Dotrice – to me, it feels like sitting around a campfire (not in Winter – not yet!), and being told the story by some old knight or maester.
I haven’t watched the HBO series (except for a handful of brief scenes – my son was watching it, and we’ve been trying to compare notes on the differences without throwing spoilers at each other), because I wanted to experience the BOOKS first. I started out just intending to read the first one (A Game of Thrones) as an aid to my own writing – to learn from someone else, but darned if I didn’t get hooked on it.
And so, I finished the fifth book, and went out to Audible to purchase book six – The Winds of Winter – and I can’t find it. Maybe I have the title wrong, so if someone could help me out…
What?! You say the sixth book isn’t out yet? But how? Book 5 was published in 2011. That means Martin has had about seven years. Surely…
Not yet, huh? But how can that be? One of the scenes I saw from the series had two characters together that haven’t met in the books yet.
He gave notes to the producers about what was going to happen? Okay, but I know the series resumes next year – if HBO gets to far ahead of the books, that could be major spoilers. Will The Winds of Winter be out before then?
Probably not? Martin has decided to work on other projects instead? Hey – he’s 69 (that’s older than me.) If the book won’t be out until at least 2019, he’ll be 70, and if the last book takes as long, he’ll be almost 80. What’s his health like?
Okay, so maybe that’s a rude question, but maybe someone should ask him if he knows how eagerly the next book is anticipated. I’ve only been waiting three days – most fans have been waiting as much as 7 years already.
You say he knows? Oh, and he’s tired of being reminded. And he’s threatened to kill another Stark the next time he’s asked?
Oh. Never mind, then. I wish you good health, George R.R. Martin (for my own, selfish reasons. Just saying…)
My next release (you don’t have to wait seven years – it’s due on May 4th) will be another collection of collections – The Last Three Things I Could Get Out of My Mind. This is a compilation of my last three OUT OF MY MIND collections, and includes several favorites, including “Dredging Things Up”, “Saturday He Fed the Cat”, “The Pipes”, “Endangered”, “Burial Details”, and “Solid People.”
From “Saturday He Fed the Cat”:
It’s a dog’s life.
What can a 9-pound westie do when faced with the injustices of a newly colonized world? Katy tries her darnedest, but learns that sometimes life just isn’t fair, no matter what planet you’re on.
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