There’s nothing more frustrating than being introduced to a wonderful book series which you devour quite hastily only to find out you must wait and wait and wait for the next volume. When the wait is six years it’s extremely frustrating. George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the most popular fantasy series of the last decade with the first novel, A Game of Thrones, published in 1996. Daaaaamn. Okay, that’s over 10 years ago, man how time flies. Anyway, A Game of Thrones has been garnering a lot of buzz lately what with HBO producing a series based on the novel set to premiere in April 17th.
The series A Song of Ice and Fire is an epic tale of several families in the fictional land of Westeros all vying for control, and most importantly all hoping to have someone of their blood sit upon the Iron Throne. Which is kind of scary, have you seen this throne? It’s made out of very sharp blades and it one of the most uncomfortable seats ever. To the right is how the throne will appear in the HBO series.
The fifth book in the series, A Dance with Dragons will be released on July 12 and the hardcover will be around 900 pages! Meaning it’ll be close to the same length as the third book, A Storm of Swords which is currently the series’ longest book. Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Martin in this week’s edition about the new book and the new televisions series. Here’s the snippets they’ve included online,
What took so long?
I’m not sure I have a good answer. If I did, I would have taken less time. It’s enormous. It’s as long as A Storm of Swords. It’s very complicated. I have a lot of characters and points of view. And I’ve been doing a ton of rewriting, trying to get it where I wanted it to be. Some of these chapters I’ve rewritten more times than I can count before I’m satisfied with them.
Can you tease something from the book?
I don’t want to spoil any surprises. I can say all the characters people have been waiting for are there: Daenerys, Jon Snow, and Tyrion. There’s also new characters, and viewpoints from characters who did not have viewpoints before.
Seriously dude, what did take so long?! Not that I’m bitter or anything. It was a little annoying to see the development for the show take off and not have this fifth book published yet, but now all is good. 2011 will be a good year for all fans of the Starks, Lannisters and Targaryens with a new book and really great looking TV series coming our way. Watch the latest trailer for HBO’s A Game of Thrones below the cut.
Was six years too long to wait that you’ve forgotton all about the land of Westeros? Well, get reading, you’ve got a lot of pages to cover before July.
source: Entertainment Weekly