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Re: George R. R. Martin

Posted: February 8th, 2011, 10:30 am
by Claudie
Marla Warren wrote:
Claudie wrote:GRR Martin is one of my favourites. Yes, all the books are as good, except perhaps the fourth, which I liked somewhat less. I'm biased, though, because he had to cut half the POV for the fourth (they'll be in the fifth) and most of my favourites were delayed to the not-yet-released fifth book.

Martin is gritty and brutal, but if you set out knowing the characters will have a hard time, you're in for a great time. At some point of the series, he had me rooting for four different sides at once. You're not in any kind of hurry, though. Martin takes years between each novel.
On the topic of how long Martin takes between novels, here's a blog post from Neil Gaiman:
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/e ... ssues.html

I love it because as a bookseller, I have to listen to customers complain that their favorite authors aren't writing fast enough for them. My job description does not allow me to say, "He's a writer, not a restaurant."
Oh yes, I've read that before. :) I do agree with Gaiman on this. Yes, it's a long wait between the books and yes, I'm dying for more, but I'll get it when DANCE is done, and that's for Martin to decide. Meanwhile I have a life, my own novels to write, friends to see and a hundred different novels to read. I think I'll survive.

Re: George R. R. Martin

Posted: April 22nd, 2011, 12:08 am
by Marla Warren
Very interesting article about George R.R. Martin and the frustrated expectations of some fans:

Just Write It!
A fantasy author and his impatient fans
by Laura Miller, New Yorker, April 11, 2011
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011 ... act_miller

Re: George R. R. Martin

Posted: April 26th, 2011, 1:38 pm
by jean_genie
Marla Warren wrote:
Claudie wrote:GRR Martin is one of my favourites. Yes, all the books are as good, except perhaps the fourth, which I liked somewhat less. I'm biased, though, because he had to cut half the POV for the fourth (they'll be in the fifth) and most of my favourites were delayed to the not-yet-released fifth book.

Martin is gritty and brutal, but if you set out knowing the characters will have a hard time, you're in for a great time. At some point of the series, he had me rooting for four different sides at once. You're not in any kind of hurry, though. Martin takes years between each novel.
On the topic of how long Martin takes between novels, here's a blog post from Neil Gaiman:
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/e ... ssues.html

I love it because as a bookseller, I have to listen to customers complain that their favorite authors aren't writing fast enough for them. My job description does not allow me to say, "He's a writer, not a restaurant."
Thanks for posting the link to Neil Gaiman's response. It's a great reminder to not only readers, but writers as well, that things come in their own time.