NEW BOOK NEW BOOK NEW BOO…. Oh, wait. No release date yet. Sorry.
But we’ve had a chapter released before in 2011. He read aloud a part of a chapter in 2012. And then dropped another one at the beginning of last year. So….yeah. Are we really any closer to getting the next book? The only reason I believe we might be is that with every passing season Benioff and Weiss draw a little closer to catching up with him, and I firmly believe Martin’s ego is such that (unless he passes away untimely) he wants to tell the story first.
Dying for The Winds of Winter? Or at least SOMETHING new in Westeros while we wait for HBO to continue its inexorable march towards overtaking Martin’s books? Worry not. While Martin has been not writing Winds of Winter, he has been penning a novella prequel for TOR Books’ anthology Dangerous Women.
To get us excited for this, TOR has released an excerpt of the story. The Princess & The Queen, or, The Blacks & The Greens, as it is titled, tells the story of the last civil war before Robert’s Rebellion. One Hundred and Seventy Years ago before the summer of Robert Baratheon’s rule, the Targaryens fought among themselves over the rights of succession. It was known at the time as “The Dance of the Dragons.”
THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN,
THE BLACKS AND THE GREENS
Being A History of the Causes, Origins, Battles, and Betrayals
of that Most Tragic Bloodletting Known as the Dance of the Dragons,
as set down by Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel of Oldtown
((here transcribed by GEORGE R.R. MARTIN))
Game of Thrones has ponied up for Neil Marshall again for the coming season. After bringing him in as a ringer to direct Season Two’s penultimate episode, Blackwater, HBO is turning to Marshall again to direct an episode that will be battle heavy.
Oh the spoilers! Don’t click on the jump unless you want to know…
No, it’s not Winds of Winter. It’s a coffee table book that back fills in the History of Westeros. According to The Guardian:
…the author has been hammering out the pages of his companion to the Song of Ice and Fire series. According to a blogger at a recent convention attended by Martin, “he was supposed to write 50,000 words – he wrote 250,000″, and “the premise of the [World of Ice and Fire] book is that it is a copy of a tome presented to [the character Robert Baratheon] just after the Rebellion”.
We heard a while ago that martin had been signed by HBO to produce another show for them, since Game of Thrones was such a hit. Apparently, he’s considering pitching the GoT prequel series known as the “Dunk&Egg” adventures.
Here’s the interview:
George R.R. Martin, on whose fantasy book series HBO‘s hit drama Game Of Thrones is based, has signed a two-year overall deal with the pay cable network. Under the pact, Martin will continue as co-executive producer onGame Of Thrones, whose Season 3 premieres March 31. Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network. Attached to Martin’s upcoming HBO development is his long-time representative, manager Vince Gerardis.
Look, Martin is good at TV. he wrote for the original Beauty and the Beast series in the 80s. I think he is a strong force in why the tlelevised version of his series has been a hit.
But did we really need another excuse that will force back The Winds of Winter?
Were you less than pleased with the fifth installment of of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance with Dragons? Well, never fear! Martin may not be writing away at Winds of Winter as we would like him to be, but he is writing away at something. And that something turns out to be a history of Westeros, specifically of the Targaryens and the civil war known as “The Dance of The Dragons.”
George R. R. Martin recently unveiled the table of contents for Dangerous Women, the upcoming anthology edited by him and Gardner Dozois, and revealed that it will include a new novella set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.
George RR Martin is going to conventions instead of writing Winds of Winter. No surprise there. At least now we have things to talk about with him other than “Next book come out when?”
Huffington Post writer Maureen Ryan was co-chair of the panel and has a useful breakdown of the topics discussed, including the one that I’ve felt most bereft of–the removal of the prophecies that drive the book.
Martin discussed why we haven’t seen much prophecy in the TV show (as was the case in the House of the Undying scenes in the Season 2 finale). There’s a wariness to showing a lot of prophecy in case some characters or story threads have to be trimmed later, Martin said. “It would be sort of stupid to have a whole prophecy of something that never pays off down the road because we have to cut that thread for budgetary reasons.” Having said that, he said he thinks the show will, at some point, have to deal with events concerning Rhaegar, Lyanna and Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King. (Trivia for you: Scenes of the Mad King were filmed for Season 1, but never used.).
A few other bullet points after the jump, but I do encourage everyone to click over and read the whole thing.
It’s 2012. Everybody’s getting political!
……I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and, yes, angry I’ve become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their Teabagger allies control key seats of power.
It is one thing to attempt to win elections. But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen to hundreds and thousands of people, on entirely spurious grounds… that goes beyond reprehensible. That is despicable….
…The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.
And don’t tell me they are libertarians either. No true libertarians would ever support a culture where citizens must “show their papers” to vote or travel. That’s a hallmark of a police state, not a free country.
Surprisingly, he’s only gotten 298 comments on this rant. I assume that’s because his blog is on LiveJournal, which has been a virtual ghost town since 2008.
George RR Martin is tired of being made fun of and criticized for his sexposition:
I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off. To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure. Axes entering skulls, well, not so much.
Glad we’ve cleared that up.