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This one is realy a King Kong...Pat: Do you know any more detail about your character in this book?
Were we being screwed around all this time?For years, GRRM was working on this novel. And finally he finishes it to be able to release it within a month of the end of "Game of Thrones" TV Series. The cynic inside me is shouting, he repeatedly told us that he had to write at his own pace etc. etc., but he seems to have broken this rule to get his book released at financially the most opportune point.
It looks like 3 books.
lol - love the giant "THE END"
apoorv - You're not alone in wondering that, I'm sure. And as annoying as it is that we've had to wait so long I can't immediately fault GRRM if he did drag his feet a bit in order to make the most of sale on the new book. Writing is a business. And he's been at it long enough to know that you should take every advantage you can get.Lets just hope that with the release of the fifth book and the series off to a good start, that it won't be another five years before the next book comes out.
No. ADWD was plagued by problems of a structural and timeline nature for a very long time before GRRM started overcoming them and the book started coming together properly around two years ago, maybe a bit more. Based on his early 2010 update, that's when he finally cracked the solution to these problems by much more aggressively making ADWD a 'book and a half' to resolve the timeline problems brought in by AFFC.Once that was done, the book moved towards this conclusion. I have no doubt that Random House and GRRM's editors have mentioned the 'postive opportunities' afforded by tying in to the release of the TV series, but I also have no doubt that it GRRM had finished the book 6 months earlier or 6 months later, it would have been released 6 months earlier or later (and later there are additional marketing opportunities, such as tying in with the DVD release of Season 1). The conspiracy theory that the book was deliberately delayed or brought forwards to coincide with the TV series is amusing but unsupported. If nothing else, the theory requires GRRM to be able to produce hundreds of manuscript pages to order at whim in a matter of weeks. If he could do that, ASoIaF would have been finished five years ago and none of the controversy would have happened in the first place.
Shoot... this would have taken me 15 years to write. 5 years is understandable when you're taking down King King
HOLY CATS!!!george: I hope you're proud of yourself.
About bloody time - despite almost swearing I wouldn't ever buy it, I might just end up getting it and hoping for literary apology and payback - as long as it actually has a plot rather than some random wandering around killing ruffians! Wonder if a book a year plan is now possible to ensure the HBO series continues to be picked up...that would get both conspiracy theorists and economists quite excited
Just finished "A Game of Thrones". Nice! I wonder...in Sweden we have a town called Västerås. Pronounced Almost like Westeros.
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