Header Ads

Breaking News

Winds of Winter release date - George RR Martin gives Game of Thrones book update | Books | Entertainment

Category: Art & Culture,Books

The author - the man responsible for the entire Game of Thrones phenomenon - has had fans waiting for the next instalment in A Song Of Ice And Fire since 2011.

As rumoured release dates come and go, many fans in communities such as Reddit have begun to speculate that it will never be published at all.

But speaking in conversation with John Picacio in Redwood City, in an evening benefiting The Locus Science Fiction Foundation last month, he was asked the inevitable: how’s progress?

“Working on it!” he insisted, to much audience laughter. “I am working on it.

“You’ll know when it’s done. The shot that’s heard around the world…!”

Before the release of The Winds of Winter, Martin will release Fire And Blood, a companion book - giving the fictional history of the Targaryens.

Speaking to Publishers Weekly earlier this year, he said: “I’ve cited as my inspiration Thomas B. Costain’s four-volume history of the Plantagenets — do you have to know anything about the Plantagenets to pick that up and read it? I don’t think so.

“Obviously if you do know something about them it probably makes it a somewhat easier experience, but there’s a beginning, a middle, and an end, and you can follow it easily enough, and that’s what I’ve tried to do with my own book.”

He added: “It would help to have some familiarity with reading histories, and in particular reading popular histories. And there’s an authorial voice there that I had fun trying to create, the Archmaester Gyldayn, who is an opinionated guy and has his views of these people, that definitely leak into it.

“In some places, he has prejudices and gripes and his own cavils, and you have to realise that you’re reading the voice of a character, even as you’re reading about other characters who existed hundreds of years before him.

“But that was some of the fun of it. And I think that will be some of the fun for the readers who enjoy that sort of thing.”

“The important thing, as I keep stressing, is that it’s not a novel,” he insisted.

“I think it’s very entertaining—a lot of people will like it, I hope—but I don’t want them to buy it thinking that they’re getting the latest Ice and Fire novel, which is an entirely different literary form than what’s essentially a popular history.”

The Game of Thrones TV series is set to come to an end in 2019 with the release of season eight.

The HBO show overtook the books in terms of its narrative timeline quite some time ago.

Fire and Blood is out on November 20.

Source link

No comments