I also like these books alot, i just wish he would write faster,or that i didn't find the series till he was almost done :P
- Sincerity. No postmodern winky-winky from the author.Absolutely convicting character behavior.
- A realist feel that doesn't dwell on "look how realisticI'm being!" I.e. castles are drafty and dirty but hedoesn't dwell on that. The lower classes have it hard but hedoesn't obssess about that. The story deals with the interestingstuff -- action, and mystical happenings, and the politics ofkings; the realism is the setting rather than the foreground.
- A multi-threaded narrative style that doesn't make you want toskip through the boring threads to get back to the one you like.Pretty much always when a new thread rolls in I'm like"Cool, I've been wondering about what was happening withthem!"
- So far... it's been getting better and richer as it goes. (Andthe first book was pretty damn good.) If he doesn't finish thisup with a bang, or dribbles away into a half-dozen books thatneed to be edited with a chainsaw, I will be VERY displeased.
It's hard to rate an unfinished series, but so far this is amongthe best. I wouldn't put it up there with Gene Wolfe's work(altho I'm sure there are readers that would enjoy it more),
Also I'd argue that the realism is in what's understood to bethe interesting stuff. I read plenty of half-baked fantasy in mywasted youth in which there was no social complexity at all --you had good, you had evil, and they fought each other, noquestions asked. This book is largely about people trying todecide whether or not to fight one another, and he manages tobring more drama out of their internal and external conflictsthan most authors could find in thousands of pages of swordplay.
Including me, I'm afraid. I certainly appreciate Wolfe's work,he's an artist. But I can't say that I really enjoy it. I guessI need my surreal and hallucinatory narratives to be a bit ...well, a bit less surreal and hallucinatory.
Heheh. I wasn't really thinking along those lines -- althoughnow that you mention it the New Sun / Long Sun / Short Sun books(which are what I had in mind) definitely have some surrealstretches. I was thinking more of Wolfe's habit of having thingshappen that aren't explained until one or two books later, orthe narrating character telling you the wrong things (frommisunderstanding or just plain lying), or events being mentionedin passing that you eventually realize have great significance,etc. Seems to me like people could react to that poorly, andit's probably not a reaction one can consciously control one wayor the other. But if that sort of thing intrigues rather thanirritates... Wolfe is maybe the best at it there is.
NG: Three more volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire wait to be written. What shape do you expect them to take, and are their titles finalized as yet?GRRM: Yes, three more volumes remain. The series could almost be considered as two linked trilogies, although I tend to think of it more as one long story. The next book, A Dance With Dragons, will focus on the return of Daenerys Targaryen to Westeros, and the conflicts that creates. After that comes The Winds of Winter. I have been calling the final volume A Time For Wolves, but I am not happy with that title and will probably change it if I can come up with one that I like better.
6 books!!! I thought it was five. At this rate, it will befinished by 2006 or so. ugh.Why can't anyone write a normal trilogy these days :P
Hails!He may call the first 3 a trilogy, but as far as i amconcerned....there wasn't a single finished thread in thosebooks (except for all the poeple that died:). trilogy shmilogy:P
I really can't see how he can go too far in the future...therewas stuff happening right then....I'll be pissed if he justglazes over them as history.
OK, I spent about ten seconds looking for the Myth Story site,but when I hit an "under construction" page atmythstory.com, I came here. So maybe this is old news ...I was reading A Game of Thrones recently, and didn't thinkmuch about the "fighting off the animated corpses of yourfallen comrades" angle since it wasn't that big a part ofthe story, but then when the author started calling them"wights" I had to stand up and take notice.I checked the copyright: 1996. Myth I came out in 1997, so thedates are a little tight but it might be possible. Anyone knowif this is one of the sources of the Myth backstory?In any case, I heartily recommend the book -- it's part of agrowing genre of what I like to call "realistfantasy": hard-edged political intrigue set inside amake-believe world. Lotsa fun. And the author, George Martin --that guy has some serious issues to work out. You'll have toread the book to see what I mean.Zag
Yes, The Anubis Gates is my favorite. The Last Call -Earthquake Weather - Expiration Date series got a bit muddledfor me, possibly because of the time between reading them. I wasnever able to get into The Drawing of the Dark or The Stressof Her Regard .
If you like Powers, though, especially the Last Call stuff,you should try reading Jonathan Carroll. He has these amazingdark fantasy stories that start out with ordinary (if somewhatintellectual) people leading ordinary lives and turn intosomething completely different. It's very hard to describe. Healso has characters that overlap from one to another, so youwill occasionally see a familiar name. The books do not have tobe read in any particular order, but I would recommend startingwith what I believe is the first, The Land of Laughs .
Hails,While I love the Anubis gates, I personally thought the Stressof her Regard is his best work. You might also look for OnStranger Tides and Dinner at Devients Palace. Both of those arepretty good also.
I actually recall seeing Dinner at Deviant's Palace in storessome time ago. It's out of print now, as are the Stress of HerRegard, and On Stranger Tides. I'm going to look in a few usedbookstores (which is an end in itself for me ;) and failingthat, try some web-dealers.