White Hot Anticipation!!!

Oh man, oh man, oh man! I read A GAME OF THRONES then A CLASH OF KINGS then A STORM OF SWORDS, back-to-back-to-back about seven years ago after a buddy of mine turned me on to it (Thanks, Devin, where ever you may be). The books were 4000+ pages of pure bliss – gritty, edgy, unpredictable, wild. I loved them. Hands down my favorite fantasy series of all time.

Becoming one of the devoted, I could not wait, but then I had no choice but to wait (something like two years) for the arrival of book 4, A FEAST OF CROWS – which was still every bit as awesome as its blood soaked brothers, but it lacked the same whip-crackle momentum of its predecessors (the great Mr. Martin went off on some mighty lengthy tangents and filled in bits and pieces of his huge world with interesting color, but then, he strayed from the hurtling cannonball of a narrative and a number of key characters didn’t even appear in the book – ugh!!! – frustrating for sure!).

It’s now been about SIX YEARS(!!!!!!) since A FEAST FOR CROWS. The HBO deal helped ease the wait a little. I’d follow George’s blog (not a blog) and revel in tidbits of information, who’s playing who, budget details, when the show was set to air, but then I’d spend most of my RR Martin Search Time growling at the computer screen and wondering when the hell the next book was going to surface. Well, Loyal Reader, at long last, it’s here!

Hell yeah!!!

If you haven’t had the chance to read any of Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, you owe it to yourself to go out and pick up the first four (now five) volumes. Take your time, cherish them, and maybe by the time you make it through all 6000+ pages Mr. Martin will be ready with volume 6 (though I wouldn’t count on it – the man takes forever to complete these things and get them to press).

Oh, and in case you were wondering what a devoted reader of the books thinks of the HBO show – I dig it. They changed very little (a few things here and there), but all in all HBO is doing a great job. You can’t top the books for their sheer badassness, but the series is pretty cool. Here’s one reason why…

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