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25 Things to do while waiting for George RR Martin to finish his damn book.
25 Things to do while waiting on "Winds of Winter"
It is Done!
Well, Dance of Dragons is done. Finally!
Was it worth the wait? Let me know what you think in the comments. I think it was, but it left so many great lead in's for the next (and penultimate) story. So tuck in and check this list out again. Because if we had a long wait for Dance, we can expect an even longer wait for Winds of Winter, now that George is distracted by a hit TV show from his work.
While waiting on the release of "Winds of Winter" this lens will give you a few ideas of what you can to do with your time....
George RR Martin is an incredible author, but unfortunately some species of snail write at a faster pace than he does. If you are coming to the site more information about the HBO series please check out my, Game of Thrones on HBO
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Before you go on let me mention a few more things to any new guest....
First off: how to relieve the boredom of waiting for George's next book or the release of a new game of thrones episode. Hopefully you will find these quite amusing.
Second thing: a list of 25 books within the fantasy realm or closely related that you may not have read to pass the time while waiting for the next book or episode.
Thing the Third: While waiting for the latest books there are a few Game of Thrones related things on on the way. First is the Season 1 of Game of Thrones DVD is now Available for Preorder at a 15% discount Game of Thrones season 1 DVD-Bluray
The final thing
On my other Two game from websites I go further into the HBO series and the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books. for this lens I shall be putting anything amusing or funny about the series or books.
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Game of Thrones DVD/Bluray
Yes, you may be waiting for the Winds of Winter, Perhaps you are finding some of the awesome books linked on this page. But a the first season of Game of Thrones is a great way to spend some of that time while you are waiting patiently for the release of the Winds of Winter.
The Wait continues...
....But Winter is coming
The newest installment of the "song of ice and fire" series. is completed.....
Dance of Dragons has been released and read by millions of fans. A small piece of the next book, "Winds of Winter" has been written, but chances are that there all Game of Thrones fans have a long wait for the next book in this series.
The Game of Thrones first season was awesome. Game of Thrones on HBO reached every expectation. The second book in the series was markedly better than the first too...so we have a lot of great Game of Thrones on the way.
But that means another wait....
Game of Thrones season 2 is not released until mid April 2011, so there will be some wait for Season Two of Game of Thrones
The HBO series is finally giving George RR Martin the fan base and respect that he deserves as the premier fantasy writer today. There is one final thing to wait on before the release of the next book in the series. On March 6, 2012 the first season of Game of Thrones is set to be released on DVD and Bluray. Yes...more waiting.
Enough of that, lets find out the other things we can do while waiting for the newer books of the song of ice and fire series and the much-anticipated a game of thrones television series.
While you wait...
While the waiting goes on. there has been A LOT of movement on the HBO series Project. Check out Game of Throne HBO. for more info on that forthcoming series. But here is the one of the recent video teasers for Game of Thrones. Premiering 17 Apr 2011.
If you haven't read the series: Get ready to HATE Lena Headay (as Cersei Lannister) perhaps one of the most manipulative and conniving characters ever to grace the pages of a book or screen. She makes Lucretia Borgia look like Cinderella
Newer Fantasy Authors
These five authors are all relatively new, they have all come into prominence within the last five years or so. In a way they are all heirs of George RR Martin. They writing compelling characters that cannot be easily placed into classic good and evil archetypes. If you haven't checked them out all of these authors are DEFINITELY worth trying out by any fan of "A Song of Ice and Fire".
Sanderson is great at creating interesting complex theories of magic that have never been used before and getting a lot out of them. Also very good at character development.
An awesome book. Unfortunately he labors under the GRRM-like slow writer syndrome. Definitly worth reading and worth the waiting though.
Well done light hearted series with a slightly amoral protagonist.
The characters are very dark and almost unlikeable. Like GRRM he takes some characters that would be the "bad guys" in any other series and makes them enjoyable to read and root for. Unlike GRRM he doesnt balance it out with many "good" actions. Enjoyable novels, but quite dark.
Probably the most "action packed" of the bunch. Weeks is also able to weave in character development and backstory into what is basically a high octane thrill ride of a book.
Big Names in Fantasy
The next 5 recommended authors are what I would consider to be the giants of Fantasy today. All have written good books. In some cases, in my opinion, they have gone back to the same well too many times, and general quality of some of their books has suffered. All of these authors have good books to offer, though.
This series will always hold a special place in my heart. I first read them as a child and young teen. I must say from a re read a few years back, they hold up well. The initial series is still the best, as some of the subsequent stories (set in the same world) lack a lot of pep and originality. If you haven't tried the first few books and you like Fantasy, you should get them!
This series started off really strong. I have no problem recommending the first few books wholeheartedly. (far superior to the television catastrophe that was produced). In the later and more recent novels it seems that Goodkind has gotten a bit complacent and repetative.
Often a series compared to GRRM. It is a fairly complex tale with many characters. First few novels were massive tomes, but very good. Somewhere around the middle of the series the quality fell off a bit. The female characters all seem like carbon copies of one another with different names and powers. The last couple books now have picked back up some and gotten a little better. Since Mr. Jordan has passed away the writing duties have passed t Brandon Sanderson, an excellent noveilist so I have no doubt the final two books thatht are forthcoming shall be excellent.
An excellant fantasy novelist. Mrs. Hobb's stories are entertaining, excited and all have decent character development. All her series are worth reading. My favorites though are the initial six novels, the Assasin Trilogy and the Liveship Traders. Both of these take place in same world but far apart, at roughly the same time...so it doesn't matter which series you start with.
To be honest I have tried to get into the Malazan books a few times and have had diffuculty liking them. I feel like I really should like them, but for some reason I don't, I know many people who swear by them though. To such an extent I felt I had to include this series.
Classic Fantasy Authors
These are the authors that have been essential to the popularization and growth of the field of fantasy. All are very good authors and each brings his unique skills to bear on the field of fantasy. Each author has created something that was new and fresh in it's day and now together compromise a lot of what the standards fantasy consist of.
Moorcocks brooding albino sorcerer is a very interesting character in fantasy. Very influential to non mainsteam fantasy.
Very good mainstream fantasy. The Thomas Covenant series started with a Trilogy in the late 70's. The third set of novels in this series is schedualed to be completed in 2011 and should conclude the saga of Thomas covenant.
Until GRRM this was likely the best writen fantasy series around. Telling a very complex but enjoyable story with multiple characters. Though the first novel beins a bit slow, it is worth the wait and effort as the series is exceptional.
George RR Martin recommendations
The following are solid and entertaining books that are on GRRM's recommended reading list.
Some of these books are outside the realm of the "fantasy" novel.
I am huge Dennis Lehane fan. I really believe the guy has not written a bad book. If you haven't read any of his books you can get an idea of his style of prose if you have seen the movie versions of his novels, Shutter Island or Mystic River. This is by far his most ambitious novel and perhaps his best.
Mrs. Careys first books were heavy Erotica Fantasy. This series is a bit darker with less erotica. It is kind of a novel of "no one is evil in their own eyes". Decent stories.
This is a four book series. It is dently constructed with good character development. A pretty decent fantasy novel.
Reynolds writes escellent Sci-fi stories, and " the Prefect" is one of his best. Basically a Sci-fi cop tale (like the "Robot "series or Bladerunner). All I can say is I really really want a "Whip-hound".
This is a story of two men. Daniel Burnham who was instrumental in creating the "White City" for Chicago in 1893 and HH Holmes who was a famous mass murderer in the same area at the same time. I thought I would like the HH Holmes part in this...but ironically i was incredibly intrigued by what Burham went through to create the White City.
These last five books are all outside of the "fantasy genre". I tried to mix up the genre's and use only books that I think are exceptional. All should be excellent stories to read if you are looking for good books to spend your time with.
This is an incredible novel. It tell the story of a man who dies at 43, but is reborn with all his memories of life in an 18 year old body. Only to still make mistakes and have unhappiness. He keeps "replaying " his life each time being older and older as he does so. (the replays are finite) It is hard to describe but an excellant book.
If you have seen 300 you know the basic plot of this story. It is a far more realistic, far bloodier, and far more heroic stand that the Spartan's make in this incredible novel.
A great series of stories about a Japanese assasin. Very action packed. If John Rain were to meet James Bond, ole Jimmy Bond would be dead.
Took me a long time to get around to reading this. I am not a fan of mindless zombie stuff. I must say though, this "oral history" of the "Zombie War" stayed quite entertaining and actually at some points though provoking.
Edward Rutherford writes stories in a similar style to James Michener. He follows a few familes thru a history tied to a specific place. Most of his previous novels took place in his native England and Ireland. New York obviously doesn't. It's storyline goes from the New Amsterdam days to post 9-11. A very good and interesting read.
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