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25 Things to do while waiting for George RR Martin to finish his damn book.

Updated on June 9, 2013

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

If you have never tried any of Georges other Books you are in for a treat, check out my: Game Of Thrones site.

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

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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: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (DVD)

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.

 
Waiting on Game of Thrones
Waiting on Game of Thrones

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.

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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".

Warbreaker
Warbreaker

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.

 
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)

An awesome book. Unfortunately he labors under the GRRM-like slow writer syndrome. Definitly worth reading and worth the waiting though.

 
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards)
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards)

Well done light hearted series with a slightly amoral protagonist.

 
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)

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.

 
Beyond the Shadows: The Night Angel Trilogy, 3
Beyond the Shadows: The Night Angel Trilogy, 3

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.

Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Apprentice

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!

 
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth)
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth)

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.

 
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)

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.

 
Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1)
Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1)

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.

 
Reaper's Gale:  A tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
Reaper's Gale: A tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen

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

Old School.

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.

Elric: The Stealer of Souls (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, Vol. 1)
Elric: The Stealer of Souls (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, Vol. 1)

Moorcocks brooding albino sorcerer is a very interesting character in fantasy. Very influential to non mainsteam fantasy.

 
The Wounded Land (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1)
The Wounded Land (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1)

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.

 
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)

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.

The Given Day: A Novel (Coughlin Series Book 1)
The Given Day: A Novel (Coughlin Series Book 1)

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.

 
Banewreaker: Volume I of The Sundering
Banewreaker: Volume I of The Sundering

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.

 
A Shadow in Summer: Book One of The Long Price Quartet
A Shadow in Summer: Book One of The Long Price Quartet

This is a four book series. It is dently constructed with good character development. A pretty decent fantasy novel.

 
The Prefect (Revelation Space)
The Prefect (Revelation Space)

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".

 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

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.

 

Non fantasy

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.

Replay
Replay

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.

 
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

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.

 
Hard Rain (John Rain Thrillers)
Hard Rain (John Rain Thrillers)

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.

 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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.

 
New York: The Novel
New York: The Novel

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.

 

Vote for you Favorite of the books

Please vote for the stories you have read that you like. Add any that I haven't included....... BUT SHOULD BE

What books do YOU like? I would like to know!

Please tell me what you liked or didn't like about this site and ways to improve it.

Let me know how you feel about the choices here...or authors that should be on the lists that aren't. Whatever you have to say, I want to hear.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A very complete list of books. I'm thinking of start reading Tolkien while waiting the Martin's Winds of Winter. Or perhaps I'll read again A Game of Thrones and then A Clash of Kings and so on. Who knows?

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      You have some great reads listed above.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sebo246: It's a decent list. Check out bestfantasybooks.com for lots more!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Hmm? I think I distinctly remember building a toothpick house when I was a kid - cross that off my list.

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      Valerie Proctor Davis 4 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      That's a great list! I laughed so hard!

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      sebo246 4 years ago

      Freakin awesome list. Seriously - I don't know anyone who reads the same type of books that I do so I never really know which authors are good and which aren't... but now I've got a whole list of books to read with the new Kindle I'm planning on getting for Christmas :)

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, great job! Thumbs up

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      kokomagne 5 years ago

      the lens is very entertaining i enjoyed it

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      Great lens. Looking forward to this book.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      I'm with e-soy-candles time to read some more!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have not read the series. I think now I will. Thank you for giving me another series to read. Great lens.

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      Image Girl 5 years ago

      heh... just the title of this lens made me laugh. I had actually forgotten about the series - until last year. I said to a friend, "What do you mean... it wasn't finished years ago? STILL???" Honestly, I hope he'll finish it in my lifetime! :D

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      payluf 5 years ago

      I suppose it's out now :-)

      You don't happen to have time for: " ... while waiting for the next book" ?

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      TheZinc LM 5 years ago

      interesting lens, many likes!

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      TheZinc LM 5 years ago

      interesting lens, many likes!

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      Paki Bazar 5 years ago

      nice topic i enjoyed it reading

      keep it up

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      alanwearing 5 years ago

      Great Lens ....Very informative

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      Radlyn LM 5 years ago

      Love this Lens. Hands down, I will be working towards getting my Unicorn hunting license.

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      JeremyAce 5 years ago

      I challenge myself to a duel... and lost! Just finished the latest book, and back to waiting for the next newest to settle the latest cliffhanger.

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      BelindaKnows 6 years ago

      Fun, I really enjoyed this! Oh and p.s. even though the date has passed I'll be doing 16) Raise professional certified racing turnips. I'm pretty sure I've never done that before..

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      NewDomainGuy 6 years ago

      I'm gonna make a life sized replica of the statue of liberty, but i'm gonna make it with peanut butter :)

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      NewDomainGuy 6 years ago

      I'm gonna make a life sized replica of the statue of liberty, but i'm gonna make it with peanut butter :)

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      zentao 6 years ago

      haha. It is after midnight here...(technically the 12th) I am waiting for it to go live to my kindle!

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      Heather Weaver 6 years ago from Colorado

      I'm buying A Dance With Dragons tomorrow!!!! :-)

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      Gilberto Galea 6 years ago from Willemstad

      Waiting for!!! and the premier.

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      Fun lens!

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      zentao 6 years ago

      @tandemonimom lm: Thanks I appreciate your comments and like!

      Thanks I appreciate your comments and like! LOL, just kidding

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Love this list! Very creative and a great tribute to your author.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Love this list! Very creative and a great tribute to your author.

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      zentao 6 years ago

      @MoonandMagic: Glad you liked it. Supposedly he has a "big announcment" coming in the next month +. So hopefully maybe if it is the big announcment I hope for and the publishers move really fast....perhaps it will hit this summer.

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      zentao 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I have actually not read the "old Kingdom stories, Which is rare. I will have to check them out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for the list of books to read until GRRM's massively awaited new opus.

      I would add Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series, a truly worthwhile read.

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      I cannot wait for the new book!! I have enjoyed all of his books over and over and read many other things. Now I think I'll have to learn sanskrit to get by! Thanks for the entertaining lens.

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      FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

      @zentao: Blasphemer.

      (And yes, I do too - although Chalion was very good)

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      zentao 6 years ago

      @kimberlynapper: Thanks a lot for the kind words. Still pretty new at this , but trying to get better :)

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      Kimberly Napper 6 years ago from U.S.

      I enjoyed this lens when it came through the critique forum, and had to come back to see what you'd done with it since. ;) *SquidAngel Blessed*

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      My son loves magic and fantasy. Thanks to you I now have a list of books to get him! Great lens. Love the funny list.

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      zentao 7 years ago

      @FlynntheCat1: I have to disagree with Prachett, guess I never liked comedy fantasy. Bujold's stuff is very good, i like her sci-fi Vorkosigan series even better than the fantasy

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      The problem with paper knives are the paper cuts. Also yes, the Name of the Wind is fantastic - haven't read the other new ones. And I fully agree with you on the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. Although I notice no Pratchett. Pratchett may not be epic fantasy but he should be on every list everywhere, if only for his ability to parody epic fantasy! :D Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion is also worth adding.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You have put some good books here, many I have not read yet. Hope you will write more here on squidoo especially on books you have read. I want to know more Rutherford's New York. I have read several of his books but not this one. Also the Battle of Thermopylae.

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      CharlotteSnow LM 7 years ago

      Great lens. Good book choices and funny, "things to do list"

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      scottj65 7 years ago

      Great list...you have some excellent ones listed here. I would include David Eddings on it as well....loved his series as a kid.

      Btw, the 25 things to do was pretty damn funny.

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      scottj65 7 years ago

      Great list of books Gene!

      I do have to say that you covered some excellent Fantasy/Sci-Fi books on this list. I would definitely include David Eddings on the old school list. Read all of these as a kid.

      Btw, the list was pretty damn funny.

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      zentao 7 years ago

      @Rachel Field: Thank you for your kind comments!

      I checked out your lenses and noticed you had a Bernard Cornwell site. He actually was on my short list for the "non fantasy" section. In the end I just didn't want too many historical fictions. He is amongst my faves though, I have read almost all of his books, everything else but only half of the Sharpe series.

      You should give up and try GRRM soon. I will admit there is and will be a ton of frustration involved. (I am sort of surprised there aren't angry mobs with pitchforks out there) Don't wait until the series is complete. If you do you will be writing back in 2025 when I make a lens that I am frustrated waiting for the FINAL book.

      As for "girly" options, though in no way would I say that the books are "girly books". He does use more female characters and seems to write them well than any other male author I can think of. In fact my favorite character in the series is a young girl. (though she is a tomboy...to say the least)

      Thanks again for your comments.

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      Rachel Field 7 years ago

      I love this lens - what an awesome idea! Your 25 things to do made me choke on my breakfast - not a good thing to snort with laughter as you eat!

      I haven't read any of the series (actually I haven't read any of the books here despite loving the fantasy genre - I figure I must go for the girly options!) but I'm aware of them and also GRRM's pace of writing - can't blame him though - writing a book is an exhausting thing. I can't even get one book finished! I hear he's had some trouble with fans getting restless! I guess the inspiration just isn't biting at his heels for that book... Maybe I'll wait until I know the series is finished!

      I can't believe A Game of Thrones came out in 1996 - I can't believe I've been thinking about reading that book for well over a decade!