The Fantastical and Fictional World of Westeros

The link below is to an article that takes a look at the world of Westeros and the ‘canon’ of literature available to read concerning it.

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Winter Is Delayed Further

There has probably been few worse examples of an author’s seeming contempt for his loyal readers than that of George R. R. Martin. The next volume of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series, ‘The Winds of Winter,’ has been further delayed and will not appear prior to the next season of ‘A Game of Thrones’ television series. Martin has commented on the delay recently and the links below are to articles that look at his comments and the delay.

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George R.R. Martin Asks Fans to Stop Pestering Him About Game of Thrones Twists


George R.R. Martin is politely asking fans to knock it off.

The author wrote on his blog that he’s been inundated with emails and comments about certain events in recent Game of Thrones episodes, and he would like instead to focus on writing his eagerly awaited next book, The Winds of Winter.

“… Meanwhile, other wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of Game of Thrones. It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog….Yes, I know that The Hollywood Reporter named me ‘the third most powerful writer in Hollywood’ last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make…

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George R.R. Martin Determined to Finish New Game of Thrones Book by 2016


For years, George R.R. Martin hasn’t even been able say he’s going out for a taco without impatient fans crying, “Finish the book, George!”

But with the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones expected to catch up to many of the storylines in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, the author has started telling himself: You know what? It’s really time to finish that book…

Having The Winds of Winter published before season 6 of Thrones airs next spring “has been important to me all along,” says the best-selling New Mexico author. “I wish it was out now. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews—anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.”

In one intriguing new wrinkle, Martin says he just came up with…

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Release of Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Novel Will Not Happen in 2015


George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth novel in his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘ saga that inspired the HBO series Game of Thrones, will not be published in 2015, his publisher toldThe Guardian on Friday.

Jane Johnson said HarperCollins would instead be publishing a new illustrated compilation of three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight.

“The short novels have been previously published in separate anthologies but never put together before, and this will be a particularly beautiful edition,” Johnson told TheGuardian. But she added that she had no information on a possible publication date for The Winds of Winter, which fans have been eagerly awaiting since Martin published the bestselling A Dance with Dragons in 2011.

In December Martin posted on his website to suppress speculation over the…

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George R. R. Martin: More News

The link below is to another article with news on George R. R. Martin’s hit series ‘A Song of Ice & Fire,’ as well as news on ‘A Game of Thrones.’

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Interactive Game of Thrones Map with Spoilers Control

Interactive Game of Thrones Map

‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ by George R. R. Martin has been a massive success, as has the television show based on the book. This link is to an interactive map for ‘A Game of Thrones’ fans.

Book Review: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) – A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin

Like many I have watched the hugely popular television series ‘A Game of Thrones,’ except that I have viewed the the first two seasons on DVD and not on Pay TV as it is currently in Australia. With that said, I am an entire season behind most who have watched via Pay TV/Cable. Of course there are aspects of the series that I could do without, but overall I have enjoyed watching the show, which brought me to the point of wanting to read the books behind it. This is the first novel in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series and the only one I have read so far. I was expeting it to be quite different to the television series, yet the reality was that it wasn’t too different at all, which I was pleased to see – unlike The Hunger Games, the Jason Bourne novels, etc.

This is a fantasy novel, with inspiration taken from Middle Ages England. Yet there is much about Westeros that is different to England in the Middle Ages. You have a fantastical plethora of difference with the presence of White Walkers, magical intrusions, fire-breathing dragons and more. Yet the intrigue, the weaponry, the buildings and more reminds one of Middle Ages England. It is a setting one can picture from our past, yet it is also a setting that cannot be imagined in our past, except that past be some alternative universe featuring powers and beings beyond our own reality.

There is much in this novel not to like, particularly in the natures of many of the characters about whom the novel is about. Yet it is a novel that is so very easy to read and carries you along and into this world of incredible adventure and herosim, yet so full of moral corruption and violence. There is always some surprise in the plot of the novel (unless you have seen the television series of course) and usually just when you think you know what the result of a certain action or actions will be.

It is difficult to write too much here without giving the game away, though I suspect that most people who would want to view the television series have done so by now. This novel captures the attention and runs with it. It is difficult to put the book (or ebook reader) down and very easy to get caught up in the world that is ‘A Game of Thrones.’ When the novel ends, it leaves you wanting to go straight on to the next in the series and that is perhaps one of its strengths – especially for marketing purposes. It is not a stand alone work, but the first in a series of fantasy novels in which the plot is constantly developing. It’s a great read.

I think I would give it 4 out of 5 as a rating.

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