A Song of Ice and Fire (George R.R. Martin) Book

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Garrett L., Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Garrett L.

    Moderator Moderator

    A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R.R. Martin. The first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, was begun in 1991 and first published in 1996. The series has grown from a planned trilogy to seven volumes, the fifth and most recent of which, A Dance With Dragons, took Martin five years to write before its publication in 2011. The sixth novel, The Winds of Winter, is still being written.

    This thread is to discuss the best-selling book series. The thread to discuss the television show can be found here.

    I feel like I've said this every year since 2014, but I really hope we see TWoW by this time in 2017.
  2. morgantayler

    Human Typo Prestigious

    I think it will be out this year by Christmas time at the latest.

    I really want to reread the series, hopefully I can get that done this summer.
  3. Garrett L.

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    I've read 1-4 twice and the 5th once. I always have the desire to re-read the series when I'm watching the show, but it's pretty far down my list between re-reading The Dark Tower series and the other 30 or so books I own that I haven't read yet.
  4. troyplaysbass

    reunion tour Supporter

    As much as I like these books, I don't see myself re-reading them. It's such a huge time investment when there's still 50+ books in my own collection that I haven't read, to say nothing of everything else that's out there.
  5. Deathco_019


    Still working of the fifth book. About a third of the way through. Might actually pick it back up for the first time in nearly a year now that GOT is on again.
  6. Henry

    No one is ready for ASUKA Moderator

    Martin seems like he doesn't care about finishing, based on what he said recently. lol
  7. Youarcade

    Regular Prestigious

    What did he say?
  8. stayillogical

    Thank you and good night Prestigious

    I really think he's not going to finish. We'll get the next book for sure, but the last is really unlikely. I don't know why his publishers aren't more concerned or don't press him more to meet deadlines.
  9. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    I mean they can't exactly force him to write. What are they going to do? Fire him from his contract? Stop paying him unless he reaches deadlines? He has them over the coals right now, and he's just waiting to start raking them. If he dies, someone else will finish the series with his notes, probably the guy from Scandinavia who knows the entire made up world perfectly. There's nothing the publisher or his readers can really do to stop him from dying before finishing, or to speed up his writing process.
  10. Youarcade

    Regular Prestigious

    Damn, we'll I hope he finishes
  11. iam1bearcat May 2, 2016
    (Last edited: May 2, 2016)

    i'm writing a book, leave me alone.

    finished ADWD today. Really lackluster in a lot of ways, which is of course disappointing. I've read all five books in about a year, so I'm sure waiting six years really pissed a lot of people off but my main issues are simply book related (and looking at the Goodreads reviews are quite common).

    Favorite character: Tyrion, then Jaime
    Most disappointing: Daenerys (as usual, but she really fucking does nothing in ADWD)
  12. iam1bearcat

    i'm writing a book, leave me alone.

    books from fav to least because we all love lists and rankings:

    Swords - Thrones - Kings/Crows - Dragons

    probably. probably. Swords is definitely #1. A Clash of Kings I don't remember much about since it comes between the beginning and the fantastic Swords. I also really liked Crows even though it's only half the cast and limited for action.
  13. CarpetElf

    cheesecake is better than pie Prestigious

    Swords, Dance, Thrones, Kings, Crows

    Favorites are Davos, Theon, and Sansa.
  14. Garrett L.

    Moderator Moderator

    Swords, Thrones, Dance, Kings, Crows

    Arya, Sansa, Jon, and Tyrion.
  15. iam1bearcat

    i'm writing a book, leave me alone.

    Davos and Asha Greyjoy are also pretty high up for me. Brienne too.

    It's weird, usually the LESS I know about a character the more I like them since it leaves a lot to the imagination to fill in the blanks. Once you know a backstory, you can't really change it and some backstories / actions aren't always good.
  16. Youarcade

    Regular Prestigious

    Arya, Tyrion and Davos are my favorites. I also really enjoy Theon's chapters especially in Dance.

    Jon and Dany are the most boring to me.

    Edit: Jamie And Brienne too! This series has too many great characters
  17. Deathco_019


    Tyrion, Arya, and Jaime have been my most consistent favorites. There are a handful of others I like, but those three are the ones I've loved from the moment they got POV chapters.
  18. CarpetElf

    cheesecake is better than pie Prestigious

    Oh yeah, Brienne and Asha too
  19. ParenthesesLive


    is The Dark Tower worth reading? I started the first one (gunslinger i think?) in middle or high school and it didn't click, but maybe now it will?
  20. Garrett L.

    Moderator Moderator

    Absolutely. Absolutely sprawling epic once it gets going, and really inter-connected with so many other great King (an other authors) works.
  21. ParenthesesLive


    Awesome. I have one book left in The Expanse series, I'll check out those after. Though my wife will be pissed that I am putting of The Golden Compass books once again...
  22. iam1bearcat

    i'm writing a book, leave me alone.

    I recently started His Dark Materials (TGC is book 1). Great stuff. I would maybe read that trilogy before the 7 of The Dark Tower. Obviously shorter / less time and quick, great reads.
  23. Miss Heartcore

    Let's build something Together Prestigious

    Today I was thinking about what Arya's going through and learning to wear the different masks and what that ultimately means for the story. Will she wear someone face to be able to kill someone from Kings Landing? Someone in the North? Or is this just her last stop for her character and where she'll remain...
  24. Garrett L.

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    Would not be surprised to see Arya end up on a mission to kill Dany. I do think we'll get a Jon/Arya reunion though, before it's over.
  25. Youarcade

    Regular Prestigious

    I see Arya leaving the Faceless pretty soon actually. We know that Justin Massey is heading to Bravos, and he's the one that's suppose to escort Jeyne (the fake Arya) to Jon, I bet this all ties together somehow.