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Yeesh, this is a scary, weird year to be living on planet Earth. And we haven’t gotten those danged off-world colonies set up yet, for some reason. There’s no escape! Except, as Emily Dickinson would advise, to say “frig it,” and read a book. So here are 16 friggin’ great books to help you forget about 2016.
The wedding of Sansa Stark to the sociopath Ramsay Bolton, and his subsequent brutal treatment of her, including a wedding-night rape, shocked and upset a lot of people—at least in part, because it seemed to be a narrative misdirect so great that it amounted to a bait and switch.
There were a number of incredible moments in Game of Thrones season five, including that massive Wildling/White Walkers fight. But the scene where Drogon flies into the arena in Meereen was incredible, especially after years of imagining it. And now you can see storyboards from it!
George R.R. Martin is setting aside all other writing work until he finishes The Winds of Winter, the infinitely anticipated next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire. The author announced this on his blog in the comments of this post. There’s still no ETA on when the book might be done, but he’s definitely buckling…
George R.R. Martin’s novels about Westeros are fiendishly addictive, because he’s created a world that’s just crammed full of amazing details. And Game of Thrones captures that feeling pretty well—until you read Martin’s guidebook, The World of Ice and Fire and realize just how much more there is. On almost every…
Few authors have as much power to draw you in with fun characters and thrilling adventures—and then crush your spirit utterly—as George R.R. Martin. But the latest way that Martin managed to make me lose all hope for humanity was especially sneaky. And just tremendously soul-shredding.
How could The Winds of Winter get published just three months after George R.R. Martin finishes it? Over at Tor.com, there’s a great breakdown of why book production generally takes a year, and how they might streamline it for A Song of Ice and Fire.
I know a lot of people were bummed out when author George R.R. Martin finally confessed that the much-anticipated fifth in his A Song of Ice and Fire series wouldn’t be out before the sixth season of Game of Thrones. But it turns out the long-delayed book may actually be right on time.
It’s now official: George R.R. Martin’s next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, won’t come out before the next season of Game of Thrones. That means we’re going to be living in a world where the TV show is continuing the story beyond where Martin himself has told it.
George R.R. Martin’s epic-fantasy setting of Westeros is highly addictive, and for good reason. It’s such a richly imagined world, with such a rich backstory, there’s enough material to obsess about for years. And his new book, collecting his “Dunk and Egg” stories, showcases just what a great setting it is.
Creating an epic, sprawling fantasy series like A Song of Ice and Fire seems like an author’s life’s work, but it’s certainly not the only thing George R.R. Martin has achieved. His short stories and novels were taking us to amazing worlds long before we visited Westeros. Here are some of his best non-Game of Thrones…
A shocking new theory about Jon Snow is floating around the nerdosphere. It’s actually not about his mysterious parentage, but rather whether he, being Game of Thrones’ equivalent of Luke Skywalker, might have a twin sister kicking around Westeros as well.
Now that Game of Thrones has depicted most of the major events from George R.R. Martin’s books, it’s harder and harder to picture those characters and situations any other way. Maybe this will help.
We’ve got a long wait until Game of Thrones comes back, and there are a lot of situations we’re going to be freaking out about until then. Ser Davos Seaworth is in the middle of about three of them. So when we caught up with actor Liam Cunningham, we had a lot of questions for him. And he had answers!
Long before the events of Game of Thrones and George R. R. Martin’s fantasy books, Westeros was home to magic and strange, sinister creatures. We’ve only just started to glimpse this backstory on the show, but the books contain lots of hints. Here’s our complete guide to the fantastical past of this grim world.
Game of Thrones has been getting ahead of the books by George R.R. Martin for a while now. But it’s also been diverging from the books in significant ways. So when we see an event that’s not in the books, it’s hard to tell if it’s a spoiler for Winds of Winter, or another sidetrack. Except we just got one big hint.
A few characters face terrible choices in this week’s Game of Thrones. They pretty much all choose expediency over principle. In the midst of all this, one character says these choices should be easy as long as you remain true to yourself. But that’s the most insidious lie of all. Spoilers ahead...
As an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Game of Thrones TV series will always be compared to its source material. Given how beloved the books are, the show can usually only match them, more often falling short. But there’s one way that the show is kicking the books’…
Last night’s Game of Thrones was a welcome return to form. It was also a weirdly structured episode: Half a series of vignettes about faith and learning to read people, and half a rip-roaring apocalyptic action movie. But it was all tied together by the contrast between single-minded zombies and undependable humans.