Summer has come

By Razib Khan | July 7, 2011 12:51 am

So it is now less than a week until A Dance with Dragons, the 5th book in George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, is out. The internet is supposedly flooded with spoilers, some of them fake, thanks to the Germans mistakenly shipping out nearly 200 copies of the book early. At this point I’m kind of irritated by the fact that whenever there’s a media story about the series I have to stare at a photo of Sean Bean looking grave. I’m generally not a fan of film or television adaptations of science fiction or fantasy, but the near overshadowing of the literary production by the T.V. series of late gives me another reason to want to gripe.

The Daily Beast has a very long and lush review (positive). Entertainment Weekly is more concise, ranking the books 3 > 1 > 5 > 2 > 4. And yes, it is for real, at over 1,000 pages this is going to be the longest book! I know I said I’d wait for the Kindle version, but the reviews seem a lot more positive than A Feast for Crows, so I don’t know anymore….


Comments (7)

  1. Dylan

    Why “wait” for the Kindle version? My Kindle preorder still says it will be delivered July 12, the same as the hardcover release. This title seems to have escaped the recent big fantasy release trend of yanking the Kindle version at the last second and only offering it later.

  2. Try not to gripe about the TV series too much. I’m a fan because of the show. It’s amazing and will drive more people to buy the books.

  3. HH

    But the Kindle version is $2 cheaper. AND, when it’s time to move, it’s one less pound in the packing boxes…

  4. EarthandIce

    While I am interested in the series, I think I will wait for it to be completed then read the books one after the other. I do not trust the next book will be out in less than three to four years and that is way too long (in my opinion) when the next book should just need polishing from being another split.

    And if anyone is interested in starting the series that has not seen the HBO broadcast, a word of warning. Do not get attached to any of the characters.

    Dylan, you might want to check the year the Kindle version is out. With the Wheel of Time series it is a year from the publication of the hardback which usually coincides with the release of the paperback. OK, went and checked. Yes it is 2011. Interesting and possible protest in the works.

  5. Dylan

    The last Wheel of Time and the last Jim Butcher Dresden File (Changes) were infamous for delaying the Kindle to boost hardcover sales, and doing it in as offensive a manner as possible; Changes had the Kindle version pulled and the preorders canceled a couple of weeks out.

    But that’s not at all the norm.

  6. Coming out at exactly the wrong time — now how am I ever going to be able to keep up with my MolBio class?

  7. ackbark

    Now I have to ignore reading about this on top of having to ignore reading about the tv series until I can scrape up time to read it.

    (and I think A Feast for Crows is underrated)


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