The Chicago Tribune just published an article about author George R.R. Martin’s recent receipt of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement alumni award. During this talk at Northwestern University, Martin did not reveal any date for the next book in his popular Song of Ice and Fire series (*sigh*). He did talk about his writing, and creation of characters, and the article notes, “Martin said he didn’t expect the show’s seasons to catch up to his novel-writing because he had a 17-year head start. He said he began writing the characters in 1991 and he didn’t start having meetings about creating the show until 2008.”
If, like many readers, you are eagerly awaiting The Winds of Winter, may we suggest some other books to read in the meantime?
- Steven Erickson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series has complex plotting, intricate worldbuilding, and a large cast of characters. Start with Gardens of the Moon.
- Maurice Druon’s Accursed Kings series is historical fiction centered on the 100 Years’ War between the English and the French. If dynastic war and political intrigue are what you enjoy, you might like this series. Begin with The Iron King.
- Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King trilogy offers intricate, politically tempestuous worlds with driven characters. The first one in this series is Half a King.