Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fantasy Coup of the Year!

George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones series, the first book of which was named, the Fantasy Novel of the Year in 1997, is coming to HBO. I'd been listening to the first book in the Song of Fire and Ice Series via my Audible subscription when I heard this news.

Home made videos and interviews with George R.R. Martin abound on YouTube, including this recent addition of confirmed cast 

Here's their trailer if you haven't seen it.

Oooh, 'Winter is Coming'. Like so many fantasies with themes about the coming darkness, evil, cataclysm, etc. WINTER is the big bad here. And I suspect not just any winter.

Though some scenes are a bit wordy and if I were inclined to nodding off, I probably would, for the most part I keep returning to this book to find out what will happen next. And to listen closely to Martin's   adept use of the writing craft. His metaphors and similes are smooth as silk and just as accurate. Fantasy writer wannabes probably study his work for the classics they are already becoming.

Personally I can't wait til they introduce the Dothraki and the old crone shouts, 'The babe will be the stallion that mounts the world'. (Cool.) Once again, Martin proves that the story is the thing. It takes an enthralling story to grab a readers attention and hold it but it takes great writing to give the series lasting appeal.

If you haven't read his series, here are the four books out so far with another on the way.

How about you? Ever read Martin? Any other fantasy authors? Sanderson, Rothfuss, Jordan? Who's your fav?

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