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George R.R. Martin's dog ate his manuscript

Posted March 20, 2014 into Books by John Birmingham

At least that's what it feels like in this interview snippet published at the AV Club when he was asked about the TV series catching up with his books. I love this because it sounds just like slightly panicked voice in my own head as deadlines loom.

GRR: I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me. The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, and A Dance With Dragons. A Dance With Dragons is itself a book that’s as big as A Storm of Swords. So there’s potentially three more seasons there, between Feast and Dance, if they split into two the way the did [with Swords]. Now, Feast and Dance take place simultaneously. So you can’t do Feast and then Dance the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published The Winds of Winter, which’ll give me another couple years. It might be tight on the last book, A Dream of Spring, as they juggernaut forward.

11 Responses to ‘George R.R. Martin's dog ate his manuscript’

Murphy ducks in to say...

Posted March 20, 2014

Fantasy . . .

Man, for the life of me I just can't get into Fantasy.

As for this series, if they'd take the height challenged guy and string up a series of montages of him on YouTube, I'd watch that over and over again. Or better yet, just make a stand alone series with that dude.

The Woman I Love and my mom, on the other hand, love this series. But then they like that Abbey thing too.

Respects,

Murph the Grouch

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Babes reckons...

Posted March 21, 2014

My husband and I love the show, so I bought the first book but then wanted to poke my eyes out every time it was Sansa's chapter to the point that I stopped reading.

I guess in general I prefer watching fantasy, so I don't have to keep track of all the crazy names of shires or whatnot and exhaustive descriptions of odd places and creatures or learn made up languages as I go.

Murphy mumbles...

Posted March 21, 2014

Yeah, you never have to worry about made up names and languages in fantasy.

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Darth Greybeard asserts...

Posted March 20, 2014

And for the Bad Idea of the Day* we have a possible GoT movie mentioned on the BT site. Most books suffer when made into movies but a series like that? Appalling.

*other contenders were "I'll just see what that is hanging out of Moko's shorts" as described on Facebook, "I'd better see what Nowhere Bob thinks" and a special mention for Enjoy Medway and Jennicki "Why don't we get married".

NBlob would have you know...

Posted March 20, 2014

On yer bike wrinkly, we don't need your type 'round these here parts.

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted March 20, 2014

I think Marto gets a bit more done at this time of year, as the Gridiron isn't on.

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Miss Maudy puts forth...

Posted March 20, 2014

Chaos (aged 11) would like to be reading the series. However, he's not keen on kissing books, let alone shagging books. There's a chance that by the time he gets over his dislike of kissing books, the whole series will be written and he doesn't need to wait for years and years and years like his mother does.

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tqft ducks in to say...

Posted March 20, 2014

The Stark's are going to have to start breeding if the meme above is true.

I suspect there is too much industry/ecosystem around this now for it to ever die completely.

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Coota ducks in to say...

Posted March 21, 2014

He isn't looking to crash hot, what happens if he keels over before he's finished!

she_jedi mutters...

Posted March 21, 2014

I'm sure I read somewhere that the guys producing the TV series have been given the borad brush strokes of where the whole thing will end up, and will be able to finish it off if GRRM carks it before he's finished. He's at least aware of the risk and put a sucsession plan in place.

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Jarrod reckons...

Posted March 21, 2014

If I had made as much cash as GRR I might be inclinded to put my feet up and tell everyone to just piss off.

The books are great but soooo bloody long.

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