[Rant. You have been warned.]
Yes, finally an update for those of curious how fares the health of The Winds of Winter! You might say that it's a bit early what with A Dance with Dragons being only, what, one year and two-three months old, but I for my part am so used to waiting for this story to get somewhere that it's more out of custom that I check the master's website to glean information on the next book.
So when there's a large "Still Writing!" post up at his Not-a-Blog, I am immediately intrigued even though I really should know better. Of course, this post is also not about The Winds of Winter. It's about his "fake history", that is, background information to be used in the upcoming The World of Ice and Fire book, a book I could have been interested in five years ago.
Well, it's nice to see that admittance although...you know, that just reinforces the hope that this post is about the next novel.
Looks like everything Martin touches, turns into a monster. A monster of solid gold and stuffed with dollars, I'd think. Is he complaining here, or is this sneaky publicity for the world book? I guess the latter.
Hundred-and-three manuscript pages? Wow! That's like thrice the size of the manuscript pages of The Winds of Winter. I understand there are contracts and all but seriously. I am sad.
There's probably good stuff there. I'm not complaining when I read a Dunk & Egg story. And I assume there are many rabid fans eager to devour this background material. I'd just love to hear a word or two about the main project once in a while. But DAMN, there not a lot of it.
Maybe I'd buy the World of Ice and Fire book if those eggheads (or dunkheads, if you prefer) from Westeros.org weren't involved. They are more ruinous to my enjoyment of Martin's books than the long waits, in fact. Civil wars in the distant Westerosi past is okay, but imagine all those manuscript pages going forward, as in being hours spent working on The Winds of Winter.
Hey, looks like I've skipped a couple of Not A Blog posts. Let's see. Another damn calendar. "Birthday books". Would you look at that, those prices are almost as cheap as wherever else you can buy them. But of course, from George you get an autograph (maybe) so that probably drives the value up. Is there anyone remotely interested in Westeros who doesn't have it by now? I mean, even I, the annoying and hideously evil detractor, has one. Or two, I don't recall if the scribble in GRRM: A RRetrospective is his actual scrawl or just a copy. He did sign a copy of a Game of Thrones: The Collectible Card Game for me, though. Slashed right across Cersei Lannister's teats. Ah, at least Martin gets himself rid of publishers' excess stock. Wonder how many Wild Cards books actually live inside his palace.
And then there are several sports posts again. Those I don't read. And I am honestly not requiring his every post to be something I want to read. By all means, let the man enjoy his sports commentary dreams.
I feel better now. That is all.
(Steven Erikson, @ An Introduction to Forge of Darkness)