Elsewise, I'm still reading Mark Lawrence's Prince of Thorns, trying to savor every moment of it as it is my first read and it is definitely going straight into my favorite fantasy novel list (not sure where I rank it as of yet). This Lawrence-fellow sure can write in an engaging style, and he definitely masters first person style, and I know he's got a new book out these days and that one is supposed to be pretty rocking too (if not as overly cynical/dark/grim as the tale of Jorg of Ancrath). Ah, but I will still have to read the sequel to Prince, which is Emperor of Thorns, and that one I'm going to buy as a ebook. Reading real books has become such a hassle now that I'm spoiled with ebooks. I guess I'm not the only one with that first world problem.
Tonight, though, I am putting geekery aside to watch the Netherlands hopefully beat Argentina, while regretting having forgotten to put on some sun lotion or cream or whatever you call that stuff that helps you from getting fried on a hot summer day.
Oh, there's a George R.R. Martin newsbite today, I almost forgot. In this video interview he tells people who are afraid he's going to die before finishing the series to fuck off and shows 'em the finger. Now I absolutely agree that Martin should feel offended - however, I do believe a number of people are afraid they will die before getting to read the end of the saga we all know and love™ and that's a different matter. In fact, both Is Winter Coming? and Tower of the Hand (very recently) have lost huge fans of the series and it is sad that they never got to know if Arya would indeed be found frozen with a needle in her hand, or whether Bran will be able to change the course of history.
It seems as if Martin is taking the message - "Don't die on us before you have finished the story" - personally when people really are giving him a great compliment, in that the series has become such an important obsession for so many people. It is the way it is phrased that is the problem. And people will still clamor that Martin's health and age might just end the series abruptly, only you cannot phrase this is in any manner that isn't offensive.
All this being said, I actually defended Feast and Dance at TOR's website where people are discussing Martin's "fuck y'all". Seems I am coming around. Good times.
But still no winds.
We want it so bad, Mr. Martin.