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Oct. 21st, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
"If I wanted to write science fiction, I would write science fiction."

I remember when you did want to write science fiction. And it was good science fiction, good in a quite different way than your fantasy is good. I miss it, but fortunately it's not gone: unlike the book which can get drowned out in one's mind by a wayward movie, it's still sitting intact on my shelf.
Oct. 21st, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
I noticed in the replies to the interview that some people seem to have forgotten "George RR Martin is not your bitch." They seem to forget that you can either get an excellent book when it's done, or a mediocre book fast. And you don't do mediocre.
Oct. 22nd, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Seconded. I see people talking about how they're already tired of waiting for the next book, and I can't help thinking, how do these people get through life? And don't they know that anything good (especially these books) is worth waiting for?
Oct. 21st, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I disagree with you on something
That was an enjoyable interview. I disagree with your take on magic, though; having your rules vague creates too many opportunities for (what seems to the reader to be) deus ex machina. Either keep the fantasy low-key or explain it thoroughly. If you're going to have to be mysterious, at least keep the reader within the general geography of what that magic can do - and what it can't do. My 2 cents.

Anyway, good luck in all your projects, Mr. Busyperson. Have fun with them too. :) That's the important bit.
Oct. 24th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
Re: I disagree with you on something
I understand your point, however I agree with Martin about how thoroughly explained, highly detailed magical systems are counter-intuitive. If you have mathematical equations of rune power and mana potential and elemental affinity, what's magical about that at all? It's almost a science.

Now I agree with your deus ex machina point to an extent. If say all of the remaining Starks other than Rickon were killed, which triggered the power of the lone wolf that has always existed in the Stark blood, and Rickon transforms into a flying wolf-dragon monster, I think that would be crossing the line a little bit.

However, thus far the magic in A Song of Ice and Fire has been relatively low key, and while mysterious, not overly fantastical. What could be seen as the most glaring incident of this to me at least (Melisandre's shadow baby's murder of Renly) has proved to be as the series continues something that comes with a price. Melisandre is probably the most magic reliant character thus far, but now we are starting to see her powers are limited and dangerous, which makes it that much more magical since the stakes are raised.
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: I disagree with you on something
You know, I never realized that people enjoy magic being this arcane mythical thing. Characters in the (admittedly few) fantasy books I've read seem to be always studying it and experimenting with it; it's part of their world, and so - as far as they are concerned - magic is science. I'm surprised there aren't many writers who treat it as such. I suppose most view it as a symbolic or thematic thing (like Philip Pullman and "His Dark Materials"'s treatment of Dust).

But anyway, I'm personally hoping your last point is right, and that any dead characters coming back to life find themselves realizing it would have been much, much better to stay dead. Low key magic works better for ASOIAF (IMO - sorry, GRRM, if you disagree, but it's just this dumb person's opinion) than, I dunno, world-saving princes on dragons. Ser Robert Strong could be the tipping point here. We'll see.
Oct. 22nd, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Keep on Dancing
Those Dragons just keep on Dancing! Up to #7 from #9 last week on the NYT best seller list. It has had a lot more staying power than many other best sellers that have slid off the list quickly.
Oct. 22nd, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Re: Keep on Dancing
Yeah, that climb back to #7 was very cool. After falling to #9 last week, I figured this would be the week when DANCE would finally fall out of the top ten... but no, we're up instead. Fourteen weeks and still hanging in there. My dragons have done well by me.
Oct. 22nd, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
As much as I love Game of Thrones. I really like Chuck and maybe this cover could give it another chance. Did you see the Song of Ice and Fire reference in Chuck (I think it was in the beginning of last season?)

While reading: Eddard! Direwolves aren't appropriate pets for children.
Oct. 23rd, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Dunk & Egg! Dunk & Egg!!

"Dangerous Women" seems an interesting title for an Anthology and I'm looking forward to whenever the time comes that more details become available. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. As someone who's struggling its nice to see someone is isn't a bastard do well for themselves.


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