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These worldbook "sidebars" are all threatening to turn into novellas.

Sure hope you guys and gals like fake history.


Aug. 20th, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
Basically what I came here to say. "A Song of Ice and Fire" is so the wrong series for people who don't like fake history. (It's a good thing I adore quality world-building.)
Aug. 21st, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
I do wish there were some way The World of Ice and Fire could be put off till after the main books are done, so that it didn't have to awkwardly work around spoilers for the last two books; but I guess the point at which that could be changed has probably long since passed.
Aug. 21st, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
Yes... and after the "main books" are done, interest in a series often falls off sharply, which might well make WORLD unpublishable.

But I do understand your point, and it's a fair one. I am having to dance around some spoilers. I think the maester who is writing WORLD will need to spill a pot on ink when he gets to Summerhall, for instance.
Aug. 21st, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
spoilerish world?
it's gotta be tough - even your little response is almost spoilerish, since it seems to assert that we get more information about Summerhall later in the books, and we couldn't assume that before (although i have to say that this is not so much spoilerish as raising anticipation and enthusiasm for the upcoming books)
Aug. 21st, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
Funny you should mention Summerhall! I just finished The Mystery Knight the other day. The Dunk and Egg stories certainly serve as a major source of the "fake" history of the Targs. Really looking forward to the fourth story. I had read online (because, you know, I believe everything I read online...) that there would follow four more Dunk and Egg stories. Do you plan on having those lead up to the events at Summerhill? Or we still on the road with the boys?
Thank you very much!
Aug. 22nd, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm skeptical
Maybe it's just me, but I think that people will be craving more ASOIAF material once the series is over and would happily gobble up anything and everything that would allow themselves to get immersed in that world once again. Rowling wrote Tales of Beedle the Bard after she finished the Harry Potter series, and I believe it sold pretty well.
Jose Sarmento
Aug. 24th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
interest in ASoIaF
It's humble of you to think so, but come on... ASoIaF is well past that risk... you'd have to very seriously mess up the ending of the series (like, ADoS being a long list of bullet-point questions with no given answers) for overall interest to decline.

At one point, "enough will be enough", but WORLD has its place in the saga as counterpart to The Silmarilion, no doubt. If anything, I think its sales will increase after A Dream of Spring, as those who are presently more skeptical about you bringing it to closure will then join the ranks of obsessive fandom.

The more outstanding risk to WORLD's (initial) reception would be getting delayed and ending up released close to The Winds of Winter, and being blown away (heh) by them.

Kristin Rivers
Sep. 1st, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Hold off?
If you are concerned, hold off reading it? I don't worry about spoilers, it wont tell me the end or what happened to the characters that are "now" in play.

I am more than excited. This book, at present, is all I hear about. "Keep on Truckin'" George!


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