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Recommended reading list from George R. R. Martin

A Song of Fire and Ice Box Set

Fans of George R.R. Martin love the author for his amazing attention to detail within his vast storylines; what they don’t love, is having to wait several years between books.  This isn’t to say his fans are unappreciative – I assume most understand that quality craftsmanship takes time.  It’s more that they’ve been accustomed to a certain quality in their fantasy writing, and darn it all they want more.

George R.R. Martin has now become the victim of his own success.  I am sure he loves that his fans are clamoring for more of his writing, but it has almost gotten to the point where some fans are annoyed with him doing anything else other than writing his books – such as writing his blog, promoting his books, or cooking breakfast.

So as an act of kindness, or perhaps to get the heat off his back, Martin recently wrote a list of book recommendations for his fans who are in need of further distraction while waiting for the next installment of his A Song of Ice and Fire series.  His main suggestion was for The Accursed Kings series by French author Maurice Druon, which is a seven-volume series that is finally being translated in its entirety into English; Martin has just written the introduction to the first volume: The Iron King.

For his other suggestions I’ll skip over the classic fantasy mentions, as we discuss the likes of Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, and Jack Vance fairly frequently.  For contemporary fantasy Martin suggests Daniel Abraham (The Long Price Quartet & The Dagger and the Coin), Scott Lynch’s Locke Lamora series, Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold and The Heroes, as well as Patrick Rothfuss novels.  Martin also throws in a few historical fiction plugs for Thomas B. Costain (The Black Rose and The Silver Chalice), as well as authors Howard Pyle, Frank Yerby, Rosemary Hawley Jarman and of course George McDonald Fraser whose character: “that cad and bounder Harry Flashman, swashed and buckled in every major and minor war of the Victorian era.”  

I don’t get around to Martin’s blog  very often, but it’s always a fun read when I do.  He’s very outspoken and a bit of a curmudgeon, but in a fun way, so I do recommend bookmarking the link. 

For additional Martin reading, you can check out a short interview with George R.R. Martin AbeBooks conducted a few years back.

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