The Long-Awaited Sequel to A GAME OF THRONES

Big news: A Dance With Dragons, the fifth and very long awaited book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series, has a publication date–July of this year.

Last year, I posted on the topic of “What does a series writer owe to readers?” and mentioned that George R. R. Martin has kept his fans waiting several years for A Dance With Dragons. A lot of our readers said they could wait patiently for the release of the book, while some said that Martin owes it to his fans to finish the series in a timely manner (supposedly this fifth book isn’t even the final installment).

A Dance With Dragons isn’t actually finished yet, according to Entertainment Weekly, but the novel is expected to run over 900 pages and will bring back some favorite characters. Assuming the story is as good as the other books in the series, I bet fans will forget all about how long they waited once they’ve got the book in their hands. Instead, they’ll be worrying about how long the next book will take.

But I wonder if Martin’s fans will be eager to read any new series he may come out with. Knowing that he isn’t afraid to take his time to write each installment, readers could decide that they’d rather not put themselves through another long wait. While a popular series likes A Song of Fire and Ice will have fans coming back to buy the next book–even if it’s five or six years later–is the author damaging his reputation by forcing fans to wait? Is he hurting sales of futures series, or does a name like Martin sell a book no matter what? I have a feeling that fans will return for any book he writes, but I’ve seen more than one disgruntled comment on the web to make me wonder.

Would you read a new series by Martin, knowing that he might take years and years to finish it? Are you loyal to your favorite authors no matter how long they keep you waiting for their next book?

Parker Peevyhouse is afraid to get attached to this series

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9 responses to “The Long-Awaited Sequel to A GAME OF THRONES

  1. L.

    …I’ll admit that having waited the many years, I’m now more inclined to look at standalone novels.

    • Parker Peevyhouse

      Ha! I don’t blame you.

    • Anonymous

      Personally, I find the long epic series a real fantastic life experience. Takes over your thinking and immerses you in the story. If a series takes too many years between sequels, I re-read the whole series up to that point and then I just can hardly wait to start the book coming out! The characters are old friends by that time and all the more interesting!

  2. Natalie Aguirre

    I don’t mind waiting but one reason I don’t read hardly any adult fantasy is that they are too long. I have too many books I want to read. Can’t wait for the TV series in April.

    • Parker Peevyhouse

      I’m also sometimes intimidated by page count. If I really love a book, I’m happy when it’s long. But if a book is just mediocre, I can’t read 1,000 pages of it!

  3. Anonymous

    I will continue to read the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ but I won’t get involved in anything that he writes. I have too many long series that I am working on.

  4. Daniela Pavlova

    I really hate waiting for books and I almost always forget about the sequels in a few weeks. But I got to say, It’ll be really hard forgetting the Song of Ice and Fire series.

  5. Anonymous

    Finished Fire and Ice last night and don’t know what to do now while I wait for the next installment.

  6. Rob Scarbro

    I have just read the full series of A Song of Ice and Fire over the last 6 months, I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to realise having claimed to be the full series, that the story was in no place to finish. You have question the structure and thinking of an Author to take so long and be so far off a conclusion. I’m not sure I will buy anymore.

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