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George R.R. Martin to Release Another Book that's Not the Next Installment of A Song of Ice and Fire. But Wait! It Gets Worse

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 2, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 2, 2013 |

OK, look: I get it. The guy has written five books already, and maybe he wants to take a break and bask in the glory of his success. I mean, so what if he doesn’t finish A Song of Ice and Fire before the series catches up? David Benioff has been doing a fine job telling his story, and I’m sure Benioff could write the end, just as well. After all, though I haven’t read the books, it is my understanding from a conversation last weekend that, according to one person (TK), the fourth book is unreadable, while according to another person (one of our readers), the fifth book is unreadable. So maybe the man should leave the series in other hands, yes?

In the meantime, the 64-year-old George R.R. Martin is going to make some more cash, putting out what is the equivalent of a Christmas album, according to The Bookseller:

George R R Martin fans will have a new book for Christmas, with the fantasy writer compiling The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister. The book was announced at HarperCollins’ showcase of autumn titles to retailers, held on Wednesday evening (1st May). The hardback title will gather together “clever and naughty quips” from the popular character from A Song of Ice and Fire series, played in the HBO series by actor Peter Dinklage.

HarperCollins described it as “the perfect Christmas gift,” quoting Tyrion: “My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, and I have my mind; and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”

A greatest hits album? A compilation book? What’s next? An NBC special with Michael Buble? Dude. Brother. Buddy. Pal. There’s words to be written, my friend. Let’s not mess about. After all, the man is just one Jets interception away from death.

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