I am thoroughly enjoying a re-read of ASoIaF prior to reading Dragons.....However. I dread the wait for the next. GRRM should have worked out the 5 yr gap. The kids are too young. The plot has not progressed. Too many interesting characters have died. ADWD only has 2 Arya chapters which is a pity as hers is the only plotline which sings! If he kills her too soon, I quit. Thankyou for the many fascinated hours though. Lemore is Wylla is my posit......
Ok have you read the Dark Tower? It turned to rot as soon as he rushed the last 3 books out . Absolutely abysmal and king has no right to comment on anyone nowadays - for the last 10 years his books have been absolute rubbish.
I first read GRRM in 1972. His story "The Second Kind of Loneliness" was on the cover of Analog Magazine. I read his stories in magazines and anthologies for years after, and in the 1990s I became a fan of the Wild Cards series.
When GRRM came to my town on his first book tour for Game of Thrones, only one of my friends knew who he was. When he arrived at the book store I was the only one there, and talked to him for about a half an hour before anyone else arrived. He was so nice about signing all the old books and magazines I'd brought with me, I decided to buy A Game of Thrones out of courtesy. (Generally I don't like fantasy.) He told me it would be a four-book series (heh, heh).
Well, now he's a household word, and with the HBO series he's raking in the cash. In his sixties.
Basically I'm saying the guy's worked his tail off his whole life and now, finally, he gets some real money. What's wrong with that?
I was disappointed with the book, too; but let's face it: if everyone was raving about it he would sell even more copies. So obviously he didn't deliberately write a bad book to make money!
If you don't like his work, don't buy it. Tell your friends not to buy it. But the guy's going to make money anyway. At least he's still alive to enjoy it. Think of many copies of LOTR were sold after the movies came out; alas, poor Tolkien was long gone.
Actually, if you'd read and believed George's own promises - in the back of his novels (SoS), etc; you might; as a long-term fan, be a tad irritated...But, yes the man has a right to do what the Hell he pleases and trolling will not change that. And it shouldn't. But please, Mr Martin, finish this wonderful tale in my lifetime! xxxxx
I actually enjoy the waiting between books, I don't want ASOIAF to end anytime soon. Just read some other books, read the series again, watch the HBO show, visit forums etc easy to fill the waiting time ;)
Some writers write for enjoyment and, because of that, their books are amazing and get lots of money. It's always a credit to see your work being made into a tv show or film, it shows people appreciate it. If he was working for the money, it's logical that he would have been pumping out books more often than he does, so where did you get your crackpot theory from?