George R.R. Martin has long been the kind of writer who connects with fans on a deeper level. As a result we’re not just fans of his stories but of his career. We cheer his mass media successes and mourn his defeats, the TV shows launched and canceled over the years, the best sellers, that kind of thing.
So I was impressed when Diana handed me the February 14 issue of Time Magazine where George R.R. Martin is held up as our culture’s yardstick for most-hotly-awaited-next-novel in its “Short List of Things to Do” this week:
Here’s what to do while you wait for George R.R. Martin’s next fantasy novel: read Joe Abercrombie’s. It’s a magnificent, richly entertaining account of a single three-day battle — complete with balletic Kurosawan violence — that leaves behind no heroes, only survivors.
Of course, we can presume nobody is more excited than Joe Abercrombie about this item in Time.
[Thanks to Diana Glyer for the story.]