Just so you know, I took my drugs at 1:30am Tuesday and have spent the last 2 days largely sleeping or reading. That much reading time got me to the end of the 3rd book in Song Of Ice And Fire.
I’m stopping there.
Yes, I know there’s a fourth book. I even own it in handy Kindle form. But word has gotten back to me that my precious Tyrion is not in Book 4, and that in fact Book 4 is actually only Book 4A. Half the characters and storylines seem to lay in wait for book 5–er, Book 4B.
Right now I lack the patience for such nonsense. Yes, I am terribly interested in the fate of Westeros and those who plot to rule her. But I crave information. Just knowing that half the people I want to spend time with aren’t at this party…well, it kills the mood.
In an ideal world, I’ll wait until the next book (half of this book–can you tell how annoyed I am?!?) is published and read them together. Then again, I’m the same girl who finished all her Halloween candy by 2 November every year, despite plans to hang onto it until Thanksgiving.
I’ve gotten very angry with myself as I troll the internets in search of bits of news about Martin and his writing. I remember doing the same thing for the first seven years of this century, pawing at the ground and grumbling for details on the next Harry Potter novel. I promised myself I would never again start a series that had not yet been completed. We see how well that promise lasted, don’t we?
Nevertheless, I’m betting that Book 4B will be published right around the time the miniseries starts on HBO. It can’t be too far off, frankly. I’ve seen too many paperback standers in bookstores hawking the series. They’re girding up for a big push, and would be crazy to squander that without releasing 4B. Not with publishing houses in such great turmoil and booksales looking more and more like buggywhip retail.
So I’m hedging my bets that I won’t have to put off reading 4A much longer than November. We’ll see how that plan goes.
*I’m sorry. But I can’t call a book a whole book when all of the story lines remain unaddressed. Yes, it may be bound and sold as a single volume, but it isn’t the whole book. I’m already begrudging about getting sucked into another series. I’ll be blaggered before I call the Dance with Dragons anything other than “Book 4B”.