I am an avid reader of fantasy, who enjoys the escape that fantasy offers. However, it is problematic when one of my favourite fantasy book series still remains unfinished. I am talking about George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The writing and the world of Westeros is epic. On the other hand, Tolkien is in my opinion a great writer, but George R.R Martin is writer that I rank almost on par with Tolkien. I have been waiting patiently for the sixth book in the series to be finished, ever since I finished A Dance with Dragons. I know that perfection cannot be rushed and George R.R Martin’s passion for telling good real stories, with grey characters is no mean feat. However, I think we are overdue the next instalment, plus I have been lazy in watching the TV series.
The Winds of Winter is definitely one of the books I would like to see be published in the near future. However, Neil Gaiman’s book on Norse mythology is a book that is definitely coming out next year, and I am looking forward to reading it. Most fantasy novels are inspired by mythology. Furthermore, a lot of modern fantasy is inspired by Norse mythology or Greek mythology. For example, both Tolkien and Gaiman have been inspired by Norse myths and C.S. Lewis was inspired by Greek myths. As a person interested in finding out as much possible about the origin of fantasy fiction Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology is definitely the book I will be picking up in February next year.
In other news, next year I plan to post more regularly on this blog. There will be more book reviews and book discussions, but I also plan to add more variation in the blog content. For example, I may post about the newest fantasy or science fiction books that are being published, month by month. Also, I will post more reading updates and some of my random musing over thoughts that come to my mind while reading an intellectually stimulating book.
Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year, (and make it a very bookish new year and read plenty of books).