Aug. 11th, 2010

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Okay, I shall steal this from [personal profile] nanaya because it's about books, and if there's anything I like to ramble aimlessly on about it's books. Hell yeah.

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?

For day 1 I'm going to pick a series I wish would just end already. I'm not choosing it because it's bad though, quite the opposite. This series needs to end because it's damned good, and if the author doesn't hurry up and deliver up a conclusion before he dies then it's going to be some serious frustration for the fans. The series? A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, of course.

Song of Ice and Fire does a wonderful job of grim and gritty low fantasy, but unfortunately also does a wonderful job of teasing the audience. The series has grown in intended length to the point where it's now expected to take 7 books to finish. The fourth book in the series got so big that it had to be split into two parts, the first of which - A Feast for Crows came out back in 2005 (5 years after the third book). There is still no confirmed release date for the second half, Dance With Dragons. And of course there's still two more books to come after that, which at this rate should see the series end some time around 2022, with the author being 73 years old. Assuming of course he doesn't just do the cruel thing and die before he finishes.

So yes, I want this series to end already. (Also, don't start reading it until it's done. It's good and you will get frustrated by the waiting.)

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