George R.R. Martin

50 of the Best Books You Haven’t Read by Authors You Already Love

Looking for something to read but don’t want to stray too far from the authors you know and love? Seeking undiscovered literary gems to talk about at dinner parties? Want to delve into the backlist of a certain Great American Author? Well, Flavorwire has got you covered. After all, sometimes, amazing books just get lost in the shuffle, whether it’s because they’re before their time, fall out of fashion, or their author has one blockbuster that blots out all the rest. Click through to check out 50 great under-appreciated, under-read, and overshadowed novels by 50 of your favorite… Read More

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50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels That Everyone Should Read

People say it all the time: they’d love to get into science fiction or fantasy, but they’ve no idea where to start. If this is you (or if you’re one of those stubborn folks who looks snootily down on genre), listen up. Your trusty Flavorwire editors have a few suggestions for you — that is, a whole 50 sci-fi and fantasy novels that are well worth your time, whether you’re brand new to the concept of dragons and/or spaceships or a seasoned… Read More

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Is Daenerys Targaryen a White Savior?

The third season of Game of Thrones has been a formative one for Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled descendant of Westeros’s former ruling family. Where Dany spent the first season growing from a terrified child bride into a three-dimensional character and the second killing time in the merchant city of Qarth, this year brought the Mother of Dragons to Slavers’ Bay, a cluster of cities whose primary export is human beings. Some of Dany’s best moments of the entire series have come out of her experiences in Astapor and Yunkai, but Sunday’s season finale also raised an uncomfortable question for Game of Thrones fans: has the show turned Daenerys into a white savior? … Read More

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The Geekiest ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Recap: “Mhysa”

Every Game of Thrones season finale has a tough act to follow: the ninth episode drops a bombshell on the audience, and it’s left to the final installment to pick up the pieces and set up the action for next year. Usually, the best this kind of episode can do is make viewers forget it’s doing a lot of dramatic grunt work, making up for a lack of water-cooler chat fodder with good writing and quick transitions between characters. “Mhysa” had plenty of both, but also felt excellent by the show’s typical standards, picking up where “The Rains of Castamere” left off and exploring the Red Wedding’s implications, both personal and political. … Read More

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The Geekiest ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Recap: “The Rains of Castamere”

So: this was it. If you’re a book reader, this was the episode you’ve been waiting for since the day Game of Thrones came on the air. If you’re not a book reader, this is the episode your book-reader friends haven’t shut up about since the series became a hit. And now that everyone’s had a few hours to accept that, yes, the last ten minutes of that episode really did happen, it’s time to process just what makes “The Rains of Castamere” so significant beyond mere shock value. … Read More

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10 Things George R.R. Martin Is Doing Instead of Writing the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Book

If you’re a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, your ears (or eyes, as it were) likely perk up every time his name surfaces in the news. But every time we catch wind of Martin, it’s because he’s doing something other than finishing A Song of Ice and Fire. Sure, many of these are good things, but they aren’t working on the next Song of Ice and Fire installment, and thus they are cause for some nail-biting. Will Martin finish his beloved series inside of two decades? Will the HBO show catch up? Will Martin heed the many calls of fans to write like the wind? After the jump, ten things George R.R. Martin is doing instead of writing the next book in everyone’s current favorite fantasy series — make your own judgements as you will. … Read More

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10 Famous Literary Characters That Are Significantly Younger Than You Think

When an author creates a character, he or she bestows upon this fictional person specific attributes — age, looks, certain proclivities — that may or may not be made explicit on the page. But whether the character is explained fully or not, there’s no telling what will happen when the culture at large gets a hold of him. Especially if the notoriously age-garbling film industry gets involved. After the jump, prepare to be shocked at famous literary characters that are significantly younger than you (probably) think they are. … Read More

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The Geekiest ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Recap: “Second Sons”

The best and worst part of a show whose moral is that there’s no such thing as traditional morals is that characters we’ve come to know as basically good (or at least complex) end up on opposite sides by circumstance alone. We’ve already seen this through Game of Thrones’ famous odd couples — Arya Stark and Tywin Lannister’s conversations at Harrenhal, for example, or the growing relationship between Jaime and Brienne. “Second Sons” brings this point home with its emotional centerpiece: Tyrion and Sansa’s wedding, which gathers together the King’s Landing power players in one unhappy mess of rivalries and disappointments. … Read More

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The Geekiest ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Recap: “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”

In case you missed “The Rains of Castamere” playing over the closing credits, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” shared an author with “Blackwater,” the extraordinary hour of television that concluded with The National’s mournful power ballad. That author happens to be George R.R. Martin, the man behind the magic — or rather, the original book series. Unfortunately, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” is everything “Blackwater” was not: routine, uneventful, and worst of all, slowing down a season that just hit its stride after the sluggish pace of its early episodes. … Read More

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The Geekiest ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Recap: “The Climb”

When watching Game of Thrones, it’s all too easy to get caught up in each character’s strategies and fail to ask ourselves why they’re playing in the first place. The high point of “The Climb,” however, threw the motivations of the show’s many protagonists into sharp relief. Varys and Littlefinger’s conversation in front of the Iron Throne isn’t just another verbal tennis match; it’s a contrast that makes one of the central questions of Game of Thrones explicit. And because this is a show that ultimately deals with people in all their complexity, not quests or dragons or even kingdoms, it’s a question that applies to all of us: Why do we do what we do? … Read More

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