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So George R.R. Martin Is Writing a Game of Thrones Coffee Table Book Now

The book in question, according to George R.R. Martin, is “a compendium of the history and legends of the world of Westeros,” and though it’s officially called The World Of Ice and Fire, UK publisher HarperCollins has given it the nickname “The GRRM-arillion.” I like that name better. The nerd is strong with this one.

For all you Westeros backstory fiends, the book is presented as a book given to King Robert Baratheon just after the Rebellion and will contain, per Martin:

“Never-before revealed details of Aegon’s Conquest, the War With the Faith, The Dance of the Dragons, the Paramours of Aegon the Unworthy, etc.”

The book, co-written by Martin and fansite Westeros’ Elio M García, will be out next Spring. Martin’s publisher Jane Johnson is quick to note that Martin, who mentioned at  a con that he’s written 250,000 words for the book, won’t actually be working on it for that long, and that the long wait time is:

“more to do with illustrative complications and global publishing schedules than the writing, and I certainly wouldn’t want fans getting the impression that George is working on [it] at the expense of The Winds of Winter

Ah, yes. Johnson knows exactly where fans’ minds are going to go. And before someone pops in to say “fans aren’t entitled to have the book out faster, ‘George R.R. Martin is not your bitch,‘ rarrrrrgh”—yes, we know. He’s the author of the series; he can write whatever he damn well pleases, Winds of Winter or coffee table book or, heck, even a Tennessee-set paranormal romance novel if he wants. (I would read that last one, not gonna lie.) But expressing a desire that he write book six, not other stuff, is perfectly fine. OK? OK.

García notes that other topics to be covered include:

“story of the fall of the Tarbecks and the Reynes, the surprising person from whom the Lannisters are descended, more history of the Vale and the arrival of the Andals, and a good deal more.”

Hmmm. “The surprising person from whom the Lannisters are descended.” I’m calling it: Hot Pie. He’s a time traveller. Duh.

All jokes about Hot Pie secretly being the Doctor aside (someone write that fanfic!), this sounds like a pretty cool book. Now write like the wind, George!

(via: The Guardian)

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  • Catherine Rector

    I love that the publisher knew exactly what to say. It’s true that I would value book six more than this coffee table book, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. If I’m really lucky I might get to finish this book series before I hit the old age home.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just freaking out here worrying about him finishing book six.

  • Aeryl

    The Lannisters are descended from a woman called Lann the Clever. It’s in one of the books, but yes, I’d like to learn more about her.

  • Anonymous

    Lann was male. One of his female ancestors married into an Andal family, which might be what you’re thinking of.

  • Anonymous

    Bide our time with a prediction thread, anyone?

    In the next book of A Song of Ice and Fire: All of your theories about Jon Snow are true! Yes, all of them!

  • Mordicai

    Ah, a team of people devoted to making you believe that GRRM is writing this book & that GRRM is not writing this book because he’s writing the next ASOIF book. Both things are true! Schrodinger’s Author! I’m on-board with whatever, frankly, big coffee table books with maps & legendarium? That is my jam.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    He’s Keyser Soze?!

  • jdhovland

    I fear he will never finish these books.

  • Anonymous

    Hasn’t Martin been writing or working this for quite some time? If you look through Martin’s blog, he’s been talking about and working on this thing for the past few years. It’s not like he just suddenly got the idea. In fact, the original release date was supposed to be this fall until they pushed it back a bit.

  • Dessa Brewington

    Damnit, George, focus! You have a series to finish!

  • ampersands

    Yup. He’s already turned in 250,000 words, so his part of the project is done.

  • Anonymous

    Just had to ask, since the tone of the article seems to imply this is some brand new project that will take his time away.

  • ampersands

    holy shit, I replied to you without reading your name and then it showed up in my email. this is cray.

  • Anonymous

    Aw man! Every time I hear about him starting a book of maps/coffee-table book/ developing a tv series I get this horrible weight of stress in my chest!
    If all these updates were accompanied by “WoW is finished and with the publisher and I’ll start the next book in a month” it would make me feel so much better.
    I’m convinced I’ll never get to read the complete series and that makes my heart cry.

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome.

  • adamwhitehead

    The book’s been written by Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the website, based on George’s notes. George has written some material for the book, but it’s unclear what the 250,000 words refers to: it may include some of his background notes and materials he’s accumulated since 1991. If he did write 250,000 words just for this book, he’s done it pretty quickly, which may be encouraging for TWoW (or not: writing non-fiction, even about a fictional subject, is a lot easier than writing prose, character and dialogue).

    Also, the World of Ice and Fire and the “GRRM-arillion” are separate projects. The World book will contain about 50,000 words of that material and the rest has been saved for the “GRRM-arillion”, which George will only work on when the main series is finished. I gather the “GRRM-arillion” is the history of Westeros written in a much more detailed, narrative-history kind of way (like Tolkien’s Silmarillion).

  • Nat

    Someone on Tumblr is doing a picture set of various histories of Westeros. TBH Would prefer a book of that >.>