Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The Book I've Waited For
I don't think I've done that since the previous book in this series, A Feast For Crows, came out. That was November 8, 2005. I waited nearly six years for Dragons. People asked me if I'd wait to buy it so I could get it when George R.R. Martin (the author) is in town at the end of the month, signing books.
Wait two more weeks? Hell, no. I might go see Martin at the signing, but no way I'm waiting till then to read his book.
People asked me if I'd wait to get it in paperback.
Wait MONTHS??? Eff that and eff you. You don't get it.
It's not very often I get all passionate and crazy about anything. I did it more often as a teenager, of course. But I was never the sort to stand in long lines for things or to get autographs or to collect stuff.
So when I stand in line, when I rush to buy, when I go the extra mile to get/read/watch/meet/listen to something or someone, you know I love it with every fiber of my little soul.
Which is why I didn't buy this on Kindle, despite its enormous size. Reading a book this fat on a Kindle would be much easier on the hands and arms. But some books you need to be able to touch, to pour over the maps, to sniff the paper and the glue and feel the embossing on the caver. All that, plus the amazingly good writing, pull me completely into another world.
And this way I can lend it out when I'm done. That's what I did with the earlier books in the series. And I converted a bunch of folks in the process.
Don't get me wrong - read this on a Kindle or Nook or whatever you like. I don't care. I prefer the hard copy. But if you like fantasy at all, just read it. Well, read the first one Game of Thrones first.
And if that's not your cup of tea, then find something you love and run your hands over its embossing. A little passion is good for the little soul.