Today is good day in the world because George R R Martin is writing ‘A Dance with Dragons’. The next volume of of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ is probably the most eagerly awaited book in the world. If you don’t believe me then pick up volume one, ‘A Game of Thrones’ and start reading. When you resurface some months later, blinking and shivering upon you’re return to reality, desperate to return to the realm of Westeros then you to will know the pain of the addict. These books are genuine masterpieces of popular fiction, made by the hand of a master craftsman, and distributed by the publisher with the ruthlessness of you’re friendly neighborhood crack dealer.
The thing that shines out of all of GRRM’s writing is the genuine love he has for his world of Weteros. Whatever the genre or style, one thing that writing always does is reveal the fundamental intentions of the writer. If someone really has something to say it can’t help coming out through the words, conversely if someone is mostly interested inhabiting the identity and status of a ‘writer’, that will make itself clear as well. GRRM is passionate about the world of Westeros, and its impossible not to be infected by that passion.