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dgiharris
04-09-2009, 09:14 AM
HI all,

So, I picked up George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones and blazed through that bad boy in 3 days.

Then I went threw Clash of Kings, Storm of Swords, and lastly A Feast For Crows (which was written in 2005 BTW)

Now i'm ready for the next book, went to Barnes and Nobles and guess what. It is not Avialable.

WTF?

Release date is Sept 2009.

He's had since 2005. What the hell man.

So this got me thinking. What is the worst wait that you've had to endure?

Any rules you now following becuase of your experience.

Mel...

kikilynn
04-09-2009, 09:33 AM
Right now Im waiting on book 9 in the sookie stackhouse series, it comes out next month though. I've been waiting over a year for it...at least it's not that long for you.

Phoenix Fury
04-09-2009, 09:36 AM
Heh. Martin's known for two things outside of his quality writing (although that can be overstated--I'm kind of lukewarm about his stuff myself): killing off characters like there's no tomorrow, which I think you've brought up in another thread, and the incredibly slow release of his books. Martin's started entering Jordan territory in some people's minds because of this trait, and he's gotten so many inquiries about the release date that he's pretty defensive about it at this point. Pat Rothfuss had a pretty funny blog entry about this subject, too, since he's also gotten some grief for the delay in releasing the second book of his series.

Cranky
04-09-2009, 10:08 AM
The wait between The Wastelands and Wizard and Glass in King's Dark Tower series was pretty heinous for me.

blacbird
04-09-2009, 11:10 AM
Heathrow Airport, shortly after a terrorist incident in Europe, while I was deathly ill with the flu.

caw

Prozyan
04-09-2009, 12:09 PM
For me, its the wait between Dean Koontz's Seize the Night, released in 1999, and Ride the Storm, still unreleased with no target date in sight.

By the way Mel, you said you'd come back and let us know if you were gonna kill any of us for pushing you to finish AFFC . . . do I need to make sure all my doors and windows are locked tonight?

RobJ
04-09-2009, 12:24 PM
The Time Machine, by H G Wells, was published in 1895. The sequel, The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter, was published in 1995. That was a tough wait.

Anyone else heard the rumour that it's going to end up as a trilogy?

Cheers,
Rob

gothicangel
04-09-2009, 12:51 PM
At the moment I'm waiting for Matt Hilton's debut novel. He's been talked about so much since landing his book deal as the new Lee Child I'm dying to see if he is going to live up to the hype.

SPMiller
04-09-2009, 01:08 PM
I laugh at your impatience. The wait between books three and four of Martin's series was five years. I've waited another four years since then. That's nine years, in case you can't add. You've only had to wait a few days. Quitcherbitchin.

Also, I have bad news. The release date for the next book is not September 2009. It isn't even finished yet. Don't believe any release date you see unless it's on GRRM's personal website.

You're probably looking at 2010 or later.

Linda Adams
04-09-2009, 02:25 PM
Worst experience? There was a cozy mystery series about an art forger. I actually got interested in it researching to see what genre I was going to write in. I enjoyed the book so much that I went to the author's Web site to see what else she had. I noticed she had a contest for a painting based on a question from the book, so I entered. I won the painting. I heard from the author, sent my information to her (the painting was of my grandmother in the Renoir style). The agent contacted me and did a press release. The painting was supposed to be done in conjunction with the publication of the next book in the series.

Then nothing for a while, except for occasional emails that the author was working on it. Then she finally finished it and sent it to me, and that was it. I'd thought this was to promote the book, and it didn't seem like anything else had happened. I checked in the bookstore, but no other books were out. Visited the Web site again--the publisher had cancelled the series. That's the first time I'd ever seen evidence showing that if a book doesn't sell well, the publisher will drop it.

Nivarion
04-09-2009, 06:13 PM
HE DIED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAST BOOK!!!!

I almost swore off unfinished series when he did that.

nevada
04-09-2009, 07:33 PM
my wait's not been long but frustrating. I love Andy Mcnab, he's a UK writer, and every time he releases a hard cover, the bookstore here, Chapters, has it listed as being available. we (my sister and I) are assured that yes, definitely, they will have the hard cover and it'll be out in a few months. And then, sometimes a few days after the hard cover release date, we get told, oh sorry, they changed their minds they're waiting for the trade paperback release, so then it's another six months. Grrrrr. much nashing of teeth.

A few times I have ordered from amazon.co.uk just so i can get it sooner. But I can't imagine waiting 5 yrs for the next book in a series. I would have forgotten all about the series by then.

Pagey's_Girl
04-09-2009, 08:41 PM
I had to wait 22 years after White Gold Wielder for The Runes of the Earth. Of course, Stephen Donaldson wrote lots of stuff in the meantime, but still...

*Makes a mental note to surf over to Amazon later and look for a release date for the third book of the last series...*

Kathleen42
04-09-2009, 08:53 PM
The Dark Tower series. I actually gave up.

Phaeal
04-09-2009, 08:58 PM
I'm waiting for the next Pendergast book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. They're pretty regular, so I expect it this summer.

Worst wait? The next Jane Austen novel, or at least an Austenian novel that's as good as one of Jane's. Now THAT'S been a long wait and no end in sight. ;)

WriteKnight
04-09-2009, 09:02 PM
"The Riverworld Series" - book 'three'. I had to wait two years I think, and here's the kicker. When book three was released, there was a forward from Farmer saying "Hey, sorry it took so long, but more than that - I'm sorry that my publisher has decided this third and 'final' installment, shall be broken into TWO books - so this last book, isn't really the last book at all... you'll have to wait some more."

Man, that pissed me off. Still, a great series.

I stopped reading Jordan's stuff. I've forgotten half of what was going on in Martin's stuff, so I'm not keen on waiting. Fortunately, I just read "Small Favors" from the Dresden series - so I'm up to speed again, and looking for the new one this month. I think Jim Butcher is putting out Dresden books at an awesome pace - and keeping the quality as well. Truly amazing.

Quossum
04-09-2009, 09:57 PM
The Architect of Sleep (http://http://www.amazon.com/Architect-Sleep-Steven-R-Boyett/dp/0441029051)

Cruel, cruel author got pissed at his publisher for screwing with his overall plan for the series and so, in his own words, "gave the baby poison to save it from the Nazis." There shan't be a sequel, and the story ends SO tantalizingly...! :cry:

--Q

Storm Dream
04-10-2009, 12:16 AM
Sadly, mine has been Martin.

I'd actually purchased Game of Thrones right when I went off to college, but didn't read it until about sophomore year. Once I started, I was hooked. By the time I was "into it" A Storm of Swords was out in paperback, so I blew through all three of them. I got my roommate and coworker into them. Waited for A Feast For Crows. It came out, I got it for Christmas, and read it...gosh, I think it was as I was graduating college?

And I have been waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.

I check his blog periodically. He's been fussing with the next one for quite some time.

Waiting for the next book in Simon R. Green's Deathstalker series was also painful, but mostly because I just love his writing and I was seriously in need of some entertaining space opera. Nothing as bad as Martin. Green was like getting wisdom teeth out; Martin is like...I don't know...ruptured appendix?

*gnashes teeth*

dgiharris
04-10-2009, 12:23 AM
By the way Mel, you said you'd come back and let us know if you were gonna kill any of us for pushing you to finish AFFC . . . do I need to make sure all my doors and windows are locked tonight?

*grumbles* I guess you all are safe. For now. As a rule I give my favorite authors 'one' mistake. Terry Goodkind strung me along with worse dribble than GRRM so taking that into consideration, I will give you all a pass :)

The ending for AFFC wasn't too bad. THe only thing that upsets me is looking back over that book. I'm now convinced that GRRM didn't plan out his story that well back in books two and three. Given what I know about AFFC, looking back he had a lot of opportunity to set AFFC up much better than he did. And he could have at least cut out 40% of that backstory. My eyes were glazing over and I had to 'force' myself to read through it.


I laugh at your impatience. The wait between books three and four of Martin's series was five years. I've waited another four years since then. That's nine years, in case you can't add. You've only had to wait a few days. Quitcherbitchin.

Also, I have bad news. The release date for the next book is not September 2009. It isn't even finished yet. Don't believe any release date you see unless it's on GRRM's personal website.

You're probably looking at 2010 or later.

Holy crap. IN that case, i'm done with GRRM. Wow, five years to write a book. that is four years way too long. Granted his books are huge and complex so I could give him two years. He wrote AFFCs back in 2004-2005 and we are in 2009 now.

I think my new rule will be to never get involved in a series until at least four books are written. Then at least you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

Come to think of it. I'm having a hard time coming up with a series that was still effective after 4 books. Most of the good ones end after 3 or 4 books.

Maybe that's a good rule to follow

Mel...

BlueTexas
04-10-2009, 12:38 AM
Another vote for The Dark Tower Series. It was worth the wait in the end.

Mr. Anonymous
04-10-2009, 12:39 AM
GRRM is very busy. You have to realize he doesn't just sit and work on Dance all day... He has other writing projects, he's been an editor/contributor of several recently released short story collection IIRC, he goes to conventions, he blogs regularly, he has people making swords and busts and games and HBO is interested in making a series out of ASOIAF...

Honestly, I don't know why anyone would start a series and not finish it, but maybe that's just me. Sure he's taking a while. But it'll be out when it'll be out, and I'm not going to delude myself - I will be buying it.

TheIT
04-10-2009, 12:48 AM
I once picked up a book to read on a plane flight and rejoiced because it seemed to be a stand-alone fantasy novel. As I was reading it on the plane and getting more involved in the story, I started wondering how the author was going to wrap up all the plot threads so quickly until I turned the last page and hit the dreaded "TO BE CONTINUED". Of course, the second book hadn't been written yet. :rant:

What annoyed me was that nothing on the front cover indicated "book 1". If a book is part of a series, TELL ME so I can decide whether I want to invest the time in reading more than one book.

dgiharris
04-10-2009, 04:46 AM
GRRM is very busy. You have to realize he doesn't just sit and work on Dance all day... He has other writing projects, he's been an editor/contributor of several recently released short story collection IIRC, he goes to conventions, he blogs regularly, he has people making swords and busts and games and HBO is interested in making a series out of ASOIAF...

Honestly, I don't know why anyone would start a series and not finish it, but maybe that's just me. Sure he's taking a while. But it'll be out when it'll be out, and I'm not going to delude myself - I will be buying it.

Stop trying to interject reason into my emotional argument. I'm the READER!!! It's all about me, me, ME!!!! And I want my story now, now, NOW!!!!! In fact, I want it sooner than now. I want it yesterday.

Besides, 'a while' is how long I have to wait at a restaurant for food vs. McDonalds. GRRM has had 5 years and he is not a novice. No excuse IMHO.


I once picked up a book to read on a plane flight and rejoiced because it seemed to be a stand-alone fantasy novel. As I was reading it on the plane and getting more involved in the story, I started wondering how the author was going to wrap up all the plot threads so quickly until I turned the last page and hit the dreaded "TO BE CONTINUED". Of course, the second book hadn't been written yet. :rant:

What annoyed me was that nothing on the front cover indicated "book 1". If a book is part of a series, TELL ME so I can decide whether I want to invest the time in reading more than one book.

THis is a good point. Not only is he slow, but he's sneaky!!!

Mel...

Delhomeboy
04-10-2009, 05:18 AM
The Dark Tower series. I actually gave up.

:Jaw: Well it's time to un-give up! They're all out now, so, yeah...get to it!

Matera the Mad
04-10-2009, 06:42 AM
The Architect of Sleep (http://www.amazon.com/Architect-Sleep-Steven-R-Boyett/dp/0441029051)

Cruel, cruel author got pissed at his publisher for screwing with his overall plan for the series and so, in his own words, "gave the baby poison to save it from the Nazis." There shan't be a sequel, and the story ends SO tantalizingly...! :cry:

--Q

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Fox The Cave
04-10-2009, 11:31 AM
First there was The Talisman, then about twenty years later there was Black House, released in 2001.

I'm still waiting for the third book, and if King and Straub make me wait another eleven years, someone's gonna die...

Nivarion
04-10-2009, 06:35 PM
Me and my dad were joking around about how long its taken Martin.

Me: I think I know why its taken him so long.
Dad: Oh?
Me: Well, when ever its time for me to kill a character I get really bad writers block.
Dad: I can see and belive that.

Not exact but enough of the jist is there.

Adam
04-10-2009, 08:53 PM
The longest I've waited was about a year, which was for the latest in the Drizzt series by RA Salvatore.

His next one's out in six months, so once again I'm waiting patiently. :D

WildScribe
04-10-2009, 09:04 PM
GRRM is driving me nuts because my favorite character was not actually in the last book (or, really, half-book) that he released. Honestly though, if you're going to write one BIG book and then break it in half, does it really take FIVE YEARS to write the second half and send it out? REALLY?

I am also still waiting for Jordan. I think I got into the series when book 8 was out, and I have read all of them so far. I am really looking forward to the last book, which he theoretically dictated notes about to a chosen successor. Please, please, please get it out already! We used to joke "hope he gets the series finished before he dies!"

Not so funny anymore....

dolores haze
04-10-2009, 09:09 PM
20 days until #10 in CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series gets released. I've been waiting for quite some time and it is getting harder every day. The closer the release date gets, the harder the wait. 20 days!!!

This is why I DON'T DO SERIES, dammit. Why did I break my own rule?

heyjude
04-10-2009, 10:27 PM
I was waiting ever so patiently (or not) for Douglas Adams' next when he died. A dark day...

Topaz044
04-11-2009, 08:14 AM
Yeah, I'd have to say the Dark Tower series. The time between the first book and the last was about twenty years. :(

Miguelito
04-11-2009, 06:30 PM
GRRM is driving me nuts because my favorite character was not actually in the last book (or, really, half-book) that he released. Honestly though, if you're going to write one BIG book and then break it in half, does it really take FIVE YEARS to write the second half and send it out? REALLY?

I am also still waiting for Jordan. I think I got into the series when book 8 was out, and I have read all of them so far. I am really looking forward to the last book, which he theoretically dictated notes about to a chosen successor. Please, please, please get it out already! We used to joke "hope he gets the series finished before he dies!"

Not so funny anymore....

If you hadn't heard, it's going to be two or three books to finish off the series, which gives the substitute author plenty of time to die now that Jordan has died.

Miguelito
04-11-2009, 06:31 PM
I had to wait 22 years after White Gold Wielder for The Runes of the Earth. Of course, Stephen Donaldson wrote lots of stuff in the meantime, but still...

*Makes a mental note to surf over to Amazon later and look for a release date for the third book of the last series...*

To top it off, the last two of this last series haven't been that good (at least in my opinion). I could easily give up on the series.

ElsaM
04-12-2009, 10:57 AM
We used to joke "hope he gets the series finished before he dies!"

Not so funny anymore....

Yeah, my family made the same jokes, but that was when we were waiting for book 5 to come out. Long, long ago.

The Amtrak Wars and the Obernewtyn Chronicles are my least favourite waits.

seun
04-12-2009, 03:28 PM
Another vote for The Dark Tower Series. It was worth the wait in the end.

Agreed although the wait between four and five felt like a looooooooooooonnnggggggggggggggg time.

pookel
04-12-2009, 04:10 PM
I'm waiting for the next Pendergast book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. They're pretty regular, so I expect it this summer.

Pendergast! :heart::heart::heart:

I can't think of a book I've waited for as long as I waited for the release of Diablo II (7 years, IIRC) and Diablo III (8 years - IF they make it out this year).

KCathy
04-12-2009, 06:04 PM
I'd really love a sequel to Sunshine by Robin McKinley (2003). She's written a couple of other books since then on unrelated subjects, so I'm not at all sure there is a sequel coming. The only real indication of that is that the book left unresolved her love life and future working for the government as their cool paranormal weapon against the undead. The story was wrapped up beautifully, but her life was still up in the air. So I've just re-read Sunshine three more times to compensate.

Horserider
04-12-2009, 07:21 PM
Hmm worst wait...probably for the last harry potter book. Or maybe the one I'm going through with Catching Fire right now. Or the final Inheritance book. I read Brisingr in 12 hours and now I have to who knows how long for the final book that I didn't even know was going to be there! (my uncle actually has it worse with this one. He was a third of the way through Brisingr before anyone (me) told him there was another one)

Harry Potter 7 probably was the worst. Just be patient, and read all the books over again while you wait :D It's what I do. With Harry Potter every few months I'd get that itch to read it and then I'd go on fansites and read the rumors. :) And yell at the idiots that came up with some of those things.

gypsyscarlett
04-13-2009, 09:26 PM
Another vote for Martin. Waiting for the next book has been torture. But if I sit down with it and end up saying, "this is one of the best books I've ever read"- then the wait will have been worth it.

Fulk
04-14-2009, 03:55 AM
I've been waiting on Philip Pullman to finish The Book of Dust for probably close to 10 years now. I remember news of it being written shortly after I finished The Amber Spyglass. He's still not finished with it, to my knowledge, but rumor has it that it may be out this year or next year (it was originally rumored to coincide with the release of The Subtle Knife's film).

I'm also eagerly awaiting the first of Brent Week's new trilogy, which I believe is a long ways off still, as the last of his first trilogy only came out late last year.

I tend to be very fortunate in the sense that I tend to be slow at following the newest books (not to mention reading them. What ever happened? I used to be a speed-demon when it came to reading). As a result, by the time I begin a series, it's sequels are finished or nearly finished.

MrWrite
04-14-2009, 05:31 AM
For me, its the wait between Dean Koontz's Seize the Night, released in 1999, and Ride the Storm, still unreleased with no target date in sight.

By the way Mel, you said you'd come back and let us know if you were gonna kill any of us for pushing you to finish AFFC . . . do I need to make sure all my doors and windows are locked tonight?

Koontz is putting me through it too waiting for his last Frankenstein novel. Now apparently it's coming out in July. We'll see...