» Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:00 am
George R.R. Martin--the author of the popular "Song of Fire and Ice" series--has released his latest book <u>A Feast for Crows</u>.<P>He was interviewed by the <a href="http://www.freep.com/features/books/martin6e_20051106.htm" target="_blank">Detroit Free Press</a>, and had this to say about Tolkien's influence:<P><em>Why did he let the story get so big?<P>Let's blame that on J.R.R. Tolkien, at least in part. Martin read "The Lord of the Rings" as a kid (well, of course) and was impressed by something not every reader notices: Tolkien begins his story in the Shire with one group of inhabitants, hobbits, but eventually expands the tale in ever-widening orbits to cover many races and huge tracts of land.<P>"That's what I wanted to do, too," Martin says. "I wanted to start with a tight focus on a few characters and one place in the world, and as the story is told, the world will continue to get bigger and bigger and more people get drawn into the conflict."</em><P>I'm not surprised... His book has definite hints of Tolkien's complexity, though it does sometimes bend towards the political occasionally. In any case, I do highly recommend the series! A great read, and very engaging... you can <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553801503/thestotabnarm-20?creative=327641&camp=14573&link_code=as1" target="_blank">learn more about it and order it here</a>.