Friday, December 07, 2007

5 novels that should have won the Hugo Award

George R. R. Martin, author of the epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, was invited by to recommend "five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise."

He proposed "5 Novels That Should Have Won the Hugo Award."

One title on the list:
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
[CftAR ed. note: Hey, all modesty is false.]

About the novel, from the publisher:
Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A Storm of Swords

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world....
Read about another title to make Martin's list.

--Marshal Zeringue