Books Of Things People Like Have Chapters

Courtesy of me.
For those of us waiting for George R.R. Martin to finish The Winds of Winter, the Sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire (commonly known as the Game of Thrones) series, every time he publishes or reads a chapter excerpt, it is a combination of glee and pain. Glee because, yay new content, and isn't it all so exciting we get to find out what happens next. And then the pain of knowing that we could still be waiting years until the whole thing is done, and that out of context snippets are little more then a tease. People scoff at my continuing meth metaphor when it comes to these books and this TV show, but it is apt, people. Apt!
I occurs to me that I didn't mention up there that Martin has released a new chapter on his website, which hilariously (and somewhat awesomely) is still very much stuck in early millennium web design (purple text on lilac back!). It concerns Arianne, and is one of what I assume to be many chapters largely concerned with catching up new characters to what has been transpiring so far.

Also releasing an excerpt from a forth coming book is the  BBC, via the Guardian's Children's Books page. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC will be releasing eleven short stories, each written by a different children's author of note, each concerning a different Doctor, released each month between now and the November 23rd anniversary. The first, by Eoin Colfer, called A Big Hand For The Doctor, features the original incarnation, and can be glimpsed at here, as the old man takes on something called The Soul Pirate.

No other authors have been announced for the remaining ten stories, though it should be said that an author of note and high regard, who is no stranger to children's literature, Doctor Who, or the short story format, has been decorated for his contributions to the series already, and would a damnedable shame if he didn't contribute something other then his forth coming episode to the celebrations.

Continuing with Who's 50th, Big Finish has offered up a solution to the issue of age and availability, and an alternative to the series if a multi-Doctor episode doesn't happen. Nicholas Briggs, known to viewers as the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen and several other of the baddies on the show, has written and directed a 100 minute audio drama entitled The Light at the End which will band together Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann as Four through Eight, otherwise known as the still living originals, in a multi-Doctor story that will see the Doctor's middle age come together to prevent their own destruction. Along for the trip will be Louise Jameson as Leela, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Nicola Bryant as Peri, Sophie Aldred as Ace and India Fisher as Big Finish exclusive companion Charley Pollard.

As much I want to see a multi-Doctor story occur on screen (Eight. Bring back Eight, Mr. Moffat), this is something that simply could not be possible on the series. Age along would introduce too many nasty continuity questions for the hardened fans. And honestly, it'd be too bad to see something this size get put together, when inevitably someone would be wasted. Big Finish has a proven track record with this sort of stuff, and this story promises to be amazing.

Via George R.R. Martin, and the Guardian, and Big Finish.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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