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So, there's the good news, and then there's the bad news. Which one do you want first?


The good news or the bad news?

Well, sorry bad news voters, but that was a trick poll, and you're getting the good news first either way.

It'll make sense why in a minute.

The good news is that George R.R. Martin has a new book out next month - and it has to do with Game of Thrones!

The bad news is that it's not the long-awaited next installment in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. Instead, it's a companion to that said series, titled The World of Ice and Fire. Co-written with webmasters Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, the book is intended to provide a comprehensive guide to the Game of Thrones-ian universe.

The only problem being that most folks just wanted another novel. This writer very much included.

Which is where that poll comes in - just like with George R.R. Martin's book-writing schedule, it sometimes sadly just doesn't matter what we as fans want.

Because, ultimately, no matter what, writers are a cruel and arbitrary bunch, who'll just write whatever the hell they want to, irrespective of the feelings of the rest of us.

Even more so when writing news articles.

So, at the end of the day, we just have to wait George R.R. Martin out, and keep looking forward to that glorious day that he finally releases the books we're all waiting for...

That, and 2015, when the new series of [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) finally arrives...


What do you guys reckon? Are fake polls just as cruel and arbitrary as George R.R. Martin's book releasing schedule?



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