Will Game of Thrones Have A "Deliberately Unsatisfying" Ending?

Most of us have at least a vague idea of how we think George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and the Game of Thrones TV series, will end. But those expectations are shaped by the usual course of epic fantasy — and as Winter is Coming points out, Martin has maintained an ambivalent, arms-length… » 12/09/14 9:51am 12/09/14 9:51am

Game Of Thrones Designer Says Sand Snakes' "Nipple Armor" Was A Mistake

Readers of George R.R. Martin's novels will be excited to see the legendary Sand Snakes appearing on Game of Thrones this spring. But some people's enthusiasm was slightly tempered when the first set photos of the Sand Snakes appeared, revealing... armor with nipples. Costume designer Michele Clapton says this was a… » 12/08/14 10:50am 12/08/14 10:50am

George R.R. Martin answers our toughest Song of Ice and Fire questions

When we interviewed A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin at Comic-Con, we decided to drill down and ask some intense questions. Like, is this series only seven books long because some subplots took over the story? Are the Dothraki one-dimensional stereotypes? What does he think of Sliders? Here's what he… » 7/23/13 2:05pm 7/23/13 2:05pm

Your First Look at the Epic Fantasy Novel Everybody's Raving About

People from Karen Joy Fowler to John Crowley to Téa Obreht have been praising The Age of Ice, a debut fantasy novel by J.M. Sidorova. Now, here's your first chance to sample it for yourself. Above is a map, created by the author. And below, we've got an exclusive look at the first dozen pages. » 6/27/13 11:58am 6/27/13 11:58am

How much of the books will we see next year on Game of Thrones?

The first two seasons of Game of Thrones were pretty straightforward: one season, one book. But season three covered a big chunk of George R.R. Martin's third book, leaving some for season four. What's left of A Storm of Swords for the show to cover? And how much of books four and five could we see next year? » 6/11/13 12:29pm 6/11/13 12:29pm

10 Genres that Superheroes Have Swallowed Up

Superheroes aren't just one genre. They're tons of genres, smushed together. Aliens rub elbows with supernatural beings. Gods walk side by side with monsters. Over the decades, superheroes have borrowed from other genres, sometimes swallowing them whole. Here are 10 genres that got absorbed into superheroes, partly or… » 6/05/13 10:07am 6/05/13 10:07am

By all the Gods, this standalone epic fantasy novel is a fun ride

When was the last time you read an epic fantasy saga that was one self-contained volume, with all of the sweeping adventure and huge mythic sacrifices in just one book? These days, it seems as though any epic fantasy has to be at least a half-dozen volumes, and this often appears to be driven by marketing as much as… » 10/23/12 3:00pm 10/23/12 3:00pm

An Epic Fantasy That Doesn't Hold Back on the "Epic"

These days, fantasy novels seem to be all about realism. Or at least, semi-realism. Magic is pushed to the fringes, and only happens in rare cases. The focus is on gritty, relatable characters in a vaguely noir-ish world. Whether in epic fantasy or urban fantasy, there's been a bit more restraint lately in terms of… » 1/09/12 4:30pm 1/09/12 4:30pm