Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Boiled Leather Audio Hour 32

Going Rogue: Discussing “The Rogue Prince, or, A King’s Brother”

Another chapter from the GRRMArillion? You betcha! Rogues, the latest cross-genre anthology edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, is out, and you know what that means: another long short story/novella set in the world of Ice and Fire and written by Martin himself. As was the case with Dangerous Women's “The Princess and the Queen,” Martin's contribution this time around is an excerpt from the larger history of the Targaryen dynasty eventually to be published in expanded form as Fire and Blood. And it turns out it’s a direct prequel to “The Princess and the Queen“‘s tale of internecine Targaryen civil war — like, it ends the moment “TPatQ” begins. As such, it casts many of the events and characters of that story in a whole new light. And like that story, it strrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrretches the boundaries of the rubric for its inclusion in the anthology in which it appears. Is it worth it? Listen and find out! (And try not to be perturbed by the sounds of chaos in revelry in the background, as Stefan’s native Germany defeats a rival in the World Cup whilst we record. Just imagine we’re discussing this over a bowl o’ brown in the stews of Flea Bottom. I know I always do!)

Stefan’s review of “The Rogue Prince” for Tower of the Hand
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  1. I agree, both short stories are lacking in character depth & a total lack of humor.I do not think it is so much a cash grab as a share the wealth move. I think GRRM had planned this subject to be a stand alone novel and his timeline for future publication meant this one was never going to be finished. I am still a little mad that the next Dunk & Egg has been delayed yet again.

  2. GRRM announced a while back that the next Dunk and Egg novella was pushed back until after the 6th book. The inclusion of a heavily edited version of the material he originally wrote for the World book didn't push back the next D&E. It just gave us something versus nothing.