Fans are impatient for George RR Martin's next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind Game of Thrones. But instead of getting on his case, let's consider some authors who take even longer to write a book than he does. Yohana Desta offers a list at Mashable:
- Junot Diaz took 10 years to write The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; fortunately, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts.
- Pat O'Shea spent a decade on the kids' book The Hounds of Morrigan—which, to be fair, is 688 pages.
- JRR Tolkien worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy for 16 years, compared to Martin's nine years for the first three Ice and Fire books.
- Michael Crichton put 20 years of work into Sphere, which is 544 pages.
- Michel Faber spent about that long on The Crimson Petal and the White, though it's almost twice the length of Crichton's book.
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