5 Writers Even Slower Than George RR Martin
JRR Tolkien, Junot Diaz couldn't match pace of Game of Thrones books
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 11, 2014 1:40 PM CDT
This publicity image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage, left, and Sophie Turner in a scene from "Game of Thrones."   (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

(Newser) – 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:

  1. Junot Diaz took 10 years to write The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; fortunately, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts.
  2. Pat O'Shea spent a decade on the kids' book The Hounds of Morrigan—which, to be fair, is 688 pages.

  1. 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.
  2. Michael Crichton put 20 years of work into Sphere, which is 544 pages.
  3. 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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Titán
Jun 4, 2014 9:37 AM CDT
Don't for get Donna Tartt, who also spent 10 years before pusblishing the Goldfinch.
cornelison
May 13, 2014 8:42 PM CDT
Fantastic series! I'll wait as long as it takes. It's better to have it done right than to rush it.
K.C.
May 12, 2014 4:00 PM CDT
Wow, this story makes me not feel so bad. I started writing my story last year and thought it would be finished by now. It isn't. That is because even though nobody else in the world might like it, I need to have it just right for me to like it.