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10 reasons ‘The Day Magic Died’ is better than ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ part one

14 Jul

As long as I’m talking about George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (that’s the books on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based, in case you missed that), I should tell you, I am tired of hearing that it is the best fantasy series of our time.

I’ve come up with 10 reasons my series, The Day Magic Died, is better. Here are the first five:

1. Peace and quiet: People seem to be talking about Game of Thrones and the books it’s based on, A Song of Ice and Fire, a lot. It can get really annoying. So next time that bothers you, mention The Day Magic Died. Aside from the odd looks and the occasional, “What?” you’ll get the peace and quiet and solitude you want.

2. Readable length: When it’s all done, A Song of Ice and Fire will be roughly 47.635 million words long. Who can read that much? In fact, at an average pace of 10,000 words an hour, that would take 200 days to read. Without stopping to sleep, eat or do anything else. The Day Magic Died will be about 500,000 words. That’s a nice round figure that, read through without stopping, would only take one weekend. You can survive that. (Note to self: “You can survive my books” goes in the bin of rejected marketing slogans.) I mean, you’ll enjoy that journey.

3. Northwestern University: George RR Martin went to some elitist Midwestern college with pretensions of Ivy League-ism. I went to … wait, never mind.

4. Playing the percentages: A Song of Ice and Fire is 71 percent complete, and if it goes to eight books instead of seven, as George has hinted, it’s only 63 percent complete. The Day Magic Died is 80 percent complete, and the final book is set to come out this year. Yes, whenever I am reading a book series, I calculate percentages. Don’t you?

5. Faster is better: George RR Martin’s first book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire came out in 1996, and the fifth book came out 2011 – 15 years later! And it’s not done. The House in the Old Wood came out in 2013, and The White-Silver House, the final book in the series The Day Magic Died, comes out in 2014. And everyone knows faster is better, right? How else do you explain why so many people eat at McDonald’s?

Check out reasons six through ten. And please check out my series, available in paperback or for Kindle:

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