Judging by this cover image (and its striking similarity to THIS, THIS, THIS, THIS and THIS), I would like to break the news that George R.R. Martin has been kicked off of A Song of Ice and Fire. The series has been handed off to the prolific Raymond E. Feist and The Winds of Winter has been re-named At the Gates of Darkness. One can assume that Pug will be teleported to Westeros, be a supreme Deus Ex Machina badass and save the day single-handedly, thus ending the series one book early.

  • raijap January 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    @adribbleofink My heart almost stopped beating!!!

  • Jennifer January 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    That gave me a good laugh for a Friday afternoon.

    Thanks Aidan!

  • stephendeas January 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    @adribbleofink You a bad man, Moher. Had me all excited for a moment..

  • adribbleofink January 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    @stephendeas Excited? Or terrified at the idea?

  • stephendeas January 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    @adribbleofink *Something* would be better than nothing…

  • Adam Whitehead January 29, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    The British Feist covers were redesigned a couple of years back to cash in on the success of the Martin redesigns from 2003. Feist and Martin have the same UK publisher; also check out Robin Hobb’s new UK covers which are also similar.

  • aidan January 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I’ve seen the Hobb ones, which are okay, but at least they are a bit more distinct (with the textured background and the stylized artwork).

    I’d never seen these Feist ones, which are hilariously close to the Martin covers, same publisher or not.

  • Gabriele January 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I can so see that. :D Pug will open a rift between Midkemia and Westeros where he’ll magically disentangle the Meereenese Knot. Dany takes off with one of her dragons on an interestellar flight to Kelewan and will end up as slave in the swamps but eventually rise to empress. Pug will proclaim Jon king of the Iron Throne because a lot of fans want to see him there, Tyrion will find Tysha, and Bran will become a wolf. Arya gets her own spinoff series where she figures as master spy and assassin.

  • BrokenFiction January 30, 2010 at 1:10 am

    @adribbleofink It ain’t even April. Punk. :)

  • ALRutter January 30, 2010 at 1:20 am

    @adribbleofink Cheeky sod with that blog post! I almost died!

  • Joseph January 30, 2010 at 6:56 am

    In all seriousness, I’d have no problem with this…

  • Paul January 30, 2010 at 7:20 am

    For a second I almost believed it, and my heart almost broke…

  • Joe Sherry January 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Oh, that’s funny. :)

    And if you’ve read anything Feist has done in the last decade, and in particular Rides a Dread Legion, this would leave you running in horror.

    There is a scene near the end of that book which should have had an incredible emotional impact and should have been comparable to one he did years and years ago – but it was almost embarrassing on how poorly executed it was.

    Ray isn’t writer enough to hold George’s eraser.

    But this is still funny.

  • Kat Hooper January 31, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    You’re cute, Aidan. :)