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geek news star wars aftermath book trilogy
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Three books, to be exact.  Star Wars: Aftermath is the first in a trilogy of books that will bridge the gap between the events of Return of the Jedi and the upcoming Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.  Aftermath is written by author Chuck Wendig, and goes on sale later this year.  Here's what we know about it so far:

The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them? 
geek news new dr seuss book
Via: CNN
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Beloved children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel passed away in 1991, but his widow has found a series of unpublished manuscripts that are soon to be printed by Random House.  The first one, What Pet Should I Get is due out in July, and features the siblings from One Fish Two Fish trying to decide on a new pet.  Twenty five years after the release of his last book, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, the world is set to go into the mind of Dr Seuss once more.

geek news game of thrones original outline
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GRRM's initial pitch for Game of Thrones has been unearthed, and in it he invisions a very different story of Westeros.  It's worth noting that the story was originally to be a trilogy, during which three conflicts would occur: the Starks challenging the Lannisters, a Dothraki invasion led by Daenerys, and the Night's Watch battling with the Others.  Martin has clearly strayed from this outline, as we're now awaiting book six, so hopefully many of the things he details in this letter don't come to pass.  Warning: if you're afraid of potential spoilers or some real weird feelings about what could have been, quit reading now.



According to the letter, five characters were always supposed to live: Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, and Jon Snow.  But what was supposed to happen to them was vastly different.  In this early version, Ned Stark dies as he did in the version we know, but helps Arya and Catelyn escape to Winterfell before Joffrey kills him.  From there, the two women and the crippled Bran travel to the wall seeking refuge with Jon and Benjen, where ARYA FALLS IN LOVE WITH JON.  Their romantic tension was meant to be central to the story, and would have tormented them both "until the secret of Jon's true parentage is finally revealed in the last book."  The Night's Watch refuses help to the Starks, so they head farther North and encounter Mance Rayder and the Others.  All but Catelyn were to have survived these enounters by way of Arya's sword and Bran's magic, but what happens to them afterwards is not included.  Meanwhile, Daenerys was to have revenge-murdered Khal Drogo for her brother, and accidentally stumbled upon the dragon eggs which she uses to "bend the Dothraki to her will" and invade the Seven Kingdoms.  Tyrion murders Joffrey, only to see him replaced by Jaime.  Somehow, Tyrion would have ended up exiled and on the side of the Starks, where he too would have fallen in love with Arya.  Apparently, she would have not reciprocated his feelings, but that wouldn't have stopped a "deadly rivalry" between Tyrion and Jon.  

The final paragraph of Martin's letter is redacted, presumably because it's dark and/or full of spoilers.  You can see all but that last paragraph here if you want to read it for yourself.  If you want to see it IRL, you can find it at the HarperCollins office in London.   


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