I was going to do a post on Neil Gaiman’s fantastic commencement speech at the University for the Arts, but that’s getting derailed by Smart Pop giving me the green light to do a giveaway for their awesome upcoming essay collection Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.
This collection explores Martin’s magnum opus in incredible detail, hitting it from a variety of angles. It includes luminaries like R. A. Salvatore and Daniel Abraham. It also includes my essay Art Imitates War: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in A Song of Ice and Fire.
You can read more about the book here.
If you want to win a free copy of the book, leave a comment on this blog post. Let me know which character (major or minor) you think had it worst in the series. Who is the most traumatized? Why? What do you think their prospects for recovery are? How will the experience change them? Will they be stronger as a result? Weaker?
If you’d prefer not to leave a public comment, feel free to email your answer to me at myke (at) mykecole (dot) com.
I know it’s a grim question, but I’m tackling a grim topic in this essay. Please keep your answers as short as possible, and safe-for-work. I’ll pick the one I like the best over the next few weeks and then announce the winner. Smart Pop will send you your free copy of the book.
If you want me to sign it, just let me know, and I’ll send an adhesive backed, signed bookplate that you can stick in the book to make it an autographed copy.
That’s it! Looking forward to your answers!