Originally Posted by lostknight
Martin kind of wrote himself in a corner (by his own admission). I would guess that the HBO contract included some varient of "you must finish the books" which is why he is getting back to it by now.
He's a great writer - probably the most natural writer of the old big three. I do have to say that the new generation of fantasy writers - In particular Patrick Rothfuss's unbeliavably great series The Name of the Wind, and Brandon Sanderson (who took over the Wheel of Time books from Jordan) are better authors I think then any of the three.
(If you haven't read The Name of the Wind, you need to. It's Tolkein and C.S. Lewis good).
Rothfuss is outstanding writer, no matter what genre you favor. His new books is even better then The Name of Wind.