Whether by chance or intentionally done, no one can deduct from the brilliance of the secret menu that shadows behind the public one at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant. What secret menu? Well, the one that offers a Double-Double Burger, Animal Style, or a 4X4 with a medium-sized Lemon-Up and so forth. And although In-N-Out Burger now calls it the Not-So-Secret Menu, many still discover the (Not So) Secret Menu on a daily basis. What genius concept in the marketing department.
And whether by chance or intentionally done, George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire series, has also adopted this concept and has created and added his own secret menu to this series, also known as the Game of Thrones series, which has been converted to an HBO miniseries, presently the most popular show on cable/satellite TV.
In spite the constant gossip between the billboards that tower over dilapidated brick structures up and down Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and announce the departure of an old or the arrival of a new Game of Thrones season, not everyone is aware that this highly rated and viewed show has been an ongoing but incomplete series of books initiated in the 90’s. And among those who have jumped on the Song of Ice and Fire train throughout the years, even fewer realize that Martin has put on his Easter Sunday Bunny suit, written novellas in relation to it and has scattered them around and stashed them in compilations, collections and anthologies of short stories, he’s edited and co-edited, for the fans to find, regardless the time of year.
Being the fans that we are of the works of George R. R. Martin, the L.A. Book Examiner went Easter egg/novella hunting and has turned every stone, peered through every bush and looked over every crack in search of these beautifully hand painted egg-shelled novellas, in order to disclose the menu hidden behind the public one.
The L.A. Book Examiner unearthed (and even blew the dust off) the following treasures:
“Legends I” (1998)-This collection of short stories was edited and put together by Robert Silverberg and features The Hedge Knight. The Hedge Knight is set about 90 years before A Song of Ice and Fire and is the first installment that begins the adventures of Egg and Sir Dunk, the Tall.
“Legends II” (2004)-Following the success of its predecessor, this anthology, also edited by Robert Silverberg, features The Sworn Swords, the second installment to the Egg and Dunk tales.
“Warriors” (2010)-This anthology, Martin co-wrote/edited with Gardner Dozois, continues the Egg and Dunk tales with The Mystery Knight.
“Dangerous Women” (2013)-Also edited by both, George R. R. Martin and Gardner, is an anthology that features The Princess and the Queen or The Blacks and the Greens, yet another account of the chaos and turmoil that trails behind a king’s passing, in order to fill and empty throne. In this instance, however, the struggle takes place when dragons ruled.
“Rogues” (2014)-This upcoming compilation, once again, edited by the dynamic duo, George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, will feature The Rogue Prince, a prequel to The Princess and the Queen and is scheduled to be released this June 17 (next week).
After releasing 3 tales, it is clear that Martin is having fun with the adventures of Egg and Sir Dunk. It is rumored that there are 8 more tales in the works, which will someday be delivered to the fans bounded in 1 book. But until then, they will remain part of his secret menu, along with the dragon tales, to be discovered and rediscovered by fans everywhere every day.
And until then, may our order, next week, for the new Rogues book, be placed with a side of Animal Style fries and a large Lemon-Up, please.
J. Marquez Jr.
June 12, 2014