On Martin's blog, he noted that he gets emails from fans all the time asking for book recommendations to tide them over until Martin's next book comes out. Martin writes that he is "always glad to recommend good books. There is so many of them out there that do not get half the attention that they deserve." Here are some of the authors he recommends. The first part of the list is for those who haven't tackled the classic fantasy books yet. The second third is for those who have already consumed the fantasy canon, and are looking for contemporaries. The last portion is a mix of historical fiction and other genres.