Great interview this week. I love the occasional discussion on things related to, but not quite what you normally talk about. The novel sounds great and I can't wait to read it.
I also want to chime in to earlier posted discussions after hearing the interview I kinda agreed with Johnny about the seemingly implied inferiority of the 'gardener style' vs the 'architect' style of writing during the interview.
" 'Yeah we did just make it up as we went along.' It's laziness."
"That's a very poetic way to put something that people find infuriating."
"If he's just gardening and has no idea what's happening. That's disappointing to me"
(these quotes could be taken a couple of ways, but I could easily see how someone who loves the gardener method would hear this as attacking their favorite style.)
personally i love the endings where the author doesn't wrap everything up, and where not everything from the story come back. They seem more realistic to me a make me feel more like I've experienced a interesting world rather that just been told a great story. I don't even mind the magical endings if there done well. It's not really 'magical' but one of the most clever endings of a movie I've ever seen was the Holy Grail ending
where everyone gets arrested.
(does internet protocol require you to warn of spoiler when referencing an almost 40 year old classic? Ah better be safe.)
I also really disagree(disagree seems a horrible word choice for a counter argument of someone's taste preferences) with with Steve's comments on GoT and it not being a Heroic Fantasy and that being disappointing. For me I love when novels do that. I don't want to read a novel that fits into a set Genre perfectly. Other wise you end up with one of the thousand Lord of the Rings ripoffs where every new story is the same one as the last. I might misinterpreting you there, because you mentioned that if it's 'deliberate' it's fine and I have no idea you mean by that. How couldn't something like that not be 'deliberate'.
just try a little harder to be right next time