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The Return of Dunk and Egg

March 16 is the official publication date for WARRIORS, the big crossgenre anthology that I edited with Gardner Dozois.

A few early reviews are already starting to pop up on the internet. Check 'em out:




There's all kinds of great stuff in WARRIORS: an all-star lineup of writers from half a dozen different genres, wonderful stories by Joe Lansdale, Diana Gabaldon, Howard Waldrop, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, and many more... and even a Seven Kingdoms novella from yours truly. For those who enjoyed "The Hedge Knight" and "The Sworn Sword," WARRIORS will feature "The Mystery Knight," the third tale of Dunk & Egg.

And just to whet your appetites, Patrick St. Denis (benighted Dallas Cowboys fan though he is) has just posted a short excerpt to Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, which you can sample here:


For the rest of the story, of course, you'll need to buy WARRIORS.


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Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
that's a sweet st. patricks day eve gift!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Oh, that was fun to read, and definitely leaves us wanting more. Nice to see another nod to Mervyn Peake, too... *goes and updates the heraldry*
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to the next Dunk & Egg story. Very exciting!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
A new Dunk & Egg on my birthday! What a great gift!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Will this be released in audio book format?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
Aw, I love Dunk and Egg. Looking forward to the rest of the book as well.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Will Marvel be doing a comic adaptation? I really loved the previous two.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Re: Marvel
I believe there's a two-year exclusivity contract on WARRIORS, so Marvel won't be able to do the adaptation until early 2012. Presumably it would make sense for them to continue doing the adaptations as the first two seem to have been selling pretty well, and will likely sell even more when the TV show comes out.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Will it be released at the same time on Amazon Kindle's library?

For your fan on the other side of the ocean that is the best option to avoid waiting. Moreover, for your fan from not-anglophone countries to read in eBook (with automatic quick translation of unusual words) is really the only option to read it without breaking the tension searching in a different media.

Since I belong to both samples I'd love to have it on my Kindle from March :)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Is there any hope it will be available for Kindle?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Here's a little question about the very start of the excerpt, which I don't think is really a spoiler since the details are incidental to the main plot. So...

"The Hedge Knight" starts with Dunk burying a body. "The Sworn Sword" starts with Dunk and Egg looking at the body of a criminal, and wondering about what crime he commited. And now "The Mystery Knight" opens with Dunk and Egg observing a body, in circumstances similar to that in TSS.

Are these opening scenes, the jumping-off point into the story, deliberately echoing one another?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Who Wha?
I guess I'm missing out on Dunk and Egg. I've seen them mentioned before, but not sure where. Where does one first find Dunk and Egg? Is there a story progression or do they just do cameo appearances and bury people? I have plenty to read atm, but I'm kinda curious.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Who Wha?
Dunk is a common-born hedge knight living in the time of King Daeron the Good when we first meet him (that'd be approximately 90 years before the start of A Game of Thrones), and Egg is the boy who becomes his squire in the first novella. They are the central characters of the stories, but they play witness to some significant events in history, or provide insights into some of the unjust and unpleasant everyday happenings, in the Seven Kingdoms.

If you've read the series, you'll have read about Dunk and Egg. See Jon's first chapter in ACoK, or Jaime's chapter in ASoS where he reads Barristan's entry in the White Book, or in AFfC when Maester Aemon describes his send-off to the Wall to Sam.

The first novella, "The Hedge Knight", was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. It's filled with tourney champions, jousts, Targaryen princes, and a good old bit of ultra-violence. Amazon has used copies and new copies from third-party sellers available. There's also a graphic novel published by Marvel, very faithful to the text, here.

The second novella, "The Sworn Sword", continues their adventures in a lower-key story that fits pretty well, theme-wise, with A Feast for Crows. Amazon has it as part of a paperback volume of the original Legends II anthology. There's a comic book adaption of it as well, here, by the same team as the first.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
awesome. Can't wait to read more about the Dunk and Egg saga. I will be nice to pass the time whilst I await Dance ;)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Signed Copy
I would buy this book twice if I could get a copy that is signed, at least by you. Is there any way to set something like that up?
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
Been really looking forward to this one. Especially pleased to find that Lawrence Block's story is (apparently) does not feature any of his established characters. I guess I'm weird that way - I actually prefer something new.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
Is that excerpt the very beginning of the story? As a spoilerphobe, I'd rather wait for the book to come out if the excerpt begins somewhere in the middle.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Starts right at the beginning. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Warriors for Kindle?
Anyone know if there will be a Kindle eBook edition?
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Warriors for Kindle?
I can't answer for sure, but I notice that the Amazon page for it has a note for publishers/authors encouraging them to sell a Kindle edition. So I'm going to tentatively guess that there's currently no plan to offer a Kindle edition.
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: Warriors for Kindle?
Please George, help! Speak to the publisher! Summon a deus ex machina! I need the book on Kindle, otherwise I can't buy it... and that would be really sad.

This is also a more general issue: I have to be sure that when ADwD come it will be available on Kindle, I can't wait 6 more monthes to read it translated and broken in pieces (in my country they split your books in two or three books with a 3-5 monthes pause after each book).
Jan. 24th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Re: Warriors for Kindle?
I do know Bantam, at least, had A Feast for Crows available in Kindle format right off. Amazon.com pushes hard for publishers to make their bestsellers available. So I would guess (but again, just a guess) that A Dance with Dragons will be available in that format.

With Warriors, that's published by Tor, and I don't really know what their policy has been, re: Kindle, but I know that their parent company has been pretty reticent on the e-book front. And a look at The Gathering Storm shows that it's not yet available in any electronic format; not from Amazon, anyways.
Jan. 24th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
Re: Warriors for Kindle?
Thanks for the info! The ADwD part reassured myself a bit. I'm still a bit sorry for Warriors, I would have loved to buy it (and I know at least other three people that would have bought it for Kindle). No Dunk&Egg for me.
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
Re: Warriors for Kindle?
For what it's worth, I found this page which seems to indicate that a Kindle edition was in the works at some point.

However, the two main things I notice there are:
1. It was scheduled for a June release, so there'd be a delay between the hardcover and Kindle editions anyway, and...
2. This page was probably set up before Amazon butted heads with Macmillan. Given that the page now says "Not currently available", and has no current pricing information, I don't know whether the Kindle version will actually be available. Wait and see, I guess.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Good stuff
"Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall!" HaHa, love Dunk and Egg. I'll probably pick this one up.

P.S. Who's more of an a-hole: Bennis Brownshield or Yoren of the black? Both characters made me laugh out loud.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Good stuff
Bennis, absolutely. No redeeming values to speak of. I kind of hope some day Dunk gets a chance to thump him.
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Good stuff
Yoren was a saint compared to Ser Bennis.
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
I have it on pre order
I wanted to take this opportunity to say how glad I am that the tale I first heard you intended to spin when I read the hedge knight lo these too many years ago has turned out to be an extraordinary piece of work and I thank you for it.
It didn't turn out to be nearly as short as I was worried it would be.
Jan. 25th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
When is this getting the graphic novel treatment as well? The artwork in the first two adaptations is amazing.
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I do hope to do a MYSTERY KNIGHT eventually with the same team, but it will be at least two years after WARRIORS is released. That's the contractual period of exclusivity.
Apr. 26th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Hi George (if you're reading this),

This is my first post on your Not A Blog (indeed, it's my first LiveJournal post period since I didn't have an account prior to writing this). I picked up your Dreamsongs Rretrospective the other day (The Skin Trade is awesome!) and found myself up until 3 a.m. this morning to finish reading The Hedge Knight, so now I guess it's off to hunt for Legends II and Warriors for more Dunk & Egg.

I really liked Dunk's musings about how one foot might not have been to steep a price to pay for a good man's life. Made me think about us readers and what sacrifices we'd be willing to bring to have the authors we admire keep on enriching our lives with their stories. I thought about Pratchett and how many more Discworld novels he might have left (which doesn't really bear thinking about). And then I thought about you and your cycles of seven Ice and Fire novels and nine Dunk & Egg novellas. May you live to be an old, old man, George, and let us enjoy many more of your captivating stories.

May. 27th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
The Mystery Knight
After a two-months wait (I'm from Brazil and it takes very long to import books), I've finally got WARRIORS on my hand and, obviously, I immediately read "The Mystery Knight", as it was the only reason I bought the book (as I'm not familiar with any of the other writers). It is, of course, a great story! Well worth the money (though it cost as much as the four books of ASOIAF put together). All hail GRRM!
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