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Bantam To Split DANCE Into Five

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Kong and I are still dancing round the Empire State Building... but meanwhile, some big news from my editors and publishers at Bantam Spectra. In view of the ever-increasing size of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, they have scrapped their original plans for one single massive hardcover tome, and instead announced that they will divide the novel into five smaller books.



"We warned George that A STORM OF SWORDS was as long a book as we could possibly publish in one volume, and now he's gone ahead and made this one a hundred pages longer," a Bantam spokesman said. "Worse, the thing's still growing! Besides, we have all these different covers we've designed and paid for over the years, we might as well get some use out of them."



Rather than simply divide the text into five segments, Bantam has decided to follow the precedent established with A FEAST FOR CROWS and "unbraid" the novel, publishing each character's adventures as a separate volume.



The five parts of DANCE will each be released with a subtitle, as follows:
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: DAENERYS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: JON SNOW
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: TYRION
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: THE MEEREENESE KNOT



"If this format proves to be as popular as we think it will be," the Bantam spokesman said, "we will go back and re-release all the older books as individual 'character volumes' as well. Each of Martin's books is really seven or eight novels woven together, so there's no reason why they shouldn't be published individually, to give each character his moment in the sun. This will allow each reader to follow his favorite characters, and ignore the ones he finds tedious, whiny, or annoying."

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Bantam is also making a study of the feasibility of publishing subsequent volumes of Martin's series as individual single-volume chapbooks, to be released at the rate of one chapter a month. "It worked wonderfully for Stephen King with THE GREEN MILE," said the Bantam spokesman. "Even GRRM should be able to write a chapter a month, and if we get them into print as quickly as he writes them, maybe that will stop him from going back and rewriting them so damned much. Serial publication was good enough for Charles Dickens, it should be good enough for Martin, and will get all those impatient Ice & Fire fans off our backs."

The first installment of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will still be published on July 12. It will be either the Daenerys segment or the Jon Snow, Bantam says.

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fenrus
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Most amusing. Well played, sir.
clafount
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Very funny :)
matthewbowers
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Laughing so hard at "A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE"
ceosanna
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, this!
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twistedsheets10
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Oh wow this is so exciting! I'll buy them all for sure!























I'm calling April Fool's!
nutmeg3
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
::looks at calendar and giggles::
heliotropean
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Omg I nearly had a heartache before I realized it's april 1.
ravenslolita
Apr. 1st, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
HAHA meee too!
aulayan
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Oooh. I can't wait for THE MEEREENESE KNOT! I'm really curious about what it is that'd get it's whole book.
Frauke Richter
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Ace!
Very much looking forward to 'ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE' ;)
trojanphoenix
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Almost got me... almost!
scrubgirl
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
ROFL
wow, im in the middle of moving and didnt even realize what day it was, had my angry comment all typed out and everything. this was an intricate one mr. martin, because it almost sounded like something bantam would do!
redamin
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Happy April Fool's Day to you too, kind sir!
lilpix33
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
OMG not funny. (Yes it was.) Thanks George, I needed the laugh just then.
angalin
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Very, very nice! :)
rappy7
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Too few
I think they should divide the books by words. One word per book. Some words I find superfluous or don't ever understand. Not sure why I'm paying for those.

Geez George, you had me going! For about 3 minutes I was so po'ed!! Thank gosh it's April Fools. My God man, you know how to stir emotion in people.
sorcha_ruel
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Happy April Fool's Day to you too!
twim_reborn
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Superb
My favorite line was "Even GRRM should be able to write a chapter a month, and if we get them into print as quickly as he writes them, maybe that will stop him from going back and rewriting them so damned much. Serial publication was good enough for Charles Dickens, it should be good enough for Martin"

(I'm assuming this is being released on April 1 for a reason?)
lewke
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Superb
The Dickens line was awesome! Had people wondering what I was laughing about in my cube.
xraytheenforcer
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
hahaha you are such a cheeky jackanapes. ;-)
tully01
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
"This will allow each reader to follow his favorite characters, and ignore the ones he finds tedious, whiny, or annoying."

ROFLMAO.

moriestiel
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
My first reaction was "you're joking!" and then I of course remembered the date and realised you are joking. Almost got me! *g*
Juanita Jacobs Herrell
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
OMG!
If I didn't know your penchant for April fool's pranks, I'd be having a heart attack right now. Good one :)
escarboucle
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
Lol, good one ;)
kalimac
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
You know, I half wish this were true.
jolaf
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Great idea! ;)
susiehomemaker
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
lol, if it wasn't for the tongue in cheek publisher quotes I would have believed you!!
;D
Tony Mcdevitt
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS:
this April the 1st its a joke has to be
moosifer
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
You sir, are a trickster. :)
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