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Talking with Joe

My interview with Joe Abercrombie -- filmed in LA when I flew out last month for a screening -- has been posted on YouTube, in two parts.

If you're not able to watch THE BOOK SHOW on your TV, here 'tis:

part one

part two

It was great fun talking with Joe. Almost as much fun as reading his books.


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May. 8th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)

...I love her.
May. 8th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Just so you know? You succeeded in creating believable grey characters! Your writing blew my mind open to how to write characters. Best I know!
May. 8th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Awesome interview, and I for one am VERY GLAD that you didn't fight in Vietnam. :)
Jonathan Leard
May. 8th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
The zealots
The ultra-hardcore "finish it" folks blew my mind. Like most fans, I was disappointed by the delays, but it didn't diminish my opinion of the books or their author.

I loved it especially when Neil Gaiman weighed in briefly, in part because of how inextricably tied to it all he has become.

Make the books in your own way on your own time. That's the only way I expect to be real satisfied as a fan of the work.
May. 8th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: The zealots
I was always aghast at the people who told him to stop doing other things and stop posting about football. "Really? This is his job, you know that, right? He's a human, not a robot. Do YOU spend ALL day EVERY day doing your job? Never taking a break for anything? Apparently you do since you're posting on LJ!!!" :/ The delays sucked but I'm hoping that just means this will be the best book yet!
May. 8th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I was hoping this interview would be available to the American audience at some point.
May. 8th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Great interview
That was really cool seeing two of my favrotie authors chat. It reminded me of Archon in 2001 when GRRM interviewed Robert Jordan. Good stuff!
Matthew Smith
May. 9th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: Great interview
Re: Great interview - werthead - May. 13th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 8th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
That was a great interview. George, you seem like a really awesome guy. I'm beyond excited to read the next book - I've converted 5 or 6 friends who are fiendishly tearing through the back volumes :)
May. 8th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Something that I've always been curious about which I'm sure hasn't come up in interviews is the complexity of Westeros' calendar! The more I read (and re-read) and watch the show, the more I'm curious how a planet can have long/short winters/summer. Can only Maesters understand it?
May. 9th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Elliptical orbit?
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No, No, No! You are wrong. - nycfalcon - May. 12th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 8th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see the two of you on a panel with perhaps Daniel Abraham and Pat Rothfuss and Scott Lynch.
May. 8th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Yes! I love those 5. (And I wish more people read Daniel Abraham.) Throw in Brandon Sanderson and Robin Hobb, and you have my 6 favorite working fantasy authors today. (I think. I'm probably forgetting someone.)
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May. 9th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
I soooo very much enjoyed watching this interview today. I loved hearing you talk about your Turtles. I swear if there was an award for Cutest Genius I would be nominating you!!!

Hope you enjoy Episode 4. I can't wait to see John Bradley West.. and the rest of the boys.. and Hordor, and , and , and...

Big Love ox
May. 9th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
This was the best interview of you that I've yet seen and the most useful to me personally as a writer.
May. 9th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
loved these!

watching Game of Thrones come to life on HBO is more emotional than i ever thought it would be. i'm so happy! :) can't wait for "Dances With Dragons"!
May. 9th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)

I, too, am often asked "Can you summarize the series, you know, give [the uninitiated] some idea of what it's all about so [they'll] understand."

'Sir Walter Scott's /Ivanhoe/, with gritty sex and violence' is about the best I've come up with to date. Leaves some mainstream readers blinking and wondering... but it *really* grabs hold of the would-be literati. =)
May. 9th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
Great interview! :)
May. 9th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Joe: "I think it's fair to say you present quite a grim, seedy, cynical version of a fantasy world."

GRRM: "I thought that was you!!"

That made me lol so hard, you took the words right out of my mouth, hahaha! I'm pretty sure Joe's corpse count in The First Law trilogy far outweighs anything I've ever read. It was pretty cool seeing two really good authors chatting it up. :D
Omer Pshititski
May. 9th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
Comparison between ASOIAF and LOTR...
well, it's like comparing "Faust" to "Antigone". There are some minor technical similarities, so they share their genre, but that's all that's in common.
May. 9th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Did anyone else want to draw Medieval Turtles after hearing that story?


....No? Just me? SIGH.
May. 11th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: turtles!
Amazing turtle art!
May. 9th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Gahhhh, isn't Joe just fantastic? What an awesome interview, an up-and-comer interviewing the GREATEST in fantasy. Love it, love GRRM, and love Joe!!!
May. 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Good interview.

Hopefully nnce ADWD comes out we, and especially Mr Martin, will no longer have to put up with the sniping, nasty so-called "fans" who can't get over their own selfishness and conceit.

I started reading ASoIaF just after ASoS came out in late 2000, but despite the long interval since, I am more than happy to wait for a new book that's just right and a complete tale rather than a rush-job done just to meet a deadline. I'm sure I'll love ADWD when it comes out and will have a great time discussing all the new developments with friends and family until whenever it is TWoW is finished

Mr Martin, your true fans know that great works take time. After all, Kings Landing wasn't built in a day.
May. 10th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
I bet it wont take two weeks when there some people starting to ask: "How long will you take for The Winds Of Winter?" "How many Sites have you done?" "When are you finished?" "Finish or die!".

Of course thats only a minority, but since there are millions of readers and growing this minority has some numbers. But from outside I'd say Martin knows much better how to handle them by now. hope so at least :)
May. 9th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
I have always appreciated the respect to both your characters and the fans you've displayed by taking the time to give us the best book possible.

I, too, am a very slow writer, and the philosophy you've expressed through all the delays taught me that was all right; now that I'm taking the time to let the characters/story develop organically, my writing has improved by leaps and bounds.
May. 9th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
My favorite part is all of the shots of Blackfyre Heir (and a few other SoCal BwB types) in the background at the food truck. Ser Schmooze can really find a camera!
May. 9th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Don't Remember Who Recommended Abercrombie to me
Yes! Joe to the "gritty/real" idea to the extreme in the First Law books, and I LOVED it! There is a story, it ends, but you aren't sure whether you read about the good guys or the bad guys. But it was lots of fun while it went!
Yes, there is a definite "passing of the torch" moment. I hope Joe passes it right along to the next young writer! (ME! Oh, wait. I'm old!)
May. 9th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
This actually doesn't have anything to do with this post, but is there no way to watch Game of Thrones without subscribing to HBO? I just graduated college and so I don't have a TV and I move often. Is there no where (that's legitimate) online to watch?

I'm sure that you've gotten these type of posts a lot but I am dying to watch and can't see anything to do but wait for the day that it comes out on DVD!

May. 11th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
Sadly, afraid not. HBO doesn't have any streaming deals for the show, and values its own content highly as a means of driving its subscriptions.
May. 10th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Hello Mr. Martin,

After listening to both interviews (I had not heard you speak before), I am left with one overpowering conclusion- you should play the Joker in the next Batman movie. Heath Ledger's performance was much more impressive than any of us had a right to expect, and with your voice, a few touches of makeup, and a rocking purple costume, I think we have a winner for the next Joker!
May. 10th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
After watching HBO, I can see why you never want anyone else writing your characters. No one else can do it anywhere near as good. Please write, direct, and produce every episode - or pull the plug on this madness.
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