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GAME OF THRONES has been nominated in the Best Drama category of the new Critics Choice Awards. Check out the full list of nominees here:


It's an impressive list of nominees. Congratulations to David and Dan and the cast and crew and support staff at HBO, all the great folks who worked so hard to make the show the success it seems to be. Great work, guys!

((And yes, I do wish some of our cast had gotten nominated as well. We have some amazing actors on GAME OF THRONES. Traditionally, though, fantasy and SF have always been overlooked in the acting categories. But maybe we'll do better in the Emmys and Golden Globes))

On other fronts... Sunday's episode, "The Pointy End," got the highest ratings of the season. The show is building. I suspect that this record will endure until... well, Sunday.


Jun. 8th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Question re Audible.com release of ADwD

I have a question for you concerning the expected release date of the audio book version of A Dance with Dragons. What I want to be able to do is to purchase the book, as read by the incomparable Roy Dotrice, from Audible.com on July 12, 2011 (at 12:01 a.m. EST, preferably). Electronic downloads are far preferable to me than a bulky disc collection when it comes to audiobooks. The fact that I could hopefully get the audio version downloading on to my iPod at the stroke of midnight makes it even more attractive to me.

I understand that whatever is ultimately done/ will be done by Amazon through audible.com is ultimately far beyond your control. Still, you (or, more likely, Ty) are able to gather the necessary information on this issue more readily than I am able to – and with a greater degree of accuracy.

So, from your understanding, is a July 12, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m. release on audible.com a reasonable expectation for me to have? Ordinarily, I’d be in a great rush to READ A Dance with Dragons, but the truth is – Roy Dotrice’s narration is now my preferred way to consume your series. It’s also a great “plus” that listening to it will take me much longer to experience the novel, beginning to end (as I read pretty fast). I’d rather prolong the enjoyment of my first-time experience with your book -- but not at the cost of me having to wait longer to start doing so!

Any feedback from you might be able to provide on this subject via “Not A Blog” in the coming month as we lead up to the release of the book on July 12, 2011 would be greatly appreciated.

(And just so you know, yes I also plan to purchase the Kindle version, and yes, I will also purchase a hardcover version, too. That way, I get to listen to it right away on my iPod, my wife gets to read it on the iPad right away, and we will wait the few days for the hardcover to show up at the house via Amazon.ca. Maximum enjoyment, minimum delay -- and more money in your pocket, too. What’s not to like? )

Best wishes,

Jun. 10th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Question re Audible.com release of ADwD
sorry we don't have that information. And we're not in a position to seek it out right now. You might want to contact Audible and ask them, they know more about what their release plans are than we do.

That goes for many inquiries about what various companies are doing with the release of the new book, the dvd set of the HBO 1st season, the translation of ADwD into your native language publisher's plans for release, things like that. We have little or no knowledge or control over many of these projects, and you (and I mean 'you' in the plural sense) as a consumer might be able to get the information you need directly from these other companies faster than we can do so.

Often, fan-based web sites like westeros.org and WiC have more information and can get it up faster than we can. When you 'crowd source' info you might get a better faster response than we can give, especially these next few weeks, with George and Ty going to Poland and Slovenia. I will barely have enough time each day to do the basic office work and run the household while they are both out of the country.

thanks so much for your support and enthusiasm, hope you enjoy a wonderful summer and the DANCE.



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