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Just flipped over the page on my World Wildlife Fund calendar (a day late, sue me), and was amused to see that the featured animals for July are gorillas. Nothing could be more fitting for the month in which Kong is finally loosed upon the reading public. heh

On other fronts... I mentioned below that WARRIORS won the Locus Award as the best anthology of 2010, which pleased me no end... but I forgot to mention that Gardner Dozois and I have just signed with Tor for a sequel of sorts. A mammoth crossgenre book featuring contributions from an all-star lineup of award-winning writers and bestsellers from half a dozen different genres and subgenres. This one has the working title DANGEROUS WOMEN. Whether that will be the final title or not, I am less sure. Must admit, I do not love it; too generic for my taste. I wanted to call the book FEMMES FATALE, but our editor suggested that no one younger than forty would have any idea what that phrase meant. Which boggles the hell out of me, but what do I know? Could be we'll settle on WOMEN WARRIORS. Though that's limiting in a different sort of way. But whatever title it goes by in the end, it should be a helluva anthology. We have some great writers lined up, as we did with WARRIORS.

And yes, DANGEROUS WOMEN will include the fourth Dunk & Egg novella, the long-promised tale of their visit to the North, where they encounter the She-Wolves of Winterfell. I could tell you more than that, but then I'd need to kill you.

Meanwhile, Ice & Fire continues its slow conquest of the world, nation by nation and language by language. I've just signed a deal for Turkish editions, and we're negotiating with a Vietnamese publisher as well.

And my US book tour is coming up fast, so these days have been busy ones. At the moment I am finishing up the first draft of my script for the second season of the HBO series, hammering out the overplot of the new Wild Cards book LOWBALL, and of course doing what seems like ten interviews a day. Would that there were four of me.

These are exciting days.


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Steve Bennett
Jul. 2nd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Dunk and Egg and Direwolves! Sweet jesus!
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I can assure you that people under 40 DO understand what Femmes Fatale means. Just in case you were losing faith in humanity...

Any idea of how one could get an invite for that anthology? ;)
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm 30, know what it means, yadda yadda . . .

. . . do please try to convince them to avoid entitling it WOMEN WARRIORS, if only because I absolutely deplore the tendency to use "women" as an adjective. WARRIOR WOMEN would be preferable if you had to go that way.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
I've never read the Dunk and Egg stories; are the collected anywhere? Or available for individual purchase somewhere electronic?
Steve Bennett
Jul. 2nd, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
They were publshed under "the hedge knight" in a couple of Anthologies - Legends, Legends II, and Warriors. The stories in Legends and Legends II were also published as graphic novels titled "The Hedge Knight" and "The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword". The third story is currently (to my knowledge) only available in "The Warriors" anthology (still in print and available at B&N and Amazon). I don't think either of the "Legends" anthologies are in print anymore and would need to be purchased 2nd hand."Dreamsongs" another GRRM anthology also had a reprint of it (or was it Dreamsongs II?...) the graphic novels are awesome, part 1 is out of print and commands a premium online, part 2 is still available in paperback form from amazon or B&N. If you've read all of the SoIaF novels, the hedge knight is a pleasant side story showing the world of westeros from a different perspective before Roberts reign as King. I love the journey of Dunk and his squire Egg. Good stuff.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm most definitely under 40 and certainly know what Femmes Fatale means. ;)
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Femme(s) Fatale
I am 31. I understand this term. I understood this term at least by my early 20s. Mind you I am University educated, and I took a screen writing class and we studied some noir. I am in no way implying someone without a University education can't get Femme Fatale, but I am saying that it increased the liklihood of my exposure.

Regardless, please push for Femmes Fatale. Dangerous Women is okay... Women Warriors is generic/boring and will most likely drive readers away. DO NOT USE THAT AS THE NAME NO MATTER WHAT!

I almost feel it's a duty to re-establish Femme Fatale as a literary and cinematic staple for ALL ages.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I loved the Warriors anthology, and Songs of Love and Death as well. I am so excited for another one!

I was hoping that Down These Strange Streets would not be the last in the series.

And hey, I may only be thirty, but I know what a femme fatale is. ;)

How else will a new generation learn about them, if not for books? They must rely on field guides to identify these rare and wonderful creatures. There's certainly not enough vampy, dangerous females to go around so that everyone can get private lessons - alas!
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Canadian Book Tour?
ANY chance of a Canadian book tour? Please consider coming to Vancouver! I'd go to Seattle, but it's on the one night I can't attend, otherwise I'd be there. I've been waiting 5 years for a book tour, can't believe I'm gonna miss out. :(
Jul. 2nd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yet another of the under-30 crowd chiming in to wonder how anyone over 12 wouldn't know what a femme fatale is. Hell, Britney Spears just released an album of that name (which, IMO, is too classy for her)...so that there might be reason enough to go with something else. "Dangerous Women" is awfully drab, though.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Actually I was skimming the paragraph about the title, and I thought Femme Fatale was a cliche title in order to attract people. But still, I don't object the editor.

What I want to say is about the Turkish translation. Some wouldn't believe the number of fantasy books translated into Turkish, given that ASOIAF is not one of them (at least not the whole series). The shelves are full of fantasy books and shockingly for years I could not see any one of ASOIAF books except A Game of Thrones. I even fancied to translate it myself, but my other -boring- job got in the way. It is good to have your books in my language in the end.
Jul. 3rd, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Up to now, the only authorized Turkish translation I've ever had was their edition of the HEDGE KNIGHT graphic novel. Any other books or stories of mine in Turkish are piracies, alas.
(no subject) - sevgiinsani - Jul. 4th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 3rd, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
She-Wolves of Winterfell

HELL YEAH. I am excited to know more and read more about this.

(Will you ever collect the Dunk and Egg stories in one book? *hopeful eyes*)
Jul. 3rd, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Heh. I'm 21, and not only do I know what a femme fatale is, I know that in the plural it should have another S (FEMMES FATALES).

On the other hand, though, I like DANGEROUS WOMEN. As someone else pointed out, a femme fatale has implications of sexy dangerous sex, where calling them "dangerous" is more open to interpretation.
Jul. 3rd, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
Stuff and Nonsense you said...
Our younger generation is more switched on than that. They'll Google it if they have to. "Femmes Fatale" rocks as a title.
Jul. 3rd, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
I gotta agree with the post above me. It's not young people don't know FEMME FATALE. It's that its such a cliched phrase it's eye-roll inducing. As is WARRIOR WOMEN for that point. DANGEROUS WOMEN is an excellent title though.

And I'm super excited for more Dunk and Egg! I love those two.
Jul. 3rd, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
22 years old and I can confirm your editor is wrong
Jul. 3rd, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
Put me down as another who would love to see the Dunkin' Donuts, er... Dunk & Egg novellas published in a single volume. Or even published on their own as separate trade paperbacks.
Jul. 3rd, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Femmes Fatale is clearly an unacceptable title. French adjectives have different plural forms, so it should be Femmes Fatales.
Jul. 3rd, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
Don't let em push you around George. FEMMES FATALE is the better fruite. Of all my friends (none over 40 and few over 30)I'd not find a one who doesn't know the term.
Jul. 3rd, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
21 and I know what a femme fatale is. But more importantly, I hope your negotiations for the Vietnamese version go well! I'm in Viet Nam right now, and I know quite a few people who would appreciate it. Good luck!
Jul. 3rd, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
Femme Fatales
I have to say, I'm 28 and I know what Femme Fatale means! So your editor is clearly wrong.

I have a couple of questions about the Dunk and Egg stories:

Are the novellas going to be published in a single volume together?

Will 3 and 4 be published as graphic novels?

I really love the first 2 stories and have read both in the anthologies when I found them in the local library but never came across Warriors. I do however have The Hedge Knight via my copy of Dreamsongs and both the graphic novels, would love to see other Dunk and Egg graphic novels.
Jul. 3rd, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
"Game of Thrones" got an illustrious Brazilian fan
Just a curiosity: I've just discovered that the HBO series snared an illustrious fan here in Brazil: our president, Dilma Roussef, apparently watches it religiously here in HBO, and she is anxious to see the ending of the season, which will be today in Brazil.
Domen Prestor
Jul. 3rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
By employing common sense, one should be able to deduce that the term "femmes fatale" has something to do with fatal females, even if he wasn't aware of the French and their language. Or not. I've been wrong before. :D
Jul. 3rd, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
I look forward to seeing Dangerous Women (I quite like the title, although I've seen people elsewhere pooh pooh it). I enjoy the Dunk & Egg stories and the additions to Westeros rich history that they give us. I hope to hear more about the lineup for Dangerous Women in the coming weeks and months.
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Yay! She-Wolves of Winterfell!
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Yay, She-Wolves of Winterfell. Does this mean we'll get a graphic novel or comic series of this story?
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