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Five Days...

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... till Kong is loosed upon the world.

Feels strange, after so many years. I know that some of you thought I would never finish. Believe me, there were dark nights of the soul where I had my doubts as well. But now the day is almost at hand, and the dragons will fly.

In fact, they are already taking wing. Bantam informs me that DANCE has just gone back for its 6th hardcover printing, and it isn't even on sale yet. The first reviews are breaking today, and so far (knock wood) they have all been great. And in the UK, Waterstone's in Glasgow has put up a brilliant window display:



Exciting times.

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lokiyan
Jul. 7th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Can't wait! And hope you're excited about New York. :D
midnight_birth
Jul. 7th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Great things are always worth the wait! :D Awesome for you for finishing, and, of course, thank you.
mr_jacobean
Jul. 7th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
and I will have to wait even a bit longer! it'll surely take a couple of days for my sweet little dragons to travel to me to Poland from England ^^ that's why I will definitely have no option but to avoid reading comments here after July 12th ;P
sylphic61
Jul. 7th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Preordered it for the Nook. <3 ebooks, they never run out! Fingers crossed B&N/Amazon's servers don't melt as a result of the massive flood of people downloading simultaneously. ;)

I'll probably get a hard copy as well, but wanted to wait and see if there's a chance I can make it to a signing!
hinka83
Jul. 7th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
how many copy?
6th hardcover printing? that means?
do you have any number how many books got printed?

matt
Johan Å
Jul. 7th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Pagecount
A question regarding pagecount.
You have stated the manuscript was ~1500 pages.

The books I have seen on sites here in sweden states 1040 pages. Does it really differ that much from manuscript to print? or did you cut out ALOT?
slashbluegreen
Jul. 7th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't have to wait years(?) for this book, as I've only started reading the series when HBO announced the plans for GOT TV series. Now that I've become a fan, I'm waiting on both the new season of GOT *and* the next books... :-)
hippoiathanatoi
Jul. 7th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Excellent display. May want to note that Waterstone's Piccadilly store in London will have the Iron Throne around on the 12th and those who buy the book there can get a photo op with it. More details here.

Sixth printing, eh? I have to suppose the book is approaching or surpassed the 500,000 copies mark. Congratulations, either way!
renrenren3
Jul. 7th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Crossing all possible fingers that my copy won't get lost in the mail. And also that my brother doesn't steal my copy before I can get my hands on it. I was going to say I'm envious of all the people overseas who get fancy window displays and book signings, but who am I going to fool, I'm already psyched at the thought of finally getting to read ADwD.
dlaw3000
Jul. 7th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I finished FEAST roughly around the time DANCE had its first official delay announcement. I've kept an eye on this blog pretty much constantly throughout the entire waiting period. I was telling everyone I knew to read these books before any of the HBO development began. I have never looked forward to a book release as much as this one. I'm also going to chalk up my burgeoning interest in literature of all sorts to George, in part, as well as some inspiration to write. Can't wait to get started on DANCE, can't wait to start compulsively checking for updates on WINDS (no hurry, George). Needless to say, I think these deserve all the attention they're getting. Even if it takes a well-crafted and entertaining HBO show to finally get people's attention, I think it's great when people can be exposed to great writing quality as well as thrilling narratives, rather than mere entertainment. Congratulations, George. Eagerly awaiting Tuesday.
submachinegirl
Jul. 7th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Ahhh that display looks so grand! I cant wait for my copy of ADWD on tuesday, just in time to give me something to read on my long car ride to NYC. If I can manage, I'd LOVE to see you at the NYC signing, if not, make a stop at Chicago sometime!

For now I am reading Songs of Stars and Shadows. Great collection of short stories you have there GRRM. Found it in a used bookstore for a dollar, poor thing is beaten up and yellowed.

Ahhhhhh so excited!
u_mlya_ut
Jul. 7th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
oh it`s great!
will waiting badly for the russian translation)
thanks for book finishing! we hoped)
yuugi
Jul. 7th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Kong will be loosed upon the world! Already pre-ordered mine and I'm waiting patiently.

Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful world. It's been years since I've been so absorbed into a story.
belly78750
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
gratz!

any suggestions on chapters to reread to help with the flow of adwd?
loco73
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
This is King Kong not Donkey Kong....
Well I hope when Kong is loosed upon the world it "smash and crush" everything...oh wait that is The Hulk, well anywho, I wish the bestest for your progeny, the mighty Kong!
dirtwitch
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Pre ordered it for my Nook (which was a gift and I thought I would NOT like it as I like holding and smelling books.. but it turns out, I LOVE it.. whoodathunk it...) So, I am just waiting for ADWD to arrive. ("Just waiting' being code for 'obsessively checking')

A good friend received an advance copy from the bookstore she works at for reviewing purposes. I did NOT ask to borrow it, and I did NOT tackle her and take it by force. But there were some mad gyrations that went on when she told me it was in her bag... not 4 feet from me...

Really enjoyed the HBO version! Which, I had to watch at a friend's house as I do not have a TV. It was rather well "condensed", and my running commentary (being rather familiar with the books... heh!) was quite welcome at a few confusing points, and in general for more backstory. We'd pause, and I'd explain, then we'd go again! Fun times!

Also, waiting for it to come out on Audible.com, working on the crossbows in the workshop while listening to them all feels very appropriate...

Thanks, George, very very much! I've had many many hours of reading and listening enjoyment...
Farzana Haq
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
I love u mentioned a Scottish waterstone's branch!
I can't wait to buy the book on Tuesday from my local waterstones in Dunfermline. I would love it if you could come to a book signing in Scotland....we always seem to miss out!
gdg
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Whooo!!! I'm so excited -- can't wait to get the book next week and devour it. :) Congrats on all the much-deserved success!!
Mercedes Wagner
Jul. 7th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
YOU ARE THE BEST, GRRM.
So I finished rereading the series, frantic that I wouldn't finish Crows in time for Dance! But I finished it with days to spare, and now this last 5-day stretch is torture! It's really amazing, the way I feel I've grown up with these books. I started reading them when I was about 15, and I'm 23 now. Each time I read them, I feel I pick up a bit more of the story, stuff that just went completely over my head the first time. It's really amazing that you've created this monster which keeps changing shape when you go to look at it again! I'm so happy you wrote these books. I'm sure you get this a lot, but they really mean so much to me as a reader. So thank you!
kaninfot
Jul. 7th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
already released
Actually, In Sweden both the book store Akademiebokhandeln and it's online version adlibris have already released it. Will personally wait a few days more but a friend already bought it.
spartan211
Jul. 7th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Its thrilling to know that you really reached the point of having doubts about being able to finish the book. I hope the next will be not as difficult as this one! But now Kong is almost out! Can't wait for it!
ziggychaos
Jul. 7th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats, George! What a great display!
angelos_l
Jul. 7th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
The display looks great! Like most of the people here I have preordered the book. Are there any links of the first reviews??
Marius Fxyzt
Jul. 7th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
why 5 Days?
5 days? i am on page 523 already... :)

amazon has send me my copy last week.

mariefoxprice
Jul. 7th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, love thw eindow display, I will be seeing if the Waterstones in town does something of the kind but I will be surprised if it does. So excited about the book!

I wish HBO sold house banners, I would love one of those. I'd even make one myself, but my printer is too small!
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