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Last Stop: Lexington

Done with Denver. Another great event. Thanks to the folks at Tattered Cover, and all the fans who turned out.

Now it's off to the airport again, for the last stop on my DWD dance -- JoeBeth Books in Lexington, Kentucky.

See you there!


Aug. 1st, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
I'm on my way!!!!!!!!!
Its my first book signing, I am giddy with anticipation! (In a totally manly way.)
Aug. 5th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm on my way!!!!!!!!!
Really enjoyed the signing on Tuesday. It made for a memorable experience for my friends and I. Thanks!
Aug. 1st, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Enjoy the Bluegrass
I have been away too long to recommend much, but Joe Balogna's had the best pizza in Lexington (possibly the best I have had) when I was there.
Aug. 1st, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for answering my question. Didn't mean to be rude trying for a second one, but it was a follow-up to your bit about rejection letters. I was wondering if GoT was something that the publishers took to immediately or if you had any rejections of it, and if they had requested any changes once they saw it (ie - less/more sex, etc)?

Also, they say not to go shopping hungry... is it the same when writing those delicious-sounding passages about all the feasts and meals?

You don't have to answer, I know you're a busy guy and I already got my question, but it never hurts to ask!

Anyway, thanks for stopping in Denver, and we look forward to seeing you when Winds gets finished--to which I say do your best, don't let the impatient folks rush ya! I know I'm eager for the book myself, but I'd rather have it done right.
Aug. 1st, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the turnout was a bit larger than the ones for SoS and FoC. :) I attended both of those signings in Denver, and noticed the exponential jump between books 3 and 4, but it wasn't the thousands you probably had for book 5.

I don't live in Denver anymore, so I missed it, but glad to hear the Tattered Cover is still having awesome events.
Aug. 1st, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'll see you tomorrow in Lexington! I'm so glad we Kentuckians have a place like Joseph-Beth that works hard to bring in sci-fi and fantasy authors. I just saw Jim Butcher there this past Saturday there and then you tomorrow. They are calling it the "Week of the Geek" at Joe-Beth. Haha.
Aug. 1st, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Good luck in Lexington. My hometown, though I live in Seattle now. JoeBeth is a rocking book store.

As I recall, they've been kind to you in the past.
Aug. 1st, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Have you heard the news that the Jets signed Plaxic Buress?
Aug. 1st, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin:

i´m glad to see that everything is going fine in these signing events.

I´ve been reading your LJ and i want to ask you: because you have written the first script for the episode of the blackwater´s battle, maybe you already know how many chapters form the second season. I´ve been rerererereading the books and i´ve just finished Clash of Kings; i couldn´t help imagine how is going to be like in the series, and it seems to me not only longer, but also more complex to do on tv.

thank you so much. i´m waiting patiently for the translation to spanish (yes, i´m one of those) of DWD. Your books are wonderful.


(sorry for my poor english)
Aug. 1st, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
It is shame you cannot do Eastern Europe/Russian tour of book. Maybe this is possible for LOWBALL? I can host you at Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg and I will even take you for tour of pizzas across city. As stated in previous post, Russia has proud patriotic tradition of pizza (foldable of course Mr. Martin! Is not fake pizza of lasagna like Chicago!)
Eric Partin
Aug. 1st, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
I will be there tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it. I hope they didn't book at Clifford the Big Red Dog event tomorrow as well. If so I think you can take him this time.
Don Lund
Aug. 1st, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Denver Defacement!

It was great to meet you at Tattered Cover, even if it was only ten seconds of signing. I was trying to think of a cool question, and I am semi-happy with it, but the answer was worth it. I asked what was your favorite castle or keep you had built in your books and the surprise answer was one we have not seen yet. Casterly Rock.

I can't wait to visit.

Thanks again, be well,

-Don Lund
Aug. 1st, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
No Montreal stop? I have a guest room!
Aug. 1st, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Hey George, thanks for coming to the Mile High city! Sorry I couldn't give you better advice on where to get good Pizza, you kinda put me on the spot haha. Glad you like Sally's and Pepe's the same way I do. Love the books (and the show), and look forward to seeing you on your next tour as well.

Be well,
Aug. 1st, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Is there a Canadian book tour in the works? :-)
Aug. 2nd, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Lexington, KY
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow in Lexington. A mighty road trip ahead of me but well worth it! A big hello from the state of North Carolina. Safe travels!
Aug. 2nd, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for coming to Denver. It was great to meet you!
Aug. 2nd, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
So obsessed with your work I'm thinking of starting out early tomorrow and driving seven hours to see you at JoeBeth Books. I have been reading your books since they first came out and I am anxiously awaiting Winds of Winter. I hope *** is NOT dead!! My heart broke at the Red Wedding and I went cold reading of Theon Turncloak. Please don't kill off any more Starks!! You are so talented. My only regret is that I fall in love with authors that actually do a great job and therefore have to wait years for following installments! If you ever see Melanie Rawn, please tell her you share a fan that is STILL waiting for the release of Captal's Tower!!
Aug. 2nd, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Hands down, the best pizza in Lexington is served up at The Mellow Mushroom. The crust, the wide variety of atypical topping blends, and did I mention that perfect brick oven crust? Look forward to seein you at the signing tonight!
Aug. 3rd, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Haha at the shameless plug for a national chain. Hands down, the best pizza in Lexington is Slice of Chicago's deep dish and it's local. Course you're gone from Lex now and it doesn't matter. Nice seeing ya at the signing George.
Aug. 3rd, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Lexington, KY
It was great to have you in Lexington, and I am glad you survived the heat! I can't wait to read ADWD. Thanks again!
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
We really enjoyed your signing in Lexington, thanks for stopping by to see us, hope you will be back soon, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Seriously, when people complain about how long the last book took, I tell them it was nothing like the wait between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, we were all ready to give up on that guy. At least Martin didn't take a 6 year vacation like Tolkien did from 1939-45 ;)
Aug. 3rd, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
hugh hungerford
I'm reading Dance of Dragons now with my wife. She is not much on fantasy, but she loves for me to read to her as she falls asleep. I was about to doze off myself when all of a sudden I perked up. Hugh Hungerford...I thought I was asleep already. I am a Hungerford. It is an old name, but not very common. I just want to ask, do you know a Hungerford, or is this character inspired by a historical Hungerford? Thanks and keep up the awesome book. This one is my favorite so far.
Aug. 3rd, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
Had an amazing time at the JoeBeth book signing last night. Thanks George, for being such an awesome guy. I very much appreciate the advice you gave me on writing (I'm sure you've heard that question a million times). Keep up the great work!

Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Nicely Done!
Just finished Dance, what a ride and well worth the wait. Keep up the good work George! I apologize in advance for making disparaging remarks in the coming months when I start to get impatient for the next one :-)
Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh and PS...
Please kill off Penny at your earliest convenience... much obliged Ser.
Seth Davis
Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
off subject - but congrats!
Grrm -

I just finished Dance, it was AMAZING! Thank you for completely blowing my mind yet again. Your attention to detail, dedication to character "equality", and determination to create realistic plot lines is totally amazing.

Pat yourself on the back :)
Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Good luck in Lexington.
Dirk Boye
Aug. 3rd, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
George, you twisted, evil... genius! Oh I loved Dance. It was just
a bit too short! :-P
Thanks for the dance!
Eric Partin
Aug. 3rd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
The signing was awesome last night. It was great getting to talk to you even if it was only for about 30 seconds lol. I hope you enjoyed your time in Lexington and that you will come back again. Thanks!
Aug. 4th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
come further south
When you stopping by the bahamas, granted I think I would be one of 4 people who want get there book signed :) Anyway love who its progressing. Wish the next two were already done.
Aug. 4th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
hmm maybe im a bit selfish. but ...............
whilst i hope you enjoy the tour dont you think that you ought to be writing the next book for the good of all your readers (the moral contract beween author of a series and the readers who have bought the books and as such fund his lifestyle) as opposed to doing a book tour and pleasing a tiny tiny minority of them ? i know this is inflammatory but after waiting 6 yrs for a book (and a long wait for the one before it too) i do feel ive waited long enough and that you could have written 5 books in the time allotted. sorry dude, but its the way i (and many others on forums ive seen) do feel.
Magnus Mrtensson
Aug. 4th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
Asha - Yara
Hello mr. Martin, and thank you for a fantastic book series and show.

I just wanted to ask a question, and I couldn't find any better place to do it than here.

So, what do you think of the name change from Asha Greyjoy to Yara Greyjoy? I myself find it a bit ridiculous, changing her name so as not to confuse her with Osha. Well, now, don't they think we'll confuse Yara with Arya, or gods-forbid Jorah?

At least Asha is a proper viking name - Ash (Ask) and Elm (Embla). And she's a major character, which Osha is not.

Thanks again, and keep up the fantastic work!
Mari Deutsch
Aug. 4th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for everything.
I just wanted to stop and say that I've been very slowly savouring ADwD. I was lucky enough to come across the ASoIaF series only three years ago, and devoured all four first books in about a week. I'm taking my time with this one, and I love it so far. Thanks for sticking it out with us, George.
Aug. 5th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
signing line
I had no idea, before I got there, that the line would be based on when you bought the book at JoeBeth, and I bout the book at another store. It being my DSs 6th birthday, I couldn't afford the time to wait for the end of the line on the chance that your hand would hold out. I'm going to back-door the process by getting published and arranging to be on a panel at a con with you, and hoping you will sign for me under the table during a tedious question.


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