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The WINDs Will Blow

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Readers, faithful fans, accept no substitutes!

http://www.foxtrot.com/2011/08/08142011/

That guy in SHOE is probably doing the same thing. Not to mention Snoopy. If WINDS OF WINTER begins, "It was a dark and stormy night," you'll know it's not me.

Although... hmmm... that's not a bad first line...

(Snoopy stole it from Bulwer-Lytton, actually)

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desperance
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
(Snoopy stole it from Bulwer-Lytton, actually)

I was shown around Knebworth - the family home - by Bulwer-Lytton's great(I think)-grandson. It's fabulous: the bones of a sensible Tudor manor house, remade by Bulwer-Lytton in the grand Gothic style, with gargoyles and turrets all over. All nights shall be both dark and stormy ever after...
mamculuna
Aug. 14th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
At least you're being read by Jason...even if he does try to cash in.
ordinarycrook
Aug. 14th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
I think you should steal "Whoosh... Whoosh... Flurry flurry whoosh..."

That's good writing right there.
patrick_tully
Aug. 14th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
He was a dark and stormy knight, but Gregor Clegane really wanted to cuddle puppies and pick wildflowers...
aeryndex
Aug. 14th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Win!
Iva Packa Egertov
Aug. 14th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Gosh, that made me almost choke myself:D

Note: Never ever drink, when reading comments here.:-)
rogueapprentice
Aug. 14th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
You win an internet. XD
duckygirlrocks
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
LOL! That's great! :)
sunnytyler001
Aug. 30th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I vote for this one as first line XD
(I wonder what Sandor would think of it XD)
kavnn
Aug. 14th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Another one ;)
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in it's own way.

Everything was in confusion in the Oblonskys' Stark's house..."
alice_mccoy
Aug. 14th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Can't see you first lines being about the arrival of a Westeros Life Insurance saleman either ;)
amirpit
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Whoosh Whoosh!
Sounds like silent shouting to me , to other it might make sense :)
Michael Howley
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I once started a short story with "It was a dark and stormy night" and ended it with "and then he woke up" under threat of failure from my English teacher; not only did she give it a perfect score, but she told me to look into getting it published.

I'm an engineer, by the way, and haven't taken an English class since.
nojay
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
I have a vague recollection of you holding forth in a convention bar sometime back describing the last book in the series which, you claimed, would be a novel-length description of the snow blowing over a landscape of frozen corpses. Looks like Jason was listening...
tully01
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
ROFL.
cres34
Aug. 14th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
I wondered..
...if you had read that strip, but it looks like you saved me the trouble of asking. The fact that your work was even mentioned at all shows how popular your series has gotten. (The fact that's it's been adapted into a series probably helped, too.)
loco73
Aug. 14th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
WOW
Funny....
fixnwrtr
Aug. 14th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
I think the strip is funny. Whooosh, and all that flurry.
KeeleyThurman
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Lol. I hadn't read foxtrot in a long time. Worth it for this, hehe.
Giovanna Calcagnile
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
So Are u telling us WW is already written ?
odiedragon
Aug. 15th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
It was a dark and story night when the Others brought down the Wall.

I dunno, I think it could work! ;)
kainrocket
Aug. 15th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Start the first chapter with Davos or someone more worthily swarthy as "He was a dark and stormy knight..."
Matt Stedman
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
Didn't A Wrinkle in Time start with "It was a dark and stormy night?"
zeonchar
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
LOL... ouch!
arakasi1
Aug. 15th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
Well... if we jump ahead in the story a bit and assume a new alliance between the houses:

"It was a Stark, and Dornish Knight...."
Krystal Crouch
Sep. 2nd, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
EPIC WIN!
crusoe_1977
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I may have to read it to sate my appetite. I have been waiting for winter to come for many years. After all, we've been told "Winter is Coming" since the beginning. Winter has got to be awesome to behold. I hope it will turn the tide on those soft southies.

P.S. Please don't kill Jon Snow. Too many good guys have died already. He and Tyrion and Bran need to share a pint at the end. The bastards, cripples, and broken things should have the last laugh.
Maria Amir
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
A small note of thanks
Dear GRR,
Hi,
I just wanted to say thank you for A Song of Ice and Fire. The series has gotten me through a horrendous summer in South Waziristan (Pakistan), where I am on a 3-month assignment as a journalist. A friend of mine got me your books to take with me and I've seldom enjoyed any fantasy series more, perhaps excepting Tolkein's works (oddly enough you have similar enough names. JRR Tolkein / GRR Martin...I wonder if that's coincidence?).
I've been reading the books while practically sitting in a desert and trying to subliminally characterize refugees I interview as peoples in Westeros or the free cities. Oddly enough I cannot even remain angry with you for constantly killing off my favourite characters, simply because I soon enough find another to cling to. I just hope you can find it in yourself to give us a couple of happy endings...Jaime and Brienne, mayhaps :)
Anyhow, thank you again.
(turns out this note wasn't as small as advertised but what can you do)
Maria Amir
Towers Rice
Aug. 16th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
The first line should be "Dany realized she had no more use for Meereen, and that it was completely justifiable to destroy a civilization that dines on unborn puppies. She laughed as her dragons nuked it utterly and completely, pulled everyone with normal colored hair onto Drogon's back with her, and left for Westeros."
erevankv
Aug. 16th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Ser Mouser cursed all ravens, for none could find a sure winged way to Greywater Watch. He swatted away mosquitoes the size of Lannister egos and continued his toil through the bog. His message for the crannogmen was secreted in his small clothes, but even there, the moisture found him. Ser Mouser was a stank and swampy knight.
attilathepbnun
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
*reads comments, giggles self off chair*
Chiranjeevi Raghunath
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Greetings!
This is my first time posting here, but I just wanted to say--your books are epic, keep up the great work! I feel like I understand your writing style based upon all the comments and responses you've made about it, and I just wanted to say, whether they know it or not, any misgivings people have in the books seems to come down to the fact that an epic series takes an epic time to write (and read)!

I was one of those people that saw the HBO series and couldn't sit idly by for a year to wait for the next season to come out, and ended up racing through all five books--great stuff! When reading any other review that isn't thrilled about some of the books, it seems to be ultimately because they can't take a vacation for a few weeks, grab a few boxes of beer, and sit out on their balcony enjoying the whole series for what it is. Pity!

It's also silly when people try to JRRT = GRRM or RJ = GRRM, because you're the only author I've read whose very purpose of writing seems to be to explore the conflict *within* resolution, if you will. That is, while typical fantasy has a well-marked evil that "must needs" be vanquished, which is part of what makes fantasy fantasy--unlike reality, where killing is never 100% vanquishing "evil"--what I was getting at is that your books read more like a fictional non-fiction account of fictional realm. I'm rambling, so I'll end with saying keep it up, and I hope you inspire a new genre of writers to pick up their pens (or their iPads)!
thatenddown
Aug. 17th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Greetings!
I've always felt that these books read like historical fiction, as well.
thatenddown
Aug. 16th, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)
Come on, George. We all know that the real reason it took you so long to publish A Dance with Dragons is because you wrote The Winds of Winter as well, and waited until you finished to publish book five just to torture us for the incessant "Where's the @#$%ing book all ready!!!!!!!!!1" posts. So just put book six out all ready!

;)
Jason Gutel
Aug. 16th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
It was a dark and stormy night
Two dead boys came out to fight.
ljungsleds
Aug. 16th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
A note
Thanks George for another great book. Really awesome.
But please, dont kill more of my favorite characters.
Iam from the north, so of course iam cheering for the Starks.

Hm some canadian guy compared canada to the north in "A song of Ice and Fire!" I have to disagree, we scandinavian people ARE the north.
Even a part of france are namned after our conquest in the south ;)
(Normandy)

Btw, in my language, if you use it as a word not name, stark means strong.
But Stark is also a common surname here.

Cheers
fallenangelic23
Aug. 16th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
LOL thanks for sharing and can't wait till Winds of Winter comes out!
Caglar Saher
Aug. 18th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
Greetings from Turkey
Hello there Mr.Martin

This is my first post here. I am one of your steadfast Turkish fans. I finished reading aDwD this afternoon and immensely enjoyed it. Especially the last quarter of the book was thrilling. I should say that I have not read any fantasy book half as enjoyable as your asoiaf series. You know after the screening of the first season of the TV series, the number of GoT fans in Turkey increased quite a bit. You should let us have the opportunity to meet you in person by visiting our lovely country.

Now of course I am looking forward to the next instalment in the series. One cannot have enough of the asoiaf. I hope that you wont keep us waiting for long like before aDwD.. Consider yourself warned fairly ;)
halaku
Aug. 18th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
It needs more neeps.
gracht
Aug. 19th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
A Dream of Spring
Does the author have a connection with 'Groundhog Day' per 'A Dream of Spring' per quote from said film "Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream... of spring."


compuchip
Aug. 20th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
Winter is Coming webcomic
Not just Foxtrot: :) http://hijinksensue.com/2011/08/17/winter-is-coming/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+hijinksensue+%28HijiNKS+ENSUE%29
galit109
Aug. 20th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
O Goerge - what have you done..
(finished reading ADWD)



THANK - YOU DEAR SIR!!
FOR THIS LONG AND BEAUTIFUL SONG OF ICE AND FIRE!!
:)
masekger
Aug. 24th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
You don't stand a chance
Sorry to say that sir, but you stand no chance against the kind of literary skill she is displaying ;-).
anna_anastasia
Aug. 27th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
wish you all the best in the world from Dracula's land.
We love you as i have never loved,honestly,and without asking you anything...maybe a small thing of all...can you let Sandor in life?if you want..if not,how do you consider...in any case ,you have written the Bible of all books...the book of the century...everything you touch catch life...thaws and glaciers if you reading from the book...the american people should be keep you as a mountain of gold,to raise a battalion of commando at hand to take care of you...are precious!if you come in Romania...we will not let you nor cut your own steak :))..to do not stress !
Pardis Beikzadeh
Aug. 29th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
I remember a friend actually wrote several chapters of a Harry Potter book while waiting for the 5th book.

Unfortunately I binged through Dance with Dragons no matter how hard I tried to drag it on. Patiently and anxiously waiting for the REAL Winds of Winter.
cantsleep2nite
Sep. 1st, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
Keep the line
Maybe if you make it like one of the blowing horns - AWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH... AAAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH...
kraquerman
Sep. 1st, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Winds
Boo! Hiss! They shouldn't mess with our minds like that.
So, with the risk of sounding completely annoying, when can we expect to see winds updates and sample Chapters? Im sure we all blew through dance pretty quickly and were hungry for more. And the cliffhangers, you always tease us with cliffhangers.
Let's go George, there's light at the end o the tunnel and were all supporting you (and waiting :-D) to finish this behemoth. Good luck and may R'hllor grant your quill strength.
Krystal Crouch
Sep. 2nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
New Fan
I hate it when TV knows about a good series before I do! Further to incur my wroth my BEST FRIEND has been reading your books since the first one came out and epic failed to even mention I may like them...

I've caught up now though and zoomed through all 5 books in 2 weeks... In the back of feast for crows you write you expect Dance to be out the following year. OH NO! it was 6 years?! I can not wait 6 years to find out if some people I would of sworn were paramount to the ending of the series live or die!

Drama aside, thank you for sharing your world with us. Please stop killing everyone. :-)
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