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Home again from all my cons and travels... and, as usual, up to my neck in mails and emails.

More soon, on all sorts of fronts.


Todd Gaines
Aug. 31st, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Dance with Dragons
Finishing it tonight and i got to tell you begrudgingly worth the wait. Let's make sure the next installment doesn't take 7 years though.
Sep. 1st, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Dance with Dragons
As long as HBO keeps picking up the series (which I don't see any reason why they wouldn't), GRRM will have to have TWOW done before then as well as ADOS. Come on HBO!
Aug. 31st, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! Thought you'd like this user pic ;)
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're back in Casa Martin safe and sound.

One question, Ser... your picture for this post. I can't make out what you're holding. It kinda looks like a premature tiger cub.

Is it your pet tiger?
Sep. 1st, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
I would also like to inquire as to the nature of the thing you're holding. It appears to be a small furry creature—a small, fury, tiger-like creature, at that. I would like to know more about this creature—in particular, where I might go to find him, or a creature very nearly like him, and how I might come to hold him in a similar manner.
Sep. 1st, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
I implore you, Good Ser
Oh please, Ser, it is clear I am not the only one dying to know what the little fuzzy creature is. We must needs more info!

Like many of your fans, I am a high functioning Aspie, but I also have mild Tourette's/and some OCD, as well as other mental health problems sustained from a Chess-induced brain injury in the late 90's, around the time ASOS was published. I can't stop thinking about the tigerling in your picture. Everything about it feeds the glitch in my brain.

Luckily I live in a state with liberal exotic pet laws and I am essentially a shut-in on a trust fund, so I could keep such an animal. Part of my property is registered as a sanctuary. I have kept all manner of strange critters before--a couple emus, large desert tortoises, a maimed white wolf, all manner of wild animals the local rescue shelter could not sustain, but never a tiger, or tiger-like creature.
Sep. 1st, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
It was indeed a tiger cub.

The picture was taken at Archon, the St. Louis convention, a few years back. The cub and a couple of his litter mates had been brought there by the staff of an animal rescue organization. It was a fund raising thing. Twenty bucks or somesuch for a picture, all the money going to help support the organization.

By now that tiger is no doubt big enough to rip your guts out with one swipe of his paw.
Sep. 1st, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
And they failed to fly all the way to Reno (tiger cubs in tow) why...?

But hey, St. Louis and Chicago aren't too far away! I have money I'm just itching to spend on animal rescue efforts... ~:D
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
I understand that nuptials were celebrated recently. An acquaintance of mine attended.
May your life be rich, full, and delightful.
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Well I'd imagine you're busy as all hell even without the clever emoticon. I'm very eager to hear what this "more news" is.

And it is the time of year for business, especially if you help people move :D
B Fletcher
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
ADwD Paperback
Hello George,
I like to read my books on the go and in paper form. Can you shed some light on the North American release date of the paperback ADwD?
I can't seem to find it anywhere. Many thanks.
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: ADwD Paperback
it's unlikely that the NA publishers will release the paperback edition until the summer of 2012.

Check with HarperCollinsUK to see if they are listing a trade or mass market edition publication date. They often come out with paperback formats before the NA publishers do.

Edited at 2011-08-31 09:56 pm (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Re: ADwD Paperback
It usually takes about a year for a paper back to be released however generally the longer the book is on the bestseller list as a Hardcover the longer it will take to come out in paperback...case in point the last volume of Stieg Larson's series The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, still a bestseller, still a hard cover even over two years after release...and no paperback in sight.
Eduardo Aranha
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Welcome back home, Martin (:
Mari Deutsch
Aug. 31st, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hey did you hear that the German city of Bonn instituted the Imp's Penny for streetwalkers? Thought of you :oP
Sep. 1st, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Welcome back, and...
Don't forget to take the time to enjoy your Jets in a little over a week. Finally, some real NFL action soon! :)

Ah, yeah, some sleep might help too. Maybe a little breathing thrown in there too. No rest for the wicked, eh?
Sep. 1st, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Your Writing
I have recently finished A Dance of Dragons. I think I speak for most fans when I say, I sincerely enjoy your writing. I am submitting this statement regardless of the submission of a new book, but rather in regards to those writings which already exist. Perhaps this post seems overly obvious, but sometimes the obvious need-be stated. At this point the final two books (or more, god willing) cannot satiate my lust for the world of ASoIaF. I have enjoyed so thoroughly the chance to view into such an interesting and volatile world that I can't possibly do anything else than thank you for the opportunity and the invitation. Westeros is another world and even when the final pages have been written, its history will continue in the imagination of all your readers. Supposedly, stories are to have beginning, middles, and ends with arcs and plot points, etc. etc. etc. But sometime a writer of superior quality, comes along and creates another world, another reality and when this happens, there is no beginning or end, but rather just a story. Your writing transcends, thank you.
Pedro Dias Cardoso
Sep. 1st, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Your Writing
I tottaly relate to your comment, jon, as we steadily approach the end of this amazing story, I keep telling myself I will find another story to be immersed into, maybe I'll slip back to reading LoTR a couple more times, maybe not.

One more detail, I read aDWD so freaking fast I regretted (I got a medical license for breaking my wrist playing soccer :(, darn brazilians)and took the chance to read 5, 6 hours daily. I'm already feeling like rereading before the guys at Toeweofthehand.com start essaying and mapping the hidden misteries.

Well, after all this babbling, I must not forget to thank you Mr. Martin, for this amazing experience. Futhermore, I insist everyone (my friends) should try ASOIAF!
Sep. 1st, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Take your time to relax... you had lots of travel this year.
One last question... can we get the sampel chapter from THE WIND OF WINTERS you read from at worldcon? PLEASE... please... *please*

Sep. 1st, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Welcome home! :)
Sep. 1st, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
Hope you had a great time at the cons. (I was planning to go to Reno but it didn't work out :(
Sep. 1st, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
George is second most popular author of 2011 -- According to my calculations
I just released a free app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that is a statistical analysis of the New York Times Fiction Best Seller lists. Our favorite author is #2 for the year with all five books in the top 50 for 2011. AGOT and ACOK are in the top 10. A Dance With Dragons is climbing the list every week and will likely pop the top 10 before the year is out. Maybe higher.

My app is free with no in-app purchases, so this is in no way a solicitation to sell you anything. It's called "FictionStats" and is available on the app store. Check it out and watch our favorite author climb the ranks.


Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
NJ: North versus South
Speaking of home did you really grow up in NJ? Ok, so you were north Jersey and I'm in south Jersey. I'll forgive it, in light of your pure talent. I am wondering though, is some of the Seven Kingdoms' North vs South ordeal an ode to the state?
Matthew Smith
Sep. 3rd, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
on the other hand
it's football season! (at least college)


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