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Still Dancing

My dragons continue to dance... around the top of the NY TIMES bestseller list.

The latest list (for 9/11) will have A DANCE WITH DRAGONS still at #2 for hardcover fiction, one slot below the latest big debut, Kathy Reichs' FLASH AND BONES.

The week before (the 9/4) list also had DANCE at #2, this time behind the new Terry Goodkind fantasy, which debuted that week.

And the week before that (the list for 8/28) saw DANCE back at #1, after falling to #2 the previous week/

So... seven weeks and counting, all at #1 or #2. Not half bad.

Of course, Stieg Larson's THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST has been on the list for 66 weeks as of the September 11 list, and THE HELP for 106 weeks, so we need to keep this all in perspective.

But I'm a happy writer. Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven books, seven weeks near the top... I'll take it, and hope for more.

Thanks again to all of you, my readers. You are the ones who made this all possible.


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Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Hey, you should make it seven years till the next book - it'll do even better - you can't go wrong with that number.
Sirpa Huhtiniemi Leppnen
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Seven
SEVEN YEARS?ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Seven hells, please, please Mr. Martin don't you dear listen to any of that! Seven months is more like it. Mr. Martin, could you just please finnish the song of ice and fire in your next book? And don't take too long to write it, because as much as I love spending time in the seven kingdoms I really need to go to other places as well. Like work. If you take too long to write your next book I won't be able to leave. While I waited for the dragons I had to read all of the books all over again (sometimes in two different languages) to catch up. And now I still have to return to them because I notice that there's still so much I don't remember. Not to mention that not knowing how it ends always DRIVES ME NUTS! So just please, don't take too long, okay?
Re: Seven - tungsai - Sep. 5th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
And it is our pleasure!
Our pleasure, George. I discoverd ASOIAF last year and have been greatly enjoying it since - and I usually don't even like fantasy! It's the first hardcover I've bought in years.

Already looking forward to the next one! Let's see if you can finally top "A Storm of Swords"! ("Dance" being my third favourite of the series, just trailing behind "Game"! But I like them all, really. Lover of hard work, me.)
Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm listening to the audiobook for Game of Thrones as I type this. Thanks for the all the words, George.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank YOU for the good times and great reads!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Hear hear!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
It's no surprise ... the book is AWESOME!

And the TV Show was much better than I had expected. So you're getting a whole new generation of brand new readers!

Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you for such great stories with great characters. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
thank you for your awesome work! i'm quite ready to read Winds of Winter. actually, i was ready for Winds of Winter the moment i finished Dance with Dragons....
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Congratulations Mr. Martin on not only the success of the book but also the success of the HBO series, the Emmy Nominations & the positive publicity from the media. Great thigs happens to a great artist just like you. Keep up the great work sir.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Congratations that's pretty cool. Even better all the books are selling well. I've got Fevre Dream on it's way now.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Heck, Mr. M, I've been reading you since the 1970s: "A Song for Lya" was an early favourite, and the initial novella and then book with Lisa Tuttle, "Windhaven," has stuck with me since my late teens. And everything since of course, though I eventually left the Wild Cards world. Needless to say, when "A Game of Thrones" first appeared, I grabbed it day-of-publication, and so on since then; happy to tell you my hard-SF older brother Rich, well-steeped in the fan world (WorldCon often but also and more immediately for him Corflu), has started reading "A Song of Ice and Fire," drawn in by the HBO series. So me, you've always had me, but now your work is also spreading to previously impregnable bastions of "SF, dammit, not F!"

Which is all to say, kudos to you, Sir; you are one of the rare Smashers of Barriers.

(But don't heed an earlier poster's advice and wait 7 years for then next book, please!)
Sep. 5th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
grrm's books
What- no Tuf Voyaging? :D
Re: grrm's books - thefirstalicat - Sep. 5th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
And Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is actually next on my reading list - after I finish your Dreamsongs books, which I'm starting tomorrow. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
May you have seven x seven weeks on the list )
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Still reading...
A Storm of Swords, trying to reach Dance, Big fan Mr. Martin and great work with the series.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Glad we could help... it's the least we could do! ;)

We're a lucky bunch to have you on this planet. Just sayin.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Dance is awesomeness. Thanks to HBO, my husband is addicted and is loving the books. We have to get audiobooks for him for his ride back and forth to work. (I collect the hardcovers, so we have both) We both loved Dance and he said to tell you Dotrice is a much better narrator. (he said Feast drove him crazy for a bit) He bought me Needle from Valyrian Steel for our anniversary! I am in love! I got number 216. Thank you, George. Song is my favorite series ever and I totally love the characters. Tyrion makes my husband laugh pretty regularly. They will ever be bestsellers to me, even when they aren't on a list. Hope that doesn't come any time soon.
Nathan Pohlman
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Are you a billionaire?

I bet you will be by the time you finish writing the books.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
It was an amazing book. I have HBO to thank for introducing me to your Song of Ice and Fire and I am so glad I found it! Cannot wait for the next book.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Edged out by Goodkind's weirdo Objectivist tripe? Dang.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
Your book is so much better than those other two. I'm just hoping Jon makes it...*crossing fingers*
Daniel Morris
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
First of all, Thank you..
Your books are an immersion in brilliance. But you seem certain that there will be 7, is that concrete in your mind still?
Sep. 3rd, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: First of all, Thank you..
Technically there's some debate about how many kingdoms are actually in the seven kingdoms, the riverlands are kinda sorta almost a kingdom on their own. The many faced god has as many faces as he needs for any number of books. So he has some leeway. I think it's a safe bet that he will end up 'making the eight'. There's also nine great houses, and six direwolves plus the three dogs of Clegane...
Sep. 2nd, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)

I'm totally obsessed with these books now.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
i plan to buy it once i get done books 3 and 4!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 05:17 am (UTC)
page 913 of the hard cover made me miserable.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
So happy for you really. Like another poster, I'm a longtime fan; I remember being blown away by the Sandkings short story collection (I'm in the UK); and later trying to decide which of The Armageddon Rag and Fevre Dream was better given that they were both such extraordinary novels. It's just really lovely to see you get all this recognition.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Sincere gratitude
My cousins had been talking about this "Game of Thrones" book. They wondered if they should read it. Perchance, I saw the title on HBO on Demand. Naturally, I clicked play on the first episode. Uncertainty fell to intrigue and I realized I must have the books. I like to possess things I take a shining to, who doesn't? Once I read the first book my intrigue turned to absolute raw hunger. Your characters are original and extremely, tragically human. You have the courage that most writers lack (killing characters and not magically bringing them back). You've made fantasy as real as it can possibly get. It's borderline historic fiction, you've done it so well. Thank you for taking the dedicated time to write this series. Your creation is forever in my heart. I believe your fans are in your debt, your Grace.
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