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A Taste of Winter

tiger
As a Christmas gift to all my loyal fans and readers, I've just replaced the (long published) sample chapters from A DANCE WITH DRAGONS on my website with an unpublished sample chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER.

Go ye to "Ice & Fire Sample" on my website and enjoy.

(The chronology, as usual, is tricky. This chapter will be found eventually at the beginning of WINDS, but as you will be able to tell from context, it actually takes place before some of the chapters at the end of DANCE).

Love it or hate it, please do NOT discuss it here. Any such posts will be deleted. There are plenty of great places on the net for such discussions, so take your thoughts, comments, and analysis to Westeros or the Tower of the Hand or the Podcast of Ice and Fire, or your favorite foreign language site.

(FYI, there will be a different sample chapter from WINDS OF WINTER included at the end of the paperback edition of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS when that is published next July).

Happy holidays, all. Keep reading.

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floodone
Dec. 29th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for the sample. Please, PLEASE don't take five years to get us the next book. PLEEEAAAASSSSEEE!!!!!
asthran
Dec. 29th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!

One more nitpicky thing: The title of sample page is "GRRM - Wild Cards Sample" - perhaps it should be "Winds of Winter Sample" instead?
hiyokonojinsei
Dec. 29th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Woot!! ^o^ This is GOLD. I'm so going to check it out RIGHT AWAY! :D THANK YOU!
masekger
Dec. 29th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Neat trick....
Now i am ensnared again....
jlvsclrk
Dec. 29th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
Thank you for such a wonderful gift!
lady_of_payne
Dec. 29th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
Great prezent for New Year.
escarboucle
Dec. 29th, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
Thank you sir!

I'll keep that as a treat for New Year XD
cabepfir
Dec. 29th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you Mr Martin. I'm over excited!
kotiya
Jan. 6th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
I *love* your icon!
Anna Paulina Malinowska
Dec. 29th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
Lovely
That's lovely, thank you! Hope you had a very merry Christmas!
kaliszm
Dec. 29th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!!! :-)
lydzi
Dec. 29th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
hfkjdsgfkjdgsd THANK YOU SANTA!GRRM ^^
arrow13
Dec. 29th, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
That's great, thank you for the present!
alcanis_ivennil
Dec. 29th, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
Good ser, this is AWESOME. I literally made me dance around the room.
diana_locksly
Dec. 29th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
Thanks – it is really a nice present. Happy holidays for you too.
dk65
Dec. 29th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
A Taste of Winter
Dear Mr. Martin,
I started reading the Song of Ice and Fire series in 2009 and have enjoyed all five volumes. I'm not a fantasy reader at all--I generally go for mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, literary fiction and (when unwell) romance. You've created a really powerful storyline, a very realistic setting and very engaging characters--I'm a Stark family fan and I hope the siblings reunite in the end. I work as an editor, and am truly amazed at the amount of research you must have done (in medieval history and life) to create such a realistic backdrop. I wish some of my authors had done as much research as you have--I keep advising them to do so!

I look forward to reading the next two volumes in the series--we get Game of Thrones on HBO in India, but, since I hate the week-long wait for the next episode, I look forward to the release of the DVD here.
Chad E Davis
Dec. 29th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Chapter
Best Christmas Ever!!!!!!
estelindis
Dec. 29th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I wasn't expecting this at all. It was a wonderful surprise. We fans are going to speculate about future events at endless length regardless, so it's great to have something substantial upon which to based those speculations! Heading over to Westeros now to see what everyone had to say...
John Weathers
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That was a wonderful little treat to help tide us over!
liandriel
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo!
Thank you!
from_ashes
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
deiussum
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Title wrong
Awesome! THANKS!

One nitpick, the title of the page is "Wild Cards Sample." I posted the link on Facebook and it displayed as that. :)

c3judge
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Best Christmas present i could ask for.
Read it and loved it. Can't wait for the book.

Thanks GRRM, and Merry Christmas to you!
breebers
Dec. 29th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
My brain is still exploding, both from fangirlish glee and trying to assess every little detail in that chapter, but THANK YOU. I give you one million internet hugs!
moriestiel
Dec. 29th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Only one chapter and again I'm already hooked. Thank you. ^-^
Carey Wilson
Dec. 29th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
A very nice read! A wonderful christmas present. It was paced very well and I am very worried about what happens between Bolton and Stannis.
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