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Last Day in London

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Today's my last day in London (for this part of the trip). I'll be turning up at the London Book Fair and taping some interviews there for HBO, then heading back to the hotel to pack for Portugal. Off to Lisbon in the a.m.

Was down on Oxford Street yesterday afternoon, and I popped into the Waterstone's there and signed all their stock. So if any of my UK readers want a signed copy or three, that's where you'll find 'em... while the supplies last.

The day before, we caught WAR HORSE on stage. AMAZING show. More impressive than the film, I think. The puppetry is magical. We also got to meet several of the actors. My thanks to my friends at HBO for getting us the tickets, and to John Bradley West for helping set up the backstage visit.

ANd before THAT was our after-hours HarperCollins party at the Tower of London, else wise known as The Publishing Event of the Year. Turns out I have readers amongst the Beefeaters.

So, yes, you can say, this has been a swell trip.

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dannister
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:21 am (UTC)
You are very busy!! But it sounds like you are having fun. I have never been to London, would love to visit one day. Glad your trip was great! :)
Sean Malone
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:23 am (UTC)
Last Day in London
Glad that your trip was a success, George.I was visiting in London just a month ago.
You have pointed to Medieval structures and castles that have manifested in some way or influenced Ice and Fire. I was overwhelmed by the amount of history layered in the different accessible areas of the Tower (being a student of European Medieval History) and how much is still largely intact. I'm sure your experience at the Tower was in some degree as inspirational!

Have a safe trip home (since you have unfinished business)! :)
hobnailedboots
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the UK! If only I weren't a poor Scottish student, I'd have been down to London in a flash.
multiclassgeek
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
It was a pleasure to have you, both at Eastercon and for the rest of your time in our fair country!
mevennen
Apr. 16th, 2012 09:12 am (UTC)
George, it was lovely to catch up with you at E'con and I'm very glad you and P have enjoyed the rest of your trip.
smallship1
Apr. 16th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
Thank you for coming, and I'm sorry we missed you.
Andrew Tennant
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Glad you had a good time in the UK! Come back more often and come visit Scotland! :-D
caillte_inion
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
You have a live journal! I am fangirling! Sounds like you're having an amazing time. :)
insurrbution
Apr. 16th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are having a good time blowing off (some) steam while travelling. Many people who are busy don't take breathers, even if it's a change of scenery. I hear War Horse is pretty great, but chances of me seeing the stage production are low.

I'm glad that you are doing well, and hope your work is progressing well.

As ever, I look forward to news of Winds of Winter (or even Dunk and Egg #4 and the anthology), but in the mean time, season 2 of Game of Thrones is keeping me occupied, Seven Kingdoms-wise.

As a final note, I'm not sure how much say you have on the 'design' of your books, but I really like the look Dance With Dragons took (and the previous 4, re-issued in similar 'style'), but I hope books 6 and 7 maintain that look.

Enjoy your week :)

Edited at 2012-04-16 01:55 pm (UTC)
Cintia Faria
Apr. 16th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Now you can have a good time in Brazil! Sounds good, huh? And I enjoy having your signature on one of my books. :)



Edited at 2012-04-16 02:48 pm (UTC)
endeers
Apr. 16th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
In case you missed it, congrats on being impersonated on SNL! I'm also looking forward to meeting you next month.
paul_2405
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Howdy
I was very happy to see you at The Bloomsbury Theatre.
It was a pleasure listening to you talk and even more of a pleasure when you signed my copy of Fevre Dream. Good Luck with your travels & Good vibes always
Tom Hays
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
hero
You are my hero George. If you are ever in Boston or Miami, dinner and whatever you want is on me man!

marinettimania
Apr. 16th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your SNL parody!
When you come back from Europe be sure to take a look at your recent SNL parody - from a loyal reader since 1997, it's a thrill to see the success you've been having. Anybody who's anybody has an SNL parody to their name!
will0w165
Apr. 16th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
on stage - more impressive than the film!
I just wonder – what a challenge would it be to bring ASOIAF as a play on the stage some day… It might be even greater than HBO show. Forgive my dreaming for spring. Eventhough I know that chances are slim.
Quester Maloney
Apr. 16th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Gay
I am not homophobic in any sense, but why is the HBO series focusing on contrived gay story lines? And now I am reading press of you saying you wrote this into the books? Of my ten friends that have read the books not a single one remembers this.

Really unfortunate. A great series suddenly feels like it is delivering a hidden agenda. Why?
Johns Ballsacko
Apr. 17th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: Gay
He doesn't flat out tell you in the books that Renly is gay. The Rainbow Guard, his colors, his relationship with The Knight of "Flowers"???? That doesn't seem obvious to you?

Perhaps your ten friends didn't read into the text enough and were just skimming quickly to get to the next Daenerys chapter.

Tell your friends to reread the book, it will stand out like a sore thumb.
hippoiathanatoi
Apr. 17th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Gay
It's true that the novels are quite subtle on this point and many otherwise observant and careful readers have missed it, and the TV show -- not being wed to the strict POV structure of the novels, for one thing -- has chosen to be more apparent.

The Tower of the Hand actually has a very good article gathering the evidence, and I recommend looking it over. Some of it is extremely circumstantial. But the Loras Tyrell quotes from the third novel are surely definitive.

Edited at 2012-04-17 05:53 pm (UTC)
Targh
Apr. 17th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Gay
George has stated (for the benefit of those who doubt) that Loras and Renly are gay, and were always gay. It's in the books if you pay attention, as in the link the above poster mentioned.
angrierthanyou
Apr. 18th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: Gay
What you say here is that an explicit scene of kissing between two men for a storyline which was only eluded to in the books is pushing an agenda, but an explicit sex scene between two straight people which was only eluded to in the books is fine? I don't believe a scene with Stannis pounding the bejeezus out of Melisandre on the Westeros table existed anywhere in the novel, though it was eluded to the same as Renly's sexuality.

I'm not trying to start an argument, just saying the show can only be purported to have an agenda if you ignore all the other parts of it.
smarmyelf
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: Gay
I have no idea how people failed to understand that Renly is gay in the books. The man has a Rainbow Guard, for god's sake... But there are many mentions of him being gay. A lot of characters in the book allude to that fact.

I love Renly, and if you think having gay people in tv shows is further an "agenda" then I feel sorry for you.
K26dp
Apr. 17th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Reader among the Beefeaters... that's one of the coolest things I can think of.
David Rosenblatt
Apr. 17th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Did you talk to Kit Harrington about seeing War Horse? Don't forget, he originated the main role when it first debuted on West End. My friend who saw the original production said it was the most connected to a show and its characters than he has ever been.
georni
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Gutted! I'm in London on vacation and only just discovered that you were here as well, would have loved to have one of my ASoIaF books signed. Ah, well, you can make it up to me by coming on a tour in Norway surely? :D
Mawgan Berry
Apr. 20th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
A belated thank you for coming over here, was a quite amusing, and informative Q&A down at the Bloomsbury. And more importantly, thanks for signing my Kindle cover!
Christopher Larue
Apr. 20th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
More Books
Are the rumors of a sixth and seventh book in the series true?
insurrbution
Apr. 21st, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: More Books
I don't want to speak for George, but seeing s he's busy, I'll take this one:

There will be a sixth book (Winds of Winter) and seventh (Dream of Spring). George is hoping to finish the series with 7 books, that's his aim, but it *could* take another after Dream of Spring.

He's currently (maybe not at this SECOND, but it's one of his main projects) writing Winds of Winter, and I think a pretty good start. It seems that it's easier going this time than with Feast for Crows and Dance With Dragons.

Again, I don't want to speak for George, but i have faith and a good feeling that we will see Book 6, Winds of Winter, in either 2013 or 2014, followed by Dream of Spring 2-4 years after that.

As a slight favor to ask, I'm hoping the cover design & style that was introduced with Dance With Dragons will continue through the rest of the series and not change again :)
Anthony Gifford
Apr. 23rd, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
London
It was pretty busy at that tower of London event, but it was great meeting you.
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