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These worldbook "sidebars" are all threatening to turn into novellas.

Sure hope you guys and gals like fake history.


Sep. 8th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
I would read an entire Encyclopaedia Britannica about the world of ASoIaF ("Encyclopaedia Citadelica" maybe?). Oh, and I would be eager to read one "Hitchhiker's Guide to Westeros" as well. :)

If I may quote you (and I have half a mind to print and laminate these words, because I couldn't express with such precision what I expect and love when and I read fiction, especially epic fiction):


And if I’m guilty of having gratuitous sex, then I’m also guilty of having gratuitous violence, and gratuitous feasting, and gratuitous description of clothes, and gratuitous heraldry, because very little of this is necessary to advance the plot. But my philosophy is that plot advancement is not what the experience of reading fiction is about. If all we care about is advancing the plot, why read novels? We can just read Cliffs Notes.

A novel for me is an immersive experience where I feel as if I have lived it and that I’ve tasted the food and experienced the sex and experienced the terror of battle. So I want all of the detail, all of the sensory things—whether it’s a good experience, or a bad experience, I want to put the reader through it. To that mind, detail is necessary, showing not telling is necessary, and nothing is gratuitous."

Spot on! As Mr. Mercury would say, "I want it all"!

I consider myself a rather imaginative fellow, but the experience I get from reading your books is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. My usual reading environments are unfortunately somewhat noisy and distracting, but it doesn't take more than just a few words from your books to immerse myself completely, and wrap the real life noises and disturbances in a sort of impregnable fog, in a way that, during those precious moments while I am reading, all there is about me is Westeros with all its tales, lore, history and the sensory stimuli you so brilliantly convey to us.

And I agree with many of the comments: Westeros's compelling history made me even more interested in our own world's history. I am even reading some of the books you suggest on your website's FAQ (I started with Barbara Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror", and would very much appreciate recommendations regarding War of the Roses) and in my last visit to NYC I spent a whole afternoon at the "Arms and Armor in Medieval Europe" collection of the MET! (and can only hope someday we will have a "World of Ice and Fire" section there too!).

Best regards from Brazil! Almost exactly two years since the first publication of "A Game of Thrones" in (Brazilian) Portuguese, the book has appeared in the Top 10 list 68 times (it is the #8 this week, and ADWD has been consistently at #2 during the last 4 weeks, only behind those many Shades of Grey). This is quite an impressive feat, and even more so in a country such as ours. And in spite of a rather arid translation (IMO), I should add.


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