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Website Revamp

By popular request... a complete redesign and revamp of my website debuted today.

Same content. New look. More bells, more whistles, more functionality (we hope).

There will be a few bumps as we ease through the transition, but we should have everything smoothed out and running well before too long.

Let us know your thoughts.

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Zach Chadwick
Mar. 27th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
I really like the new layout George! Hope I see you in KC!
Rocky Balderston
Mar. 27th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
New Website
It looks very good!
ext_1723509
Mar. 28th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Looks great, George. Very second-decade of the 21st century.
littlelou999
Mar. 28th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Sample Chapters Gone?
Hey there:- I couldn't find the sample chapters anywhere on the new site. Have they been removed or just moved? If they are still there could someone post a link, please?
Also, the last I checked the website (before the redesign) I thought GM was visiting ComicCon in San Diego this July. But now I don't see ComicCon SD on the appearance list. Is that a bug? Or is he no longer attending? Or did I just have it wrong? (I ask because after 3 years of trying I finally managed to get a badge for CC SD.I was very excited that I might get to see GM in person...
LL
Lorhana Guarinni
Mar. 28th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
Do you intend to come to Brazil?
I became a big fan of your books for my my boyfriend, who by the way is super fan of yours, I wish you and your part of the cast of the series Game of Thrones came to visit us, an event for your next book who knows. I always wanted to surprise my boyfriend and would be very special if you come to Brazil or better in Rio de Janeiro bring us news about the books that are out.
cordially
Lorhana Soares Guarino
dscotton
Mar. 28th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC)
Objectively, the new one is a LOT better... but I will miss the old one a little bit, since I'd been visiting it since the 90's.
kilroy0097
Mar. 28th, 2013 07:35 am (UTC)
Looking good!
Aurlie Secco
Mar. 28th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
So cool !
I first thought it was the wrong website... WOOOAOW O_O The new design is really really good, and it's a great idea to show the work of all those fabulus artists! Thank you for this, and for all your creations!
Michael Bacher Hjorth
Mar. 28th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
aim for the stars
Dear George R.R. Martin

At first glance it is a much better website than the old one.

I feel like Davos Seaworth standing up to Stannis Baratheon, but even writer-kings need hard truth!

I had to ask myself: is this website really showing what George R.R. Martin represents? If this website were, for example - a short story, what kind of short story would it be?

I came to the sad answer that the website does not reflect the qualities I have come to love about mr. Martins work. And if the website were a short story, it would be a very dull one - young adult fantasy, card board hero/villain hack'n'slash with the occasionally cheesy romance filler.

A very different fantasist, J.K. Rowling, managed to get a website that reflected her litterary qualities. It included small online flash-game puzzles and the like. Which made good sense in regards to her fictional world.

When I reread my Ice and Fire books I can feel the hard work that has come from tons of rewrites, like the fabled valyrian steel it has been heated, hammered, cooled and folded with spells and skills I can hardly imagine.

The web-people should take a leaf out of your book. Great authors should have great websites. Dont settle for nothing less. Put those web-grumkins and snarks back to work I say.

They should be able to do better than a grey slab of marble, that looks like a Dungeons and Dragons webpage.

I miss dirt and mud, blood and gore, rusted iron and squeaky wooden doors, characters in (more than fifty) shades of grey, hearts in inner conflict.

Love your work though George.


PS: Sorry about my rotten english, it is not my first language.
William Welles
Mar. 28th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
I'll miss it
I understand the update and (I guess) I support it. But that ol' site had become like an old friend. Sad to see it go.

(Basically I'm just naturally resistant to all change no matter what it is)
Krzysztof Wargin
Mar. 28th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
Samples
The new site looks much better George. But one thing - I can't find place on the new site where samples of Ice and Fire are.. any clues?
Rebecca Oberzan
Mar. 28th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
New design
I love it! I miss the shields though since I been looking at them for so long!
becca
Duncan Ross
Mar. 28th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
Can't find Samples
I can't find the writing sample of Arianne that you posted in January from the newest book! Just heard about it now and was really looking forward to reading it!
Overall the site looks REALLY good.... Will miss the old one though.
gianetta
Mar. 30th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: Can't find Samples
Look under 'News', then 'Winds of Winter'.
Amen-Ra Lumumba
Mar. 28th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
All things must end
I miss the old site already. The site was unattractive and looked like something that you would see 15 years ago, but it was what it was. All of the great houses on display and I associated the site with you. A guy who grudgingly excepts the benefits of technology, or at least that's how it seems to me.

Now you have new current website that is easy to navigate and looks good. I like it, even if I am already nostalgic. Congratulations!
ext_1724906
Mar. 28th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Winds of Winter
What happened to the Arianne excerpt George? I will speak only for myself: I am dying for ANY news on Winds of Winter (though I am sure I'm not the only one).

Great new look.

Happy writing.
ext_1724984
Mar. 28th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
new site!
BTW, I do likethe new site!! Pretty!
nevarran
Mar. 28th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
shields
Looks quite good. I miss the shield tho :)
Tanto Ten
Mar. 29th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
New website
A new website deserves a new sample chapter just to start it out right...
Victoria Durant
Mar. 29th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Honestly? I hate it. I've been visiting this site for about 9yrs and I feel disappointed. I feel like the majority of this site is now dedicated to the show, and that's not how you started out George. I love a song of ice and fire, I consider it the best book series I've ever read. And the fact that i had to really search on this website to find any news about it (and the fact that i STILL can't seem to locate the ice and fire chapter from the next book that u recently put up) makes me really upset.
gracht
Mar. 29th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
Only since you asked..
prefer the former, on basis, 'If it aint broke, don't fix it'. I miss the sigils - they were strikingly memorable & you knew you were in the right place; in someone's labour of love.I trusted the old site's rustic honesty. Like meeting Strider in the Prancing Pony; 'Foul would seem fairer', kind of thing. The new site seems too fair.It is sleek & glossy, yes, - like a sales catalogue &, well, too sterile for my taste, with a souless "sell, sell, sell" message, similar to any ubiquitous bookstore chains' sites. It's pitching too hard, IMO, and you, Ser, don't need to do that. Hell, it's your baby (or is it)? & there's nothing wrong with pitching & selling, per se, but it's kinda 'in your face' and pedestrian. I want dragon smoke, kraken coils in the deep, children of the forest hands' parting branches, blue blazing eyes in the dark, blizzards. And if I want to buy a wooly bunnet that says 'Winter is Coming' I'll go to HBO; not your site. I suspect HBO types' fingerprints are all over the new site design. I think I'll visit the new site less as its lost a lot of its character, but, then again, like one of Pavlov's dogs, I'll no doubt adjust. To sum up, the former site was "Ser Barristan Selmy" & the new one is "Daario Naharis", on whom the jury is still out.

Edited at 2013-03-29 04:27 pm (UTC)
ext_1727298
Mar. 29th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Appearances
I always smile when I see your announced appearances. Puts you on the same level as the Virgin Mary.
gianetta
Mar. 30th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
It's gorgeous, although I'll miss the outdated charm of the old site. I was happy to see that all of the old photos are still there.
Michelle Gomes
Mar. 30th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
Parabéns!!
Melhorias sempre são bem vindas...e vindo de uma pessoa com sua inteligencia está ótimo...quero logo poder ver a nova temporada do Game Of Thrones aqui no Brasil. Abraço!!
Larry Majkrzak
Mar. 30th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Looks great
I have been a fan for a long time. I thought I went to the wrong page at first. Well done!
ext_1728843
Mar. 30th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Cyvass
I'm wondering if and when an official cyvass rule book or chapter will be released?
is this something that you are interested in doing?
grrm
Mar. 30th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Cyvass
No. Some things are better suggested than shown.
Re: Cyvass - gracht - Mar. 31st, 2013 11:53 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Cyvass - insurrbution - Apr. 2nd, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
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