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Back From LA

Just back from a week in LA.

I did Conan (the O'Brien, not the Cimmerian) and the Today Show, and taped a segment for a BBC special about Machiavelli... along with the usual dozen or so meeetings.

Also, while in town, swung by the Bookstar in Studio City and signed all their stock of my books, which was considerable. So if you're an Angeleno or just visiting LA, and want to snag an autographed copy of one of my novels, get yourself to Studio City while the supply lasts.

And now I'm back in the land of wolves and savage dust storms, digging out from under.

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janet_oconnell
Jun. 12th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Hey George saw the interview with Conan and you were brilliant. Interesting and entertaining....well done!
But I know there is nothing so sweet as coming home after a trip away no matter how enjoyable.
Anthony Concannon
Jun. 12th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
Awesome television appearance! I'm seriously glad the television series is able to push so many people toward the novels. I've gotten my entire group of friends to read the books and the newly shared interest has led to some of the most entertaining and memorable conversations we've ever had with each other.
Abheesht Tiwari
Jun. 12th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
greetings
it was good to see you around on television. after the red wedding people had to know the real brain behind Westeros (i am one of your innumerable admirers but some of the show watchers remain ignorant about the books hope that will change after RW). A break is very important given the nature of work you do and to utilize it in such a way was even better.
After this i can see WoW coming out by the end of 2014 and even if you refuse to comment on the release date i have this gut feeling that as always you are going to surprise the readers by doing what they dont expect i.e releasing it by 2014. keep up the brilliant work.
Paper_Wizard
Jun. 12th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC)
Spice Mining
As an aspiring writer who is still struggling to find form, voice and hit my stride, and who seems to spend a great deal more time thinking about writing than actually writing anything of substance, (fits & starts) I wonder how you yourself manage with all the day-to-day pressures and distractions of your deserved success?
grrm
Jun. 12th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Spice Mining
Minions.

Minions are the answer.
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aymenian
Jun. 12th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
I want my signed copy >_
geekfurious
Jun. 12th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
Fun times
Loved the Conan appearance. I was wanting to see your reaction to the YouTube videos and you did not disappoint.

I wonder how different the reactions have been from non-book readers who watched the show vs how book readers reacted way back when the book was first released.

paul_2405
Jun. 12th, 2013 11:58 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you had a nice trip George.. I'm about to read my copy of Fevre Dream that you signed for me last year.... So far so good.. Keep Rocking George x
marick99
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Great job on Conan. Always a pleasure watching your interviews.

I recently read "Dying of the Light"... and my goodness was it fantastic. Really interesting to read the early "Sandor Clegane" in Bretan Braith. :) Like the Hound, he was one of my favourites. I like to think he maybe dug a grave *cough* for Dirk after they finally duelled ;)
Jason Dole
Jun. 12th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
Glad your trip went splendidly. Love Conan and seeing you on there was a delight.
Also I am excited most by hearing that WoW writing is going swiftly. I enjoy seeing you about and sometimes wish you would drive down to ABQ more often so I could buy you a beer but I am most excited for the book.

But seriously, would love to meet you, shake your hand, buy you a beer and then explain how i was hooked on your writing and how i passed around your GoT book to hook all my friends.
Joe Johnson
Jun. 12th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank You!
I was never an avid reader, but thanks to HBO turning your words into scripts I had to read your books. After season two, I purchased all five books and read them all. The Red Wedding was probably the most depressing event in the story. Since you portray the Stark family as honorable and just people, your writing makes you feel a tremendous amount of sorrow for their family.

Keep up the great work! I look forward to the final two? or three books!
bungeebot
Jun. 12th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
I saw you on Conan... it was awesome. You beautifully illustrated what I've been trying to say to all those fans of the show who haven't read the books: "now you guys know how all us nerds felt when we read A Storm Of Swords like a decade ago!" :)
krylovych_new
Jun. 12th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
offtop:
sorry, but what about Game of Thrones Season 3 Blu-ray release?
grrm
Jun. 12th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
Probably next March or thereabouts.
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Jeff McHugh
Jun. 12th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Book Star
Thanks, George.

Loaded up on signed copies for myself and all of my friends. What a good person I am! Go Bruins!!!
ext_2013863
Jun. 13th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
Just came here to say you're the best!
Bernard Gumz
Jun. 13th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
hooray!
Tomo and Walberg are happy you made it home in one piece. ;)
memyselfandrye
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
busy busy, past, present and future
Peter Dinklage was just confirmed as the voice of one of the main characters for Bungie's new game Destiny. Does that have anything to do with your visit to them a couple of years ago? You said you couldn't talk about it... but if the cat is out of the bag...
grrm
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: busy busy, past, present and future
Nothing at all.
weemowet
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
Indeed
Just wanted to say I'm thankful the surging popularity of ASoIaF helped get Tuf Voyaging back in print. I'm reading it now, and it's an absolute delight. I'll be recommending it to friends who only know you from ASoIaF, or that simply enjoy fun sci-fi. And any cat lover I meet will be greeted with "All cats have a touch of psi. This is well known."

I know what I'll bring if I ever make it to one of your book signings! Although it is a bit hilarious how the publisher tried to make the cloned animal and weapon shadows on the new cover look like the Iron Throne...

Edit: I finished the book. "Delightful" might not be the right word for the closing sections, but they're quite powerful. You surely know how to write an ending!

Edited at 2013-06-17 12:21 am (UTC)
David Marlow
Jun. 13th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
In Stride
Nice job on the talk show circuit. I would have a hard time keeping my ego in check if I ever became ridiculously famous, but you seem pretty grounded. The publicity must be hard to deal with (especially after a certain wedding). Way to take things in Stride.
Jarrett Capodicasa
Jun. 13th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
Going through withdrawal
Conan was hysterical ,please sir give us another sample chapter from WOW

Edited at 2013-06-13 04:59 am (UTC)
Jill Abatemarco
Jun. 13th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
Bookstar loves your surprise visits, Mr. Martin!
Brenna Cochrane
Jun. 13th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
Games
Tried to come see you in Texas back in March but the flights were too expensive, although I had tickets. Its just going to drive me crazy to wait for this next book. You are an amazing writer, testament of the word for word screenplays by HBO..But this John Snow ending just has made me crazy..This Julius Caesar like assassination has had me dread the back log of the series. I just never know what is in store for these characters. Because they are yours.. I will never appreciate any external influence or a torch passing. Please give me some insight or get writing until you finish..Its tormenting
Иван Троловский
Jun. 13th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
If you don't mind, I would like to know your attitude toward this - http://buttsofjustice.tumblr.com/post/52750316908/wantthepharaohs-fatpinkcast-critics

- personally I see in this only narrow-minded stereotipical thinking by once and for all memorized duple scheme. Of course it is irrelevant to real struggle against racism, and, I belive, even harmful for it. So, question to you is - what to with foolish associates, how to reduce harm that they do?

Or maybe you belive that scene (and Daenerys story in this case) is truly racist?
grrm
Jun. 13th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Most of these people have obviously not read the books.

If they had, they would know there is no racial component to slavery as practiced on Essos. It is based on slavery as it existed in the ancient world. The Romans and Greek were just as willing to enslave other Greeks and Romans as they were Celts, Goths, Germans, and Africans. It's on the page.

However, when you are filming scenes in Morocco, and you put out a call for extras, it's Moroccans who show up. Most of them are darker skinned than our European actors (though there is actually a lot of different races and ethnic groups represented in the country, including Arabs, Berbers, Africans, French, etc). It is not so different from shooting a scene in Belfast and putting out a call for extras, whereupon a lot of Irish show up.

We fly our actors from country to country and continent to continent, at considerable expense, but that's not a practical consideration when dealing with extras. So in any big crowd scene, the prevailing skin color is always going to echo that of whatever the location is that you're shooting in.

But just for the record, yes, Dany is white, just as she has been from the beginning, and she may or may not be a savior (the last scene in "Mhysa" is not the end of her journey by any means), but she frees slaves of all colors, races, creeds, and nationalities.

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AbortiveSorrows
Jun. 13th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
The conan interview was lovely! I loved the whole explanation behind killing off the main characters. ASOIAF truly seems like the only book where your hands shake while turning the next page.
That said I probably wouldn't be so reasonable about it if Sansa dies!! She very much reminds me of Sylvia Plath ("My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel."!?! I could have been reading her journal), and conversely, Plath's "Out of the ash I rise with my red hair And I eat men like air.", reminds me of Sansa, or rather what I hope for her. Anyway, she's my favourite and I can't even think about losing her.
So yeah, the TWoW hasn't even released and I am already stressed and worried and I can't even imagine how intense actually reading it will be!
That's a good thing, I guess?! :)
P.S - I love that small photo of yours that appears on top here sometimes in which you appear to be clutching a tiny baby tiger!? Did you really snuggle with a baby tiger!! ^^

Edited at 2013-06-13 11:47 am (UTC)
ext_1735690
Jun. 13th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Great interviews!
My family and I really enjoyed your Conan interview and the youtube "Spoilers" video. We loved the idea of Joffrey adopting a lion cub and learning the true meaning of Christmas. Alternate history/dimension maybe? Hahaha.
anna_kovalyova
Jun. 13th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
The North
Will Never Forget
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