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The Dragons Are Here

It's publication day!

The long-awaited mass market paperback of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS hits the bookstores today.  (Yes, we know you folks in the UK, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, and like places have had the UK mass market for ages, thanks, you can stop gloating now).


And yes, the paperback of DANCE does include a sample chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER.  A lot of folks have been clamoring to know which one, and now it can be revealed: we've included the first Ser Barristan chapter from the novel-in-progress, wherein we glimpse the beginning of the Battle of Meereen.  I hope you will all enjoy it.

The dragons are not flying alone, either.  Also hitting the racks (and virtual racks) this morning in both the US and the UK is THE WIT AND WISDOM OF TYRION LANNISTER, a little hardcover stocking stuffer collecting most of the Imp's best (and worst) lines from the five novels published to date, illustrated by Jonty Clarke.

This one is meant as a Christmas book of sorts, small enough to slip into a stocking (if you have very big feet).    We hope you get a kick out of it.

US edition

UK edition

And who knows, if our little venture meets with favor, perhaps next year we will do THE WIT AND WISDOM OF HODOR.

DANCE and WIT & WISDOM are both available at a bookstore near you, or from your favorite online retailer.


Oct. 29th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Gifting the Dance paperback...but not before I read me that Selmy chapter. Both Bantam and Harper Voyager have nice 'trade' paperbacks. Amazing stuff in terms of the text itself (of course) as well as the PHYISCAL book.
I've got the existing novels in the newest cover design (to match 'Dance') in hardback and am looking forward to getting the rest of the series in hardback also for myself; while gifting the paperbacks and reading the sample chapters :)
Oct. 29th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
My brother wishes Hodor was the evil mastermind behind all the ills in Westeros purely because he thinks it would be hilarious to hear him bellowing Hodor at his minions from atop the Iron Throne.
Chris Huggins
Oct. 29th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
I would seriously pay for a 'Wit and Wisdom of Hodor'. I know several people it would be perfect for!
Oct. 29th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Tyrion is one of my favorite characters, so I'm looking forward to when I can get this book. Hdor may be fun, but will it be a book of his actions and reactions, that there than direct quotes? I mainly ask, because I've sene the "Hodor" versions of things on the Internet, and I do not think that reading a 50+ book with "Hodor" reiterated with every single word would hold me interest for long, fun as the idea is.....
Oct. 29th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Uh... the Hodor thing was a joke.

The Tyrion book is entirely quotes.
Oct. 29th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
I read the specs for it when I first saw it on Amazon, over or about a month ago. Tyrion may be cynical, and even a bit jaded at times, but overall, I like him. I think I'm starting to like Jaime a bit more, after that last book, but we'll see if he manages to stay a bit higher in my estimation when your next book comes out. I like Daenerys, too, but I also like dragons, so it's no wonder.

I guess I took the Hodor thing as seriously silly, so I gave my seriously silly opinion.

Oct. 30th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
What is/are your favorite(s) quote(s)?
Oct. 30th, 2013 10:39 am (UTC)
"Uh... the Hodor thing was a joke."

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I would have wanted a whole book of HODOR! ...sure. The Hodor memes are nice, though. =)
Oct. 29th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
HODOR! Hodor.
Oct. 29th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Tyrion is one of the best characters you created I love that guy. So I think I'll buy it :D
Oct. 29th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
Tyrion is best in both books and the series, thank you so much for him. And for the others. And, of course, for the Others
Oct. 29th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
I hope you really think the idea of a book with entirely quotes of Hodor.. It will be the best seller of this era.

Now, seriously.. I like to have a copy of Dance in english.
My original tongue is spanish, but, I would like to read it in the original language and appreciate things that are lost in the translation.
About the wit and wisdom, if i get an extra money this summer it would be a nice gift for a friend.
Oct. 29th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Just finished Barristan I
A very enjoyable chapter George, thank you.

It blends nicely with the Victarion chapter that you read an excerpt of. Victarion is extremely confident and eager to fight this battle where as Barristan is saddened to add another passage under his name in the White Book.
Oct. 29th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
A World of Ice & Fire.
I can't wait to get my Amazon Pre Ordered!!! 👅
...a few minutes later...
now I feel kinda 'tupid...in my excitement I went to check on my Oct arrival of A World of I&F....
DOH!! That's not 'til Oct. 2014! LOL
I just bought the Graphic version of AGOT's so, I'll have to work on my collection of a bit of everything until then. :)

Edited at 2013-10-29 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Windows of Winter sample
Hi... I live in Italy and here it is very very difficult to find UK or US book editions,so will you publish the sample somewhere?? I really want (and need to read it).
Thank you so so much.

By the way, I've started reading your books this summer and I think you're a great writer. I hope you'll amnage to publish WOW soon.
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Oct. 29th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC)


Oct. 30th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
Will the book of tyrion also contains pictures or drawings or just qoutes?
Eliot Layton
Oct. 30th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Well I like Tyrion but I don't think I'd buy a book of his quotes, especially if they're ones I've already read in the books.

You know what book would be amazing and I would treasure till the end of my days? The Wit and Wisdom of Dolorous Edd. I would buy that immediately. He pretty much has the best quotes of any chapter he's in.
Jake Blackwell
Oct. 31st, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
I would also buy this!
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
Sample Chapter
Hi, Will Amazon be putting the sample chapter of Ser Barristan, up on its website? I don't think I'll be around for the seventh book but I'm going to try my best to hang on for, "The Winds of Winter"! Thanks for the sample chapter, GRRM, and keep writing up a storm!
James Rutledge Roesch
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:43 am (UTC)
I couldn't help but smile when I started reading this. It was so wonderful to be reading ASOAIF again. Sure, nothing much happens in it - it's just a teaser, after all - but it was like smelling a pie in the oven: it may not be ready just yet, but you know something delicious is in store.
Nov. 1st, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
The Battle
Reading those lasts words....now we must wait for the sound of the attack horn....

To appease my self I'm going to do a miniature wargame on the battle - just to see how it turns out...

I appreciated all the info about Ser Barristan's army forming behind the walls and his battle plan.

Looking over Dance for info on the opposing slave army.

I'll let everyone know how it turns out...

Nov. 2nd, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: The Battle
Have fun.
Nov. 4th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: The Battle
I've already run the Battle of The Greenfork at several cons (including ChiCon) but it would be fun to run a battle that we don't know (yet) the outcome (for once a good reason to wait for Winds...) Battles should be like NFL games lots of fun because you can never tell who will win (Jets over Saints...?!)

Trying to create the Unsullied out of commercial figures is a challenge though (1 foot high spiked helmets...!?) Not to mention the Legions (maybe converted Greek Hoplites assuming they are a bit retro in outlook...?)

Well I've already started on Barristan the Bold (thanks for the detailed description), to see even the miniature version of him charge out the gate, banners flying and war horns blasting will be worth the effort.

Tanto Ten
Oct. 30th, 2013 09:28 am (UTC)
God...I had my hopes up really high...some new stuff, not seen before...that will show me.

Edited at 2013-10-31 02:38 am (UTC)
Oct. 30th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC)
Hodor would be too obvious. Now a Wit and Wisdom tome of Cersei, Catelyn or Sansa would be ironically delicious.
Mary Ellen Wofford
Oct. 30th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lanister
I just read your message out loud and very loudly at that... on purpose. My daughter is in the next room and I wanted her to get the impression I'd like to see this book in my stocking come December 25!

Not only is he a fascinating character in your books but Peter Dinklage embodies him perfectly, at least to my way of thinking. I've become a major fan of his work and am trying to see everything he's been in.

Thanks for writing such a great character for such a gifted actor to bring to life!
Santi Mujia
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ser Barristan´s chapter
Is there any chance for the Barristan chapter to be uploaded to your website? im from argentina and im dying to reed it
Oct. 30th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Hello there, I feel a bit silly for asking this but I rather do it than be miserable about it. For those of us who already have our paperback of A Dance With Dragons (I'm from Mexico and I bought the boxed set of paperbacks in english for my birthday), could it be possible to find the chapter that will be available in the new print online as a .PDF? I hope I can find The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister here in Mexico!

And it's not related to this precise entry, but it is related to A Song of Ice and Fire; I was reading Doctor Sleep (the new Stephen King novel, but I bet you already knew that) yesterday and I reached a part where one of the main characters mentions she was able to fight back because she imagined herself as Daenerys Targaryen from the Game of Thrones books, totally made my night!
Jake Blackwell
Oct. 31st, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm kind of sad that the US edition of The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister says AGoT on it instead of ASoIaF. :(
Oct. 31st, 2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
For Tyrion's wit and wisdom, I think it's worth growing very big feet. Congratulations!

Oct. 31st, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
Perfect, these titles belong in home libraries and atop coffee tables everywhere. Now time for my fourth purchase from amazon today...
Nov. 3rd, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
New Chapter
Mr Martin could you please post the new chapter from Winds of Winter on here as I don't really want to buy ADWD again for the sake of one chapter :/
Nov. 3rd, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: New Chapter
Ah... that would sort of defeat the purporse now, wouldn't it? Or at least part of the purpose?

I've posted other samples on my website.
Nov. 3rd, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
Sample chapter of the winds of winter
I'm really confused !!! The sample chapter of "the winds of winter" (in a dance with dragons) is Theon's not ser Barristan's chapter ... Or at least it is in my copy
Nov. 5th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
Re: Sample chapter of the winds of winter
Outside of the US, it's Theon's chapter. In the US release, it's got Barristan's chapter.

If you live outside of the US and want to buy the Dance with Dragons US paperback, try Amazon US.
Nov. 6th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
Wonderful! I can't wait to read it.
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
Tyrion's Wisdom
Yep, got my arthritic little hands on both Tyrion's book as well as the "A Dance With Dragons" paperback. Man, I thought I'd near retirement by the time the mass paperback edition was released.

Anyone know how these releases are planed, and why it often takes soo long to get the paperback? Don't get me wrong I wish I could afford the hardcover editions for all my books. Unfortunately cost would be prohibitive, way beyond my modest means, and also space would be an issue, I couldn't store them...so paperbacks are for me (with some exceptions)!

I am way better off now because I just buy the e-books so I can read as fast and have a copy of the book the same day with the physical release date. Case in point...I have all the ASOIF novels on my phone...sorry, smartphone as it were...doing a re-read right now!

By the way, the Barristan Selmy sample chapter...fantastic! Bring on "The Winds Of Winter"!
Joy Anderson
Nov. 7th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Easton Press Books?
Eason Press sold Anne Rice's 5 volume Vampire Chronicles in beautiful leather-bound books. Will the Ice & Fire books be available in leather-bound later on down the road?
Nov. 19th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Easton Press Books?
One never knows, but I would think the distance of the gorgeous Subterreanean Press books preclude anything like this.e
Lucas Prestes de Moraes
Nov. 21st, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Hodor book
George, you are a genius, never though you were so funny! I was visiting this site for the first time and laughed hard imagining a book full of hodor "quotes".
Paden Dubois
Nov. 22nd, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
GRRM needs to be involved in this
Please write the new script for Highlander, the story of the contest of immortals. You have what it takes to make a shitty but lovable 80s movie into a great oscar worthy film.
Dennis Staples
Nov. 26th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Now that there is a conlang of High Valyrian have you considered using some of it in future books?
Elahe Ramezani
Jan. 12th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
A big thank you!
Hello Mr.Martin
I just wanted to thank you for your amazing books. I have never read any other books with such vivid and varied characters.
My favourite characters were Stranger and Sandor Clegane ( especially Stranger :) ), please keep them safe.
Your devoted fan from the middle east
Oct. 8th, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
A Dance with Dragons
Hello Mr. Martin,

I know I'm late: I finished "A Feast for Crows" just last week and I'm starting "A Dance with Dragons" just now. During the reading of AFfC this sort of Limerick came to my mind and I felt like to share it with you. I know it's stupid, but I hope it will make you laugh:

"Brienne of Tarth,
she made some tarts
and put them in a well.
The Lady Stark,
she stole those tarts and made for Winterfell".




George R.R. Martin
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