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I Broke the Internet

Sorry about that.

 The upload of the new sample chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER created so much traffic to my website and blog that the servers crashed.  This is the first time I've been able to get up myself all day.

 Anyway, it seems to be easing off some.  And we are looking at ways to increase capacity.

 The "reviews" of the chapter have been amazingly enthusiastic as well.  Thanks.   I am pleased that so many of you -- thousands and maybe tens of thousands, it would seem -- enjoyed "Mercy" so much.

 I mentioned that this chapter had quite a history.  It's true.  The first draft was written more than a decade ago.  Originally, it was intended to be the opening Arya chapter after the infamous "five year gap," her first appearance in A DANCE WITH DRAGONS as initially conceived.   Then it was supposed to be a part of A FEAST FOR CROWS, after I abandoned the five year gap and split the books.  Then it was going to be the concluding Arya chapter in A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.  But it seemed more like an opening chapter than a closing one, so shortly before ADWD was published my editor and I agreed to remove it from DANCE and shift it over into WINDS.  Of course, it has been revised, tightened, polished, and tweaked at every step of the way, so the version on my website has some significant differences from the "five year gap" version.

Some of you who enjoyed meeting Mercy may not have found the other sample we've put out there of late, a new Tyrion chapter.  That one is live and available with the ICE & FIRE app, and can be found at

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/george-r.-r.-martins-world/id570015223?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.randomhouse.woiaf

Enjoy the read.

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agusttinn
Mar. 29th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
I loved it George, you are a genius.

Question: Is Phario Forel the bloodiest quill of all Braavos the George Martin of this world ?
levellersteve
Mar. 29th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Love it
Thank you again for the peek. Why I love the books so much. There is so much in that little chapter to glean.
kharmii
Mar. 30th, 2014 12:11 pm (UTC)
The part about the dwarf's floppy weiner coming out of his costume made me think you were bagging on South Park for saying that you like weiners too much. That would be epic. I read the Theon chapter too just now. Can't wait for the next book so I can find out how that battle ends!
hagene
Mar. 30th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
Unfortunatly, because of my poor english I cant read these chapters you generously posted, but I just want to say thank you very much for your work, and send greetings from Ukraine.
florencemach
Mar. 30th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Brilliant!
Thank you George, for releasing such a brilliant sample chapter. How do you decide what to release? Do you base it off fan favourite characters, choose something you know will tease us? Also, are you careful when selecting which chapter you want to release that it isn't too spoiler-y?
I just want to say that the Mercy chapter was amazing and so fast paced. If all of tWoW is like that, well, I imagine I will finish the book in 24 hours, ha!
I also want to take the opportunity to say I am very impressed with the Ice and Fire content you are releasing over a 12 month time space. Barristan, tPatQ, Tyrion II, Mercy... and not to forget of course, the Rogue Prince and the World of Ice and Fire. You will certainly do a good job of lightening my bank account this year :) (Well, you and Robin Hobb, who I can't get enough of right now and who is releasing a new book this year too!)
Thanks again George, you are a brilliant author
slthlvschnk
Mar. 30th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Pushing this chapter to book six is fantastic. A Dance of Dragons was already packed with shockers, one more would've been overkill.
Mary Ellen Wofford
Mar. 31st, 2014 12:35 pm (UTC)
Sigh
This makes me almost ready to buy a smart phone.
Almost.

Is there no other way a Luddite can read the Tyrion chapter?

I've already read the "Mercy" chapter 20 times!
springincanada
Mar. 31st, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
Brilliant!!
Loved every word and I'm thrilled that Ayra is knocking some names off her list. I've read Mercy several times now and I can't wait to read the rest of the book but these little teasers will tide me over until then.

I would love to read the Tyrion chapter as well but unfortunately the app is not available in Canada. Are there any plans to make it available to the rest of the world?
Alexandra Vilita
Apr. 1st, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
App for Windows gadgets
Hello,

I'm a fan and would like to read the samples you have posted on the app, but I don't believe there is one for Windows gadgets. Is there another way to access these chapters?

Thanks,
Alex
fossey19
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Downloading the app now, thanks for the tip!
Tim Bolton
Apr. 2nd, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
Would love to have the app, it just isn't available for my Samsung Galaxy SIII atm :( Maybe one day. Looking forward for more ASOIAF books :D
Has the Egg and Dunk collection been pushed back? At one point it was down for this year.
wergiforce
Apr. 3rd, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
The Will to Read
I'll admit that, sometimes, I loose the will to read, especially around this time of the year with college exams looming. That said, whenever I read anything of yours, George, that will returns with a vengeance. The Mercy chapter was just what I needed, and it is very much appreciated! I look forward to seeing you at Loncon in August.
thomas_u
Apr. 4th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Wonderfully written but disturbing chapter. Seeing Arya slowly being robbed of her humanity and becoming a ruthless killer has been one of the most heartbreaking story lines so far.
Kali Mason
Apr. 7th, 2014 04:29 am (UTC)
I love Arya, she's the best! Happy to see her alive and well in the next book.
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