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I Broke the Internet

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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.

Comments

grrm
Mar. 27th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
It is the current draft. I would not say it is the final draft. I always do one last run-through and polish when a book is turned in, and so eventually (NOT tomorrow, let's not start rumors here) I will do that with Mercy. Even before that, the chapter's placement in the novel often requires tweaks, and I do have a long history of moving chapters around and rearranging the chronology until I hit on the best possible sequence.
wolverineone
Mar. 27th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
It is good to see you openly talking about Winds again. I hope you are enjoying writing it.
lord_varys
Mar. 28th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
It would have made...
... a very good closure to the Raff subplot that began back in AFfC. I'm pretty sure everyone wondered why the hell Raff had suddenly returned to the story in Jaime's chapters...

But the conversation between Raff and the other guardsman really feels odd in terms of Cersei's walk of shame. They must know about it, even if they did not witness it themselves, since Ser Harys was still in KL when Ser Kevan was killed And Raff only was hired by Harys after Kevan suggested that he should hire the Mountain's men who came with Ronnet Connington to KL, shortly before he was killed.

Even if Cersei regains the Regency again, wouldn't the likes of Raff japing/talking about her walk of shame when she comes up, especially when they also make fun of poor Harys' old wife...?
grrm
Mar. 28th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: It would have made...
You should discuss these issues with other readers at Westeros or Tower of the Hand. As I've said below, I do not want discussions of story points here. If I allow those, they will take over the blog.
Jack Pittorino
Mar. 28th, 2014 10:54 am (UTC)
Re: It would have made...
I hadn't read the sample but I'm still reading A Game O Thrones and it was signed by you last year at Supernova Brisbane Australia . I was the person that said I really admire your work and I also said good luck with the next book. I have you thought of a cover for your final two books. Do you want fan fiction of your work remove from the internet and I also hope that Sauron Strikes Back doesn't happen it would be ridiculous . Would you like to Christopher Tolkien
grrm
Mar. 28th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: It would have made...
I am opposed to fan fiction, but people can do whatever they want for their own personal amusement, so long as they don't send it to me.
Jack Pittorino
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: It would have made...
Fair enough . Would you like to meet Christpoher Tolkein. I think you're Book may come out this year or early next year I believe you can finished the final Books on time keep up the effort
Jack Pittorino
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: It would have made...
Actually I won't ask too much about the next book .sorry about that .just like you said you will kill a stark if anyone ask you about the next. My favorite Charcters are Arya Stark and Jon Snow my Favorite scene in A Game Of Thrones Novel is when Jon gave a sword to Arya I found that scene very heart warming
Jack Pittorino
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
Re: It would have made...
Why is your account called not a blog is it called that because it's not a blog LOL
Jack Pittorino
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:24 pm (UTC)
Re: It would have made...
Is your book aimed for teenagers and adults . I'm a sixteen year old teenager myself when you said its Fantasy for adults I was like yeah right LOL
aulus_poliutos
Mar. 28th, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
And kill LifeJournal as well. It's broken too often anyway. :-)

Will the new Tyrion chapter be avaliable in some other form at some point? Because I have no mobile-, smart-, e- or whatever device, only a computer and a laptop.

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