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Back in Santa Fe

Home again in New Mexico... for a few days, at least. Just enough time to catch my breath before flying off to the San Diego Comicon.

While I was gone, Ty moved all my internet functions to a nifty new computer (just the Windows side of things, however, my writing computer remains the same dependable DOS machine as always). The internet stuff seems to be working well, as witness my appearance here... but I do not seem to have any email yet. So if you've been emailing me and wondering at my silence, that's why. I have not had any access to email since leaving on my book tour.

My book tour, by the way, was astonishing. More than a thousand people at every appearance. Close to two thousand in New York. And such great people too... unfailingly cheerful and friendly and enthusiastic, despite having had to wait in line, in some cases for many hours. I have the best fans in the world. I appreciate all your support.

The success of DANCE has exceeded my wildest expectations. We had the strongest first day sales of any work of fiction released this year, certainly the strongest sales of my career. Not to mention the best reviews of my career, and some amazing word of mouth. That all means a great deal to me. It is no secret how long and hard I struggled with this one. Knowing that tens of thousands... indeed, hundreds of thousands... of my readers feel it was well worth the wait heartens me more than I can possibly say.

I will be posting my full schedule for San Diego tomorrow or the day after. And after comicon, it will be on to LA, the Bay area, Seattle, Denver, and Lexington. I hope to meet many more of you there.

Thanks, all. You guys (and gals) rock.


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Jul. 18th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all your hard work, Mr. Martin! You're a real inspiration to all writers out there and your books are treasures that will be read to and for generations to come. Congratulations on all of your success - you have earned it, and thank you for bringing such an amazing series to our lives!
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
the real book 4
Mr. Martin,

If I wanted to re-read AFOC alongside ADWD to create the book 4 as you originally planned it, how would you order the respective chapters to keep the time line intact? Could you please post such an order? Thank you.

Jul. 18th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Bran Stark
Was (old, Robin Hardy's, not the subpar remake) The Wicker Man/Cowboys for Christ and the correspondent Celtic Pagan connotations even a little influential for developing this character up to this point? ;p

I have one or two songs in mind:



And of course one cannot help but think of Jack, Lachlan Morrison and their Ravens (From Cowboys for Christ) when reading a certain character in the Dance.
Jul. 19th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
I've seen and enjoyed the original WICKER MAN, but no, it was not an influence, at least not consciously.
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Dear George, i hate you.
Not joking, i mean really, and not because of the 3 nights without sleeping at all to end Dance, not for of the long years of waiting, but because you've done again. "You've let us dream of springs until the end and then tossed us into winter again". This is why i(we) also love you, but be careful, one day your characters will rise from the paper asking for revenge ;).

Thank you for your hard work, hope to see you in Italy one day.
Jul. 18th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Loving Dance, particularly the Tyrion chapters. I also found the Asha and Theon chapters pleasantly surprising - as I walked into this book with a pretty potent hatred for one and a vague distaste for the other. The ironborn portions of the story in previous volumes did not interested me overly much, but this book really turned them around for me. I'm a little past 2/3rds of the way done and torn between ripping through the rest or trying to make it last.. Sort of dreading the moment I hit that last page and the long wait begins anew!
Mel Duranceau
Jul. 18th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Dance...was kind of slow and repetitive. A bit of a letdown, considering all the years it took to come forth. Mostly because of Danaerys and Jon's chapters (somewhat surprising, since Jon, like most folk, is a favourite.) Just feels like very little progress is being made.

Did absolutely love the Bran, Reek, Davos and Asha chapters, and I wasn't a huge Ironborn fan until this book. Melisandre's was an enjoyable read as well! Also nice to see a couple prophecies being fulfilled in this book (fertility, AA).

Arya's chapters didn't seem like they fit in with the rest of the book. They could have easily waited for tWoW. Arya's a fan favourite (like most of the Starks), so I understand the desire to put her in, but her chapters just felt like unnecessary padding.

Like someone mentioned before, be sure to read the criticisms, not just the praise! Criticism keeps you on your toes and striving for perfection, too much praise will make you lax!
Jeff Bunting
Jul. 18th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I suspect that not all the Arya chapters could fit in a Feast But you have a point they could have waited but I would have been upset.
Arya - dim_carcosa - Jul. 19th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Arya - Mel Duranceau - Jul. 20th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Resha Targaryen Cosplay
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Waiting for you over the sea...
Geroge, hope to see you in Italy, too! We're waiting for you for our next Lucca Comics and Games (with a huuuuuge cosplay group from ASoIaF :p), and we would be pleased to encount you (we have wine... you can't refuse! XD)
I'm reading A Dance With Dragons, even if it's not been published here yet... I have my english copy. WHAT THE HELL, what are you planning to do to "my" Jon?!

Hugs from Italy,
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Only just started reading them (and have not even seen the HBO yet, what with being in the UK the Sky vs Virgin "exclusivity Barney" (grr)), but GL for Comic-Con (as I will probably never be able to go :( )

Finally getting round to reading them myself as my husband was recommended them last year for his "Tolkien Gestures" blog - reading 20 books on a theme, in a year (and him trying to have a more open mind about fantasy in general...)


Should really add, he liked the second one better than the reviewed one (and I know so about the rest too); he's currently cracking through the latest doorstop as a break between this year's reading project...
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and thank you for your hard work!

I've been busy and so far have only gotten the chance to read about four chapters or so, but I'm loving it!

Of course, I was only introduced to your wonderful series just last year, so I've had a much shorter wait between books than many others. :)
Jul. 18th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
I don't know how much you have to do with this sort of thing, but if you know who does and get the chance, can you thank whoever it was that ensured that the audio version was released at the same time as the hardcover? Not only that, it was available on Audible at midnight (oh, you cannot imagine the level of SQUEE in my house that night!) I know it's probably not a huge portion of sales, but it's a very big deal to those of us who need to read by audio book!

(And, as always, Mr. Dotrice did a FANTASTIC job and I'm beyond thrilled to have him back!)
Jul. 18th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Is that Lexington, KY your talking about? Because if it is I CAN'T WAIT!!!

I just received my copy of Dance, but when I watched the HBO show I decided to reread the series. All I can say is that it's even better than I remember. This series is my all time favourite and I am savouring every word on the pages. Thanks for being such an awesome author! :)
Jul. 18th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
What is up with Roy Dotrice (audio version)
First off, I love the book, bought it both in print and on CD, but I have to say after being super excited about having Roy Dotrice back to read ADWD, he really made some horrible changes. For some reason he decided to change Dany's voice to sound like some old serving lady, completely different from how he read her in the prior three books, and Melisandre went from such a cool smokey voice to a high pitched accented voice. Why do this after establishing the characters in the previous books with different voices. Didn't he go back and listen to how he did those characters before? Where are the production directors, you would think they would point this stuff out. George, please give the audio a listen, I think you will find these changes quite jarring. Other than that awesome, awesome, awesome, and thank you for all your hard work.
Jul. 18th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh man, the internet sense of entitlement. "Just thought I'd stop by to let you know my expert opinion on your work!" Okay, I'll chirp in to make it a party:

Mr. Martin, I am a huge fan, and the reason I love your work so much is because it is refreshing in the way it values atmosphere and a sensory experience over rushed, cliche plot development. I also think it's brilliant to take normal fantasy tropes, and look at them from a skewed angle to really examine realistic implications, logistics, and consequences. Please keep doing what you're doing, for however long it takes you to do it. And huge congratulations on all your well-deserved sales and accolades!
Jul. 18th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the success of DANCE - I'm only surprised it took this long for wide recognition of your works. Rest up for the craziness that is Comic-Con! Alas, I was not able to get tickets this year, but I look forward to meeting you again (however briefly) at Mysterious Galaxy in SD.

As for A DANCE WITH DRAGONS - I was completely immersed in the world of ASOIAF once again. It was very hard these past few days tearing myself away from the book to deal with real life!

Jul. 18th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
In GRRM I trust
I hate how self-righteous fans can be, thinking they know better than the author of the story what should happen, how it should happen, and when it should happen (usually: NOW!).

In GRRM we should trust, I say. Slower, AFFC and ADWD may be, but so was The Two Towers. This is the middle of the story; every story has an autumn. I think it's safe to say that autumn is ending, however, and winter has begun. May the many, many gods save us all.

Ignore the Amazonians, ignore the naysayers, and write the story you set out to. Only by writing the story you want to read will it be great, and I have no doubt that it will make me shiver, weep, and have goosebumps of joy.

In GRRM I trust.
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