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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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Vanja Prelic
Jul. 19th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Dance was frustrating
it took me two days to read it, and three more to re-read it again. Alas, second time was as frustrating as the first. Loved every chapter happening in the North (except last Jon- how could you?!), loved Jaime and Cersei, but Danny and her suitors....boring...boring......dull. Why waste half a book on her? Nothing happens but for her endless blundering. Now I have to wait another 5 years. For your sake, mr. Martin, I hope he isn't dead (you know who). Otherwise....
James DeRagon
Jul. 20th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Dance was frustrating
I think I somewhat agree with the people disappointed with the book, but really only because I don't have the complete story to process. Either way I love reading every word that flows from your pen, even your blog posts are concise and well written.

I am in the camp of book 1 to 3 became my instant hit favorites 10 years ago. But I grabbed the books when they were all out, and the one thing that stood out about them was the intricate detail, and how there were plot arcs that seemed to flow from book 1 to 3 and it felt like one big story rather than the formula I traditionally see in most fantasy books.

I think right now that book 4 and 5, which really are just a "book 4" that didn't fit the binding is the start of a new over reaching plot that ignores book bindings and instead is a story.

So at the moment while I feel like I found myself skimming details, it was really because I'm so desperate to find out what happens.

I think that when we take the final journey through all the books, and we step back and evaluate the series as a whole story and ignore where the binding markers go, everything should set nicely into place.

Either way, I was angry reading book 4 the first time, and enjoyed it the second time when I thought of it as a lazy stroll through the aftermath of books 1 to 3. Book 5 started to up the pace after our leisurely stroll through the kingdoms, and I feel like everything will start 'happening' into the next section, laying the foundation for the series culmination.

Congrats on getting this latest grumpkin out there, and I look forward to reading more of what you write.
Marie Meuh
Jul. 20th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Any chance of you coming to do a signing in France ?
A serious question :)
I would love to. I know lots of people would. And your latest book is so hard to find here that we now have a three weeks wait ! Amazing ! Congrats ! Keep on writing :)
domuhde
Jul. 20th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Go to amazon.com and make good reviews if you liked it
Go to Amazon.com and make good reviews
Everybody who liked the book should really go to amazon.com and make good reviews, because as it is, people will believe that this book isn't good and I just can't live with it!!!!! We can't let these haters with small views of what literature is destroy the reputation of this very good book like that!

Help please!

Dominique
maldis
Jul. 22nd, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Some readers like to visualize every sensory detail writing offers. For those of us who do, George, your work provides a sumptuous feast, and it never ceases to astonish me how compelling your selection of detail makes your narrative. Not all readers have learned to visualize continually as they read, or to appreciate the fruits of such labor--and it is indeed work, sometimes, to read. The best reading requires work of the reader, and those who are unwilling to meet the text halfway, who expect to be passive recipients of facile entertainment will never experience all that books have to offer. I pity them. But I digress--it is a testament to the strength of your plotting and character development that despite this abundance of nourishment they know not how to digest, those readers who reject the details still press onward happily and, on balance, seem not to regret having done so.

In DANCE, ASOIAF continues to present, among other things, an intriguing exploration of the extraordinary job requirements of leadership and the potential consequences of even the slightest insufficiency therein. Jon and Dany make a particularly apt literary pairing to compare and contrast. Where difficult choices paralyze Dany, Jon is decisive. She strives to please everyone, while he demands sacrifice all around. She's too afraid to make enemies, where he's not afraid enough. This fits perfectly within the thematic framework of the series while continuing to cover new ground. In the past, we've seen that honor is not enough (Ned), charisma is not enough (Renly), cunning is not enough (Tyrion), brute force is not enough (Joffrey), reputation is not enough (Tywin), and eradicating enemies is not enough (Cersei). Now we see one can neither simply placate enemies (Dany) nor ignore them (Jon).

Thank you, George, for the monstrous effort required to produce writing this good on so many levels, and for taking the time to do it right. People are going to read this as long as people and present-day English survive.
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