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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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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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