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Highs and Lows

Another Sunday, and two more football games. Sometimes it's good to have two teams. The Giants are really on a roll, looking better with each game. I'm especially pleased by the way their defense is playing. Like any old-time Giants fan, I love defense, and the swarming four-headed sack monster the G-men are fielding with Osi, Kiwi, Strahan, and Tuck is splendid to watch. So far I like what I've seen of our rookie CB Aaron Ross too. The offense is looking pretty formidable as well.

As for the Jets... oy... what can I say? Chad is getting all the blame, but truth be told, it's not all his fault. In fact, I'd lay most of the Jet problems on the defense. The run defense can't even stop backups from having 100 yard games, the pass rush is nonexistent, and the cornerbacks commit penalties at the worst possible times. Whether Mangini stays with Chad or switches to Kellen Clemens, I expect we'll be drafting very high next spring. Let's see, any superstar defensive players coming out of college?

And on other fronts, for all of you who hate American football...

The first volume of DREAMSONGS should be in U.S. bookstores by now, in hardcover. Volume two will follow in a month. Yes, this is the same collection originally published by Subterranean in 2003 as GRRM: A RRETROSPECTIVE. Same contents, but if you missed that one, here's the chance to make up for that oversight. The new edition has some nice interior artwork by Mike Kaluta as well.

The American edition of HUNTER'S RUN and the first volume of the new Wild Cards triad, INSIDE STRAIGHT, are both due for release in January. Amazing covers on both, I think. Stephen Martiniere did the HUNTER'S RUN cover, Michael Komarck INSIDE STRAIGHT. Oh, and if you're a fan of fantasy art, check out the news page on my website to a glimpse of the artwork on the new Italian edition of THE ICE DRAGON.

Meanwhile, Gardner Dozois (my friend and co-editor) and I have gotten the first stories in on the two big original anthologies we're editing -- WARRIORS and SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH (the Jack Vance tribute anthology). The books won't be out until 2009, of course, but Gardner and I are excited about them both, and it would seem our writers are as well.

And yes, I am trying to finish up the third Dunk & Egg story as my own contribution to WARRIORS. Right now I'm calling it "The Mystery Knight." That's the fourth or fifth title I've slapped on this one. We'll see if it sticks.

DANCE WITH DRAGONS? Yes, working on that too. Lately it's been Tyrion and more Tyrion. When I finish these three chapters, I will need to double back and pick up some of the other POVs lest my devious dwarf get too far ahead.

An email asked why I disabled comments on my last Not-A-Blog post, about the Dark Sword Miniatures. My intent was not to discourage comments, but to redirect them to more appropriate places. Dark Sword has its own message board. So does Tom Meier, on his Thunderbolt Mountain website. Jim and Tom have much more "hands on" (literally) involvement with the figures than I do, and I know both of them would be pleased to hear your thoughts and field your questions. So take your comments to those forums, please. I provided the appropriate links in my last post.

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natsufan
Oct. 26th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)

And I have REALLY lost my enthusiasm for people writing that I am "not a young man" and speculating about my possible death.

Who was the asshole?

I'm sorry for the rude expression, but honestly, who was the asshole?

I am sorry for that. It gives an awful impression of fandom. Much as I love your series, the withdrawal symptoms can be easily fought by reading something else. No offense meant, but there are other books down there ;-) If we can't stand the waiting between one book and the next, what will we do after ASoIaF is over? Slit our wrists?

I hope you keep on writing as you've always done. It shouldn't be a burden on you. I am sorry that some fans are such dorks. I am one of them, and dorky enough... but even dorks should know their manners.

I am sorry you are down because of some of the comments of your own fans. Shouldn't happen.

Best wishes.
finalni
Oct. 26th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Tyrion
Seems like I'm the only one who dislikes Tyrion.
Probably just because he lied to Jaime when the Storm ended...

"Fevre Dream" will soon be released in Croatian, can't wait (altough I read "A Song of Ice and Fire" in English).
Your books are great, I hope you keep up the good work.
destroyder
Oct. 29th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
Giants at Wembley
Good result on the Giants vs Dolphins at Wembley stadium this weekend! Wish I'd heard about it in advance, I'd have tried to go along. I believe it was the first NFL league game played in this country?
doza13
Oct. 29th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
football
Come on big guy where are you?

The Pats are about to eliminate the Jets from the division!

Evil Little man 8-0
Little Snitching Weasel 1-7.
redwings_fan
Oct. 29th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
HBO and aSoIaF
Been awhile since we've heard anything about HBO and the aSoIaF series. Any new developments?
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Re: HBO and aSoIaF - theswornsword - Nov. 6th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC) - Expand
bmunzz
Nov. 4th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
finish it
Yes it’s great that there’s a lot about Tyrion, he is definitely my favorite character and the most level headed. My money is on him and Daenerys Targaryen. However, saying that, please, please finish the book it should have been out this summer. This is my favorite series of all books and I have read them 3 times over so please stop writing other stuff and finish volume 5 of your most important book. And please don’t make this the last volume. Have a happy thanksgiving and finish the book by Christmas.
therandomwoman
Nov. 4th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'm REALLY excited about the anthology and, of course, Tyrion! I can't wait to see what his character gets into :P
detarian
Nov. 7th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Tyrian
I love Tyrian and am looking forward to reading more on this characters adventures. Would it be possible to introduce him to some of our varied characters in our hopefully soon to be published work? That would require that he survive. Well, at least make sure he is able to be raised.
theswornsword
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
It's now Thursday, 4 days after what will probably prove to be a preview of this seasons "true" Superbowl the AFC Championship Game. I missed the game, but have heard it was a very good game. Unfortunately Evil Little Bill pulled it out again. Both NY Teams continue their respective drives to the cellar of the AFC & onto the top of the NFC. This coming Sunday will bring another big game for the so-called Gents. All this & no new post? No post on Parris' progress? Is everything OK? We worry too ya know. I hope the lack of non ASoIaF posts means continuing progress on ASoIaF.
mikemunson
Nov. 9th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Dreamsongs - Nightflyers
Just wanted to pop in with my 2 cents worth. Take your time on Tyrion and gang, the future books will be better for it. I have just finished the first installment of Dreamsongs. The short 'Nightflyers' really stood out for me. It read much better than it watched (the movie that is). Thank you for releasing your Dreamsongs set to those of us who could not afford the GRRM Retrospective.

Mike
mespiff
Nov. 12th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
George if you were only a Raiders fan as i so painfully still am your team would be assured of a great draft position this year (not a good choice is assured however)Please keep up delivering the Art
thanks
Rob
mhleek
Nov. 14th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
The Good, Bad and Ugly
The Good? Ken Follett is in Audible with both his old book and new book!

The Bad? John Lee is the speaker so I hope its not as bad as his reading of "A Feast for Crows" I saw nothing about the speaker in the reviews so I am hopefull.

The Ugly? Robert Jordan is gone! Right as they finished the last book on Audible I hear that he passed away. This is sad news indeed. I am relistening his 11 books in the Wheel of Time series anyway. Will I ever find out how they end?

Sadly Yours,

M.
trashman27
Nov. 14th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Salvation Run
This probably isn't the place to mention this, but I'm not really sure where is.

I picked up the first issue of DC Comics Salvation Run today, and saw that it is based on a pitch you made something like 10 years ago? I was wondering if you had any involvement with DC on this title, and what you think of Bill Willingham writing it.
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