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Talking to Canadians

And for those of you for whom that long interview on Strombo's show was not enough, here's even more footage of me talking (and talking, and talking, an even reading a bit) on my recent visit to Toronto.

These are from my appearance at the TIFF Lightbox, where I was interviewed by the delightful Terry Hart. I yakked so much we had to break this down into three parts.

Part, the First

Part, the Second

The final third also contains a taste of what's to come in the form of a short (very short) reading from THE WINDS OF WINTER. However, if you have not read up through A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, you may want to skip this. Spoilers lurk ahead.

Part, the Third



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Mar. 18th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
Thank you very much, sir!
Great interview and great tidbit about Winds of Winter

Things like these make the wait between books more bearable
Mar. 18th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting that, great videos.
Mar. 18th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Great interview! When you said the reading was "5 minutes after the end of Dance with Dragons", I thought for a moment it would be 5 minutes after the epilogue...
Arjun Vas
Mar. 18th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Amazing interview Mr. Martin!! I also think that Stannis Baratheon has to be your second most favorite character, because no matter how bad his situation gets you still keep on bringing him back. He is one of the most interesting characters in the books.
Btw, I live in LA and I was just wondering if you would be making any appearances here in the near future?
Mar. 18th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thank for sharing that memory of standing atop Hadrian's Wall. It brought my own memory back of when my husband and I went there in 1997. We had spent the day at Carlisle Castle and by the time we got there it was also long after the tour buses had left as well. It was also shortly before sunset and both my husband and I stood atop the wall in the middle of Summer. We're from California's sunny Mediterranean climate where northern English summers feel like our winters, so I could certainly relate to some poor bastard sent to some far flung corner of the world. And English Summers in the North give you an appreciation of why the English drink tea in Summer. Thank you for bringing that wonderful memory back so vividly.
Carey Wilson
Mar. 18th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Great interview, also loved the Winds of Winter reading! I am very interested to find out what happens when that horn is blown in vincinity of Meereen and where that ultimately puts Selmy, Tyrion, and of course Dany and her dragons. Winds of Winter looks to be intense if this is the first five minutes! I can not wait to read it!!

Edited at 2012-03-19 12:03 am (UTC)
Nicolas Emerson
Mar. 19th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
That was an excellent interview, George! Thanks for the insights : )
Thomas Jefferson
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, I felt that I would be doing us both disservice, if I dind't take my time to tell you, very explicitly that you're a magnificent human being, a masterful story teller, and an amazing writer.
But what's most the most crutial of the given three, is that you're, again a wonderful, humane person in any and, probably, most regards, and that the World and all humanity have been enriched by your work for many, many long summers to come. And don't you ever dare forgert that.
I love you,
Be healthy, happy and hreat

Mar. 20th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I enjoyed Thor myself, but to each their own. But it did make me wonder if you'd consider doing another top 10 movie list for superheroes, like you did with fantasy and science-fiction. I know you're insanely busy, but could it potentially happen?
Mar. 20th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
I just have to say, Bantam's idea of putting together a map book is absolutely insidious. =(

I would kill for a map book. I don't know what it is about maps, but a world really comes alive when I start looking at a detailed maps, especially if those maps are annotated in a colourful way. Mixing in some genealogy and coat of arms stuff would be a real treat, to tie everything together. So I'm really looking forward to that release.
Adam Schwartz
Mar. 20th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Is it just me or does the woman interviewing you kind of look like the actress who played Ros?
Ian McInall
Mar. 20th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you for making your way out to Toronto George, it was great for all of us Canadians (those that could make it) to get a chance to meet you and hear your inspirational words. I wanted to thank you for all the time, blood and sweat that you have poured into making this tale the masterpiece it was made to be.

I just wanted to leave a comment for anyone that was interested about the question that was placed about Mikkens mark. It refers to the mark that Winterfells' armorer, Mikken, would place on each piece of equipment he would forge. sort of like a brand name.
Cameron Paterson
Mar. 20th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
A really interesting and entertaining interview, which I listened to all the way through (apart from the last section, where I turned down the volume, as I am still some way from finishing ADWD!). GRRM is a great interviewee, with a certain twinkly-eyed avuncular charisma. Of course, informed fans of the series know that we are still 3+ years away from The Winds of Winter (I'm guesstimating publication sometime in 2015, but not even The Man Himself knows at this stage). But seeing George reading the very first chapter (at least what is currently the first chapter!), and almost being able to see the words on the page at certain stages in the third video, did make book six seem much more real for a few moments, something definitely on its way and not just a distant abstract concept.
John Elliott
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Loved the interviews and although I wasn't there, a friend of mine waited four hours to get the Ice Dragon signed for my future daughter who is due in just a few weeks.

Thanks for your autograph and the story is amazing and will be sure to read it to my little girl as much as possible.
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