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Last Day in Lisbon

Portugal was grey and rainy, but the fans here could not have been warmer. We had amazing turnouts in both Lisbon and Porto, I did a hundred interviews and defaced thousands of books, stocked up on port and ginja, and now itºs back to London for a few more days. Come Wednesday I will be flying home... just in time for the NFL Draft!

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devotdsatellite
Apr. 22nd, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
mmm ginja. good for you.
Derek John Ironside
Apr. 22nd, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)
Your books with thx
First time i have ever really needed to comment on books i have read but i have to say THANK YOU.Wonderful story ,great characters,horrible heroes and sweet seeming villains.I have loved every page of your books and its the first time since Tolkien that i have come across an author who is not afraid to kill off the good guys.Long may it continue(in another story of course)More power to your pen Ser,
daddydoom
Apr. 22nd, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
Memory plays tricks when reaching certain levels of excitment :(
Hello George!
It was great having you in Portugal. I had never attended such an event before, and it was quite an enriching baptism of fire. I was at the Lisbon Q&A/Book signing, and as the subject of this message refers, my mind played a trick on me due to the complete state of excitement I was in, and so I forgot to apply for a question.
By now I have completed reading "A Dance With Dragons", and one question frequently comes to mind:
When laying down the visual mind map of Westeros and the rest of the Ice & Fire world, do you seek or get inspiration from certain locations/cities of the real world? While Westeros is clearly a knitting of the medieval Europe, and there you can't really point out a specific location, in certain places "across the sea",we have cities like for example Braavos, which immediately remind me of Venice (Italy), with its canals, being established as a commercial and banking power and multi-cultural metropolis.
There is Volantis, an exotic and old city, divided in half by a great river, and I can clearly see traces and hints of Istanbul (or Constantinople) in Turkey.
And the great cities of Slavers Bay, with its high pyramids and brutal slave based economy and way of living, which immediately remind me of the City-States of the mesoamerican cultures such as the Mayas.
I hope you find the time to answer this, and that you have a safe return back home.
All the best!
Cheers from Portugal
PD
Claudia Carvalho
Apr. 22nd, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
Lisbon signing
Me and my boyfriend went to the signing at Lisbon, it was crowded and we had to wait like 2 and a half hours to have our books signed, but the wait was totally worth it! You were so nice and humorous, we had a blast listening to you answering those questions :) thank you!
Alexander Shimanskiy
Apr. 23rd, 2012 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: Lisbon signing
Damn, I'm so envious of you :(
Joo Silva
Apr. 22nd, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
It was a great pleasure to have you here with us Mr. Martin! Thank you for your autograph and for answering my question about "The World of Ice and Fire", and hope to see you again soon!
Carlos Gomez Quintana
Apr. 22nd, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Will you be doing talks in London?
I was away the days you where here but I would have loved to be there.
suwinchester900
Apr. 22nd, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased that you liked my country! I can honestly tell you what a pleasure it was for me to meet you and to take a picture with you. You are truly a inspiration to everyone! Thank you for coming to our Lusitanian Lands really! :)
Rita Grazina
Apr. 22nd, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Hello =)

I've had the wonderful opportunity of being in Oporto and I'm very happy for having my books signed. I thank you a lot :) However, it was a pity there had been little time for talk. Anyway, it was very nice to meet you. Hope I'll have another opportunity and maybe this time I'll share a little more words with you.

grrm
Apr. 23rd, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Come to the London worldcon in 2014. Signings are noi place to share words. Cons are much better for that.

Helena Dourado
Apr. 22nd, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Eat a francesinha in Porto next time :P

Enjoy London, once more!
Cintia Faria
Apr. 22nd, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I hope you experienced the Portuguese cuisine, mainly cod fish !
reynardine
Apr. 22nd, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
What's that awesome (castle? tower?) in the background of your icon?
fantasmadaopera
Apr. 23rd, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
It's part of a (some say haunted) Palace called "Quinta da Regaleira" in Sintra - Portugal ;)
Eduarda Beja
Apr. 22nd, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Lisbon signing
Hello my name is Eduarda, I attended the autograph session in Lisbon on April 18. If you remember, I'm the girl who fell down the stairs
In the session I forgot to ask you my question, and I confess that right now I'm starting to read the 5th book "A storm of swords."
My question is, why he decided to kill Kal Drogo?
I await your response and disponbilidade for too long already bound by these magnificent books that gave the world :D
Christy Turner
Apr. 22nd, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Your photo
What a great pic! What is the building behind you? Looks like a great place for inspiration. Glad you had a good time.
fantasmadaopera
Apr. 23rd, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Your photo
Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra - Portugal ;)

(It's even more awesome than it looks in the picture!;D)
grimmrphipps
Apr. 23rd, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
"just in time for the NFL Draft!"
George, I cannot wait for your insights and thoughts after the draft. I'm still sick over the Tebow deal. Feel a bit better knowing I'm not the only fan suffering, though. What the hell were the high-ups of the Jets thinking?

I'm having a blowout fiesta at mi casa Friday night of the draft (I live in the great Southwest as well). I'll be drinking like Tyrion in your latest volume in between stuffing my mouth full of homemade tortillas and super hot/your-ass-is-on-fire-the-next-day-but-damn-it's-worth-it queso, complements of the 'missus.
Fabio Mesquita
Apr. 23rd, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
It was a great pleasure having you here in Portugal (specially in Porto) and it was the confirmation of the great writer and really funny person you are.

I turned 21 on the 21st of April so, it was the best birthday gift ever! :)
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