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The Dragons Are Here

It's publication day!

The long-awaited mass market paperback of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS hits the bookstores today.  (Yes, we know you folks in the UK, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, and like places have had the UK mass market for ages, thanks, you can stop gloating now).


And yes, the paperback of DANCE does include a sample chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER.  A lot of folks have been clamoring to know which one, and now it can be revealed: we've included the first Ser Barristan chapter from the novel-in-progress, wherein we glimpse the beginning of the Battle of Meereen.  I hope you will all enjoy it.

The dragons are not flying alone, either.  Also hitting the racks (and virtual racks) this morning in both the US and the UK is THE WIT AND WISDOM OF TYRION LANNISTER, a little hardcover stocking stuffer collecting most of the Imp's best (and worst) lines from the five novels published to date, illustrated by Jonty Clarke.

This one is meant as a Christmas book of sorts, small enough to slip into a stocking (if you have very big feet).    We hope you get a kick out of it.

US edition

UK edition

And who knows, if our little venture meets with favor, perhaps next year we will do THE WIT AND WISDOM OF HODOR.

DANCE and WIT & WISDOM are both available at a bookstore near you, or from your favorite online retailer.


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Oct. 29th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Gifting the Dance paperback...but not before I read me that Selmy chapter. Both Bantam and Harper Voyager have nice 'trade' paperbacks. Amazing stuff in terms of the text itself (of course) as well as the PHYISCAL book.
I've got the existing novels in the newest cover design (to match 'Dance') in hardback and am looking forward to getting the rest of the series in hardback also for myself; while gifting the paperbacks and reading the sample chapters :)
Oct. 29th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
My brother wishes Hodor was the evil mastermind behind all the ills in Westeros purely because he thinks it would be hilarious to hear him bellowing Hodor at his minions from atop the Iron Throne.
Chris Huggins
Oct. 29th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
I would seriously pay for a 'Wit and Wisdom of Hodor'. I know several people it would be perfect for!
Oct. 29th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Tyrion is one of my favorite characters, so I'm looking forward to when I can get this book. Hdor may be fun, but will it be a book of his actions and reactions, that there than direct quotes? I mainly ask, because I've sene the "Hodor" versions of things on the Internet, and I do not think that reading a 50+ book with "Hodor" reiterated with every single word would hold me interest for long, fun as the idea is.....
Oct. 29th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Uh... the Hodor thing was a joke.

The Tyrion book is entirely quotes.
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Oct. 29th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Tyrion is one of the best characters you created I love that guy. So I think I'll buy it :D
Oct. 29th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
Tyrion is best in both books and the series, thank you so much for him. And for the others. And, of course, for the Others
Oct. 29th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
I hope you really think the idea of a book with entirely quotes of Hodor.. It will be the best seller of this era.

Now, seriously.. I like to have a copy of Dance in english.
My original tongue is spanish, but, I would like to read it in the original language and appreciate things that are lost in the translation.
About the wit and wisdom, if i get an extra money this summer it would be a nice gift for a friend.
Oct. 29th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Just finished Barristan I
A very enjoyable chapter George, thank you.

It blends nicely with the Victarion chapter that you read an excerpt of. Victarion is extremely confident and eager to fight this battle where as Barristan is saddened to add another passage under his name in the White Book.
Oct. 29th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
A World of Ice & Fire.
I can't wait to get my Amazon Pre Ordered!!! 👅
...a few minutes later...
now I feel kinda 'tupid...in my excitement I went to check on my Oct arrival of A World of I&F....
DOH!! That's not 'til Oct. 2014! LOL
I just bought the Graphic version of AGOT's so, I'll have to work on my collection of a bit of everything until then. :)

Edited at 2013-10-29 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Windows of Winter sample
Hi... I live in Italy and here it is very very difficult to find UK or US book editions,so will you publish the sample somewhere?? I really want (and need to read it).
Thank you so so much.

By the way, I've started reading your books this summer and I think you're a great writer. I hope you'll amnage to publish WOW soon.
Oct. 29th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC)


Oct. 30th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
Will the book of tyrion also contains pictures or drawings or just qoutes?
Eliot Layton
Oct. 30th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Well I like Tyrion but I don't think I'd buy a book of his quotes, especially if they're ones I've already read in the books.

You know what book would be amazing and I would treasure till the end of my days? The Wit and Wisdom of Dolorous Edd. I would buy that immediately. He pretty much has the best quotes of any chapter he's in.
Jake Blackwell
Oct. 31st, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
I would also buy this!
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
Sample Chapter
Hi, Will Amazon be putting the sample chapter of Ser Barristan, up on its website? I don't think I'll be around for the seventh book but I'm going to try my best to hang on for, "The Winds of Winter"! Thanks for the sample chapter, GRRM, and keep writing up a storm!
James Rutledge Roesch
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:43 am (UTC)
I couldn't help but smile when I started reading this. It was so wonderful to be reading ASOAIF again. Sure, nothing much happens in it - it's just a teaser, after all - but it was like smelling a pie in the oven: it may not be ready just yet, but you know something delicious is in store.
Nov. 1st, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
The Battle
Reading those lasts words....now we must wait for the sound of the attack horn....

To appease my self I'm going to do a miniature wargame on the battle - just to see how it turns out...

I appreciated all the info about Ser Barristan's army forming behind the walls and his battle plan.

Looking over Dance for info on the opposing slave army.

I'll let everyone know how it turns out...

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