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Worldbook Rides High

The reports are in from both sides of the Atlantic, and I'm thrilled to be able to report that THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE has debuted at #2 on the bestseller lists in both the US and the UK... though, somewhat oddly, in two different categories.

 In the United Kingdom, the worldbook turned up as #2 in hardcover fiction in the SUNDAY TIMES for November 2.


Over on this side of the pond, however, the NEW YORK TIMES does not appear to consider the worldbook fiction, so instead we've crashed onto the lists in the rather odd category of "Advice, How To, and Miscellaneous."


Our maesters would no doubt be outraged, and insist their work was entirely non-fiction.  Me, I'd call it fiction.  Fake history isn't precisely FACT, after all.  Then again, THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE is an art book too, so maybe "miscellaneous" is a good place to put it.

WOIAF cover

 Truth be told, I don't care what they call it.  Categories have never mattered much to me.  Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, an art book... call it what you like, so long as you read and enjoy it.  This one was a LOT of work, and I am thrilled to see it doing so well.

 My thanks and congratulations to our crack teams at Harper Voyager and Bantam Spectra, to the designers and artists who made the book as gorgeous as it is, and of course to my partners in fake history, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson.



Nov. 10th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
You're #2! You're #2!
Congratulations, everyone involved. At least there has been one thing in 2014 that hasn't disappointed me (grrr Yankees, Giants, Jets, Rangers, Devils...).
Nov. 10th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Well guess it is good that I get paid this week. I'll be able to pick up my copy before the weekend. :)

Edited at 2014-11-10 01:38 am (UTC)
Grace Navarro
Nov. 10th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
World of Ice and Fire
Thanks for this book Mr. Martin! I love the beautiful illustrations. The descriptions of the histories of the houses and dominions of both westeros and essos made me reread the series and made it for a better reading experience. It also led me to think of other possible theories. I think Dany will need to journey to Asshai ;)
Greg Siggins
Nov. 10th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
Love it
It's a great book, excited to delve in over the holiday break, too - the illustrations are incredible! Nicely done, GRRM & team!
Steve DePasque
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
The book is gorgeous, the info is amazing, I finished it in a day. Daenarys should consider herself lucky if this was one of the tomes Ser Jorah gave her
Nov. 10th, 2014 04:36 am (UTC)
Enjoy it. And enjoy the Jets finally getting a win. Who needs Sanchez?
Nov. 10th, 2014 06:36 am (UTC)
I apologize if this is hijacking the thread, but on KTVU (ktvu.com) TV news out of Oakland, CA, I just watched a story about a teen who is a big Game of Thrones fan and would really like to meet George R R Martin, before the boy dies of bone cancer in a few weeks.

2 Jack London Square
Oakland, CA
(510) 834-1212

I'm hoping someone can pass this on to Mr. Martin, whether anything can be done or not.
Nov. 10th, 2014 08:02 am (UTC)
This bookis in an odd category of factual about fictional worlds. The Dune Encylopedia was a similar category-busting piece.
Eric Bruyn
Nov. 10th, 2014 08:42 am (UTC)
Any chance the book will be translated into dutch?
Baher Ziad
Nov. 10th, 2014 09:26 am (UTC)
Looks awesome
cant wait to get the book here in Egypt
Nov. 10th, 2014 09:57 am (UTC)
Well, it is a beautiful book George, aside from the beautiful art it's riddled with little tidbits about the world and history and I'm loving every word of it. Well deserved that it's selling well.
Nov. 10th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
(and you can celebrate all day with a brand new pink floyd album)

I love the world book -- I'm most intrigued by the ambiguity of the Iron Islanders' origin and the whole continent of Sothoryos... hope we get to visit there in future tales!

great stuff, Mr. Martin!
Calle Johansson
Nov. 10th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
TellTale Games
Six episodes about the northern mountain clans. Releases in December and I am so excited!

How much have you been involved in the story if at all?
And would you like to play it?

Nov. 10th, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
The artwork inside is gorgeous. I can't wait to dive head first into it!
Curtis A. DeBaun IV
Nov. 11th, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
I got this for my birthday....I love it. So much information. It will take a little while to digest it all. Keep up the amazing work!!!!
Nov. 11th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
I had to wait until today to comment on The World of Ice & Fire, because I hoped (knew?) it would be a birthday present for me, and so it is, yay! I just want to say that it's absolutely gorgeous, both in terms of images and the actual physical thing itself, from the feel of the cover (almost of leather?) to the size and colours of the pages. Well done!
Nov. 12th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha. I assume you're right about the category being "Miscellaneous" but I find it hilarious that there may be a tiny chance someone included it for advice or as a good "How To" guide.
The blurb would be something along the lines of ..."a great introduction to fighting and scheming your way to your own kingdom in under a year with a foreword by Tywin Lannister."
Павел Кисткин
Nov. 13th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
George RR Martin
Thank you George for your work ! This edition - great masterpiece and a triumph. My name is Paul I of Russia . I could play in a series , tell where auditions and samples taken . Where to write ? I never will act in films, but I think I can! Want to decorate your work . I can not find information on where to send their wish . My e-mail: kist_pavelo@mail.ru Thanks.


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