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And Speaking of Subterranean...

... I am pleased to be able to announce that they have just signed up artist Marc Fishman to illustrate their deluxe limited edition of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.

Don't know Fishman's work? Go to http://www.marcfishman.com/ and check it out. He's amazing, and it will be a real thrill to work with him.

I've actually had a Fishman cover once before. His painting "The Return of the King" (which can be seen on the website) was used by my German publishers as the cover for one of their volumes of A FEAST FOR CROWS. A gorgeous painting... but of course it has nothing to do with my books, Goldmann just plucked it out of their Big Box o' Fantasy Covers and decided it was close enough. It's the best of the covers I've gotten on my German paperbacks, beyond a doubt, but all the same I'm jazzed to know that this time Marc will actually be painting the characters, scenes, and settings from my book.

If you'd like to get in the queue to snag a copy of the illustrated DANCE, it is never too late to drop by the SubPress website and place your order.

Comments

uc_rommel
Mar. 10th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Finish Time
I agree that George is likely to be a bit optimistic about his expected schedule... most of us are! Well, it SHOULD only take me 2 weeks to finish this project, but then something comes up that I was not expecting and this does not seem quite right and...

Thanks for letting me know about 3 months for editing. If George is aiming for a June finish then a few delays might still allow for a nice Christmas present (although it might be pushing it). I appreciate any insights into how long editing and publishing tend to take. I have no real reason, other than enjoyment of learning new things.

Hopefully, writing this down and exploring these characters can be almost as enjoyable for George (at times, at least) as reading and looking into these characters and lives is for us. I definitely do not want the quality to suffer (from hurrying or waiting too long and over-thinking things). The first three books in Fire and Ice are easily my favorite series (my favorite book of all time is still Herbert's Dune and I have still read Tolkein and Janny Wurts/Feist series more). I think the fourth book is very good, but not quite on my list of favorite books of all. I'm not sure why, exactly, but that does not seem to be a unique sentiment.

Does George or anyone else have any insights or ideas as to why someone might not find it their favorite? (although still a much better book than others out there) Maybe so many missing characters?
elmobob14
Mar. 10th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Finish Time
I felt the same way about FEAST when I initially read it. I reread it 2 years later (that's right 2 YEARS (geez George!)) and felt more kindly disposed toward it.

Still, it's a dramatic departure from what preceded it. I think it was a mistake to take up Cersei's perspective. I also don't like the treatment of Briene, which felt akin to a soap opera-type cliff-hanger.

The book also felt disjointed for obvious reasons.

I guess I've also felt raw about George splitting the book in two. That probably colored my first reading of it. I liked it a lot better the second time around. But, like you, I don't think it's as good as the first three.

Here's hoping DANCE is a return to form.
theswornsword
Mar. 16th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Finish Time
The missing character's it exactly the reason. Tyrion, Arya, Dany & Jon (in my case you could also add Davos) are quite arguably most readers favorite characters. If most readers re-read Feast along w/ Dance after Dance is released, maybe alternating chapters, they will think differently of the book as a whole, as it was meant to be. I hope Mr Martin releases an edition of both books combined. As far as Cersei's chapters go, if he had gone the route of Jamie & made her somewhat likeable then I might say he's getting a touch cliche. However I feel the same way about Cersei as I did before he started doing her chapters.

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