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DANCE Gets Covered

Okay, I may not have a book yet, but I have covers.

Here are the American and British covers for A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.

If I can deliver the book before the end of June, you'll see these in your favorite bookstore sometime this fall.

If I can't, well... you'll still see them eventually, I hope.


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Mar. 17th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
"Sometime this fall!!" That would be around my birthday!!

**writes birthday wish list**
(funny, that didn't take long...)

I hope you stop in or around Iowa again for signings :)
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Awwww, don't be stressing. It'll come out when it'll come out, and that's that =)
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)

This is why I love England, we get the best covers!

Heh but other than that... huzzah for the book!
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I would have to agree that you get the best covers. This is true with all authors. I just don't get it! Not fair at all!

(no subject) - miffyvampirebat - Mar. 17th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 17th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
# of arms?
Do the dragons in ASoIaF have two legs or four?
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: # of arms?
Four legs. from the descriptions of how they perch on things, etc, they'd have to have front and rear. You mean, do they have 4 separate legs, or are they like bats (claws at the end of wings)?

You realize we are both huuuuge dorks for having this discussion, right? I am such a dork I want to go flip through to find you specific passages, but we are in the midst of moving and most of our books are packed :(

I'm going with 4 separate legs, or the image would not have been approved. Now we sit back and wait for other dorks (I say this lovingly) to argue against/confirm my opinion.
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Mar. 17th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
I like both of them, even if the dragon in the green one has six limbs instead of four. The dragon is nicely heraldic, and the sword looks clean and sleek. I wonder if it's a real sword...

Also, don't stress it out, put your feet up, play with the kitten, whatever... It will all be the better for it.

Edited at 2008-03-17 08:31 pm (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
I only see 4 limbs...
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Mar. 17th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
6 limbs?
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)

I wish I lived in the UK. Theirs is prettier. But ours is nice, too.
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
LOVELY! Just in time for my birthday! :D
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I know this is completely out of your control, so I'm just making a general observation here.

I miss the old covers :( I honestly didn't think the American one was legit when I first saw it, because it looked like something I could just sit down and whip out in Photoshop with the help of some dragon clip-art.

Again, I know, nothing to be done, yes, I know, I get that. I know the official line was to make the books more marketable cross-genres. But I wouldn't be shocked if there was some cost-cutting involved as well :/ A few hours of graphic design work has got to be cheaper than paying someone to do an oil painting. It just makes me sad.

Flame at will if you must, but this is my opinion and in no way meant to be an attack on George. I know these things are not his to decide.
Apr. 1st, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
I absolutely agree!
The thing that drew me to the original novel was the art.

The way I see it, a novel's art is like a certain... setting for the mind... Like a reading room with a certain feel to it, that helps set the tone. The first book's look set things for me.

I LOVED the original art for the books, and just yesterday, as I was trying to turn on a friend to the series, he said, "Good GOD those look like Danielle Steel books." Luckily, I was loaning him the original GoT paperback.

I, for one, would like the option for a collector's volume with art from the original artist, who I found out has also painted some of my favorite Star Wars book covers. I would spend an extra $5 or even $10 to have the future books match the originals.
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
ooh, I like the sword exiting the cover there! I like the series' english covers a lot, since they're not so typically fantasy (no heroes and despairing princesses etc on the cover)

And well, even if you don't finish the book by june, it'll be the better for it I suspect. I'd rather read another true masterpiece later than something that had to be rushed. But I know you're not into the rushing thing anyway, so I'm not worried ;)
Good luck and have fun writing!
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
I quite agree with you! I'd much rather get it later and have it true to GRRM's vision, than rushed just for instant gratification's sake.

(but, I admit, I'm happier with our American versions of the covers myself)
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Mar. 17th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy these type of simplistic covers compared to ones with artwork attempting to convey a scene from the book! (though I also enjoyed the separate The Art of A Song of Ice and Fire as well)
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
My heart just skipped a beat
seeing the cover. So do you get to pick the dominant color for the American covers? I've always loved their bold, no nonsense appearance that makes them stand out from the exhaustive and cliché fantasy scenes that dominate other fantasy covers. I can't wait to see it on shelves. Best of luck finishing it by June. But, if not, I'm content to wait out as long as it takes for you to polish it.
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Those covers have inspired me to comment.

I'm in the middle of a reread of the whole series (lucky me, I haven't read book 4 yet!), and I'm right at the end of Game of Thrones. I was reading as I ate my lunch at a local restaurant yesterday, and one of the servers walked by my table. He looked back at me as he went past, and said, "Those are great!" I looked at my plate in confusion and said, "The sweet potato fries? Yeah, they're pretty awesome." To which he replied, "No, the books!"

Oh! I had the book open to the beginning of a Daenerys chapter, and he must have seen her name as he went by. He then proceeded to gush about the series and how he can hardly wait for book 5. Ah, fanboys, God love 'em.
Mar. 21st, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm a server and I totally do that when someone is reading a book I know. It just so happened that last week someone was reading the second book in a series that I just started and i was like "hey! I just started the first one (Kushiel's Dart btw)." Then we proceeded to gush for a while.
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh!!Both covers look so gorgeous!!!I really can't wait for the book,planning to re-read the previous ones soon-I just can't resist, the story is too captivating,so I keep re-reading them!!;)
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