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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.


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.
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: # of arms?
It's two legs and two wings. Otherwise, with four legs and two wings, that'd make them six-legged creatures. And where the heck in nature do you see six-legged creatures? I think this was the argument GRRM used regarding the heraldry on the Westeros website.

As for the cover image, I'm guessing that illustrators in Westeros are prone to making the same error that real-life illustrators are ;-)
Mar. 17th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Re: # of arms?
Yeah, I did some poking around about the issues you mentioned, And I agree with you.

Lots of other depictions of dragons make them six-legged, and there *are* six legged creatures. They're just very, very small.

As far as heraldry goes, show me some real heraldry of a lion that really looks like a lion, right? I hate heraldric lions.

I still love the cover. 6 legs, 4 legs, whatever. It's pretty BA.

Mar. 18th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: # of arms?
Heraldic lions? Well, this one is nineteenth century, so at least the artist had a better idea of what lions looked like. Still pretty heraldic, but at least they don't look like dogs.

("Web-improved version" = traced in Photoshop, in case you were wondering.)
Mar. 17th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: # of arms?
Strictly speaking, I think George was referring to someone else regarding the dragon with six legs. He didn't even notice our dragon had two little forelegs for awhile. ;) That said, our heraldry has been the source of some of the errors. Valyrian Resin got it sorted out after we noted it to them, though, for the Dany bust.

Something we still mean to correct, eventually, as we need to move the wings about a bit to balance it more.
Mar. 18th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: # of arms?
"And where the heck in nature do you see six-legged creatures?" Most insects are six-legged. {/geek}


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