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Coming to Spain (Still More)

Here are the details on my signing in Granada on July 25:

Librería Nostromo
C/ Buensuceso, 1 - Granada
Tlf: 958 523 818

from 18.00h to 21.00h

I also have the specifics for my appearances in Gijon at Semana Negra.

Saturday, July 12
6:00 pm -- introduction of Corominas' art book of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE

Sunday July 13
7:00 pm -- panel w/ Scott Bakker and Paco Ignacio Taibo II
9:00 pm -- Q&A chat with my translator, Cristina Macia

Those are my only official events at Semana Negra, but I will be arriving on July 11 on the Black Train, and leaving on July 15. In between, you'll often find me at the festival, signing at the Gigamesh booth, listening to the other panels, riding the rides, drinking sangria on the fairway (will the chicken be back, I wonder?), and eating midnight dinners like the Spanish seem to do. Parris and I love to meet my readers, so if you're there in Gijon, don't be shy about coming up and saying hi.

That's in July, though. Right now it's still June and I have one day left before I leave, so I had better cut this short. Things are getting frantic, as they always do before a trip.


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Jun. 24th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
have a nice time in Spain and PLEASE mr. Martin, come to Poland one day!
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Hope you have a good time.
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Is this accurate George? I found it on Barnes and Noble site?
A Dance with Dragons (Song of Ice and Fire #5)
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Jun. 24th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Is this accurate George? I found it on Barnes and Noble site?
As GRRM mentions elsewhere in his blog all of these dates are estimates. No dates are accurate or can be considered accurate until GRRM announces he has finished the book, which he hasn't at this time.

From my observations the 30th September date is, I believe, now unachievable and an early 2009 release is more likely. Voyager seem to have taken this view and now list the book for April 2009. As usual, do not trust anything (including my opinion ;-) ) until GRRM confirms it himself here or on his website.
Jun. 24th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I know we were all warned not to expect anything, but I can't help but feel let down. George didn't even say - hey guys, I'm off to Spain and it doesn't look as though I can meet the deadline I had set for myself.

I love the books and understand that writing is fraught with all kinds of "stuff" but I can't help but feel manipulated. Frankly, I'm going to stop reading at this site because I just can't stand reading about another Wild Card or convention while Dance with Dragons languishes someplace under a pile of paper at the bottom of one of his desk drawers.

I write for a newspaper as well as other projects and know what it's like to have to meet deadlines. They're no fun and sometimes you mess up but sooner or later you've got to come up with the goods.

I really hope George and his wife have a lovely time in Spain and a lovely time at all of the conventions they are scheduled to attend during the summer. I also hope that sometime in the next few years, that we actually get to read Dance with Dragons.

Sorry to vent.
Jun. 24th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Disappointed
I continued to be bemused by the self entitlement I see from people in these threads. You aren't *owed* the next book in the series. You'll get it, when you get it. Until then, why don't you do less judging of the author you claim to be a fan of, and go find another book to read in the meantime.
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Jun. 24th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I would like to start by saying that I am a HUGE fan of you and have read A Song of Ice and Fire several times over. I recommend you to everyone that will listen and I think you are by far the most talented fantasy author I have ever read. I am really looking forward to A Dance with Dragons and have checked this board religiously for the last couple of years. One thing that I've noticed is that every year you have months of events and conventions and signings, and I think it's awesome that you are getting out and enjoying the world, but I think there has to be a point where you just buckle down and finish this book that everyone has been waiting for for years now. I understand you want to live your life and everything and that you enjoy conventions and events (they would be my passion as well if I were an author), but I can't help but feel that ADwD has fallen off your priority list. I hear tons about your wild cards and what-not and you signing on to co-edit or author so and such, and I just feel whenever I see those news items that you are spending too much energy on all these other things when you should be working on what everyone is really waiting for. I love reading your updates, and believe me when I say I am more than happy to wait for the book when I see some kind of progress or that you are working on it, but when I come here and see all sorts of news about other projects or conventions or world travels I just get the feeling (especially at this point) that you are wasting time. I'm sure your fans in Spain or anywhere in the world would be happier going to a book signing or convention in 6 months with a fresh copy of ADwD than one right now, wondering if it will ever get done. I'm sorry to vent but I just had to put in my two cents. I sincerely hope you have a great time in Spain this summer but I hope to see you back on the writing train in the near future as well!
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear!
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Jun. 25th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Amazon is offering Dancing with a Dragon?
Is this true? Or just Amazon jumping the gun?

A long time reader,

Chick Jabre
Jun. 25th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazon is offering Dancing with a Dragon?
Amazon.com will certainly let you pre-order, but this doesn't mean they know when it will be released. Until it's done and in to the publisher, release dates are speculative at best. :)
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Jun. 26th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not complaining here, but...
As an aspiring writer I understand the difficulty that comes trying to find time to write and yet still live your life. It's not exactly on the same level, because that is Mr. Martin's actual job. I have my real job, my family and other interests on top of trying to finish my novel. The main point of that is I feel I've got a good excuse for not having my book finished yet.

Now I also recognize that these books are epic in length. I can only dream of writing anything so thick and richly detailed. So I understand that's why it is taking a rather long time to finish.

But what I don't understand is his method of writing. No matter where I am, what I'm doing, a means of working on my book is close at hand. Be it my computer at home or work, a notebook in my car, even a text editor on my phone, if I want to write I can. George flies overseas and becomes incapable of writing for a couple months. That just sounds a little lazy, doesn't it? I've read that he does all of his writing on a DOS based machine to protect from virus and other "nightmares." I think this is a good idea, but he just needs to remember that just because you have a computer doesn't mean that you have to connect it to the internet. Get yourself a laptop. If your concerned about the thing getting stolen buy a usb flash drive and keep the book on their.

I understand that these things take time, and I don't want to rush anyone, because that leads to poor quality. I just think that as a writer with other demands in your life you need to be portable. These conventions may take up a rather large chunk of his day, but I am willing to bet there is a time where he may be doing nothing and could type up a page or two.
Jun. 28th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Amazon co uk
This is a direct copy and paste from amazon.co.uk

"From the Publisher
George R R Martin has let us know that he will be later than expected delivering A Dance with Dragons, so we're sorry to say that we've had to postpone publication. Based on the new delivery date, we are very much hoping to be able to publish in Spring 2009. Thanks for your patience!"

For what it's worth, I think publication in 2008 is highly unlikely.

So hang in there!

Jun. 28th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Please, visit Valencia! It's a beautiful city. :)
Jun. 28th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Come on now people..
There is plenty of good books to read while waiting for the next one.. I am in the process of reading Hyperion and yeah, its a great one! I am glad I had the time to find it, what a trip the series has been so far ( I am on book two, but the first hyperion alone is worth the read; I command all of you to read it!). Can anyone recommend some other epic sci-fi (not to much "hard" sci-fi, do not want to have to be a scientist to understand) or fantasy that is top notch? May help some of these crybabies here.

Have fun in Europe Geroge, I am jealous!
Jun. 29th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
Re: Come on now people..
You might want to try The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. Volume one being called Gardens of the Moon. It's the most epic fantasy that I have ever read, not exactly comparable to Martin but at least as good if not on some fronts even better. It's a ten volume series that has volume 8 on it's way (Erikson writes about a book every year and a half on average and yes they are quite huge, usually over 700 pages if not longer). That should bridge you to spring 2009 in a jiffy! :)

Have fun!

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Jun. 29th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Re: Spring 2009?
Get a life.

I care about the other books. So do lots of others. And we don't need selfish jerks like you coming on here and ruining his livejournal. The very fact that George allows comments shows he cares for his fans.

Then idiots like you have to go ruing it for everyone.
Jun. 28th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Be Careful of Your Criticisms
Your criticism will be deleted.

You will be banned.

I know, it happened to me.

Jun. 29th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Don't listen to them George!!!!
Hey George,
You write well. You write big. A 1200 page book takes time. Sometimes years- so don't listen to the haters!!!
Which are paradoxically your biggest fans...
If these were 500 page standard novels, then I could understand all the tantrums out there. But you are doing fine for the monster epic that this is.
Can't wait for Dance!
-a big fan(and speaking on behalf of the patient fans),
Jun. 30th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for the umpteenth postponing, I would have bet for ADWD to be published not later than one month after GRRM's come back from Europe.
But spring? That makes me think that large parts of the books are not quite finished or even written. But I'm kinda pessimistic year.
Anyway, one consideration more: if AFFC was split because 1200 pages were too much, what if ADWD is 1200 pages as well? Another split coming?
I hope not, maybe it will be only 1008, but I can't believe 200 pages or less made such a difference for a 8 year waiting
Jun. 30th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
here, not year lol
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
All these negative comments will really motivate him to get the book done for his "fans."
Jun. 30th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: sigh
It might remind him that not all of his readers are sycophantic and may just give up on him as he gives up on them.
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