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A Taste of This, A Taste of That

Some of you may not realize that, in addition to my Not A Blog, I also have an actual homepage / website. You can find it here: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/ Check it out, if you have not visited before. There's lots and lots of content there, all sorts of things to explore.

I must confess, though, I don't update it as often as I should. What can I say? I'm busy.

But today we uploaded a couple of new items that some of you may be interested in: new samples from two forthcoming books.

For all the Wild Cards fans out there, we've got a taste of HIGH STAKES, due out this August. HIGH STAKES is the twenty-third volume in the overall series, and the third and concluding part of the 'Fort Freak' triad. The sample is from the pen of the talented Ian Tregillis, and features Mollie Steunenberg, aka Tesseract. You'll find it at: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/wild-cards-excerpt/

((Readers with weak stomachs be warned, HIGH STAKES is our Lovecraftian horror book, and things do get graphic and bloody and... well... horrible. Althought not so much in the sample)).

And... because I know how much bitching I'd get if I offered a new sample from Wild Cards without also doing one from A SONG OF ICE & FIRE... we've also changed the WINDS OF WINTER sample on my wesbite, replacing the Alayne chapter that's been there for the past year with one featuring Arianne Martell. (Some of you may have heard me read this one at cons).

Have a read at: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/

You want to know what the Sand Snakes, Prince Doran, Areo Hotah, Ellaria Sand, Darkstar, and the rest will be up to in WINDS OF WINTER? Quite a lot, actually. The sample will give you a taste. For the rest, you will need to wait.

And no, just to spike any bullshit rumors, changing the sample chapter does NOT mean I am done. See the icon up above? Monkey is still on my back... but he's growing, he is, and one day...

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dromozoan
May. 14th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
Regarding the writing of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels; are the fans still able to make some sort of contributions about ideas and such?

From an interview in Rolling Stones:

"While Martin said he built Westeros as he wrote his books, he also noted how important his rabid fans were in helping him realize his fictional universe."

If so, in what way can one assist?

grrm
May. 16th, 2016 02:24 am (UTC)
I wish you could... but writing is a solitary endeavor. It's on me.

I do appreciate your support, and your patience.
reina matzen
May. 14th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
Regarding winds of winter
Thank you!
bodygraffiti
May. 14th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you, George, for the samples! Your work guided me out of depression in the last couple of years, and I'll always be grateful for the worlds you've created. Getting lost in them has been transformative. I know you're busy with that monkey and loads of other projects, but if you're ever in need of some background music (although maybe that's distracting, gah!), I wrote a rock & roll concept album inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire. Each song uses a different POV (but it does tell a bit of a story if you listen to the whole thing).
https://manimalsnyc.bandcamp.com/album/seven
I'd kick myself forever if I didn't at least attempt to share this with you.
gianetta
May. 14th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the new chapter. Can't wait for WoW! Please give us as much notice as possible - I have ~200 hours of audiobooks to listen to again between your announcement and the release! :)
Collin Heisler
May. 15th, 2016 01:51 am (UTC)
POV characters
Hey, George, thanks for updating the sample chapter! I was just wondering something: I read somewhere that in an interview you said you're going to start WINDS with 13 POV characters. There's a couple more than 13 character POVs left by the time DANCE finishes, including Samwell and Alayne who weren't in the book at all. Does that mean some POV characters are going to be excluded from WINDS?
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