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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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Vera de Ferran
May. 11th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for another chapter :)
I'm really loving Dorne.
May. 11th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, take as much time as you like, the results will be worth it. Thank you for keeping us informed and for all you do.
Kyle Gideon
May. 11th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
Sample Chapter
Thanks for the sample chapter! It would be a novel idea if someone collected all those sample chapters one day and made a book out of them.
May. 11th, 2016 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your drive, discipline, and determination to only release the book when you feel you've done the best job you can with the material. It'll take as long as it takes, and your fanatical fanbase, of whom I am one, will be happy to read it when it does come.

Good luck!
Ana Rivera
May. 11th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks George!!! I prefer to think of it as, the monkey has gotten smaller, and hopefully you have a much lighter load. Thank you sir!...
Paul Sabo
May. 11th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
I wish you better luck than Charla Nash
Vanessa Cavalleri
May. 11th, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Thanks for the amazing samples! And best of luck with your work on TWOW! Don't forget to have some fun in the meantime, we fans can wait until you're 100% satisfied x
Khoi Le
May. 11th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
monkey on back
I actually enjoyed your short story about the monkey on the guy's back as his weight loss program
Miguel Perez
May. 11th, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
TWOW & HUGO Awards
I was just thinking of how important of a voice you are in the Hugo "conflict" without actually being in it yourself. Meaning, how do you think it will play out when TWOW comes out and (I assume of course, especially since your fan base is extreme by this point) it gets nominated for an Hugo? If the puppies "boycott" the awards that year again, would you give an Alfie to yourself? Hahaha, random thoughts...
May. 11th, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: TWOW & HUGO Awards
I think my days of contending for Hugos are behind me. But I will always be a Hugo Loser, and proud of it. This year at MAC the Losers will celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Kristopher Lohmuller
May. 11th, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
not surprised
George has broken the Internet by putting a chapter up. Getting to the WoW page on his site is apparently a lesson in torture now. :)
May. 11th, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the new chapter, it was great!!

Question ("sort of" off-topic)...

I've had this long running debate with my best friend regarding Arianne's physical appearance, and I believe you are the only one who can end it once and for all. I believe that Arianne is basically, for lack of a better word, the "hottest" woman in Westeros. My best friend however will only refer to her as "a whale"...

I used to think he was just messing around to get a rise out of me, but not anymore. He adamantly stands by the belief she is supposed to be a heavyset woman. Even went as far as to say the picture posted with her new chapter last night was "an inaccurate depiction".

Please help settle this debate once and for all.

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May. 11th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
No, the picture is right on.

Arianne definitely has curves. She is not a half-starved anorexic like so many of today's 'supermodels.' But that does not mean that she is 'heavyset,' to use your word... and certainly not a 'whale.'
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Brooklyn Ann
May. 11th, 2016 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Glad to have something else to nibble on. Oh, and that monkey (the one in the picture, not the metaphorical one) looks like it really enjoyed your hair!
Joseph Lample
May. 11th, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
Take all the time you need
As a huge fan of your work, and someone who chose to stop watching the show after Season 4 to avoid the slightest hint of potential spoilers, I agree with those who say take all the time you need.

Be well and thanks for all the hard work!

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May. 11th, 2016 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I enjoyed reading it, can't wait for the full book :)
May. 11th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
I know you all are excited for Arianne, but I'm just happy we had some Griff, even if by mention. :) Griff's Words in TwoW, that's all I ask! :D :D :D
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