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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...


May. 12th, 2016 04:03 am (UTC)
Wild Cards Series
Hey George-

First off, I absolutely love ASOIAF and thanks for the sample chapter! I'm eagerly awaiting 'Winds' and I know that you'll craft another outstanding piece of literature.

While confessing that I've not read any of 'Wild Cards,' I am very intrigued by the ideas embodied within- alternate history, science fiction, multiple authors contributing to lore and narrative. My dad and I have a hobby of sharing sci-fi/fantasy books (ASOIAF & The Expanse among our more recent entries) and enjoy the discussion that ensues between us.

My question(s) for you... if we were to embark upon the Wild Cards series together, what's a good starting point? Is there an order in which they should be read, such as chronologically by release date? Are the stories even released in the timeline's chronological order? Can they be read out of order? Do you have any personal favorites or standouts that are true "can't miss" stories in the series? Just looking for guidance on where to start.

Keep up the great work and thank you!
May. 12th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards Series
Either volume one -- WILD CARDS -- or volume eighteen -- INSIDE STRAIGHT -- would make a good starting point.


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