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Random Thoughts at Midnight

Just a few days left in March. When the month ends, so does our foreign edition sale, so if you want $5 off the foreign translations of any of my books, this is the time to act.

I really don't know where the time goes. It seems like yesterday I was watching the Superbowl, and a few days before that I was just getting back from Spain and Portugal. The days and weeks and months seem to go by so quickly now... and the pages come so slowly...

Speaking of Spain and Portugal, I meant to post a lot more about my travels there last summer, and to post some pictures too. Another good intention swallowed by the demands of work and the lateness of the hour. I may still post a few things, though. Better late than never, I suppose... and it was a wonderful trip.

I need to post about WATCHMEN (which I loved) and the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA finale (which I pretty much hated) too. In my copious spare time. But I really do have a lot to say about both. The Watchmen/ Wild Cards compare-and-contrast exercise is an essay in itself...

Subterreanean Press sent me an Advanced Reading Copy of the Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, a few days ago, and I've been dipping into it. I'd read all the stories before, of course, but it's still fun to revisit them. I even reread my own story, "A Night at the Tarn House," and thought it held up pretty well. That's always a relief. Sometimes I hate my own stuff when I reread (sometimes I love it, too, I'm a moody sonofabitch).



I hope Jack Vance likes the book. The impact he's had on the field, and especially on the writers in the anthology, has been immense.

I've also just received a couple of advance copies of the limited edition FEAST FOR CROWS from Subterranean. Oh my, oh my. What a beautiful book. Tom Canty is amazing. FEAST is shipping now. Unfortunately, this is a limited edition, and it was long ago sold out. The lettered and numbered editions of the Vance book are also sold out, but copies of the trade hardcover are still available from the Subterranean website... and the trade will still feature the gorgeous interior artwork by Tom Kidd.

Some cool new stuff from Green Ronin Games as well. Their first Wild Cards adventure, ALL IN, has been released, and so has their new Ice & Fire role playing game. I need to write a story about those for my website news page... so much to do, so little time... but here's some pictures of the cover art, to whet your taste, at least:





Visit the Green Ronin website for more information for the games.

Oh, and my new Library Tower is almost complete. Another week, and the renovations should all be done. It's cost a fortune and there's been a lot of noise and dust and disruption, but it will all have been worth it. The tower is gorgeous. I'll try to post pictures, if I can ever find my camera. I took it to the Page One signing for BUSTED FLUSH, snapped lots of pics there, brought it home, and haven't seen it since.

sigh

The Library Tower should help with that too. Finally, some organization.

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geg
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
I would love to see a post about both the love of WATCHMEN and the hate for BSG finale
hippoiathanatoi
Mar. 28th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Me, too. I have to say I enjoyed BSG's finale a fair bit. It strikes me as a better end than a lot of the alternatives that I've seen kicked around by disgruntled fans (or by the writers).
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bojojoti
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
I've got Songs of the Dying Earth on my list to purchase. Can't go wrong with the writers included in the collection.

The flashbacks in BSG were annoying and pointless to me.

I would love to see photos of your Library Tower.
storm_dancer
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
I would like to add my voice to the requests for photos of the Library Tower once it's complete.
jude_91
Mar. 28th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Agreeing with the first commenter, a post about Watchmen would be awesome!
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bloodangel
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a lot of the art of Robert during the rebellion makes him look hefty, bearded and middle-aged. 20 year old Robert should look like Renly.

I wish they'd used the picture of a castle that they used on the quickstart rulebook.
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slojae
Mar. 28th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
how can we have a song of ice and fire RPG when we still don't have definete skills for the others? the mystical people of the east who have just allusions to thier abilities?

are you sharing dark secrets with them that you wont tell us?

i mean I was in to D&D and MERP and all kind of rpgs, but the story's not done...my money's on Arya being daenrys' champion with tyrion financing the whole thing... but you're gonna kill most of them off next book so what the hell...

how can i play a game based on an incomplete saga?
(still love you and haven't killed myself cause i'm waiting for the next book)
asahifirsa
Mar. 28th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I'd love to read your thoughts on the BSG finale. I had the feeling they pulled a Narnia on us because they didn't know what else to do...
zefire2
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh... oh I think I like that idea.

*Kara poofs* *Lee pines*

There is cussing from the other side of the hill.

Lee takes a look and finds an angry Kara. "Um yeah Lee, so apparently the Bucket didn't have that last jump in her after all. I think we're all dead."

Lee considers. "I see. I can live with that, or well not, whatever. Wanna go skip through the fields and be blissfully happy?"

"'K."
ceranko
Mar. 28th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Library Tower !
Hey George please post pics of your library tower! You are my favorite writing wizard so keep your magic pen and your mystical mind sharp! I started reading Vance because he's such an influence on you and I have to say he is an amazing writer. Just finished Hunters Run and it was amazing. The audiobook's reader did an incredible job on the accents and the story had some sharp turns I didn't expect! I have some art I did on your characters I'd like to send you. So far I have Robert Baratheon, Sandor, Jaime, Bronn and Jon Snow. I love how Bronn became Lord Stokeworth ! Classic. You weave such incredible tales, I like your secondary characters almost as much as your main POV's. All I have to say is I've read all the books 9 times and listen to the audios in my car. You are the King of the magic pen! And a fellow garden stater! Although Trenton is the armpit of America. Can't say I miss the "Burning Rivers" much. Is that where you got the idea for The Battle of the Blackwater? Mommy why is the river on fire? You know what I'm talking about! :)
zefire2
Mar. 28th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
I would be really interested in seeing what a good author had to say about the end of BSG.
I might have been okay with the flakiness of the plot holes and illogic in the last 30 minuets if it were not for the Kara-poof. (My expectations of the show had dropped a lot) I'd gone into the episode thinking that Lee&Kara might not live through it all, but by the point they were in the field it was all *glee*, they are free to be happy togeather. If Moore'd wanted to go that way I wish he'd have had Kara knowing what she was/wasn't and that she'd be leaving soonish from the beginning of the season rather then toying with fans (and poor Lee).

Books belong in their own room whenever possible.
gege_the_dodo
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with you. They made this big deal about Starbuck being "special" and I was expecting her to be revealed as "Daniel" (Cavil messed with "Daniel" while he was being made and "screwed up his genetics", she's an artist, can come back from the dead, and acts like a stereotypical male) but instead she just...disappears?! Oh, Ok. That solves everything. Totally lame. The ending just made it seem like everything was pointless. Th writers got LAZY, IMO.

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e_i_bot
Mar. 28th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Time ... what is time? It's always on my mind ...
Time ... what is time? It's always on my mind ...
But you shall find,
That by being true
?I/you will stay will you/I!

Echoes of the future past
Find their way to me at last
Memories of friends unknown
Who knows where they have flown?

Friends always say
there will be a better day
But in those longest nights
That are spent in plight/fright/fight

Am I alone? Alone, I am!
Am I undone? Undone, I am!
Will I see the day? The day, I will see!
Will I see my friends? MY FRIENDS, I CAN SEE!
master_fisto
Mar. 28th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Interesting, I hated (or well, don't really know what to think about it except for being let down) Watchmen and loved the BSG finale. I'm so looking forward to your thoughts on both and I'll keep mine until then, especially about BSG which I have some very strong feelings about.
bluejupiter
Mar. 28th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Me too. HATED Watchmen, loved BSG finale. I think we're in the minority, tho'... :)
gege_the_dodo
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with you on the BSG finale. It was so disappointing.
proudbronco
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Aaarrgh! You loved Watchmen? I thought it was terrible. The only thing that consoled me throughout the entire thing was the thought of Alan Moore's reaction to it.

So now I demand to see that post! ;)
werthead
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Does the Library Tower resemble the Tower of the Hand? Because that would be kind of awesome.

Liked the 'practical' side to the end of the BSG finale (where the characters end up, inexplicable Luddite tendencies aside), but thought the mythology was weak. Starbuck's disappearance would have been okay had they stuck with the original plan for her return (her just materialising in Lee's quarters as he prepared to go out and face the Cylons in the Season 3 finale, rather than reappearing in her shiny new Viper), which would have more clearly set-up the supernatural overtones for her departure. As it stands it feels like they set up her return in a practical, explainable manner, and then used the hand of God to whisk her away.
reynardine
Mar. 28th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I hope you can put some pictures up of the Library Tower when it's done! My husband and I keep a lot of books around (even though we try to cull every year to donate for our library's fundraiser) and I'm always looking for ideas on how to organize them better.
jarathen
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to your BSG thoughts. I rather liked the finale but also found that my expectations were lowered by the langorous second half of season 4. There simply wasn't enough going on for me to expect a three-hour finale as good as the miniseries was. Add to that the incredible ton of baggage the show had at that point and overall, I liked it. It was definitely written on the fly with a big Deus Ex Machina ending, but ultimately it was good enough for me.
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