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In the Apple

April 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm
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A busy week. So much to report, so little time.

I am spending a lt of my time over at Bantam, working with my editor Anne Groell on copyediting and proofing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS to get all the ducks in a row for the July 12 pubdate. A lot of work in a short time frame, but it’s going well. Sill have the appendix to nail down, which becomes first priority when I return home May 5.

Watching some of the NFL draft in spare moments, but I’ve been in such a crunch this year I did not do any of my usual prep, so I have no idea who most of these players are. The Jets and Giants have picked some people. Hope they’re good. The Giants got a prince, I see. Not the one who just got married.

Visited the HBO Store yesterday. Incredibly cool, and the people running it were terrific. I signed all the copies of my book on hand, so if there are any New Yorkers reading this who would like an autographed copy, head over to HBO post haste.

All four volumes of the series are now on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list. I’ve got a lot to celebrate and I’ve been doing a lot of celebrating.

Oh, and of course, there was the TIME 100 Gala, where Phipps and I dressed up like grown-ups and hung out with some amazing people. More on that when we get home.

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Twas beauty…

April 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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The Game of Food

April 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm
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My fans never cease to amaze me. Some of you are crazy. Some of you are wonderful. Most of you are crazily wonderful.

Like the two women in Boston who have started up a food blog they are calling the Inn at the Crossroads. Their mission appears to be to cook up both medieval and modern versions of all the dishes mentioned in A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.

They’re already off to a great start. You can read about their adventures and get all their recipes at the Inn:

I have cautioned them to skip the seagull when they get to it. The rat-on-a-stick is probably worth a pass as well, and I’d be wary about the bowls o’ brown served in Flea Bottom. You never know what sorts of things go in them.

Anyway, do visit their blog and give them some encouragement. They have a lot of cooking to do. Why, Joffrey’s wedding feast alone featured seventy-seven courses.

Oh, and I love their motto: In the Game of Food, you win, or you wash the dishes…

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Victor Gollancz Anniversary

April 21, 2011 at 9:50 am
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Victor Gollancz has been among the leading publishers of science fiction and fantasy in the United Kingdom for the past fifty years. Their “yellow books” … er, “distinctive golden dustjackets” … have been a part of the British scene for most of my career.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, they’re having a special promotion.

From Gollancz:

“This year Gollancz celebrates 50 years of bringing you the very best in Science Fiction and Fantasy, from classic novels through to modern-day bestsellers.

We’ve chosen 50 titles published under the Gollancz imprint over the past 50 years. Now we want you to tell us your favourites! Simply visit the website and select one science fiction title and one fantasy title to cast your vote.

We’ll announce the winners in September and then publish the top-five Science Fiction and top-five Fantasy titles in a fantastic collectable retro-look edition to celebrate!”

Congratulations, Gollancz. Keep up the good work. We want fifty more years, at least.

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Second Season!!!

April 19, 2011 at 9:37 am
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Just received from HBO:


LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2011 !“ Following strong critical and viewer response to the series’ April 17 debut, HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

!œWe are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,! said Lombardo. !œThis is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.!

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series !œA Song of Ice and Fire,! by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

Among the early critical raves, TV Guide has called the show !œa crowning triumph! and !œbrilliant,! while the Los Angeles Times termed GAME OF THRONES !œa great and thundering series,! as well as !œwild and bewitching.! The Hollywood Reporter praised the !œexcellent storytelling, superb acting and stunning visual effects,! and the New York Post observed that the !œart directing, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series.!

The gross audience for the premiere night of GAME OF THRONES on the main HBO channel was 4.2 million viewers.

The season one cast includes (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

Season one credits: GAME OF THRONES is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors of photography, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov and Matt Jensen; production designer, Gemma Jackson; costume designer, Michele Clapton.

That from HBO.

From me again: I’m thrilled.

Ten more episodes! A CLASH OF KINGS.

Looks like I’ll be writing the Battle of the Blackwater. David & Dan give me the easy stuff.

P.S. A late correction. Actually, I don’t KNOW how many more episodes. Could be ten. Could be more. Could even be fewer, I suppose, though I don’t really think so. Myself, I’d love to see twelve episodes this second time around, since CLASH is a hundred pages longer than GAME. But that’s a call for HBO and Dan and David, and I am sure they will let us know once it’s made.

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Will You Keep Watching?

April 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm
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PEOPLE magazine wants to know.

Let them know at:,,20482822,00.html?hpt=Sbin

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Thoughts and Comments

April 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm
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We are only a few hours away from the HBO premiere of GAME OF THRONES.

Many of you will be watching, I know. I think that most of you will love it. Some will not, of course. Opinions always vary. Others will like it, but with quibbles. You will have thoughts about what you’ve seen, opinions you’d like to share, actors or scenes you especially liked or disliked. You’ll have a lot to say.

There are a lot of good places for that. Websites, blogs, and bulletin boards that have been set up specifically for detailed discussions of the show. Such as:





And for those of you from other countries, there are some great fan sites in other languages as well. You can find a list (by no means complete) on the Links page of my website.

Whether you love what you see or hate it, I would ask that you take your discussions to one of those sites, please. I do not want any spoilers to pop up here, and spoilers are almost inevitable when the talk gets going. Also, it is quite likely that more people will watch the show tonight than have ever read the books, in all the years that they have been coming out. Some will inevitably find their way here. And that’s great… but Ty and I have enough trouble keeping up with all the comments as is. A substantial increase in traffic would overwhelm us.

So… if you would, take your comments on the HBO series to one of the many sites better suited to host them, and we’ll keep this Not A Blog for news and general nonsense.

Thanks for understanding. I hope you all enjoy the show.

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Tonight’s the Night!

April 17, 2011 at 11:34 am
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Winter is coming to HBO… tonight!

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I think we can be pretty sure GAME OF THRONES will be better than SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER, at least. Fortunately, this show comes from Benioff and Weiss, not Bialystock and Bloom.

We’re pretty excited here. (Even though I’ve already seen tonight’s episode).

And remember — HBO is free this weekend on most cable systems throughout the US. So even if you don’t normally get HBO, if you have cable the chances are excellent that you can at least see tonight’s premiere.

(After which, of course, we hope you’ll all be signing up for HBO).

More a little later. I have to get back to Kong.

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Boy Fiction?

April 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm
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I usually make it a policy not to comment on reviews, especially negative reviewers. When you put your art out there in the marketplace on public view, some are going to like and some are going to hate it. Comes with the territory. And like Superchicken always said, I knew the job was dangerous when I took it.

Normally, I would not even comment on something as spectacularly wrong-headed and condescending as the review of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES recently published in the NEW YORK TIMES. There have been dozens and dozens of reviews of the show coming out all over the place, in newspaper and magazines, on television and radio, and of course on the web. Most, I am pleased to say, have been very good, but of course there are some bad ones as well. C'est la vie.

((Okay, I will confess, it does cheese me when I come across a reviewer who simply hates all fantasy. I had hoped that kind of literary snobbism was extinct, or nearly so. Maybe not.))

But the startling assertion in the TIMES review that women could not possibly like fantasy unless a lot of graphic sex was added to it (??) has prompted me to break my "no comment" rule. At least to extent of this post.

I see this morning that legions of female fantasy readers and self-proclaimed "geek girls" and "scifi chicks" have risen up all over the internet to say all the things that I'm too polite and too busy to say. And a lot more besides. I'd link to their blogs and posts here, but it would take hours. Google will lead you to them, if you're interested. It would seem that so many outraged emails and posts poured into the TIMES that they had to shut down the comments section for the review.

I am not going to get into it myself, except to say
(1) if I am writing "boy fiction," who are all those boys with breasts who keep turning up by the hundreds at my signings and readings?
(2) thank you, geek girls! I love you all.

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The Iron Throne Cometh…

April 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm
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… to a city near you.

That is, if you live near New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

There are several Iron Thrones out there, moving about the country. You too can sit in one, and be king (or queen) for a few minutes.

You can find the Iron Throne at:

Thursday, April 14 – Union Square
*photo booth 11am – 7pm
Friday, April 15 – Columbus Circle
*photo booth 11am – 7pm
Saturday/Sunday, April 16/17 – 14th and 9th
*photo booth – 1pm – 9pm (Saturday) / 11am – 7pm (Sunday)

Thursday, April 14 !“ Sunday April 17 !“ Hollywood & Highland Courtyard
*photo booth 11am-7pm

Thursday, April 14 !“ Sunday April 17 !“ 30th Street Station
*photo booth 11am-7pm

Thursday, April 14 !“ Sunday April 17 !“ Yerba Buena Gardens
*photo booth 11am-7pm

P.S. I am a day late in getting this up, I know. Sorry. With the TV series set to premiere on Sunday night, HBO has so much happening right now that I can’t possibly keep up. Not and wrestle Kong into submission at the same time. And Kong comes first. So those of you who are interested in up-to-the-minute info on the show, please check in regularly at Westeros and Winter Is Coming where you’ll find the latest news and views much more quickly than I can hope to get it up.

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