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Amazon Exclusive

October 11, 2011 at 10:34 am
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If you’re reading this journal, the odds are good that you’ve already read the first four books of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and have them sitting on your shelves…

But if you’re looking for hardcovers to replace your worn paperbacks, or want a nice matching set, or are just one of the completists who wants to own every edition… Amazon has just opened pre-orders for a boxed set of A GAME OF THRONES, A CLASH OF KINGS, A STORM OF SWORDS, and A FEAST FOR CROWS. You can order them here:

These editions are an Amazon Exclusive. Under the terms of the deal they cut with Bantam, the set will be available only through Amazon, and will not be sold in any bookstore, be in chain or independent.

I’ve seen some jpegs of the cover designs, which look pretty cool, but have not actually a set of the books myself yet. Looking forward to it, though…

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Ser Sheldon of House Cooper

October 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm
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GAME OF THRONES is suddenly all over television.

There was a reference on CASTLE.

And another on GREY’S ANATOMY.

And now…

keep your eyes on BIG BANG THEORY, boys and girls.

Yes, that’s Longclaw. From the good folks at Valyrian Steel:

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More Interviews

October 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm
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As long as I’m posting videos, here are some interviews with cast members from A GAME OF THRONES.

These were recorded at recent UK and Irish conventions.

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From My Book Tour…

October 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm
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… here’s a two-part interview I did with fantasy novelist Peter Orullian, while passing through Seattle.

part one
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part two
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Thanks to Peter, and to Shawn Speakman of The Signed Page, who hosted the interview.

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October 10, 2011 at 12:17 am
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Life is meaningless and full of pain.

I hate it when both my teams lose.

The Giants loss was especially painful. To the Seahawks and their backup qb… ack… and with victory only eight yards away…

Still love Victor Cruz. Even more so.

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Win One, Lose One

October 3, 2011 at 1:23 am
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Finally at home again, and able to enjoy both of my football games on my own TV.

Except “enjoy” might not be the operative word for what I saw today.

The Jets game was a horror. Maybe it was two great defenses tearing at each other. Or maybe two awful offenses stinking up the joint. Probably a bit of both. Ack. Fumbles, interceptions, missed tackles, more fumbles… there were a few exciting moments, but the Jets plainly did not want this one, since they kept giving it away. (I don’t think Joe Flacco wanted it either, since he kept trying to give it back). Rex said this was going to be Gang Green’s year, but after last week’s loss to the Raiders and this nightmare, I’m not so sure. And next week they have to go to Foxboro to face the Patriots. That could be ugly. Nick Mangold better heal fast.

The Giants… well, the Giants pulled out a miraculous win, though not without a little help from the refs. Eli played well, as did Hakeem Nicks, and it was great to see Osi back in action and wreaking havoc in the backfield. But the game turned on the Victor Cruz reception just before the last of Big Blue’s TDs, when he caught the ball, broke a tackle, then went down (untouched) and popped back up again… leaving the ball behind, on the belief the play was over. The Cardinals pounced on the abandoned ball, claiming a fumble. The refs ruled no, Cruz had given himself up. That ruling was not reviewable, so the G-men kept the ball and Eli promptly threw the game-winning TD to Nicks (a great catch by Nicks, by the way, a pity it is getting lost in the controversy over the Cruz play).

Needless to say, lots of controversy over the Cruz ruling, with detailed discussions on all the postgame shows. Even Eli said after the game that he thought the G-men caught a break there. That’s certainly true. Bottom line seems to me it all comes down to a judgement. The rules do allow a player to give himself up, at which point the ball is dead. Cruz was on the ground, and had plainly stopped trying to advance. He did not “fumble” the ball. He had it, he fell on it, and then he popped back to his feet for the next play, figuring that this play was over. That’s good enough for me.

I really like Cruz, by the way. He’s an undrafted free agent. Joined the team last year, had a sensational camp, then got hurt in the last preseason game and was out for the season. But this year he’s back and making the most of his opportunities. He seems to have great hands, and he fights for the ball and makes the tough catches. It would not surprise me to see him beat out Mario Manningham for a starting job by year’s end. So I’m certainly glad that his mistake did not cost the Giants the game. Something like that can weigh badly on a kid still trying to make his mark.

All in all… four games in, the G-Men are 3-1 and the Jets 2-2. Not at all what I would have predicted before the season. But that’s why they play the games, as Chris Berman likes to say.

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A Feast of Ice and Fire

October 1, 2011 at 1:05 am
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Congratulations to Chelsea and Sarianne, the lovely ladies and demon cooks behind the Ice & Fire themed food blog, THE INN AT THE CROSSROADS, who have been busily cooking up all the dishes mentioned in my novels for the better part of a year, and blogging about it… with recipes and mouth-watering photographs that never fail to make me hungry.

They have just signed a deal with Random House for a Westerosi cookbook. It will be called A FEAST OF ICE AND FIRE.

But I’ll let them tell you about it, here:

Read all about it… and check out their blog while you’re at it, and you may be baking lemocakes in no time.

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Cyanide Releases GENESIS Videogame

October 1, 2011 at 12:08 am
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The wait is over. Yesterday Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studios released the first officially licensed Ice & Fire videogame — A GAME OF THRONES: GENESIS.

Here’s a brief teaser :

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And here a longer trailer:

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This is a RTS game. That’s Real Time Strategy, for those whose experience with videogames is limited (like mine). I’ve never actually played a RTS myself; my own videogaming was largely with older turn-based strategy games like MASTER OF ORION, RAILROAD TYCOON, and ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS. Those of you who have played other RTS games will find this one a bit different, I think… it’s not a clickfest, like some, and it features some innovative game design and original features. While there is combat in it, it is not a game that can be won simply by gathering resources, building armies, and winning battles. Much of the game revolves around intrigue, alliances, and betrayals. Envoys and spies and assassins are just as important as fighters, maybe more so. In some ways, A GAME OF THRONES: GENESIS is as much a board game as a RTS. The developers at Cyanide tell me that it’s easy to learn, but hard to master. The game is available in both French and English, and can be played solo or in a multi-player format.

Here’s an early review from one gaming blog:

A GAME OF THRONES: GENESIS retails for $39.99 and is available by download or from retail stores, including Amazon.UK, where it debuted as the #1 bestselling game upon release. Places to buy:

I have yet to get my own copies of the game, but I’m looking forward to them. Though I had better not play often. I have a history of being swallowed whole by videogames, which is why I don’t play much these days. (I swear, I lost a novel to MASTER OF ORION, and at least a novella to BANDIT KINGS OF ANCIENT CHINA and HOMEWORLD).

A GAME OF THRONES: GENESIS was the work of the designers and developers at Cyanide’s Montreal studio. Please do not confuse this game with the RPG that Cyanide is working on. That’s a completely different beast, still in development at Cyanide’s studio outside Paris, and will offer a very different sort of a gaming experience. No firm date for the release of the RPG has been set yet, but we’re probably looking at a release sometime next year.

To find out more about GENESIS, discuss the game, and link up with other gamers, visit the official website at:

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