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All Sorts of Weird Stuff offers news and information about George R.R. Martin, in particular about his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

"When I was young, I read all sorts of stuff. One week it would be Lovecraft, the next Vance. It was all imaginative literature, or as my dad called it 'Weird Stuff.' It was all 'Weird Stuff.'"

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A Song of Ice and Fire

New AFfC Excerpt Available

Following reports that an excerpt booklet containing a chapter of AFfC was being given away free at Barnes & Nobles in the U.S., it’s now come to light that the same excerpt is now available at Barnes & Nobles on-line store. You can find the excerpt here.

AFfC Australian Publication Date

Contrary to early word that Voyager Australia would be releasing A Feast for Crows on September 28th, two weeks prior to the U.K. release, the publisher has now confirmed that the Australian edition of A Feast for Crows shares the same release date with the U.K. edition: October 17.

New AFfC Excerpt Booklet

Bantam has sent out free promotional booklets to stores throughout the U.S., to match the release of their new A Game of Thrones paperbacks priced at $3.99. These booklets contain a chapter from A Feast for Crows, titled “The Captain of Guards”.  It has been noted that not all bookstores have received these. Furthermore, some that have received them have not actually placed them out for customers to take. If you try some stores (particularly large chains) and find they don’t have it, ask to talk with their general manager and ask them if they know anything about it or, better yet, have any copies on hand.

GRRM On-Line Signing

If you would like a signed copy of a A Feast for Crows, but can’t get to any of the locations where GRRM will be signing the book, then the Signed Page has the solution for you. GRRM will sign 200 copies of the book for the Signed Page, and pre-ordering for these has now begun. For more details, head over to http://www.signedpage.com/.

The Quest of Thrones Begins

The Quest of Thrones online adventure based on the A Song of Fire and Ice novels of George R.R. Martin.

www.questofthrones.com

Deadline for registration: September 16, 2005

The momentum is building for The Quest of Thrones, a online adventure is based upon George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series that began with A GAME OF THRONES and continues to unfold with the-soon-to-be-released fourth novel A Feast for Crows (US on-sale date 11/8).  It is a Quest to track down characters from this bestselling series hidden across the Internet.  There will be successes and losses, decrees from on high, life and death, battles for dominance, and a multitude of kingdoms.  But only those who remain loyal to the Quest during its five-week duration may be rewarded.

For complete details visit the Quest of Thrones site at www.questofthrones.com.

Sign up now!

Once you register at www.questofthrones.com, you’ll be assigned to one of five kingdoms, given five characters to track down during the Quest, and a special web address to report to on September 19, 2005. The Quest of Thrones is open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Puerto Rico and Quebec), who are 18 years of age or older as of August 15, 2005. Deadline for registration is 11:59 PM, U.S. Eastern Time (ET) on September 16, 2005.

Last Lettered ACoK

This information comes from Subterranean Press:

The Quest of Thrones

From Bantam’s newsletter:

Read the book, Join the Quest!

The momentum is building for The Quest of Thrones, an online adventure based upon George R. R. Martins epic fantasy cycle that began with A GAME OF THRONES and continues to unfold with he-soon-to-be-released fourth novel A FEAST FOR CROWS (US on-sale date 11/8). There will be successes and losses, decrees from on high, life and death, battles for dominance, and a multitude of kingdoms. But only those who remain loyal to the Quest during its five-week duration may be rewarded.

Further details to be posted after 8/16.

Interested in Limited Edition Map Print?

One of the posters at the board have been in contact with the artist who did the very nice King’s Landing map for Meisha Merlin’s edition of A Clash of Kings about producing a limited edition print of this map. If this sounds interesting, check out this thread for more information and a link to a scan of the map in question.

AFfC UK Publication Date

We’re a bit late with this due to having been on vacation, but if you haven’t already seen the news elsewhere, the UK publication date for A Feast for Crows has been confirmed to be October 17th 2005.

AFfC Australian Publication Date

According to a moderator on Voyager Australia’s message boards, A Feast for Crows will be published October 2005 in Australia.

Attention Owners of the AGoT Limited Edition

GRRM has passed on a list of people who haven’t fully signed up for their limited edition of Clash of Kings after buying the Game of Thrones edition. If any of these people want to buy ACoK and retain the same number/letter as for their AGoT edition, they need to get in touch with Meisha Merlin to sign up for a copy, otherwise their number/letter will be made available for others to purchase.

More on Publication Dates

At the moment, Bantam is saying November 8th for the US edition, according to GRRM. This is not entirely set in stone, however. Harper Collins has yet to set a date for the UK edition, but it will probably be announced in the next 2-4 weeks.

AFfC US Publication Date

According to a report from the Book Expo in New York, GRRM has said that the US publication date for A Feast for Crows will be November 8th 2005. The full report will soon be added to the So Spake Martin collection.

AFfC Publication Date Info

Due to the confusion regarding the release date for AFfC, here’s the official word:

No, the book is not coming out in July, despite what any book store or friend of a friend might tell you. Even Random House’s website is inaccurate at present.

The book isn’t coming out in August, either.

GRRM has said that he thinks late September or October are probable, as those are the target dates which his publishers (both the US and the UK) are working towards. This isn’t absolutely fixed in stone, however, from anything we’ve been told.

When an official, solid release date is set, we’ll be informed. Keep an eye on GRRM’s official website, the board, and/or our own news page.

Official Site Update

For those of you who were holding out for the news to come straight from the horse’s mouth, GRRM’s official site has now been updated with the news of the completition of A Feast for Crows and an explanation for why some characters won’t be appearing until A Dance with Dragons.