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.'"
George R.R. Martin
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Today is, of course, the official release date for the UK edition of a A Feast for Crows. If you haven’t already gotten the book (it has, after all, been out early from Amazon.co.uk as well as several British bookstores), its definiely time to order now.
Word is flying that Amazon.co.uk has begun to ship copies of A Feast for Crows to customers who have pre-ordered it. Currently, the listing at Amazon.co.uk seems to confirm this, as it now indicates that the novel is now "usually dispatched within 24 hours". If you’ve been holding off on ordering, this may well be the time to do it if Amazon.com really is delivering the book prior to the official release on the 17th.
C-SPAN’s Book TV aired a panel program featuring several book reviewers, titled NYT Great Read in the Park: Book Reviews and Publishing (RealVideo stream available).
Amazon.co.uk has a new synopsis for A Feast for Crows, one that seems to be rather more accurate about what this book entails compared to previous ones. You can find the new one here, as the synopsis on the hardcover page has yet to be updated.
Here’s a LiveJournal posting which claims to have some very interesting information about A Feast for Crows, primarily a breakdown of the chapters that it contains. At this time, we are unable to verify whether it is entirely accurate or not, but as there are ARCs out there it may very well be, and it does match with the details we do have so far. Don’t click on the link if you want to avoid spoilers!
We’ve been informed that the breakdown is authentic, except it contains an error: when you see a single POV with two back-to-back chapters, it should in fact just be one.
September 16th is the last day to sign up for the Quest of Thrones, Bantam’s Internet scavenger hunt game. Don’t miss out on great prizes, such as a copy of A Feast for Crows as well as items from Bantam’s various partners in the game (including Fantasy Flight Games, Testors, DB Pro, and Guardians of Order).
Recently, word has been going around that Roy Dotrice was not going to be the reader for the A Feast for Crows audibook, after having done an excellent job on the prior three volumes. Another voice actor, John Lee, is now attached to the novel.
To confirm this news, and learn a little more about the change, we contacted Mr. Dotrice and he responded with the confirmation, as well as some extra information regarding how it came about that he would not be reading the book.
Bantam Spectra has sent out a reminder to newsletter subscribers regarding the Quest of Thrones. Part of the text follows.
Winterfell, a heavy metal band who has drawn inspiration from the A Song of Ice and Fire series, has released their first, full-length album, The Veil of Summer. One full song and two clips are available here.
More information, including how to purchase it via their on-line store and other outlets, can be found on their news page.
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.
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.
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.
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 online adventure based on the A Song of Fire and Ice novels of George R.R. Martin.
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.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.