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"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
New to the series? Read our spoiler-free review of A Game of Thrones.
Take a close look at the last panel of December 10th’s CTRL+ALT+DEL comic strip, and you’ll see a familiar book cover.
GRRM’s official site has received a partial make-over as well as been updated with some interesting news. Why not pop over there and read about, among other things, A Game of Thrones winning the Spanish Ignotus award and the upcoming A Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks?
GRRM has made a recent update to his official site, which includes a description of the current status of A Feast for Crows as well as a sample chapter from said book!
We’ve mentioned it before, but now we have definitive confirmation that unabridged audio books of A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords will indeed be released during the first quarter of 2004.
For those of you who (like us) want to read every little scrap of information available about A Feast for Crows, here are a couple of links to topics on the message board that are discussing the most recent spoilers to come out of TorCon:
Spoilers for the chapter GRRM read on Friday.
Spoilers for the chapter GRRM read on Monday.
There’s also plenty of other TorCon-related discussions going on in the Brotherhood without Banners forum.
It appears that Amazon.co.uk has now started shipping Legends II, so if you want to read "The Sworn Sword" as soon as possible, hurry up and place an order.
GamePro has just updated with a A Song of Ice and Fire feature that includes an interview with GRRM by own of the community’s own, namely Lodengarl, a review of the comic-book adaption of "The Hedge Knight" and a competition.
According to HarperCollins, the UK version of Legends II (which contains the new Dunk & Egg novella
"The Sworn Sword") is due out on September 1st!
A review of A Game of Thrones, as well as lots of discussion of the series itself, can be found at Slashdot. Luckily, Westeros doesn’t seem likely to get Slashdotted from being linked to a couple of times. But if it is slower than usual right now, you know why. ;)
In other news, the final piece (an original "Lord John" novella by Diana Gabaldon, set in her Outlander universe) for Legends II has been delivered. Legends II, edited by Robert Silverberg, is an antholgy of previously unpublished stories by some of fantasy’s most exciting writers scheduled for release in January 2004. All of the stories are based in the respective authors’ most popular worlds. Works by George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey, Terry Brooks, and Orson Scott Card are among the eleven stories that will round out this collection.
You can now purchase all of the first three books as eBooks:
The US edition of the A Storm of Swords paperback is finally out, and unlike the UK edition it was not split in two parts. And, even better, it has a sample chapter from A Feast for Crows in it, the second chapter from one of the new PoVs!
The Hebrew translation of A Storm of Swords has won the Geffen Prize for the best fantasy book of the year in Israel.
GRRM’s official site has just been updated with a status report. A Feast for Crows is still being written and there is no certain publication date yet. However, as we have already reported, an excerpt from the book will appear in issue #305 of Dragon Magazine. Called "Arms of the Kraken", it makes up part of the prologue for A Feast for Crows (the prologue is not just one chapter this time around, but rather several with different viewpoints in each) and deals with the struggle for the Seastone Chair following the death of Balon Greyjoy.
GRRM has already read several chapters from A Feast for Crows at various conventions, and reports on these can be found here. Among the chapters being reported on are two other prologue chapters, these two set in Dorne. As it happens, we have actually read the second of these two chapters, and we are happy to report that it was a great read. Well worth preording the book already from either Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
The next issue (no. 305) of Dragon Magazine, to be published in February, will contain an excerpt from A Feast for Crows called "The Arms of the Kraken".
Furthermore, issue 307 will feature Westeros as a D&D setting.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.