All Sorts of Weird Stuff: News

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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Martin Rides High In Sales Charts

This is a nice bit of information (thanks to Olaf Keith for pointing it out: according to USA Today, every book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series were among the 100 top-selling novels of 2012. The highest placed on the list? The first and the oldest, A Game of Thrones, at #21. That’s quite a position for a book published 16 years ago!

Rounding out the list are A Dance with Dragonsat #47, A Clash of Kings at #54, A Storm of Swords at #59, and A Feast for Crows at #75. Oh, and the A Song of Ice and Fire boxed set managed to score the #68 spot.

On top of that, the other day it was noticed to us by Keith that The Guardian also released a list of book sales for 2012 in the UK, and GRRM figures prominently there as well. He was the #4 bestselling fiction author last year, with just over a 1 million books sold. And, notably, he had 6 books in the top 100 bestseller list. A Game of Thrones was #23, A Clash of Kings was #33, A Dance with Dragons was #43 and #47 (as it was divided in two), and A Storm of Swords was #79 and #97 (for the same reason).

All in all, 2012 was a banner year for Martin. And 2013 seems to be shaping up well, with a number of A Song of Ice and Fire title clinging to the bestseller lists in the U.S. (A Game of Thrones is at #11 on the New York Times Mass Market Paperback list, for example); it’s been on the list for 89 consecutive weeks to date.)

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