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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.
If you want a chance to win some cool, GRRM-related prizes, why not buy a ticket for the Brotherhood Without Banner’s raffle? The grand prize is a signed copy of GRRM: A RRetrospective, and there are plenty of other goodies up for grabs too.
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.
Guardians of Order have announced that the A Game of Thrones RPG will be published and distributed by White Wolf, although they will still remain in control of the creation and design. As a result of this, the publishing dates have been delayed but firmly set (the book is finished -- and a full 100 pages longer than originally announced) to the following:
More information about this can be found in their newsletter.
According to a moderator on Voyager Australia’s message boards, A Feast for Crows will be published October 2005 in Australia.
The BwB is collecting donations to buy a gift for GRRM, as well as something for Parris, to congratulate him on the completion of A Feast for Crows. If you’d like to contribute, see this thread on the forum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Straight from ConQuest 36:
"George told us a long tale. His publishers told him the mostest it could be was 1600 manuscript pages. He passed that and a decision was made that it would have to be split in two. He thought about that and rejected it and proposed an alternative.
AFFC will be the size of AGoT. There will be no Daenerys chapters. There will be none of the chapters up North. The chapters in the South are done and in the hands of the publishers - George expects to announce a specific fall publication date. That means he can spend a little more time cleaning up the events in the North and present a coherent tale with a beginning and an end.
He expects some of his fans to be upset when their favorite characters don’t appear."
This has been confirmed by Parris, Martin’s SO, and these reports have also been added to the So Spake Martin collection.
So, those of you who haven’t yet pre-ordered your copy (or copies), why not do so at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk? Apparently they are supposed to come out more or less at the same time this time around, although the UK may be some weeks ahead.
This year’s Brotherhood Without Banners t-shirt is now available for pre-ordering. Pre-orders receive a discount of $5.
A survey has been added to the board on behalf of Testors, the company that will be producing the A Song of Ice and Fire miniatures and wargame. For a chance to win nice prices, head over there to fill it out.
Guardians of Order have published the third issue of their newsletter, and it includes information on an interesting offer. From now on, all who pre-order certain books (such as the A Game of Thrones Deluxe Limited Edition) from them will also receive a PDF of the same title.
They have also have released the 4th preview from the A Game of Thrones RPG.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.