April 2015 – New Excerpt from The Winds of Winter – Alayne

George giveth!

Click the link above if you want to read a new excerpt from The Winds of Winter.  The POV character is Alayne.

Dig in!

Dunk and Egg
The next novella
The Winds of Winter
When can we read it?

  Posted by - April 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

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GRRM will focus on writing rather than conferences in 2015

In a new blog post GRRM explains why he won’t be at a previously announced appearance, and that he won’t be attending Comicon in San Diego either.

I have too much to do. Too many things on my plate. Son of Kong foremost amongst them.

My apologies to anyone who saw Saratoga on my Appearances page and planned to go in order to see me. I won’t be there. Go anyway. You’ll have a great time.

Also, I have decided against attending this year’s San Diego Comicon. Same reason. But since Comicon was never listed on my Appearances page, scratching it is not as big a deal.

I know that our readership is highly critical of George, but let’s remember that he is a person above all.  Some of the responses to our last article on twitter were a little too aggressive for our liking.  Let’s remember that nobody wants to finish the series more than GRRM, not even you dear reader.

  Posted by - March 17, 2015 at 7:11 am

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Something else to read: Hammer Head

A warm and inspiring book for anyone who has ever dreamed of changing tracks: the story of a young woman who quit her desk job to become a carpenter.

Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties working at a Boston newspaper, sitting behind a desk and staring at a screen. Yearning for more tangible work, she applied for a job she saw on Craigslist—Carpenter’s Assistant: Women strongly encouraged to apply—despite being a Classics major who couldn't tell a Phillips from a flathead screwdriver. She got the job, and in Hammer Head she tells the rich and entertaining story of becoming a carpenter.

Writing with infectious curiosity, MacLaughlin describes the joys and frustrations of making things by hand, reveals the challenges of working as a woman in an occupation that is 99 percent male, and explains how manual labor changed the way she sees the world. We meet her unflappable mentor, Mary, a petite but tough carpenter-sage (“Be smarter than the tools!”), as well as wild demo dudes, foul-mouthed plumbers, grizzled hardware store clerks, and the colorful clients whose homes she and Mary work in.

Whisking her readers from job to job—building a wall, remodeling a kitchen, gut-renovating a house—MacLaughlin examines the history of the tools she uses and the virtues and varieties of wood. Throughout, she draws on the wisdom of Ovid, Annie Dillard, Studs Terkel, and Mary Oliver to illuminate her experience of work. And, in a deeply moving climax, MacLaughlin strikes out on her own for the first time to build bookshelves for her own father.

Hammer Head is a passionate book full of sweat, swearing, bashed thumbs, and a deep sense of finding real meaning in work and life.

8 illustrations
List Price: $24.95 USD
New From: $14.66 USD In Stock
Used from: $12.49 USD In Stock

  Posted by - March 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

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GRRM is currently focusing on a Wild Cards book…

From his blog:

But not I am home again, facing the usual mountain of mail and email, and of course the monkeys on my back… those noisiest of them being HIGH STAKES, volume twenty-three in the Wild Cards series, and of course the Son of Kong, THE WINDS OF WINTER.

Obviously he says he is also working on The Winds of Winter, but it would be nice if it was his top priority.

  Posted by - March 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

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GRRM to release “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” in October, 2015

This is very exciting on one hand, because I am a huge fan of Dunk and Egg, but on the other hand, it seems hard to imagine that The Winds of Winter will also be released at the same time, which is my current prediction.

Either way I look forward to owning all three of the Dunk and Egg stories in one place and with new illustrations.

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.
Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two . . . as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.
Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn’t dead—yet.
List Price: $30.00 USD
New From: $21.78 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

This title will be released on October 6, 2015.

  Posted by - February 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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Season 5 of Game of Thrones‬ premieres Sunday, April 12 on HBO.

Well now we have a date.  And to the person that asked on Twitter, no The Winds of Winter will not be released before Season 5.

  Posted by - January 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

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