It’s not just the 280,000 fans who purchased ‘A Dance With Dragons’ on its release day who are enjoying George R.R. Martin’s latest installment in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. Julie Bosman of the New York Times has published her review and she’s as glad as the rest of us to rejoin the adventures of Tyrion, Dany and all the rest. “As ‘Dragons’ cascades toward its finish,” she writes, “the reader is whipsawed by cliffhanger after cliffhanger, while being all too aware that Mr. Martin’s next installment won’t be coming out next week, or even next year for that matter. But as I write, I know that I’ll be happy to cling to the hard and scaly back of this particular dancing dragon as I wait for Book 6, ‘The Winds of Winter.’”
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Fans of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series have been waiting years for this day to arrive: The fifth installment of the story has landed on bookshelves and e-readers, bringing with it the adventures of Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and others who were split off from the story line in ‘A Feast for Crows.’
Author George R.R. Martin has made no secret that the growing complexity of his story has been a challenge that’s taken some time to work out. In the meantime, he’s been making a lot of promises – and not just to his fans. The author’s long-time partner, Parris, whom he recently married, told us all about the IOU’s she’s been amassing while he completes the much-awaited novel. “For the last three years, George has been saying, ‘As soon as I finish “A Dance With Dragons,” I will do X,’” Parris said. “And I’ve been keeping a list. ‘As soon as I finish “A Dance With Dragons,” we’ll go on a real vacation.’ OK, check.”
As the commitments piled up, Parris has found a surefire way of keeping George honest about getting his work done. “We got our first computer in 1983 – it was a 64k of RAM Televideo machine. And George got Wordstar word-processing software. George still writes in Wordstar. He has a separate DOS machine to run it. That’s one of the ways I can tell if he’s working, because the DOS is a black background with white letters. So when he’s goofing around, he’ll have the Windows machine on with a color screen. He’ll say, ‘I’m working on the novel …’ And I’ll tell him, ‘No you’re not – you’re looking at who the Giants are picking for the draft.’”
Martin will be appearing for signings at locations across the country.
By Steve Marzolf
On a recent trip to New York City, author George R.R. Martin stopped by the HBO Shop for a visit. While his wife Parris raided the shelves for charity-auction items, George shared his thoughts on the season so far:
What has stood out to you about the first few episodes?
“The kids were a particular revelation, and they were very hard to find. It’s hard to find a good kid actor. If you stop and think about it, 95 percent of them are in sitcoms, and all they have to do is be cute and get off little zinging one-liners that put the adults in their place. Our kids have to carry serious dramatic weight. A lot of the power and the drama of the show rests on the shoulders of the Stark children. The scene in which Ned discovers Arya in her chambers is great. She’s just an amazing talent. Her audition was a scene that’s not in the show. But all of the Aryas and all of the Sansas read a scene that David and Dan had written. I’d watched that scene a hundred times before I saw Maisie’s take on it, and she was just so alive. The expressions on her face … It was Arya, coming alive.”
Now that you’re writing books you know will be adapted into TV, does that change the way you look at the story?
“I hope not. I think inevitably on some level it may, but I’m fighting consciously against it. You know, I’m the author of the books, and David and Dan are doing the show. I don’t ever want to find myself thinking, ‘How are they ever going to produce that? I’d better not put that in.’ Because that would be shortchanging the readers of the books.”
Is that a warning to David and Dan?
“I’ve already warned them. This first season was quite a challenge, but the books keep on getting bigger and bigger. They’re getting their revenge on the Blackwater [a fabulously complex battle in the second book] though – they’ve told me I have to write that for the second season.”
How does it feel to have the latest book, ‘A Dance with Dragons,’ finished?
“We officially decided it was finished when I met with my editor here in New York. We went out and had lunch and a nice dinner, but I’ll catch up on the celebrating later. I’ve still got some more books to write. It’s nice to have this one done because it’s been so late and so tough – but there’s another one already beckoning. “