Thursday, March 3, 2011

Jamie Sives/Game of Thrones Update: New HBO Trailer & Release Date for Dance with Dragons

Big news today from author George R.R. Martin regarding a SOLID RELEASE DATE FOR DANCE WITH DRAGONS! At long last, the long awaited book five will be out on July 12, 2011! Thanks much to EW who emailed directly with the news as seen on their site as follows:

The next book in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series has a publication date. Yes, we swear, after waiting six long years since the release of the last novel in the saga, the fabled Book 5 A Dance With Dragons is close enough to being finished* for Martin’s publisher to set a release date. We have that date, exclusively, along a first look at the book’s cover art and an interview with the man himself.

A Dance With Dragons will be published on July 12. The manuscript is huge — the publisher estimates the hardcover edition will run more than 900 pages, putting it about the same length as the longest book in the series, A Storm of Swords. Schedule your summer vacation accordingly.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What took so long?

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: I’m not sure I have a good answer. If I did, I would have taken less time. It’s enormous. It’s as long as A Storm of Swords. It’s very complicated. I have a lot of characters and points of view. And I’ve been doing a ton of rewriting, trying to get it where I wanted it to be. Some of these chapters I’ve rewritten more times than I can count before I’m satisfied with them.

Can you tease something from the book?

I don’t want to spoil any surprises. I can say all the characters people have been waiting for are there: Daenerys, Jon Snow, and Tyrion. There’s also new characters, and viewpoints from characters who did not have viewpoints before.
For more of Martin’s interview — where he compares Dragons to the previous four books, and weighs in on the HBO adaptation — pick up this week’s print edition of Entertainment Weekly *That the author is still writing might worry some longtime fans (giving Martin a deadline is a bit like making a photo request of J.D. Salinger) but his publisher assures us the date is firm. Winter, and A Dance With Dragons is coming.
and check what he wrote
"Dragons are coming. Prepare to Dance." Heck yes!!! :)
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Related: As we well know, the Game of Thrones TV series is drawing ever close to the April 17 opening broadcast, and a few days ago HBO released another wonderful trailer for the series to date. While no clear shots of Scotland's own Jamie Sives or James Cosmo this go round, be sure to check it out below (and as Westerosorg was so nice to point out we can get a SAD sneak at the fate of Jamie as Jory in this screencap here ) Anyway, it really does look amazing and can not wait. HBO will broadcast Game of Thrones starting April 17 in the US/Canada with the UK to see it the very next day on Sky-can't wait!

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