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George RR Martin releases an interactive Game of Thrones eBook which includes excerpt from Winds of Winter

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Game of Thrones has a universe more extensive than anything else, and if the show wasn’t vast enough, the book series by George R.R Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire are even bigger. For some of us it is pretty tricky to keep track of the numerous characters of the show and even more of those of the books, so if it were to get harder to remember what happened last with one of the characters, we’d be none the wiser. Some fans who want to read the books also have a hard time deciding whether to read them since the world is so extensive, but there is an electronic solution to everything, and the ASOIF book series is no exception.

To make our lives easier, Random House and iBooks are soon to release enhanced e-book editions of the books. The first volume in the series, for iPhones, iPads and Macs that will make it much easier to keep track of the characters and the narration. Since every chapter of the books focuses on one particular character, when the reader is going through the chapters, the ebook will keep track of each section with a map of where that character is currently located.

George RR Martin releases an interactive Game of Thrones eBook which includes excerpt from Winds of Winter

Readers can tap into the maps to expand and zoom in on details. As the story progresses, maps even include footnotes reminding readers of when they last saw that character: For instance, in Chapter 6, a note reminds the reader, “When we were last with Catelyn, her husband had returned to Winterfell after executing a deserter from the Night’s Watch…”

With a much simpler approach, characters are introduced in bold names which, when tapped, will reveal the important details of the particular character, and this biographical information can also be accessed in a glossary via the table of contents. Annotations are marked throughout with crown icons that can be accessed, to get historical information, both fictional and nonfictional. After a holdfast is mentioned in the text, for instance, an annotation explains, “A holdfast is a small, local fortress—often primitive—intended for the villagers or others in its area to take refuge in…”

George RR Martin releases an interactive Game of Thrones eBook which includes excerpt from Winds of Winter

There are many illustrations throughout the books, which include an appendix of 92 house sigils, nine house lineages, a detailed map of “The Known World” and marked trails of several main characters’ journeys throughout the first novel. Since it is the 20th anniversary of ASOIF, Martin released an illustrated hardbound version of A Game of Thrones, and this ebook makes it a lot easier for those fans who were so far unwilling to grab a copy. The editions of the subsequent four novels in the series will be released from October to March, giving us plenty of time to get through them twice until Martin releases the next book in the series.

George RR Martin releases an interactive Game of Thrones eBook which includes excerpt from Winds of Winter

In addition to all these details, the digital book will also include the excerpt from Winds of Winter, which is the upcoming book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. HarperCollins has said that the excerpt was briefly available on George R.R. Martin’s website but now it will be available only in the new enhanced edition. George R.R. Martin also released the following statement.

“We’re now entering a new period in the history of publishing. The digital book gives readers the ability to experience all this rich secondary material that had not been possible before. These enhanced editions, available only on iBooks, include sigils and family trees and glossaries. Anything that confuses you, anything you want to know more about, it’s right there at your fingertips. It’s an amazing next step in the world of books.”






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Fire & Blood: George R.R. Martin’s latest addition to A Song of Ice and Fire

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Westeros has a lot of families, royal and otherwise. So many that you wonder how did George R.R. Martin come up with such diverse names. Of all the families though, the most sought-after and mysterious has been House Targaryen. Power, magic, dragons, incest; a history that promises far more than a meager number of Targaryens in Game of Thrones (the show).

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Martin has come out to quench that thirst with Fire & Blood, the first of a two-volume set dedicated to the history of Targaryens essentially after they took residence on Dragonstone. It is not a traditional novel and is written in the style of a textbook, covering 150 years of Targaryen generations in Westeros. Unlike the books in ASOIAF, Fire & Blood is narrated by a single person; a maester of the Citadel, Archmaester Gyldayn. He also made an appearance in a previous history book called The World of Ice and Fire, which released in 2014 and was dedicated to the history of Westeros.

The new book is supposed to shed light over some important conundrums. What really happened during the Dance of Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the doom? What is the origin of Daenerys‘ three dragon eggs? Albeit Martin has forewarned to take the information with a pinch of salt because there’s no absolute certainty about what’s being told by Archmaester Gyldayn. “Readers will have to find them and puzzle out whether they’re hints or red herrings,” GRRM told Entertainment Weekly.

Fire & Blood George R.R. Martin's latest addition to A Song of Ice and Fire

 

The World of Ice and Fire was also an account by a politically motivated maester Yandel, who could have tweaked or elided details about some of the more recent events such as Robert’s Rebellion. This, in turn, helped GRRM to keep some secrets up his sleeves. A similar strategy ensues here, that the versions of history could always have a potential of political motivation or superimpositions over time. And thus there is no commitment to any one of them. This helps in accommodating the changes in the narrative that could happen in the final two books of the ASOIAF series.

Fire & Blood is an unabridged version of the material that was originally written for The World of Ice and Fire but couldn’t find a place in its original conception of being a big coffee book table. The new book also has its own added flesh. George Martin had initially made a jape about naming it GRRMarillion, after J. R. R. Tolkien‘s Silmarillion.

A more detailed look at the world of Valyria or the doom that the Targaryens could foresee would have been a pleasant surprise. But the events in Fire & Blood are essentially Westerosi in nature. Thus, the book starts its journey from Aegon’s Conquest and creation of the Iron Throne, that took place some 300 years before the events in A Game of Thrones.

Fire & Blood George R.R. Martin's latest addition to A Song of Ice and Fire

 

It moves forward with the tales of future Targaryen generations that fought to retain control over the seven kingdoms brought together by Aegon the Conqueror. And ahead into the civil war (Dance of the Dragons) that vanquished most of the dragons from Westeros and proved almost apocalyptic for the Targaryen dynasty.

There are some noteworthy Easter eggs; the mention of Alyssa Targaryen who closely resembles Tyrion Lannister, thus teasing at Tyrion’s parentage; Dany’s dragons being related to Queen Rhaena‘s Dreamfyre, one of the last and strongest of the dragons killed during the Dance of Dragons;

Fire & Blood George R.R. Martin's latest addition to A Song of Ice and Fire

Queen Alyssane Targaryen‘s dragon Silverwing refusing to fly north beyond the Wall. And her subsequent championing of the Night’s Watch to ward off the threat in the north; Queen Alicent Targaryen, who strikes a close proximity to Queen Cersei when it comes to let-the-world-burn-and-save-our-own instinct. Eventually, Alicent has a grim and lonely fate waiting for her.

With this 736 page-long first volume, Martin promises the grandeur and scope of Edward Gibbon‘s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Gibbon’s celebrated work contains six volumes and chronicles the journey from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of the Byzantium. Fire & Blood also contains more than eighty black and white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. The book has been published by Bantam Books on November 20, 2018. You can purchase the book on Amazon.

As we wait for the finale of the showstopper called Game of Thrones, Martin has thrown a big pile of backlog at everyone interested. Let’s hope Daenerys and Jon (or Aegon) have something to learn from it. What are your views about this historical addition to Westeros? Talk to us in the comments.






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George R. R. Martin reveals Fire and Blood Vol. 1 cover, release date, and other bits

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George R. R. Martin reveals Fire and Blood Vol. 1 cover, release date, and other bits

Game of Thrones Season 8 isn’t coming out in 2018. As Geroge R. R. Martin recently revealed, The Winds of Winter, next book in the ASOIAF series, isn’t coming out in 2018, either. So what are we getting this year? Well, the answer isn’t as satisfying as any of the two mentioned above would have been, but we’re getting a book on Targaryen history. The first volume of Fire and Blood, is all set to arrive this year, and now George has revealed the release date, cover, and a few more interesting bits. Read on!

George recently took to his Not a Blog to talk about Fire and Blood Volume 1, and although he did talk a fair bit about The Winds of Winter, the post was about Fire and Blood. The book will be released on November 20, in the US and the UK. Check out the cover of the book, below:

…a closer look:

Fire and Blood, Volume 1, or as the full title goes, Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III as scribed by Archmaester Gyldayn, will be 989 pages long, and  fully illustrated, with over 75 black & white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. George made it clear that this book isn’t a novel, and will be written like a history book. So how much of Targaryen action are we getting? Here’s a list, by George himself:

“This first volume covers all the Targaryen kings from Aegon I (the Conquerer) to the regency of Aegon III (the Dragonbane), along with their wives, wars, siblings, children, friends, rivals, laws, travels, and sundry other matters. For those not up on your Westerosi history, that’s Aegon I, Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I (the Conciliator), Viserys I, Aegon II (and Rhaenyra), and Aegon III (the regency). Oh, and there are dragons too. Lots of dragons.”

We can’t wait! George also addressed questions about whether the prequel series will have links to Fire and Blood, and provided a ‘we’ll have to see’ answer. What do you think? Excited?Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Winds of Winter not coming out in 2018. Won’t release any more advanced chapters, says GRRM

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Winds of Winter not coming out in 2018, won't release any more advanced chapters, says GRRM

Game of Thrones ends with Season 8 in 2019. On the other hand, the series of books on which it is based, A Song of Ice and Fire, is yet two volumes away from finishing. The show has already surpassed the story-line of the books, and we were expecting the next book, The Winds of Winter to come out this year, but a recent announcement by author George R. R. Martin himself, says that the book isn’t coming out this year. Read on!

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George recently gave an update on his Not a Blog, about the upcoming Fire and Blood book, the first volume of which is arriving this year. Speaking of Winds of Winter in the post, he said:

“No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER.”

That’s that. No ETA. He also commented on the Game of Thrones prequel series development, especially whether one of them is based off of Fire and Blood:

“Oh, and I should also say… as most of you know, HBO is presently developing a number of different prequels to GAME OF THRONES. I know I am going to be asked whether those shows are going to be based on material from FIRE & BLOOD. It’s a logical question. The only answer I can give is… ah, well, no one is sure yet, and anyway, I am not allowed to say. So let’s move that to the side.”

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Now, as you know, George has given us some samples chapters and such from the book, and it seems like he plans on not releasing or reading more of them. George said in the comments section:

“I think I have probably released too many sample chapters already. Put them all together, and what, there are probably more than a hundred pages (I honestly don’t know, I have never tried the exercise).

In the past, I have always been happy to release sample chapters, and to read other chapters at cons. But in this age of the internet, no good deed goes unpunished. That was brought home to me when the Dozois anthology BOOK OF SWORDS was released, and I found myself reading reviews that slammed “Sons of the Dragon” as ‘old, retread’ material because I’d read the story at a couple cons… for the entertainment of the few hundred people in the audience, but of course summaries went up all over the web, and somehow in the minds of some what should have been a brand new reading experience became old and familiar. It’s not worth it putting up sample chapters and giving readings if it means it will come back and bite me in the ass when the book is finally published.”

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He also responded to an angry fan who noted that George should have focused on finishing Winds before working on prequel series and Fire and Blood:

“I am not sure HBO would agree that the spinoffs (I prefer the term “successor shows” myself) could have waited. With GOT set to end in 2019, they put five of them in the works, so as to have a new show… or more than one… to take up the mantle in 2020. (Development takes time). The successor shows were going to happen regardless. I prefer that they happen with my participation and guidance, rather than without it.”

What do you guys think about this? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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