The signing in Lexington wasn't even supposed to happen. George R. R. Martin specifically requested that Joseph-Beth Booksellers be added at the end of this leg of his tour for the newly released "A Dance With Dragons," the fifth book in "A Song of Ice and Fire." Joe-Beth was particularly sentimental for Martin because he came to Lexington on his initial tour for "A Game of Thrones." That book tour was drawing crowds of less than a dozen, but in Lexington, hundreds came out to support him. Fifteen years later, Lexington showed that it still loves its fantasy and it still loves George R. R. Martin. But Lexingtonians weren't the only attendees of last night's signing. According to the store's Facebook page, people drove down from Columbus, OH and up from Tennessee and South Carolina to see the author.
He answered some frequently asked questions before the Q&A started. He explained that "A Dance With Dragons" took five years due to being a "monstrous tome." ADWD is actually the second half of "A Feast of Crows" the fourth book of the series and tips the scale at 1500 pages. Martin said that he hopes to keep the series to seven books, but that is yet unseen. However, the titles for the next two books are "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring." When discussing the possibility for the series to have been made into a television show, he said that he knew it couldn't be on any of the major networks, that it had to be on cable. For many networks, fantasy and sci-fi was placed in the earliest time-slots because it was considered to be more family friendly programming. "'A Game of Thrones' and its sequels are many things, but 'kiddie stuff' is not one of them," he said.
One who doesn't read lives a single life, but a reader lives a thousand lives. ~ George R. R. Martin
|Image by Leila. He's signing my book!|
Keep geeking out.I'm still excited from it all.