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January 8th, 2011, 08:20 AM #1
ADWD Release July 12th!
There's been some interesting news recently that we haven't talked about with regards to the upcoming book.
First, GRRM updated his blog to say that he had been ill between Christmas and new year, an infection.
He has now recovered though, and expects to be back to work soon. It's interesting that he pretty much confirms that the exciting announcement he had intended to make at the TCA would be the possible completion of ADWD.
The bad news: well, obviously, there's nothing like a week in a hospital bed to kick a hole in your plans and good intentions. I did hope to have some exciting announcements to make at TCA, but that won't be happening now.
Secondly, courtesy of Wert's blog, there is this link to a representive from Martin's publisher stating that we should expect an announcement soon. It's also intersting that the rep confirms that Bantam is very aware of the opportunity to cross promote ADWD with the release of the TV series. Understandable, since that hype is now buzzing Game of Thrones to bestseller lists.
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Last edited by Mithfânion; January 8th, 2011 at 08:24 AM.
January 8th, 2011, 08:28 AM #2
I hesitate to get excited because we've been going through this for so long. If he IS almost done then great, that's wonderful news. I have to say I won't be holding my breath though.
January 8th, 2011, 10:31 AM #3
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From a marketing perspective, it would be suicide if this announcement is not the completion of ADWD. It has been postponed for so long and with all the Wildcard-releases and other publicity around the tv-series, no other fans than the ones waiting for ADWD will be waiting for an announcement.
That said, I really hope it is ADWD, and I think there is a real possibility that it is. I won´t be disappointed if it´s not though, I still have a ton and a half of other books to read and I have no problem with GRRM taking his time, or even not completing the series at all.
January 8th, 2011, 11:12 AM #4
January 8th, 2011, 11:51 AM #5
Any announcement about the video game could be made by Cyanide directly, and would not be dependent on GRRM. In addition, Cyanide have been developing the game for about a year, which means there's likely another year to go, so there's not much really they can say.
I know that the activity at both Voyager and Random House has ramped up, particularly at Random House. It's also telling that Random House personnel have taken a strong interest in what's going on (rather than their imprint, Bantam Spectra, whose logo is on the SoIaF novels), as they are less emotionally-invested in the book (unlike the editors who have commented a lot recently and publicity personnel on Suvudu) and more interested in getting it out there, getting tons of words written about it and making sure it will be as unavoidable in a bookshop as a new Wheel of Time book and will sell correspondingly well.
I certainly wouldn't use the word 'imminent', but we are certainly very close. I'd still say weeks rather than days though.
January 8th, 2011, 11:56 AM #6
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January 8th, 2011, 12:38 PM #9
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some of us are not well enough to see the release date,but George is.
January 8th, 2011, 01:18 PM #10
I have to say, I knew it was a terrible idea to mention "exciting announcements" as soon as GRRM did so. He has a terrible (almost cursed?) habit of shooting himself in the foot, every time he makes such statements. And sure enough, he got sick and the "announcements" were postponed.
Still, I'm not sure where we've gotten the idea that GRRM confirmed that the announcement was about ADWD. I prefer not to speculate at this point.
January 8th, 2011, 01:26 PM #11
The other possibilities would be: a contract signed for a new anthology or WILD CARDS book; new licensing related to ASoIaF or other GRRM work; a new TV or film adaptation of his work; progress being made on the Skin Trade movie; something related to the computer game, P&P roleplaying game, the calenders or so on.
All of these things are things that can still be announced. GRRM's illness has no bearing on them.
The other possibility, and it should not be discounted, is that GRRM has an announcement about a previously-unannounced writing project, possibly a new D&D story or a new, ASoIaF-unrelated project, but both of these seem very unlikely.
So you eliminate those and you end up with ADWD. The announcement isn't necessarily completion but could be something very significant, like the book is being sliced in two for publication, or inessential but positive, like that Roy Dotrice has been locked for the audiobook.
January 8th, 2011, 01:31 PM #12
The way I see it, it's a great way for them to go. It gets a good boost of money in, it gives the fans something to read (And may help increase the visibility of both ASoIaF and GoT's impending broadcast) and Martin can then possibly take a little longer with the second half.
Maybe. Just a theory.
January 8th, 2011, 02:48 PM #13
I'm ripping out my hair, and I really shouldn't as I'm not growing any younger. But there is this:
If George RR Martin was so close to wrapping up ADWD that he could announce it on January 9th (two frickin days from now), why can't he then announce it? It is not like announcing it one week later will make a difference. He seems quite healthy to me in those pictures from the TCA panel thing, and if he is able to attend that AND sign books, then I can't see how announcing ADWD could be so difficult. He lost one, maybe two weeks during Christmas; if he announced ADWD on the 9th, no one would be the wiser that he still needed a week or two wrapping it up.
In other words, I don't believe the announcement has anything to do with ADWD. More likely, a Russian animation studio has signed a deal to to a bi-monthly animated series based on "Tuf Voyaging". But who knows but the man.
January 8th, 2011, 03:11 PM #14
Anyways, what about the fact that he said "Might have an exciting announcement that day as well. Maybe two. But don't quote me on that."
Why two? Clearly he's referring to more than just ADWD, if he's referring to ADWD at all. People are jumping the gun and assuming too much. I'm telling you, GRRM mentioning these announcements was a big mistake, I knew it from the instant I read those words for the first time, and I can't help but shake my head and wonder why he still does things like this to himself. Even if the book is mere days from completion, you'd think he'd have learned better by now.
January 8th, 2011, 03:49 PM #15
Oh yes, if GRRM had a character sheet his "PR skill" would definitely be very low, if it had any score at all. It's the "Maybe two" part that I thought could-possibly- maybe-dear-god-please-let-it-be-so be the "ADWD" announcement, with the major announcement having something to do with the TV series (the execs are promising a second season? extended DVD edition will feature much nudity? Jon Snow's chin has been recast as beardless?)