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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Complete ASoIaF Audiobooks

What better way to spend these long holiday nights than by listening to the complete A Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks?

This CD bundle includes the first five books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series from George RR Martin. They are all read by Tony Award winner Roy Dotrice… older versions of A Feast for Crows are read by John Lee but these are updated and shiny and new. The first two books, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are HBO Tie-in Editions, although I don’t know how that works with the Audio CDs. There seem to be issues with the print versions of this collection, so best to stick with the audiobooks or Kindle version to avoid any problems. A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons are included here in the audio. Other hardcover or paperback sets available in the US only include the first 4 books and don’t include Dance.

This set is “complete” for now… the complete series won’t be ready for 5-20 years. Looks like this will keep you busy until the next book comes out.

Download the Kindle version to get this complete set just in time for Xmas!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: GRRM Audiobooks

We have not just one audiobook by George RR Martin, but two. Not just any audiobooks, but two of his earlier writings narrated by actors from the hit show A Game of Thrones!

Dying of the Light audiobook by GRRM
Windhaven audiobook by GRRM

Dying of the Light is George RR Martin’s first novel, originally published in 1977. Set in the eternal darkness in a far away and dying planet, the audio version is read by actor Iain Glen, the man behind Ser Jorah Mormont. A sci-fi romance, as GRRM describes it.

Windhaven is voiced by Michelle Fairley, our very own Catelyn Stark. This is a collection of stories, published in 1981, that GRRM wrote with fellow writer and friend Lisa Tuttle. Another space fantasy, the events chronicle the descendants of survivors who crashed on the planet of Windhaven, and the resulting class conflict of “flyers” and non-flying lower class.

If you haven’t signed up with Audible yet, now’s your chance to cash in. You get some nice discounts on Dying of the Light, which is normally $23.99. It’s FREE when you start your 30-day trial membership (also free).

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Beyond the Wall

With yesterday’s post we offered the chance to see what egg-headed dead philosophers have to say about the characters and goings-on in George RR Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Now we present the opportunity to read what other authors have to say about these things.

The full title is quite a mouthful as well as self explanatory: Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. Featuring commentary by authors and collaborators on other GRRM projects, this tome touches on topics tremendously telling towards today’s teachings. Contributing authors include Daniel Abraham (A Game of Thrones graphic novels) and RA Salvatore (Forgotten Realms saga). Also chiming in are Linda Antonsson and Elio M. GarcĂ­a, Jr., the founders of Westeros.org.

This is not an insider’s edition on the secret schemes and plots within the ASoIaF series, but a cultural and ethical analysis on how the people and events compare with today’s societal norms. Perfect for egg-head scholars!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Game of Thrones and Philosophy

If you have a philosophical bent, this book might be of interest. Even if you don’t, it might be something you’ll want to add to your extensive GRRM collection.

Explore humanity and the nature of good vs evil in this treatise on George RR Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire. Part of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, the book explores the ethics and morality of medieval times under the light of modern philosophical theory. This book is probably a light read for those in the philosophy field (all three of you), but fans of the series will probably appreciate a structured look at the complexities of society in the world of Westeros.

Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons. But maybe, just maybe, they’d have something to say about the characters within this fantasy book series.

Available in paperback and Kindle editions.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: A Feast of Ice and Fire

And the list of derivative works gets longer, and tastier.

You’ll become as rotund as King Robert with this collection of recipes inspired by the native foods of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series. Wanna make some lemon cakes? Now you can! Ready for elegant cream swans to grace your table? The recipe’s included! Are you intrigued, even a little disgusted, by steaming bowls of brown? Here’s the ingredients for the mystery meat concoction!

If you don’t dine on swine or fill up on fowl, there are even some recipes that are vegetarian and vegan, but some will need adapting.

Inn at the Crossroads bloggers have spent the past few years putting together this finely crafted cookbook, filled with glossy photos to go along with the 100+ recipes. Makes a great gift for rustic food fans and cooks of all types, even if they aren’t fans of the series. This will hook them!

Looking for a recipe for dog sausage or olives stuffed with maggots? Unfortunately you’ll want to review a list of meals the good folks at Inn at the Crossroads have nixed from their recipe box.

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2011 Holiday Gifts Roundup: A Game of Thrones Graphic Novels

So, speaking of graphic novels… In addition to the The Hedge Knight graphic novels from yesterday, the first six issues of the comics will be published as A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel starting in 2012!

Writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson have teamed up to bring George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones in all its full-color glory. This hard cover edition of AGoT Volume 1 covers the first six of the planned 24 issues of the graphic series. Doing the math, there should be three more hard cover volumes to follow. The story here introduces the Starks of Winterfell, the King of the Realm, his dearly departed Hand, the lascivious Lannisters, the Brothers of the Night’s Watch, and the last heirs to House Targaryen.

Pre-order now and reserve your copy of AGoT: The Graphic Novel for March 27, 2012.

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2011 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Dunk & Egg Stories

If you didn’t know there was a series of novella spin-offs from the A Song of Ice and Fire books, I won’t tell. Now’s your chance to catch up with the rest of George R. R. Martin’s fans.

The Dunk and Egg novellas are available in two fantasy genre anthology collections: Legends and Warriors. The first story, The Hedge Knight, is buried within Legends: Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy (1998) follows the adventures of faux knight Dunk and amateur squire Egg. The Sworn Sword, continues the duo’s tale in Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King (2004). The third novella, The Mystery Knight, was recently published in Warriors (2010), edited by GRRM and Gardner Dozois.

This ASoIaF spin-off tale also spawned two graphic novels written by Ben Avery and illustrated by Mike Miller: Hedge Knight, Vol. 1 (v. 1) and Sworn Sword (Hedge Knight II) (v. 2). GRRM has said that he would love to adapt the third novella The Mystery Knight after the exclusive agreement with the publishers of Warriors has lapsed, so it’s something to look for in 2012 or later.

Happy reading!

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2011 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Winds of Winter Sample

George R. R. Martin has a holiday gift for all his fans! And just what did you get him, hmmm?

Check out the official GRRM website for a free The Winds of Winter sample chapter. This sneak peak is an early chapter of Winds featuring Theon Greyjoy, but chronologically it takes place between some of the last chapters of Dance. Do not even begin to speculate when The Winds of Winter will be published. Every time someone asks that question, GRRM not only kills a Stark, but also delays the release by a month.

However, feel free to speculate on the Winds excerpt and what it means for the upcoming book over at Westeros!

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2011 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Dreamsongs Volumes 1 & 2

How’d you like the Mistfall story? So now you’d like to read more George R. R. Martin short stories, amiright?

For traditional paper book readers, check out these hardcover volumes of GRRM’s Dreamsongs, an anthology spanning several decades of his works. The collection was first published by Subterranean Press in 2003 as GRRM: A RRetrospective. Alas, these hardcovers are sold out and a bit pricey in the collectors circuit. However, the most recent prints are available as two volumes (three for the audiobooks). Volume One contains his earliest works of the 60s and 70s (A Song for Lya, The Second Kind of Loneliness, With Morning Comes Mistfall, among many others), while Volume Two features writings from the 80s and 90s (Skin Trade, The Hedge Knight ASoIaF novella, and more).

If you want the audio book version, Audible.com can help you out. I’m not sure if the audio volumes match perfectly with the written ones, so best get all three to be sure you get every last drop of storytelling!

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2011 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Mistfall Free Download

So you’ve been shopping for hours and you’ve ground your teeth down to nubs with all the stress and the crowds and the PEOPLE you have to share your air with. Simmer down now and relax with this nice freebie for Audible.com members.

With Morning Comes Mistfall by GRRM

With Morning Comes Mistfall is a short story by none other than hallowed author, George RR Martin, and is included in the unabridged Dreamsongs collection of writings. This particular tale is narrated by Claudia Black and can be found in Dreamsongs Volume 1 of the GRRM anthology. It takes so little time to sign up for Audible. You should be ashamed of yourself if you don’t rush over and sign up, if you haven’t already just to get the copy of Feast narrated by Roy Dotrice.

Did I mention it’s FREE FREE FREE???

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