Monday, November 15, 2010

George R.R. Martin Book Signing

You may all be surprised to see the name George R.R. Martin as a title of one of my blog posts. Science Fiction/fantasy? Have you ever read a Sci/Fi review on this blog?
Well, I don't think so.
It is not a genre I read a lot of but it is one that I have an enormous respect for
and a curious interest in.
What prompted me to go to this signing and to post about it is my sheer love of books and for talented writers. George R.R. Martin carries a weight not only in the world of Sci/Fi but in Literature as a whole. He is extremely talented and I have lost track of the amount of friends, co-workers, and family members that have grabbed hold of my shoulders and exclaimed, "For goodness sakes lady, why have you not read him yet?"

I LOVE that kind of enthusiasm. It doesn't matter what genre you may be applauding. I appreciate passion of any kind of reading!

For those of you new to George R.R. Martin, he is the author most known for his
Ice and Fire series which includes;
Book 1: A Game of Thrones
Book 2: A Clash of Kings
Book 3:A Storm of Swords
Book 4: A Feast of Crows
Book 5: A Dance with Dragons (forthcoming)
Book 6: The Winds of Winter (forthcoming)
Book 7: A Dream of Spring (forthcoming)

I went with my good friend Rachel (pictured above on the right) who is a huge fan and has read the entire series. She was giddy and excited to hear him speak. She was even more excited that I brought my camera to capture the moment. She asked excitedly,
"Are you going to put it on your blog?"
Well, of course, and when I asked Mr. Martin if that would be okay,
he simply said with a smile
"As long as you don't say anything mean!"
I told him he was delightful and gave a great discussion! He was even kind enough to sign my ARC copies of his short stories.

Whether or not I will read the entire series and let's be honest, I probably won't, I will give Mr. Martin a try. I will dust off my old copy and see what all the fuss is about. I must before Spring because THAT is when the HBO series starts with Sean Bean as the lead (yummy!). It is going to cover the first book and a teeny tiny bit of the second one. In theory, the goal is to have a season per book but the fate of that is in the hands of the viewers and
the success of the first season.

Going to book signings make me happy. It gives us readers a chance to connect a bit more with those authors we love or the ones we are curious about.
I only wish I had more time to see more!

Author Website:

Who has been your favorite author you have seen in person?

Happy reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I have heard so much about this author, that I wouldn't be surprised if you dust off one of his books and then read the whole series! I didn't know there was going to be an HBO show on it -- now it looks like I'm going to have to prepare for it, too!

The one author that I was nervous around and ultimately felt like I was in the presence of complete coolness was when Lisa See came to speak at the local independent bookstore here -- she was so incredible! I had just read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, had bawled horrifically at the end, and then read that she was coming to town! She was brilliant, and if you haven't read that book -- you must!

TheBookGirl said...

Your enthusiasm for this event shines through Michelle, and makes me think maybe I should give this author a try :)
I don't read much science fiction either, maybe one or two a year; this year it was The Invisible Man.

Anna said...

I have never read George R.R. Martin either. But I do plan to watch the HBO show. I've seen previews and it looks really good. :)

Gina said...

Definitely seen the name around, but alas, haven't read them myself either. Can't wait to see what you think after your very first read through...and how exciting was that book signing! Happy reading!

Tales of Whimsy said...

He looks like an awesome dude and you look positively precious as always :)

Katy said...

Oooh, GRRM! I follow his Livejournal, called Not A Blog. He's a pretty interesting guy and I like his books. I wish I could have gone to meet him!