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She still has anger and rage thinking of her past. Will her past affect her decisions for the future? Yet she prides herself on honesty and communication skills. Slowly, chapter by chapter, Chamberlain skillfully weaves her magic; peeling back the layers, as we flash back and forth, from Molly in NC living at home as a teen, at age fourteen in , to the present day in San Diego. Her life is a mystery and at the opening of the book-- readers have no clue what happened back in NC to drive her away, and close the doors to the childhood she loved and cherished.

You will be glued to the pages dying to find out what happened. No spoilers here. Molly will have to face her past and make peace in order to move on and embrace her future as a wife and mother, and the only remaining link is her cousin. With decisions to make in the present day, as she meets with the adoptive mother, the past and the present connect for an explosive discovery. Fun, Fun! However, her family may be protecting her, with secrets of their own.

A facade to mask what lies beneath in order to protect one another? NC native, always enjoy the settings, especially the mountain areas. Molly has a strong connection with her father, more so than her mother. She assists him with typing, and accompanies him on his book tours - they share a special bond with books and music. From her free-spirited friend, Stacy funny , to her hormones, with fantasies of Johnny Depp and New Kids on the Block, her life is a roller coaster.

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Wow, this is a compelling "meant-to-be-read" in one sitting kinda book. I was busy with work, and had to steal precious moments; finding myself drawn, dying to get back to this suspenseful saga, and at the same time it is one you want to savor, like a piece of rich dark sweet chocolate. Crossing several genres from contemporary, coming-of-age, humor, young adult, suspense, mystery, family dramafrom the young, middle age, to the older crowd — men and women alike will devour this one!

Father-daughter fans will treasure the strong bond between these two, and the heartfelt letter you will laugh and cry at the same time. Keep the Kleenex handy. Not one of them is like the other. An impossible task choosing a favorite. A powerful journey, and an inspiring story. Fans will love the well-developed characters for a book you must read. Buy both they will change you, with unique characters which linger, long after the book ends. Top Books of View all 8 comments. Sep 26, Elaine rated it it was amazing.

I always get a thrill when I pick up a Diane Chamberlain. I know that I am going to be totally transported into the lives of her characters and this read was no exception. Molly and Aiden are applying to adopt a baby and everything seems to be going smoothly with one exception. Aiden does not know that Molly has been lying to him all the time they have known each other about her family and now Molly is terrified that background checks will reveal the past and her unconventional upbringing.

They I always get a thrill when I pick up a Diane Chamberlain. They have always prided themselves on a marriage based on total honesty, and if Aiden were to find out the truth it could destroy the foundations of their relationship, let alone jeopardise their chance of having a family. To find out what Molly has been lying about, we have to go back in time to the summer of in North Carolina. I loved these sections of the book, especially the setting of a family community where three generations of the same family live side by side on Morrisons Ridge, an idyllic little patch of the country.

Molly is 14 and is a little sheltered from the outside world but in most respects a normal teenager, with huge crushes on New Kids on the Block and Johnny Depp. Over the course of the summer we watch her budding friendship with local girl Stacie. Graham is suffering from a very severe form of Multiple Sclerosis and needs constant round the clock care.

Mollie and Graham have a very close loving father-daughter relationship which really shines out in the story. He tries to guide and advise her as well as he can and, for her part, Mollie just wants to make him happy. I am not going to say just what is unconventional about her upbringing, but she is being brought up in a situation which will give you pause for thought and make you wonder how you would have dealt with things.

In all, it is a fabulous family drama full of love, secrets and betrayals that you can get totally lost in. Many thanks to the publishers via Netgalley for the review copy. View all 12 comments. Oct 24, Ameena rated it it was ok. For the most part this book reminded me of a Judy Blume book, which I used to enjoy when I was a teenager, but now that I'm in my 30's? Not so much. I kept waiting for the book to get started, which it never did. I kept waiting for some likable characters, which I never found. I kept waiting for some kind of a point, which never happened.

Instead I was subject to reading far too much about Molly's awkward and boring teenage years than I needed to. And the "twist" wasn't really a twist at all. I've enjoyed all of Diane Chamberlain's previous novels so I'm not sure what happened here, but I don't recommend Pretending to Dance at all. View 2 comments. Feb 10, Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Diane Chamberlain cannot write a bad book. She's a sure thing. So if you haven't yet discovered her, you really must. Pretending to Dance was heartfelt and full of family, secrets, compassion and anger.

The relationship between father and daughter here was so, so special, it left me envious. View all 4 comments. As this book starts out Aiden and Molly are living in San Diego, trying to adopt a child. The interview with the social worker is stressful for Molly because she is keeping secrets about her family. Secrets that when they came out cost her a chance at love before. Even though she feels guilty keeping secrets form her husband she believes she cannot afford to let them break free. My problems occurred largely with the amount of time the story spent in the past, the year Molly was fourteen when all her life changed dramatically.

Sadly, there is just too much emphasis on her teenage rebellion, angst and sexual escapades. Okay at best, cringe worthy in parts. Simply amazing! I absolutely loved this book! This is definitely going on my favorites list, and it may be tied for best book of the year for me. The narration alternates between adult Molly and 14 year old Molly. I loved how well defined the teenage Molly was portrayed, and I adored the relationship she had with her father.

In the end, I could relate to the main character, both as an adult and child, and I even feel closer to my own dad. I am extremely grateful to have received an arc of Pretend Simply amazing! I am extremely grateful to have received an arc of Pretending to Dance - a truly, extraordinary book! I have yet to pick up a Chamberlain book and be disappointed. Her stories are so touching. She manages to get the reader invested in the characters from the beginning and this novel was no exception.

Besides great characters, the s imaginary setting in Morrison Ridge, North Carolina was interesting. Would have loved growing up in a place like that. Pretending to Dance is worth the read with a message about love, forgiveness, growing up, and social issues. Plus, the author did a wonderful j I have yet to pick up a Chamberlain book and be disappointed. Bravo Diane! Highly emotional ending that had me sobbing and ties everything together beautifully.

There are many layers to this novel. Highly recommended. Aug 29, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: womens-fiction , I just found it to be incredibly odd. The half-truths and the family dynamics cast a strangeness over the entire story for me. The story follows Molly, a 38 year-old lawyer, who's on the verge of adopting a baby girl, but her past has sort of come back to haunt her.

The majority of the story is told from 14 year-old Molly, which sets the stage for the person she's become. It's her naivety that made it incredibly hard to connect with her character on any level and at a point became too much for me. Even though this wasn't my favorite book, it won't stop me from picking up some of her others. After losing their birth daughter, Molly had a hysterectomy, and that loss has led to this frightening journey. Molly has many reasons for her fears, since she herself had an adoptive mother and a birth mother, both living in Swannanoa, NC, on a kind of compound called Morrison Ridge.

The lies have mounted up, however, as her fears grow through the adoptive process. Suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Graham had reached a point in his disease that required constant assistance. What events caused her to distance herself from the past and build up a wall of secrets and lies? And now, years later, would Molly finally make peace with the past? To say that I absolutely loved this book would be an understatement.

Glued to the pages, I laughed and wept with the characters who felt so real that I wish I could continue journeying with them. Recommended for fans of the author and for all who love great characters and a wonderful story. View all 14 comments. Oct 08, Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it really liked it. Pretend, pretend, pretend and you most likely will talk yourself into thinking you will be able to do something or overcome some fear. Pretending about things was what Molly's family did.

Her dad was a therapist, and that was his strategy with patients and the strategy that he brought to the family.

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Her joys and sorrows as a child surround her parentage and growing up. Her Pretend, pretend, pretend and you most likely will talk yourself into thinking you will be able to do something or overcome some fear. We also share secrets that she finds out about her family that forced her to move away and lie about her past to her husband. As a child she made me nervous with decisions she made. I loved her father, Graham, and his caregiver, Russell. The other characters were sort of in the background but kept the story line connected.

Chamberlain's other books, she always incorporates social issues into her books in a very intriguing way. I love the title of the book The ending was very emotional. Aug 06, Lesley rated it liked it Shelves: ebook , family , coming-of-age-teenager. I have read almost all her books myself and they all get 3 to 5 stars necessary lies was a favorite Second Diane got teenage drama right!

I did not like the self centered 14 year old Molly. Also I felt like I was an adult reading one of my Judy Blume books. Though the character Molly reads the Judy Blume book, forever to get pointers about sex, it felt very Young Adult. And that is ok to read when I know that is what I am reading, but I thought this was more about adoption and secrets and yet too much of the book centered on the youthful Molly. ThirdWhat a predictable story once it got going, I knew what was going to happen just didn't know Molly would be so selfish about it.

Her selfish behaviors and thoughts led to years she would never get back. Hey, we all deal with anger differently! FourthHer husband is a saint, so understanding and forgiving. Fifth My favorite characters were Nora, because she was accurate and knew her role, mother not friend. And I liked Sienna, honest and unsure about her situation. Let me explain, this is a book worthy to read. Based on Goodreads star rating, 3 stars is not bad it means I liked it so do not discourage by my rating. I refuse to be dishonest and give higher stars when I just don't feel it.

As always I will look forward reading this authors books as I had preordered this and got it day it came out! Feb 15, Tania rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. A quick, easy but interesting read. I've read four books by this author, and I really enjoy her style - more toned down that similar authors like Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah. I liked all the characters and found their actions believable. The story is alternates between the present, Molly and Aidan going through the qualifying process to adopt, and flashbacks to the past, the summer twenty four years ago when everything in Molly's life changed.

I've never really thought about open adoption an A quick, easy but interesting read. I've never really thought about open adoption and find the idea very intriguing. I also learned a lot about multiple sclerosis. Jan 03, Erin rated it liked it Recommended to Erin by: Lydia. Diane Chamberlain never fails to keep me turning the pages and staying up past my bedtime.

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Having read almost all of her books, I can safely say that Chamberlain is an author that can easily captivate her reading audience by producing quality storytelling. In Pretending to Dance , the story's protagonist is Molly Arnette, a thirty something San Diego lawyer, who, along with her husband is looking to adopt a baby and have an open adoption. Similar to many of DC's characters, Molly is haunted by h Diane Chamberlain never fails to keep me turning the pages and staying up past my bedtime.

Similar to many of DC's characters, Molly is haunted by her past. A past that she has of course not told her husband about. So, the story is heavily bent on drawing readers back to a 14 year old Molly and the summer that changed her life forever. Since I have, as I stated above, read a fair bit of this author, I could pretty much guess from the beginning of the story what the big event in Molly's young life was going to be this made it three stars for me.

However, it was a little irritating how drawn out the story line becomes and there is a lot of teenage drama with Molly that began to make the story a bit cliche. The wild best friend, the boy who uses her for sex, the conflict with her mother, Nora etc. IMHO, older Molly needed a "swift kick in the ass" and I did feel a bit of frustration with her for holding a grudge and I felt that the ending was a bit rushed towards finding a resolution to the story.

Perhaps one of my biggest pet peeves and maybe I'll get a bit of flack for this is the portrayal of Molly's father. I felt that he was portrayed in such a cookie-cutter way. While I understand that this is all from Molly's point of view, I was a bit unsatisfied that even in her adulthood, she fails to see that he was far from the saint in which she made him out to be.

A lot of reviewers often talk about the raw emotions that they feel when reading a book, Pretending to Dance had the ability to make me FEEL anger and frustration. View all 3 comments. I've eagerly awaited this latest release by one of my favourite authors for quite some time now. Chamberlain's books are a fusion of drama, romance and suspense - just perfect for those who enjoy a little more excitement in their beach reads.

Molly is a successful lawyer who is desperately trying to build the family she craves with her loving husband, Aiden. In order to create the family she craves, she is forced to confront the many skeletons in her closet. As always, I was captivated by Chamber I've eagerly awaited this latest release by one of my favourite authors for quite some time now.

As always, I was captivated by Chamberlains writing and couldn't finish the book fast enough, nor did I want it to end. Sometimes with books of a similar genre, you are left a bit deflated by the ending but in Pretending to Dance, I was thoroughly satisfied. The author, ironically, doesn't pretend life - or people - are perfect. We all have flaws. Chamberlain heavily references a particular Judy Blume book, which has made me want to dig out my old copies that I enjoyed growing up. I take it the author is a fan too?! This book sensitively studies many emotive topics, and delves right into the thoughts and feelings of a fourteen year old girl.

Growing up in the eighties was a simpler time, so it seems, but some of the issues are still relevant to the youth of today. A highly recommended novel for newer fans of Chamberlain wishing to test the waters of the genre, so to speak. I'm already excited about her next release. View 1 comment. Mar 27, Lisa B. Molly and her husband Aidan are trying to adopt. Pretending to Dance is the story of what happened to Molly that one fateful summer and why it has impacted her life in such a significant way.

It is not often that I feel compelled to immediately sit down to write a review. But with this story, I have no choice, although first I had to quit crying. I liked her as an adult, but fell in love with her as a fourteen year old. What happened when Molly was fourteen was gut wrenching for me. It is only when she is an adult and discovers the real truth that she is able to put the past behind her and move on. My goodness, how is it even possible this is my first read by this very talented author?

As they say, better late than never. Off I go to pick another book by Ms. I have a feeling she is going to be one of my go to authors when I want a guaranteed good read. Many thanks to St. Lucky me I've read eight or nine books now and enjoyed them all. I haven't loved them all but Pretending to Dance is right up there with another favourite The Midwife's Confession.

Chamberlain's writing is smart and poignant and topical and I found Pretending to Dance particularly relevant. Molly has kept her past a secret from her husband Aidan, a past that has laid the ground work for Molly's fears and anxieties as the couple begin 4. Molly has kept her past a secret from her husband Aidan, a past that has laid the ground work for Molly's fears and anxieties as the couple begin the process of adopting a baby. Chamberlain deftly peels back the layers as the story flashes back and forth from adult Molly to 14 year old Molly. I figured out the 'family meetings' early on but far from lessening my enjoyment, I actually had trouble putting this one down.

Molly had such a heart-melting bond with her therapist father. But with Molly being so responsible at 14, I was a bit disappointed her parents weren't a little more open, it didn't quite fit. But, that would have completely changed the dynamics of the story. Anyway, enough with the cryptic I love that. You may need tissues. And heads up Well worth the read, I loved it. Jul 22, Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , contemporary , family , coming-of-age , psychological , drama , pretty-cover , tough-subjects , realistic-fiction , great-premise-lacking-execution.

Quick review for a rather progressive read. I took my time with reading "Pretending to Dance" - wrapped up with its questions and building tension that told of a family that used to be close-knit but ended up falling apart. This is ultimately Molly's coming of age story with grief over events that happened when she was a teenager. Told between the past and present, it sets itself up as a parallel story between Molly's family with events that happened during a horrible summer and the present wher Quick review for a rather progressive read. Told between the past and present, it sets itself up as a parallel story between Molly's family with events that happened during a horrible summer and the present where Molly and her husband are about to adopt a child of their own.

I feel like this book built itself up with quite a bit of steam. Don't get me wrong, I appreciated the story of Molly's coming to terms and the parallel stories. I appreciated taking in talking points to some very heavy issues, such as assisted suicide, long term illness, grief over a loved one, and the deterioration of a family and coming to terms. But I feel the build up didn't match the story in places - it was the uneven handling that threw me out of the story more than a few times.

It's definitely a tale that can spark pertinent discussions and with heavy tones, full of emotion and with the intimacy I'm used to reading about in Chamberlain's works. However, I think the progression of it felt a bit uneven for much of the narrative, maybe building a little too long and with the anticipation only to end up not matching the momentum and swell of that build.

Molly's a realistic character, even through her anger and bitterness towards her family for the events in this novel. I understood it, I even understood how and why she held onto it as long as she did. Many moments I felt Molly's viewpoints were through tunnel vision, but I understood their root, especially when the truth revealed itself. I just wished that the story had been more evenly distributed.

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This had too long of a beginning and middle before it reached the swell of the ending handed to the reader. I enjoyed the audiobook for what it offered, but the story itself - while giving good talking points and showcasing some beautiful lines of emotion - didn't quite make the connection I was hoping for. Overall score: 3. A compelling book, with compelling themes by author Diane Chamberlain who seems to have quietly stolen this bibliophile's best corner of her heart while she wasn't noticing.

It has a contemporary story to tell, addressing serious issues which face many of our population today. First, Chamberlain is a crackerjack storyteller and though her fiction may not be classified as literary, it certainly is lovely to rea A compelling book, with compelling themes by author Diane Chamberlain who seems to have quietly stolen this bibliophile's best corner of her heart while she wasn't noticing.

First, Chamberlain is a crackerjack storyteller and though her fiction may not be classified as literary, it certainly is lovely to read. I wanted to know the outcomes of each characters' fate and felt quite attached to them, which hadn't been the case in many novels for quite a while. We meet Molly at thirty nine, a successful lawyer married to another in San Diego seeking to adopt a baby, after personal tragedy causes them to lose a baby midterm and Molly's chances of conceiving again. Time flashes back to Molly at fourteen, in North Carolina, with her complex and beloved extended family and the gradual unveiling of her unusual circumstances in being parented.

Those, we begin to see, cause her significant distress with the idea of the impending adoption. Molly's father is a therapist, well known for his methodology of "pretend therapy", where imagining oneself able will transform a person into conquering fears. He also has a severe form of Multiple Sclerosis which has progressed from his twenties where to, now at age forty-six, his limbs do not support him, he is incontinent, he must be fed by others and is in a wheelchair.

Molly adores him and does not see the pain and loss he hides from her, but his extended family do. Straddling childhood and adolescence, Molly fights to gain teenage rights she sees as her due and typically is stormy with her parents, wise and kind as they might be. When her father suddenly dies, Molly is left anguished and accusing her mother of having something to do with it.

With the prospect of a new baby in her life, thirty nine year old Molly attempts to meet the conflicts which her fourteen year old self never could. I realized at the end of this novel that I have been impressed by everything I have read by Diane Chamberlain. She speaks to the human condition, its frailties and its resilience and does so very well. I gratefully award this story five stars. Aug 14, Erin Clemence rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads.

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As always, thanks to St. Should she tell her husband that her mother is not dead, after all? Diane Chamberlain is an experienced writer, with many novels under her belt. While the storyline could be complicated taking place across different time periods and involving a large eclectic collection of family members , Chamberlain has written a plot that is quite easy to follow and helps the reader engage with the story. Setting out to write something on an epic scale, [88] Martin projected to write three books of manuscript pages in the very early stages of the series.

Martin said he needed to be in his own office in Santa Fe, New Mexico to immerse himself in the fictional world and write. Martin drew much inspiration from actual history for the series, [81] having several bookcases filled with medieval history for research [93] and visiting historic European landmarks. The story is written to follow principal landmarks with an ultimate destination, but leaves Martin room for improvisation.

On occasion, improvised details significantly affected the planned story. For instance, Martin has inconsistently referred to certain characters' eye colors, and has described a horse as being of one sex and then another.

The books are divided into chapters, each one narrated in the third person limited through the eyes of a point of view character, [49] an approach Martin learned himself as a young journalism student. The short-lived one-time POV characters are mostly restricted to the prologues and epilogues. Modeled on The Lord of the Rings , the story of A Song of Ice and Fire begins with a tight focus on a small group with everyone in Winterfell , except Daenerys and then splits into separate stories.

The storylines are to converge again, but finding the turning point in this complex series has been difficult for Martin and has slowed down his writing. Depending on the interview, Martin is said to have reached the turning point in A Dance with Dragons , [21] or to not quite have reached it yet in the books. The chapters are later rearranged to optimize character intercutting, chronology, and suspense. Influenced by his television and film scripting background, Martin tries to keep readers engrossed by ending each A Song of Ice and Fire chapter with a tense or revelational moment, a twist or a cliffhanger , similar to a TV act break.

Each book shall represent a phase of the journey that ends in closure for most characters. A smaller portion of characters is left with clear-cut cliffhangers to make sure readers come back for the next installment, although A Dance with Dragons had more cliffhangers than Martin originally intended. The unresolved larger narrative arc encourages speculation about future story events.

Regarding the characters as the heart of the story, [] Martin planned the epic A Song of Ice and Fire to have a large cast of characters and many different settings from the beginning. However, their backstory remains subject to change until written down in the story.

Martin deliberately ignored the writing rule of never giving two characters names starting with the same letter. Henry V of England. The family names were designed in association with ethnic groups see backstory : the First Men in the North of Westeros had very simply descriptive names like Stark and Strong, whereas the descendants of the Andal invaders in the South have more elaborate, undescriptive house names like Lannister or Arryn, and the Targaryens and Valyrians from the Eastern continent have the most exotic names with the letter Y.

All characters are designed to speak with their own internal voices to capture their views of the world. He returns to the intended story if it does not work out, but these detours sometimes prove more rewarding for him. As the character most deeply involved in magic, Bran's story needs to be handled carefully within the supernatural aspects of the books. Bran is also the youngest viewpoint character, [37] and has to deal with the series' adult themes like grief, loneliness, and anger. Martin hoped the planned five-year break would ease the situation and age the children to almost adults in terms of the Seven Kingdoms, but he later dropped the five-year gap see section Bridging the timeline gap.

Although modern fantasy may often embrace strangeness, A Song of Ice and Fire series is generally praised for what is perceived as a sort of medieval realism. A common theme in the fantasy genre is the battle between good and evil , [85] which Martin rejects for not mirroring the real world. Although fantasy comes from an imaginative realm, Martin sees an honest necessity to reflect the real world where people die sometimes ugly deaths, even beloved people. According to Martin, the fantasy genre rarely focuses on sex and sexuality, [37] instead often treating sexuality in a juvenile way or neglecting it completely.

Martin provides a variety of female characters to explore the place of women in a patriarchal society. Science Fiction Weekly stated in that "few would dispute that Martin's most monumental achievement to date has been the groundbreaking A Song of Ice and Fire historical fantasy series", [37] for which reviews have been "orders of magnitude better" than for his previous works, as Martin described to The New Yorker. Martin earned his following the hard way, by word of mouth, by hooking his characters into the psyche of his readers to an extent that most writers of fantasy only dream of.

Publishers Weekly noted in that "Martin may not rival Tolkien or Robert Jordan , but he ranks with such accomplished medievalists of fantasy as Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson. Martin their Author of the Year The slim pickings here are tasty, but in no way satisfying. According to the Los Angeles Times , "Martin's brilliance in evoking atmosphere through description is an enduring hallmark of his fiction, the settings much more than just props on a painted stage", and the novels captivate readers with "complex storylines, fascinating characters, great dialogue, perfect pacing, and the willingness to kill off even his major characters".

Every town has an elaborately recalled series of triumphs and troubles. At the end, I felt shaken and exhausted. If you pay attention, you will be rewarded and questions will be answered. Jordison detailed his misgivings about A Game of Thrones in a review and summarized "It's daft.

It's unsophisticated. It's cartoonish. And yet, I couldn't stop reading Archaic absurdity aside, Martin's writing is excellent. His dialogue is snappy and frequently funny. His descriptive prose is immediate and atmospheric, especially when it comes to building a sense of deliciously dark foreboding [of the long impending winter].

That when things are, on the whole, pretty crappy [in the real world], it's a deep joy to dive headfirst into something so completely immersive, something from which there is no need to surface from hours at a time. And if that immersion involves dragons, magic, wraiths from beyond death, shapeshifting wolves and banished princes, so be it.

The reported overall sales figures of the A Song of Ice and Fire series vary. Martin's publishers initially expected A Game of Thrones to be a best-seller, [23] but the first installment did not even reach any lower positions in bestseller list. The series gained Martin's old writings new attention, and Martin's American publisher Bantam Spectra was to reprint his out-of-print solo novels.

The fourth installment, A Feast for Crows , was an immediate best-seller at its release, [23] hitting number one on "The New York Times" hardcover fiction bestseller list November 27, , which for a fantasy novel suggested that Martin's books were attracting mainstream readers. Bantam was looking forward to seeing the tie-ins boost sales further, [53] and Martin's British publisher Harper Voyager expected readers to rediscover their other epic fantasy literature.

At its point of publication in July , A Dance with Dragons was in its sixth print with more than , hardbacks in print. The TV series has contributed significantly boosting sales of both the books and collectibles like box-sets, merchandise, and other items. The TV series also contributed in increasing the geographic coverage of the books, introducing new customers in emerging countries like India and Brazil to the book series. All this has significantly increased the overall book sales.

During the s and early s, Martin's novels had slowly earned him a reputation in science fiction circles, [] although he said to only have received a few fans' letters a year in the pre-internet days. Their founders and other longtime members are among Martin's good friends.

Martin runs an official website [7] and administers a lively blog with the assistance of Ty Franck. Martin on his blog in []. While Martin calls the majority of his fans "great", and enjoys interacting with them, [27] some of them turned against him because of the six years it took to release A Dance with Dragons. Few contemporary authors can claim to have inspired such passion.

Martin has written several prequel novellas. The Tales of Dunk and Egg series, three novellas set 90 years before the events of the novel series, feature the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire "Egg", who later became King Aegon V Targaryen. The first installment, The Hedge Knight , was published in the anthology Legends. The novella The Princess and the Queen or, the Blacks and the Greens appeared in Tor Books 's anthology Dangerous Women and explains some of the Targaryen backstory two centuries before the events of the novels. All three of these stories were incorporated as parts of Fire and Blood , a book chronicling the history of the Targaryen line.

Chapter sets from the novels were also compiled into three novellas that were released between and by Asimov's Science Fiction and Dragon :. The first volume was released on November 20, The network picked up the show for a second season covering A Clash of Kings two days later. Shortly after the season 3 premiere in March , the network announced that Game of Thrones would be returning for a fourth season, which would cover the second half of A Storm of Swords along with the beginnings of A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons.

The eighth and final season premiered on April 14, A Song of Ice and Fire has spawned an industry of spin-off products. Fantasy Flight Games released a collectible card game , a board game , and two collections of artwork inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire series. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Series of epic fantasy novels by George R.

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