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April 1, 2012

5 Delicious Recipes Inspired by ‘Game of Thrones’

Arya’s Lemon Cakes

By Emily Temple

The world of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire might not seem like the place to go for fine dining — unless you’ve got a hankering for some raw horse heart, that is. But you might be surprised — delicious treats abound in Alan Kistler’s The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook, all inspired by food found in the epic fantasy series, from deadly cocktails to castle feasts to girlish delicacies.

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August 17, 2011

George R.R. Martin says “Game of Thrones” scripts stolen

   By John Sellers

NEW YORK ( – George R.R. Martin, the fantasy novelist who commands a massive and massively loyal audience as the author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series that spawned HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has put his minions on a special mission: to help him solve the case of the missing scripts.

Writing on his blog Saturday, Martin announced that two final shooting scripts from season one — for “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood,” the last two episodes — had been stolen recently en route from Northern Ireland, where the show’s second season is currently in production.

Martin had planned to enter the scripts, which are signed by “Game of Thrones” co-creator David Benioff and the episodes’ director, Alan Taylor, in a charity auction at WorldCon this week. He said that they would have fetched “significant bucks.” more

July 23, 2011

George R R Martin: Tolkien for the 21st century

With his fantasy books selling by the million, he’ll be first choice for many a beach-read this summer. But the power behind ‘Game of Thrones’ provides depth as well as furious entertainment

By Ian Irvine

He says "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."

The UK’s latest sensational fiction besteller is A Dance with Dragons.

In just over a week it has sold 30,000 copies in hardback. George R R Martin’s novel, the fifth (of a planned seven) in his series A Song of Ice and Fire, has been garnering rave reviews as well as huge sales – just like its predecessors. Altogether they have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Roz Kaveney, in her admiring review in The Independent, noted that “it is hard to accept that something that enormous and that popular can be as good as people tell you it is”. But it is. Jace Lacob observed in The Daily Beast that it was “Martin’s finest work yet, a taut and relentless masterpiece that reaffirms the reader’s obsession with the panoply of unforgettable characters that Martin has created, and the brutal, glittering, terrible world in which these novels are set”.

Time magazine included him in its 2011 list of the 100 most influential people in the world and has dubbed him “the American Tolkien”, which is true in the sense that Martin is writing an epic in the fantasy genre, but also misleading. The Lord of the Rings, for all its virtues, is a simple story of goodies vs baddies. By contrast, Martin’s fantasy world of Westeros is peopled by complex characters with complicated motivations. “I’ve always agreed with William Faulkner when he said that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about,” Martin has said.

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