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George R.R. Martin Confirms 'Winter' Isn't Coming Before Season 6"No one could possibly be more disappointed than me."
01/02/2016 12:48 pm ET
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George R.R. Martin has warned fans that some book spoilers are coming in "Game of Thrones" Season 6.Winter is not coming anytime soon.
In a lengthy blog post to kick off the new year, author George R.R. Martin confirmed that his new book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, will not be completed before Season 6 of the HBO show, "Game of Thrones" -- and that the show will spoil the books.
In the post, the author covers a saga so epic it's perhaps only surpassed by his novels. Martin recalls how everyone, including HBO, wanted the book to come out before Season 6 of "GoT" premieres in April, because the show has basically caught up to his source material. Martin said he missed multiple deadlines due to distractions, previous obligations and just not feeling it. The author explained that he was having more bad writing days than good ones. Martin wrote that he's still "months away" from finishing Winds. And that's "if the writing goes well."
"You're disappointed, and you're not alone," he wrote. "My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed... but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me."
Even worse, the author confirmed some book spoilers are coming.
"Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of 'Game of Thrones' that have not yet happened in the books," Martin said.
Book readers shouldn't totally freak out, though. At this point, the show has diverted so much from the books that a lot of the perceived twists probably won't even happen in the books, Martin said. And many characters who are dead in the show still have significant stories coming in his novels.
But whether you prefer the show's take or the books, "you can still enjoy the hell out of both," Martin said.
Ok, so you hear that, Arya? Yeah it's a bummer, but don't do something rash like adding Martin's name to your nightly list. If so, Winter might never come.
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Hey, we all love compliments but hate the complaints. As businesses, complaints are definitely part of the package. As a business owner I certainly have no problem with legitimate complaints because sometimes we all have a bad day. None of us know what is going on in any one person's life at any one time. But when I encounter complaints from customers from the customers' own wrong doing I feel compelled to respond.
We, the Great American Society, have created a gross sense of entitlement among ourselves. We can do no wrong, the Customer is ALWAYS right, the business is ALWAYS subservient to the customer. Sorry, I was never raised to believe in this falsehood. As a human being I was raised to understand that I am responsible for myself and my decisions. When I see posted notices of a business's Return Policies, either at the cash register or printed visibly on the receipt of my purchase, I know what my options are, and at that point I decide whether to continue with the purchase or not; "Emptor Cavete" Let the Buyer Beware.
We have 3 negative "1 Star" posts on YELP among the many "5 Star" posts. Now i must state that I do not personally utilize YELP, nor do I believe in the "Power" of the anonymous post by anyone to influence my decision making skills. However, i do realize that the vast majority of the public looks to these sites to narrow their decision making in areas where there is an over-abundance of options from which to choose.
The posts I am writing about here consist of 2 complaints:
1. 1 customer's complaint that we are a full retail bookstore. We are not a discount bookstore. I do not know what people are used to at home, but in a town of 5000, the fact that we have even 1 bookstore is a major feat. In a town that basically closes from January to June, the fact that we have 1 bookstore that remains open year round is a major feat. And, I am always happy to send any and all customers to a neighboring business for used books when that business is open - May-Sept.
2. 2 customers' complaints that i would not give money back for a purchase made days earlier. As I said to them..."Read Your Receipt". NO REFUNDS GIVEN, EXCHANGES AND STORED CREDIT OFFERED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MANAGEMENT. This customer and her friend were offered to exchange the product, (not a book, but a coffee mug that leaked when heated), for another of the same, or a similar product, or a store credit to purchase anything in the store, (perhaps a freaking book, which is why we are in business to begin with), but NO her decision was to make a scene. And. OK we all have the right to make a scene, but we DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT HOLD OTHER PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS. This was a $10.00 sale, and I could have easily relented and given her the $10.70, back. I probably would have, much to my partner's dismay, had i not been verbally attacked by this customer upon her bringing the item back. There was no understanding that this was a manufacturer problem to which I had no recourse, this was plain and simply my fault and i was trying to take advantage of her, and the fact that I NOW refused to give her the $10.70 cash back made this an even more egregious affront.
Our approach to Returns, Exchanges, etc, has to be handled on a case by case basis. We have a policy set in place, it is posted and it is printed on each and every receipt generated. That is in place to protect us as a small, independent business. We do not have the protection of a large corporation that can pull funds from x to cover y. We are certainly more lenient with our regular customers than with people who only visit once. Why? Basically, because we trust them not to cheat us, just as they trust us not to cheat them. If you come to my BOOKstore to purchase a mug that is 4 dollars cheaper in my store that the store down the street that specializes in souvenirs, then in my mind you get what you paid for. This is not an attempt to cheat you - we buy from the same source- but just a notice that I will only stand behind the actual product that am in business to sell...BOOKS.
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Haven't read it yet? Think it's just about another "Black" person's perspective of how "they've" been mistreated in America? Think again...or at least just think beyond your preconceived prejudiced beliefs.
Folks, this is the National Book Award Winner for Non-Fiction, and if it didn't deserve your attention simply on it's merit, it does for the award. The people who decide these things rarely get it wrong.
“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Meclearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
The oceans are dying. The sea is growing warmer and is gradually rising. Seashells have become so rare that collecting them is now a national obsession. Flawless specimens sell like priceless works of art. Families hunt the tideline in the dark of night with flashlights. Crowds gather on beaches at the lowest of tides, hoping to get lucky. Supreme among these collectors is Ness Wilde, CEO of Ocean Oil. Ness owns many of the best beaches, and he keeps them to himself. It's his fault the world turned out this way. And I aim to destroy him. My name is Maya Walsh. You might be familiar with my shelling column in the Times. I was working on a series of pieces about Mr. Wilde, when out of the blue, he called. He says he wants to talk. But I don't think he's going to like what I have to say.
My fascination with Hugh Howey began with the first novel in his Silo Trilogy, and has not let up with every other piece of writing he has published. This novel along with another, The Hurricane, are examples of his innate ability to write not only science fiction, or dystopian fiction, but human fiction. This is a very satisfying novel of love, redemption, and of course the Dystopian promise of "What If..."
Hugh opts to publish through the Amazon platform which makes hard copies of his works difficult to find. Happily I can report that Amazon has opened their publishing arm to retailers which makes obtaining these titles and the titles of other very good independent authors much easier.
Twenty-year-old Skyler saw the incident out her window: Some sort of metallic object hovering over the Golden Gate Bridge just before it collapsed and a mushroom cloud lifted above the city. Like everyone, she ran, but she couldn't outrun the radiation, with her last thoughts being of her beloved baby brother, Dorian, safe in her distant family home.
Flash forward to a post-incident America, where the country has been broken up into territories and Muslims have been herded onto the old Indian reservations in the west, even though no one has determined who set off the explosion that destroyed San Francisco. Twelve-year old Dorian dreams about killing Muslims and about his sister—even though Dorian's parents insist Skyler never existed. Are they still shell-shocked, trying to put the past behind them . . . or is something more sinister going on?
Meanwhile, across the street, Dorian's neighbor adopts a Muslim orphan from the territories. It will set off a series of increasingly terrifying incidents that will lead to either tragedy or redemption for Dorian, as he struggles to prove that his sister existed—and was killed by a terrorist attack.
Not on Fire, but Burning is unlike anything you're read before—not exactly a thriller, not exactly sci-fi, not exactly speculative fiction, but rather a brilliant and absorbing adventure into the dark heart of an America that seems ripped from the headlines. But just as powerfully, it presents a captivating hero: A young boy driven by love to seek the truth, even if it means his deepest beliefs are wrong.
By far, one one the BEST novels I've read, and I do not say that lightly. I have two all time favorites that I have always maintained as the best, and always recommended to customers with great success. This one just may have taken the top spot on my list.
So, it's close to the end of the year and the beginning of a new year. What does that mean, and who cares?
For Patrick and I, here at Cape Atlantic Book Company, it means a lot. For starters, neither of us is very technologically skilled. Which means we find ourselves being overwhelmed by what it takes to maintain a website. Hopefully we have this one down to a "Dummy's" version.
What will you find throughout this blog? The intent is to simply include articles, info and photos of anything to do with books, bookstores and publishing. We will try to NOT get overly political in the postings, but as Independent Retailers in a very small community of Independent Bookstores we may find the need to occasionally slap a Fundamentalist Believer of anything in the face once or twice, it's just kind of the nature of life. And as an offering of what we mean - even though it has nothing to do with bookstores...enjoy the following.