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A Song of Ice and Fire 2018 Calendar: Illustrations by Eric Velhagen Calendar – July 18, 2017
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Praise for George R. R. Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire
“The only fantasy series I’d put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings . . . It’s a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don’t read fantasy.”—Chicago Tribune
“Martin amply fulfills the first volume’s promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written.”—The Denver Post, on A Clash of Kings
“Martin has produced—is producing, since the series isn’t over—the great fantasy epic of our era. It’s an epic for a more profane, more jaded, more ambivalent age than the one Tolkien lived in.”—Lev Grossman, Time
“Addictive . . . George R. R. Martin has created the unlikely genre of the realpolitik fantasy novel.”—Rolling Stone, on A Feast for Crows
“Epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.”—The Washington Post, on A Dance with Dragons
“I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers.”—Robert Jordan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire, with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson. As a writer-producer, he has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Eric Velhagen began drawing at an early age. After discovering the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien and the powerful artwork of Frank Frazetta, he realized that he wanted to devote himself to fantasy art. But it took twenty-five years, after getting sidetracked working as a freelance advertising illustrator and in construction, for him to finally take the leap. Since submitting paintings to Spectrum 17, Velhagen has twice been nominated for a Chesley Award in the unpublished category. He lives with his wife and his son in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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The blurb for this ebook does not tell you that what you will receive (unless it has since been changed) is the content of 5 books packaged into one single eBook file. This has got to be one of the most most bone-headed decisions I have come across in a long while. I see one icon in my kindle reader that encompasses all five books. So I don't see the covers of the individual books as depicted on the paperbacks.
Secondly, when you have an ebook that is nearly 5,000 pages long, things like trying to scroll to a particular page is not very accurate, and so on. It also means that if I want the eBook on my iPhone, I have to have the entire 5,000 pages on the phone etc.
I realise on the one hand my gripe is not that big a deal, but on the other hand it was very frustrating to expect one thing and receive another. The reality is that the publisher has specifically had to go to the trouble of concatenating these books into one eBook rather than just supplying the ebooks separately as you would get if you bought them separately. And I can think of no good reason for doing this.
In the end, I discovered by chance that Amazon allows you to get a refund on your ebooks within 7 days of purchase, so I refunded the combined set and bought the eBooks individually. Yes it cost a little more but at least I now have a more manageable collection.
The pictures depicted are:
January - The Night's Watch
February - Sam & Gilly on the Cinnamon Wind
March - The Iron Islands (theon?)
April - Road to Kings Landing (just a bunch of swords intertwined)
May - Mother of Dragons (same as the cover art)
June - Riverrun
Centerfold - The artists sketchbook. Several rough sketches of characters
July - Forging of the Iron throne (Balerion breathing fire, blacksmiths creating throne)
August - Little Birds (Varys' spies)
September - Battle for the Wall (Stannis)
October - House of Black and White (Arya)
November - The Kings Hand (Tyrion naked lying with Shae)
December - North of the Wall (Direwolf killing a stag)
The sketchbook is the highlight for me and was a nice touch for the centerfold. The previous versions of the calendar just repeated a prior months artwork. Mother of Dragons is my favorite artwork in the calendar. I like the subjects depicted in Little birds and forging the iron throne. The lowlights for me are the road to kings landing and the kings hand. Road to kings landing is supposedly depicting many swords intertwined in battle but to me it just seems odd that so many swords could possibly in such a short space in an actual battle (no room to swing!). And I feel a bit weird about having a naked dwarf hanging from my wall. Other than that Donato Giancola did a superb job on the artwork.
The only downfall is due to them being long books, the paper is quite thin and you can see the words on the next page through each page. It isn't overly distracting however. I did see another post about missing pages and will update if that happens to me.