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Posts Tagged ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’

Fifty Shades of Grey Boosts Random House Earnings

Random House posted a 64 percent increase in operating profit for the first half of 2012. According to Variety, the publisher also boasted a 20 percent increase in revenue–rising to $1.2 billion.

Here’s more from the article: “The titillating [50 Shades of Grey] trilogy sold more than 30 million copies between March and June, with sales evenly divided between the trade paperback and e-book editions. The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey the first book in the trilogy, for Universal Pictures and Focus Features.”

Random House also credited the growth in eBook sales and the popularity of some of their biggest bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin  (A Song of Ice and Fire series), John Grisham (Calico Joe), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Dr. Seuss (The Lorax).

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‘Game of Thrones’ Reviewer Sparks Fantasy Controversy

New York Times writer Ginia Bellafante reviewed HBO’s Game of Thrones with this controversial sentence: “Game of Thrones is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half.” Fans responded to her review with a flurry of tweets, emails, and comments.

Bellafante wrote a blog post to address the controversy, but judging by the mood of the Twittersphere, it doesn’t seem to have appeased the wounded parties. The video embedded above features a preview of episode two.

Some readers thought the reviewer had not actually watched the show or read a quick synopsis of the series’ source material, George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire. Some found the review to be dismissive, condescending, or an attack on female fantasy and science-fiction readers. Below, we’ve listed some of the tweets.

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Tom Colicchio Crafts Game of Thrones Food Truck

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio created a Game of Thrones food truck to promote HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The menu includes rabbit, squab cooked in sweet wine, and a head cheese dish. Colicchio told Jacket Copy he did his homework for the menu: “These are things that are right out of the book. Every night we’ll have lemon cakes out on the truck … If I really could do it, I would have whole goats roasting on a spit.”

The video embedded above features Colicchio preparing some of the Game of Thrones menu items. Bibliophiles and foodies can find the truck in New York City from March 28th to April 1st and in Los Angeles from April 4th to April 8th. HBO will air the series starting April 17th.