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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book news

Making their way around the web today are a couple of fun book announcements, which we're happy to share here...

The next installment of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series finally has a release date: July 12. The title of the long-awaited fifth book in the popular series is A Dance With Dragons. As of this morning, no pre-order or pricing information is available at Amazon. Incidentally, HBO is currently adapting the Martin books into a weekly series that will shortly premiere on the pay channel.

Stephen King's 11/22/63 will be released on November 8 of this year, and will involve present-day time travelers attempting to prevent the Kennedy assassination. I have high hopes that King's take on this theme will be intriguing and compelling, and- most importantly- will rock with great storytelling. Amazon has the hardcover available for pre-ordering for $19.25, and the Kindle edition available for pre-order for $16.99. A little pricey, that Kindle edition, eh?

And to give credit where credit is due: both of the above news items seemed to first appear on the Entertainment Weekly web site (www.ew.com), over the past day or so. Kudos to the publication and site for showing enthusiasm for digging up literary scoops, or at least quickly releasing publishers' announcements, in this age of movie and TV entertainment primacy!

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