Friday, September 14, 2012

"A Flight of Sorrows" revealed!

For the past seven years, has prided itself on being a premiere source of A Song of Ice and Fire analysis, information, and speculation. There has been nearly a metric ton of essays, forum posts, and encyclopedia entries logged at the site to date, all designed to give the hardest of the core fan the most rewarding experience possible while reading George R.R. Martin's seminal novels.
And now the editors are taking all those years of mastery and applying them to an ebook.
Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows takes five of the site's most prolific authors - including its two founders - and draws out their best, most in-depth work yet. Unlike other Ice and Fire compendiums, the focus of these essays is on the narrative, character, and thematic elements of the story itself, as opposed to the literary aspects surrounding the books.

A Flight of Sorrows is coming out a month from today, and to celebrate, we’re letting you all in on a little secret: the book’s complete lineup (which, we’re delighted to finally share, includes a few more friendly faces from the Ice and Fire community). Here we go:
    - Foreword – Phil Bicking, editor-in-chief of And Now It Begins… 
    - Introduction – Marc N. Kleinhenz, editor All along the Watchtower 
    - “Under the Bleeding Star” – Stefan Sasse, essayist at Tower of the Hand and co-host of the Boiled Leather Audio Hour On the role of prophecy in songs of ice and fire 
    - “Daggers in the Dark” – Miles Schneiderman, essayist at Tower of the Hand The ultimate fates of protagonists, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons 
    - “The Prince That Illyrio Promised”- Alexander Smith, co-founder of Tower of the Hand Exploring the identity of – and the aim of the conspiracy around – Aegon Targaryen 
    - “A Game of Beds” – Amin Javadi, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire Marital infidelity, adultery, and fandom theories in A Song of Ice and Fire 
    - "Every Case Is Different, Every Case Is Alike” – John Jasmin, co-founder of Tower of the Hand Investigating murder investigations in Westeros 
    - “You Win or You Sit the Bench” – Douglas Cohen, author and former editor of Realms of Fantasy magazine Power ranking – NFL style – the top contenders in the game of thrones 
    - “The Narratives of Winter” – Marc N. Kleinhenz, editor Discerning the structure of Martin’s saga and teasing out its final act 
    - “The Telltale Knight” – Mimi Hoshut, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire The narrative parallels and foreshadowing of the Tales of Dunk and Egg 
    - Afterword – Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, co-author of and A Feast of Ice and Fire Just Desserts 
    - Appendix I: What’s a Game of Thrones without the Tower of the Hand? 
    - Appendix II: The Creaking Door of House Manwoody
As you can see, it’s a packed house, and we’re excited to squeeze you into the nerdfest, as well. (Note: the two appendices are previously published material – one at Corona’s Coming Attractions, the other at Tower of the Hand itself – that interviews the respective braintrusts behind TOTH and A Podcast of Ice and Fire. It’s collected here to heighten the reader’s enjoyment of these two wacky-but-popular ASOIAF staples.)
A Flight of Sorrows releases on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at the price of $5.99. It will be available exclusively at and is edited by Marc N. Kleinhenz, a freelance journalist who has written for 19 sites, including IGN, Comic Related, and Other books he has written or edited include It Is Known: An Analysis of Thrones, Vol. I, another travelogue to Martin's novels and television series, and the upcoming Green Switch Palace: A Year in the Life of Nintendo Fandom.

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