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Happy Birthday, “A Game of Thrones”

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20 years ago today, the first book in a new fantasy epic was released. Its rather striking-looking hardcover, with a silver-foil wrapper embossed with a throne, made a decent but hardly spectacular debut. Two decades later, it is a different story altogether.

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When the anniversary edition of <a href=“”>A Game of Thrones</a> is released this autumn (October 18), it is likely to sell as well as everything else does these days that is connected to <em>A Song of Ice and Fire</em> and <em>Game of Thrones</em>.

<a href=“”>GRRM has posted</a> about the book’s long journey on his livejournal and in the post he also gives some information about the upcoming anniversary edition. To quote:

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An anniversary like this requires something special, something more than just a reprint and a new novel. This new edition will be very special, I think. Same story, of course. But we’ve added an introduction by the World Famous Nebula Toastmaster John Hodgman… and a truly astonishing amount of artwork… a total of seventy-three (73) black and white interior illustrations, and eight (8) spectacular full color plates. Some of the artwork is drawn from the Ice & Fire calendars, from The World of Ice and Fire, and from the card and board games and RPGs… but forty-eight (48) of these pieces are completely new, never-before-seen artwork.

Make sure to check out the rest of <a href=“”>GRRM’s post</a>, not the least as he includes two of the art pieces, one of them a brand new image of Bran and Hodor.

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