Episode 120: A Flight of Sorrows Collector’s Edition

Episode 120 for the week of September 22nd,  in which Amin is joined by fellow author Alex and editor Marc N. Kleinhenz to discuss the soon to be released Collector’s Edition of A Flight of Sorrows. We discuss Alex’s essay The Prince That Illyrio Promised and Amin’s essay A Feast of Vipers. This is the first of several episodes that will be covering material in the Collector’s Edition, as the full podcast crew will be discussing Mimi’s essay The Telltale Knight and Kyle’s afterword Completed Songs and Frozen Conversations in the future.

Press Release on the Collector’s Edition (From Tower of the Hand):

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows – Collector’s Edition comes out on October 1st (Edit – It has been released). It’s a special print edition of the best-selling ebook, released due to popular demand, that includes a whole slew of extra content. And to celebrate the occasion, we’re happy to let you all in on a little secret: the Collector’s Edition‘s complete lineup (which, we’re delighted to finally share, includes a few extra faces from the Ice and Fire community).

Here we go:

Foreword – Remy Verhoeve, author of Waiting for Dragons

Bendable Joints and Removable Body Parts

Introduction – Marc N. Kleinhenz, editor

The Princes Kept the View

A full-length, behind-the-scenes essay that provides a fly-on-the-wall recounting of the ebook’s genesis and initial designs, including its original listing of essays and lineup of authors (a number of whom never made it to the finished product). Other tidbits include the very first attempt at creating Tower of the Hand: The Bookyears before and a sneak peek of what’s in store for 2016.

“Savoring the Taste?” – Stefan Sasse, essayist at Tower of the Hand and co-host of the Boiled Leather Audio Hour

On the role of revenge in songs of ice and fire

Why is it that so many players in the game of thrones seek revenge as their number-one priority? How is it that these plans almost always deny the revenge-seeker satisfaction, even when they’re successful? And what is George R.R. Martin telling us, exactly, about the nature of vengeance?

“The Prince Is Riding” – Miles Schneiderman, essayist at Tower of the Hand

Rebutting the identity of – and the aim of the conspiracy around – Aegon Targaryen

The ebook posited that Aegon was a “mummer’s dragon” and provided many details explaining the what, who, and why of the conspiracy. The print book refutes that conspiracy and explains how Aegon really being a Targaryen not only makes perfect sense, but how it tracks with all the other developments in all the other books.

“A Feast of Vipers” – Amin Javadi, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire

Ethnic diversity, personal identification, and fandom theories in Dorne

A celebration of the diversity and solidarity of Dorne, the most unique of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s also an investigation into why Dorne is proving itself to be the most controversial of the Seven Kingdoms, getting caught up in debates of ethnicity, audience identification, and the role – or lack thereof – of stereotypes.

“The King’s Justice Is Mute, Not Blind” – John Jasmin

Why trials in Westeros are not what they seem

A continuation of the legal explorations into Westerosi society, expanding upon the original essay’s theme and scope both. What is the difference between the king’s justice and the King’s Justice, and how can one differentiate between the two? More importantly, how can the king?

Afterword – Kyle Maddock, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire

Completed Songs and Frozen Conversations

All in all, we’ve added roughly 18,000 words to the overall count, expanding on the ebook edition by nearly a third.

In addition, all 13 chapters of the original A Flight of Sorrows are included, in a brand-new, re-edited version. Think of this as the director’s cut of the material, polished and improved for your total reading pleasure.

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows – Collector’s Edition goes on sale on October 1, 2013, for one month only. Find it on CreateSpace.com for $15.99.

Come November 1, the Collector’s Edition will never, ever go on sale again.

12 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Realized afterwards that Ashley will appear after all in the Collector’s Edition, via an older interview of the podcast that will be included in the appendix.

  2. Tom 162

    Nice discussion! But ‘nice’ doesn’t mean ‘nitpick exempt’, so I’ll just mention that mores (in the sense of cultural values) are usually in danger of being mistaken for eels than for persons of Othello’s ethnicity.

    Are the Winds spoiler chapters out of scope for these essays? There was one particular speculation in there that’s shot down in a spoiler chapter.

  3. Marc N. Kleinhenz

    Yeah, Amin is notoriously averse to the spoiler chapters. It’s kinda fun to watch him squirm when they’re brought up, actually. =)


  4. Lex

    I usually am too, but the exception was when I got to see GRRM read two Winds chapters live. I figured it was worth it. 🙂

  5. Lord Littlefinger

    which thing was refuted? I can never keep the spoiler chapters straight, is there a central place where they’re all together?

  6. Marc N. Kleinhenz

    I’m pretty sure Illyrio dies in the opening chapter of “Winds.”



  7. We have a subforum for future book spoiler discussion, that’s the only place on the forum or this website where such discussions may be held.

  8. Tom 162

    I’ve just added an “Episode 120 meets TWOW spoilers” topic to the den of iniquity (the spoiler chapters subforum) to say which thing I think was refuted.

  9. Ping! lol. I think Apple locked ping in the basement somewhere.

  10. Lord Littlefinger

    Varys has no reason to lie in the epilogue to Dance with Dragons but he has no reason to speak either, Kevan is dying, what’s the point of telling him anything? I

  11. Ari

    Isn’t Ice and Fire a 4 act structure? Since the original trilogy was Game, Dance, Winds, implying the Targaryen Civil War and Others’ Invasion being just as long as the 5 King War, so each being an act on their own, with the bridge being in Feast/Dance.

  12. jesicka309

    Great episode. I love the fAegon is Ilyrio’s child by Sera theory for many reasons. The major one being that it fills so many gaps from early on in the series (Illyrio going all the way to Kings Landing in AGOT?)
    One piece that didn’t get mentioned is: why bring Sera up if it’s not important? Illyrio marrying into the Pentoshi nobles makes sense for his back story…but some slave he marries later? It’s a touch of colour that wouldn’t be necessary…unless it’s important.
    But I love this theory. I’d love it even more if it turned out that Varys was double crossing Illyrio as well, but you can’t have everything.

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