Tower of the Hand

A Hymn for Spring Revealed

4/1/2014 10:00:00 AM ET

Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring is a little over two months away, so we figured we'd better start divulging all its secrets to help while away this final stretch. And what better way to kick things off than by revealing the book's complete lineup?

Here we go:

"Machiavellianism for a Purpose" - Steven Attewell, founder of Race for the Iron Throne
The logic of revolution applied to rulers, reformers, and "noble fools"

"What Does the Fox Say?" - Marc N. Kleinhenz, editor
The role of House Florent in the southron war against the Others

"It Is Known: Words Are Wind" - Amin Javadi, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire
How cultures of Ice and Fire and Martin's personality are revealed through their repetitious sayings

"Westeros Side Story" - John Jasmin, co-founder of Tower of the Hand
How the Lannisters and Starks are this generation's Jets and Sharks

"House of Thrones, Game of Cards" - Mimi Hoshut, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire
The political paralleling of George Martin: Aegon as Lincoln, Robert as Kennedy, and Cersei as Bush

"Corn Code: The Cipher That Predicts Death" - Jeff Hartline, founder of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire
The book within the books you should be reading

"The Walking Dead" - Alexander Smith, co-founder of Tower of the Hand
Why Gregor Clegane, Benjen Stark, and the other Reborns will be the ultimate victors of the game of thrones

"Gaming the Game of Thrones" - Aram Lecis, editor-in-chief of TotalPlayStation
How the Song of Ice and Fire videogames are the truest expression yet of Martin's original vision

"The Patriarchs of Westeros" - Stefan Sasse, essayist at Tower of the Hand and co-host of the Boiled Leather Audio Hour
Examining the toll the great lords exact from their families, their smallfolk, and from progress

A Hymn for Spring goes on sale on June 19th, exclusively at Amazon, for $6.99. A print edition will follow shortly thereafter.

Update: Happy April Fool's Day, everyone! Only two of the essays in this list are legit. Similarly, three of the authors are fake -- you'll find out which ones next month.

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