Well, almost. I went snowboarding this weekend and heard from a friend who I had turned on to the books a little nugget of info that somehow slipped past me last week.
Check that, a HUGE nugget. We now have a release date for the 5th book in the Song Of Ice and Fire series, entitled "A Dance With Dragons."
From George R.R. Martin's website -
" No. Sorry. Not done yet. I'm close, though. Watch this space. When the book is done, you will read it here. Meanwhile... there is news. Big news. The end is in sight, at long long last, and we're close enough so that my editors and publishers at Bantam Spectra have set an actual publication date. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will be in your favorite bookstore on
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011
Yes, I know. You've all seen publication dates before: dates in 2007, 2008, 2009. None of those were ever hard dates, however. Most of them... well, call it wishful thinking, boundless optimism, cockeyed dreams, honest mistakes, whatever you like. This date is different. This date is real. Barring tsunamis, general strikes, world wars, or asteroid strikes, you will have the novel in your hands on July 12. I hope you like it. (For what it's worth, the book's a monster. Think A STORM OF SWORDS.) The dragons are coming. Prepare to dance. And hey... thanks for waiting.
—George R.R. Martin, March 3, 2011"
Martin is my favorite living author, and this series of fantasy novels is in my opinion the greatest work of fiction being constructed in this day and age. This announcement for me is the best piece of entertainment news yet this decade. I remember in college in 2005, after the 4th book, "A Feast for Crows" was released, thinking the 5th book would be following shortly after, considering Martin had seemingly already written much of it when he decided to split the 4th novel in two due to size. However, the hope of a quick turnaround on "Dance" was gradually dashed as 2006 drug by, followed by 07' (at the beginning of which he wrote a "leave me alone till its done letter" on his website which he didn't update till 2009 I believe). Needless to say, the man is not a fast writer, but when you read the books one realizes the depth and scope of the undertaking he is attempting.
I decided about a year ago I would re-read the first four novels as soon as I heard the release date announced. Well, its here. So tonight, I am cracking open "A Game of Thrones" once again (this has to be at least the 5th time now I've read this book) in anticipation of whats to come.
Also, the HBO show thats soon to hit in April looks to be good also. But thats a topic for another day. For those who listen to me blather about comics every week on The Meltcast, let me apologize now... although I won't stop reading comics, the amount of comics I'll read every week will go down significantly... and I will do my absolute best to not talk about ASOIAF on the show as I re-read the series, but occasionally something may slip in there.
Looks like my comics to-read pile is only gonna get bigger. Alas.
While I worry about that, enjoy the recently released trailer for the show.