Dance of Dragons gets a publication date.
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According to EW, Dance with Dragons will be published on July 12 - of this year. Most of the people I know are lingering skeptics. After 5 years it's hard to blame them!
Let's keep in mind that he's openingly admitting, very first thing he says, the book is technically not done yet. Which could mean ... you know ... But he's learned the hard way not to stick his neck out about setting a date (I think) so this is looking pretty good. I can't imagine he'd dare set himself up for the backlash if it slips again, short of him being hit by a train or something. So I'm optimistic.
I hope this will not be another disappointment (the date, not the book), even though after such a long time, a few months wouldn't make a difference. Probably need to reread 'Crows just to remember where he left off.
Amazon are taking pre-orders...should arrive just in time for my b'day :-)
I find it remarkably easy to pick up a new book from his series and remember what was going on - peculiar for me, usually I can't do that. I guess this one burns itself into memory better than most.
#6 If I had to guess, I would say that he has spent the better part of his time dealing with this and other tie-ins rather than finishing the series (also, the card game). I have seriously mixed feelings about the show. Dexter ended up being better than the books (read the third one and you will know what I mean), but it isn't generally the case, even at HBO.
Since George confesses he isn't even done the draft yet, I find it easy to imagine his publishers having said "look, we've got to make the most of this tv tie-in and this is our very last opportunity, this is the latest release date we can set without missing the boat - can't you pleeeeeeeze submit it in time for then?!" And George decided hey, they're right, and it's coming along well - okay, I'll commit.
On another board one of the publishers actually chimed in, in response to similar speculation, with "I only *wish* it was 'in the can', I'd sleep better at night!"
That's right - it's not 'in the can' yet, and dates can change. Crossing fingers.
The word on ADWD is it's as good as the very best so far! Can't wait.