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Old 10-20-2009, 06:26 AM
Simplicio is offline
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Vermont
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Here's the latest update from his blog, dated oct 6:

Finished a Jon Snow chapter, and have just passed the 1100 page (manuscript pages, the page count in the final printed book will be different) mark on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. That's counting only finished chapters in something close to final form. I have considerably more in partials, fragments, and roughs....Even with just the finished portions, DANCE is now longer than A FEAST FOR CROWS and A GAME OF THRONES, and I'm closing in on A CLASH OF KINGS. I do hope I can wrap things up before I approach the 1521 page length of A STORM OF SWORDS.
So he apparently hasn't abandoned it, anyways, but I can't imagine we'll see it in the near future either.

Feast of Crows wasn't bad, but having killed off most of his characters and having had most of the story lines either resolve or muddle off into irrelavence in the last few books, he's basically just left writing a bunch of very loosely related vignettes.