July, 12 according to ew.com. Should we start holding our breath?
And from Martin’s blog.
“Yes, we swear, after waiting six long years since the release of the last novel in the saga, the fabled Book 5 A Dance With Dragons is close enough to being finished for Martin’s publisher to set a release date”
I’ll believe it when I see the book on a shelf in a bookstore.
It’s close enough to April 1 to make me dubious.
I’m still waiting on “The Last Dangerous Visions” too.
Hope it’s true, but I’ll believe it when it’s in my hands.
I Believe it.
Of course I also believed the previous 4 release dates so…
Now awaiting the announcement that the book had to be cut in 3 due to length.
Searching my Google mail account shows that I pre-ordered “A Dance With Dragons” with Amazon on 14 July 2006. Since then Amazon sent 7 e-mails to the effect that the shipping date had to be postponed (once in 2007 and twice in 2008, 2009, and 2010).
Ah, old times - I look back on significant events in my life since I ordered that book.
So, don’t hold your breath.
I had a feeling that HBO put some pressure on him to finish the book if they were going to commit to a TV series. I have nothing to back that up, but I’m not surprised that there’s a release date announced this close to the premiere of the show.
Wow, is it half past never already?
Awesome! Now once he finishes the last two I can finally start this series
It truly is the End of the World if all these things come to pass…
Back in 2008, Guns ‘n’ Roses (aka “Axl and some guys now”) ended the jokes by actually releasing their long-awaited album Chinese Democracy, about 17 years in the making.
Another long-running vaporware joke with roots in 1990s may actually hit the shelves: Duke Nukem Forever has an announced release date of May 3rd, 2011.
Now, news that “A Dance With Dragons”, which was the “second half” of a book published in 2005, is being published 6 years later…
And the final book in The Wheel of Time - “A Memory of Light” - is estimated to be published in March 2012.
I’m being a bit more optimistic on this one. I have two reasons for being so:
GRRM has never confirmed an actual, specific date before this. All his estimates have been vague, approximate ones. The dates put out by Amazon, et al, were never (as far as we know) from Martin himself.
I believe it’s possible that the timing of the announcement might have been done specifically to help promote the HBO series. If so, I have to believe that after such a public announcement and a specific date, that (barring the exceptions he mentioned in his post), this date’s for real.
But, nonetheless, I don’t blame any of you for your skepticism. It’s certainly understandable.
Last Dangerous Visions has been in the works longer than any of those, though.
I’ll believe it when I’m holding the book. Meanwhile, there are how many books supposedly in this series after this one? 3?
Two. It’s supposed to be seven books altogether. This one is number five.
I’d love to be excited about this, but I’m going to have to reread the whole series before attempting to read the new installment(s), and my reading time is so limited that I’m going to have to wait until the whole series is done before committing to that many pages.
I stopped caring about 2 years ago and sold my copies of the series to a used book store.
Heh. That and KHAAAAAN are my favorite single-word web sites.
Not trying to rain on anybody’s parade, but this
isn’t really that good of a news.