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A Dance With Dragons: 2012. Thanks, GRRM.

So Amazon.de posted a projected release date for A Dance With Dragons, 26 April 2012.

George R. R. Martin can say he’s upset about people accusing him of “pulling a Robert Jordan” all he likes, but there’s not really many other conclusions we can make. A Feast for Crows, the last book released, was done in 2006, and that was late. Now A Dance with Dragons is still a year and a half off, and we’re supposed to expect him to finish it in any kind of time that makes it worth reading in this generation?

I don’t think so.

It’s disappointing, too, because A Song of Ice and Fire is easily the best fantasy work lately, along with, well, whatever Stephen R. Donaldson is working on (can’t wait to get my grubby hands on the next Covenant book, which happens to be out.)

GRRM says that he’s working on the book; I appreciate that, but I’m also at the point where I resent all the other side projects he’s working on: short stories, a TV miniseries, other series’ novels that he has going on…

I really do appreciate it. The fans of his other works deserve attention, too, after all; perhaps they’re being put off by ASoIaF work. But they’ve had releases – a number of them – lately, whereas ASoIaF has not. Therefore, I don’t pity them for being put off.

I know the series represents a ton of work. It’s lengthy, massive, ponderous, complex, just flipping amazing. But if Martin’s going to be kind enough to leave us with cliffhanger after cliffhanger after cliffhanger – is Brienne dead? Come on! – we have to have something.

At this point, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t just look at ASoIaF as a sort of lost cause, something that would be nice if it progressed, but without any expectation.

Jordan stretched the Wheel of Time nonsense maybe… I dunno, twelve books too long, and died in the middle of the twelfth book in the series (projected to be fourteen by the time it’s done, and if the authors that have taken it over follow Jordan’s footsteps, it’ll end up as eighteen.)

GRRM is doing better than Robert Jordan did – after all, at least ASoIaF progresses and has different stories in it, instead of being the same book released eight times. But the progress is so slow, that I can definitely see Jordan deciding that his life has other commitments than ASoIaF, and moving on.

Sadness. It’s a great series, and will never end.

Updated: 2010/11/07 — 9:01 am


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  1. Well said. Put GRRM on a cell and only allow him to come out after he finishes the ASoIaF series :)

    And you’re completely off about Jordan: the first two or three books are mostly ok (should have been half the size). Only the last 8 (or 9?) books are trash :)

    Note: mistake on the last paragraph: shouldn’t “definitely see Jordan deciding” be “definitely see GRRM deciding” ?

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