The Dance with Dragons draws closer

The latest news on A Dance with Dragons is that GRRM has five part-chapters left to write, and that his publisher “[hopes] to have a finished manuscript by Christmas.”

My head knows I shouldn’t get too hopeful. After all, we’ve been here before: GRRM went on a roll in the middle of ’09, and A Feast for Crows came out back in ’05. My heart, now, that’s a different thing. My heart remembers the thrill of buying AFFC for myself, that I bought it on a Tuesday, that it was on my way down to class. My heart is what draws me to click on every ASOIAF-related thread in the hopes that it’ll contain an announcement that ADWD is finished. My heart is what makes me hope that this time, with 8+ POVs already done and good progress made on a particularly sticky plot element (the “Meereenese Knot”), it’ll be for real.

(In other words, this post could have been subtitled, “What it means to be a fan…”)

0 thoughts on “The Dance with Dragons draws closer”

  1. I hear ya. Sure, i occassionaly go to Not and Blog and hit up Grummblers, but I’ve learned the hard way not to get my hopes up anymore. I remember reading Feast back when it came out, and boy was I pissed half my favorite characters were missing! I told myself I wasn’t going to read it again until I had Dance in my hands, that way I could read it as one huge volume.

    • Yeah, I remember thinking at the time, “He only has half a book left to write! Yay!”

      In my case I knew beforehand that Jon, Dany and Tyrion wouldn’t be in Feast, but I can imagine why it would have come as a rude shock to you!


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