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[first posted at 9 am EST on my website]

No. Sorry. Not done yet.

I'm close, though. Watch this space. When the book is done, you will read it here.

original cover 2006

Meanwhile... there is news. Big news. The end is in sight, at long long last, and we're close enough so that my editors and publishers at Bantam Spectra have set an actual publication date.

revised cover 2007

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will be in your favorite bookstore on

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

new cover 2009

Yes, I know. You've all seen publication dates before: dates in 2007, 2008, 2009. None of those were ever hard dates, however. Most of them... well, call it wishful thinking, boundless optimism, cockeyed dreams, honest mistakes, whatever you like.

This date is different. This date is real.

Barring tsunamis, general strikes, world wars, or asteroid strikes, you will have the novel in your hands on July 12. I hope you like it.

((For what it's worth, the book's a monster. Think A STORM OF SWORDS))

final cover? 2011

The dragons are coming. Prepare to dance.

And hey... thanks for waiting.


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Klara Rn Kjartansdttir
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
omg can´t wait
I have been waiting rather patiently for this book! I suggest you come to Iceland and do a reading. In the actual land of fire and ice you have some following :)
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
Now *that*
deserves a beer.
Laurence Prophet
Mar. 4th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
I'm about to cream my fuckin' pants!!! Me and all 4 of my friends who I've gotten into this series are all jumping around like giddy 12 year olds at a Justin Beiber concert. I love you George.
Stuart Valentine
Mar. 4th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
Amazon UK release date 29 september?!
The Amazon UK release date is showing as 29 September, not 12 July?

Mar. 4th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Awesome!! I can't wait :D
Phil Murphy
Mar. 4th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
Good news everyone!
Great news George!

Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to it already.

*digs out A Game of Thrones from the book stacks*
Mar. 4th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)

Big congrats, George. That's great news.
Mar. 4th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Don't think I'll stop giggling and twirling with glee until I have it in my hands!!
Mar. 4th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
You can dance! You can dance! Everybody look at your hands!
Mar. 4th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
FINALLY! I never thought I'd live to see this book released! So freaking excited I cant even #^$@%^@$%^#$%^#&^%* AHHHHH!!! ::::D

and YAY! Twelve days before my birthday! <3
thanks for the BEST birthday gift EVER, GRRM!
Mar. 4th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Alright a solid date! woo hoo!

Any more wild cards books coming up between now and then?
Mar. 4th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
C'mon, no Asteroid strikes.

Mar. 4th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Split Book?
So originally this was split with A Feast for Crows. Is this still a split book or are the characters in AFfC in ADwD? I'm sorry if this has been answered elsewhere. Thanks!
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Split Book?
Some of the viewpoint characters from FEAST appear again towards the end of DANCE, yes. That is to say, the timeline of DANCE extends beyond the end of FEAST.

(Of course, it is possible that my editors will want me to move some of those chapters to WINDS OF WINTER, especially if the final DANCE comes in too long, but we shall see.)

The first half to three-quarters of the book (I have not done a precise measurement) runs parallel to the events in FEAST, however.
Federica Laviano
Mar. 4th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
And now I wait July...
I love you, really :D
Thanks for the dragons. And wolves. And kings. And Ice. And Fire.
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
A Day Saver!
Well George, I can't thank you enough. I woke up this morning, day 6 of a particularly crappy strain of flu and was trying everything, and failing to make myself feel good. I'm not sure anything would have worked as well as that. It's been a sweet ride you know, waiting for that book.

Matter of factly I recently made the choice, with my fiancee, that we were going to forgo any computer activities at all when we have time for each other and instead, we've started reading to each other. We are halfway done with A Game of Thrones and I must say he's so happy that its like a kid on Christmas. I've read all of them of course, but he had never had the chance. Thanks for giving us a great us time!
Holger Raeder
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
I have the book pre-ordered at Amazon since 2008 and can't wait to get it into my hands. Great timing after the first season of the HBO series.

I am just a little confused about the cover. I like the new cover, but I also like consistency and the cover does not seem to match with the other covers. Hmm.

By the way .... when will book 6 come out ??? .... JUST KIDDING!!
David Moye
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Audio Version
Please, please tell me that Roy Dotrice will be reading the audio version. John Lee was ... well, not Roy Dotrice. Then again, no one is. Dotrice IS the audio version of the series.
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you George!!!
This sent actual shivers down my spine & woke me up in a way caffiene never will be able to! This is the greatest news EVER! Like many other of your loyal fans, I admit to being increasingly frustrated with the epic wait & constant delays, and was beginning to become jaded towards the series in general.

This was helped by the intense anticipation for the HBO series (I don't have HBO- but myself & 12 other friends have planned viewing parties set up JUST for this show!!!) and now... George, knowing that the book is on the way... I simply can't find the words to express my giddiness.

Simply put- Thank you. So much. More than words could ever express.
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