Damn you George R.R. Martin

  Some disappointing book news for fans of fantasy.
  It seems George R.R. Martin’s “A Dance with Dragons” has been delayed. The book was set to be released at the end of this month.
  I was first tipped off that something was wrong when Amazon sent me an e-mail saying my preorder had been canceled. This does not make me happy.
  My friend Lisa and I began poking around on the Internet, and sure enough, Amazon UK has the book now being released in April! What is wrong with George R.R. Martin? And who knows how firm that April 2009 date is?
  On Amazon UK there’s this from the publisher under product description:
  "George R.R. Martin has let us know that he will be later than expected delivering ‘A Dance with Dragons,’ so we’re sorry to say that we’ve had to postpone publication. Based on the new delivery date, we are very much hoping to be able to publish in spring 2009. Thanks for your patience!"
  Patience … bah!
   “Dance with Dragons” is the fifth in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series. There are supposed to be seven. We may never see the end of the series at this rate. I don’t know if I trust old George to stay committed.
  The only silver lining in this whole thing is it gives readers plenty of time to catch up or reread the other books. These huge epic fantasies by Martin are as good as the genre gets, which is why I’m so disappointed. This was one of the year’s top new releases for me.
  Anyway, the books are packed with interesting characters. They are very long but very good. The twists and turns keep readers guessing as they follow the trials of their favorite characters, and Martin is very unpredictable as he kills people off left and right. The other books are “A Game of Thrones,” “A Clash of Kings,” “A Storm of Swords” and “A Feast for Crows.”
  I don’t know if I’m going to read any more epic series. Oh who am I kidding? I’m already looking forward to “The Wise Man’s Fear,” the second in Patrick Rothfuss’ “Kingkiller Chronicle,” and it doesn’t come out until 2009!
  Well, for those of you who love epic fantasy, check out Rothfuss’ “The Name of the Wind.” It’s a great read for lovers of the genre waiting for Martin to quit messing around with other projects.

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