I just read that he’s done, and I went looking to see when my book will ship. And found this.
In short, the damned guy has written such a fucking brick that his publishers demanded he split it. Which is a great idea, I hate reading a total brick of a book. Only, he decided to do it his own fucking way, and instead of slicing it down the middle, he split it along character lines.
This epic has many POV (Point of View) characters, shifting by chapter from character to character. Martin’s so good that this works, though sometimes you wind up waiting to get back to your favorites.
Here, he split it such that this book has one set of POV characters, and the NEXT has the other. So now we have to wait another, what, five years to get back to the characters he left out of crows.
If these books were not so goddamned good, I wouldn’t care. But it’s already been so long I forget what was happening; I’ll have to go read the whole series again, or hope for a complete plot synopsis. I’ll then devour the new one, like with Harry Potter, reading it as fast as I can. And then I’ll be done with it and have the eternal wait start again.
Go read A Song of Ice and Fire. Some of the best fantasy ever. But wait until the last book is out. Martin will make you crazy otherwise…