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A Dance With Dragons [SPOILERS!]

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After six years of delays, George R.R. Martin's fifth novel in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series will be released July 12, 2011. And that date is set in stone. Or forged in Valyrian steel.

Information on his blog here. There's also a nice picture of the cover.

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Fantastic. Time to block out a straight 20 hours.

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Woohoo!

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I'm afraid I won't believe it until I have an actual copy in my hands.

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I'm afraid I won't believe it until I have an actual copy in my hands.

Just what I was going to say.

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Let me know how that goes on July 12. :lol:

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Some photos illustrating the ginormasity of the manuscript. Hot dang.

Also, I looked at Wikipedia to see who the POV characters are for this book. That got me thinking...which characters do people like or like the least? I did some searches online and some of the common answers surprise me. People don't like Davos? Really? I found him one of the most sympathetic characters in the series.

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My favorite POV characters are Jon, Tyrion, Arya, and Jaime. I'm not sure where he ranks in my list of POV characters, but I like Davos as a character in his own right, POV or otherwise. He's one of the few characters in the series who acts primarily from a sense of honor and duty, rather than blind ambition. Conversely, I'm not sure if I like Bran all that much as a character, but I'm very intrigued by the story unfolding in his chapters.

My least favorite POV character is Cersei.

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The New Yorker has a lengthy, fascinating look at the world of George R.R. Martin...and the fans that hate him.

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This can only mean one thing. The July 12 day is for-rizzle.

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::paladin::

Edited by M. Leary

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Publishers Weekly is the first out of the gate with a very early (positive) review. There are a few very minor (in my opinion) spoilers, in case you're wondering.

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Due to an error, Amazon.de ships a number of copies early. Oops. Expect spoilers to start popping up in the next few days.

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Happy ADwD release day!

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Woohoo... now I just have to wait for it to arrive from Amazon.

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Woohoo... now I just have to wait for it to arrive from Amazon.

My wife got it for me as a gift for our first anniversary, so I'll have to wait at least 'til this weekend. Must...avoid...spoilers.

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Kindled.

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Meanwhile, I'm on Disc 22 of 28 in the audiobook of Game of Thrones. I guess I'd better avoid this thread for a long, long time.

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So far so good. It is exactly what I expected for this point in the series.

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My copy arrived today, but I'd just seen The Tree of Life and so I spent most of the evening trying to put together my thoughts on the film. I plan to start reading in earnest tomorrow.

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Huh. Itching for conversation about this one. Let me know when completions have occurred, because I have nothing non-spoilerish to say.

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Just finished. I mostly lurk here, but I'm dying to see what people think about the book. Nobody else on my end has read it yet.

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Well,

I am really ambivalent. He has kind of lost me in that this book represents no significant narrative advancement over the entire series so far. I understand that he has always been weaving together a finale, but I found massive narrative threads of this volume pretty unnecessary. The whole Dany marriage thread for starters... And the end. I kept thinking: Who has to die and/or appear to die to make this a Martin book? It was always Snow. Yet, the prominence of Tyrion is what made it engrossing for me. It is becoming clearer that Tyrion is the closest analogue to Martin embedded in the series. Tyrion really is the overall narrator. "The gods are blind and men see only what they want." His relationship with Penny was what kept me from totally bailing on Martin with the hope that there may be more to come.

Thanks. Had to get that off my chest.

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On page 400. Will I finish by tomorrow? Will I sleep? It is not known.

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I'll probably chime in later, since I've only read the prologue thus far. I was unfortunately spoiled to something near the end of the book (that's what I get for reading reviews pre-release).

Specifically, something that happens to Jon. I can't help think that some of the warging going on in the prologue foreshadows what happens later with Jon.

I guess I should just keep reading and find out.

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