Finally …

According to his website, George R. R. Martin has now finished writing A Feast for Crows. Yay!

The bad news is that because it came in very much over length, he has had to cut it in half. The decision he made is to include material set in Westeros, King’s Landing, the riverlands, Dorne, and the Iron Islands in this book, and leave the material set in the east and the north until the next book (A Dance With Dragons). In principle, I think this is a good decision; but unfortunately it means that the two characters I’m most interested in (Arya and Tyrion) probably won’t appear in the book at all. On the plus side, this decision means that A Dance With Dragons is now half finished, so maybe we won’t have to wait another five years to find out what happens.

In other good news on the book front, the copy of Permanent Rose (Hilary McKay) that I had reserved at the library came in. When I went up to borrow it, I also got out To the Nines (Janet Evanovich – a Stephanie Plum story) and The Last Temptation (Val McDermid – a Tony Hill story). I think the three of them make an interesting contrast – even more so when you throw in Brothers in Arms (Lois McMaster Bujold), which I am currently re-reading.

And speaking of Bujold, I am very excited about the fact that Michael has picked up a copy of The Hallowed Hunt while he is in the US. Coincidentally, he arrived within a few days of the book’s release.

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