'A Feast for Crows' DONE!

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Look, I post enough content on this site I hope I don't get tagged for promotion but I don't feel like typing the same thing over so basically at the recent con, Martin has announced this book is done with some changes. This has been confirmed by his significant other Paris, for more details check it out HERE.

An offiicial announcement is forthcoming Monday
 

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Excellent news!
I was beginning to fear that we wouldn't see it till Autumn!

man, now it's almost worse as I've got to wait for the publishers to get it on the shelves! *grumble, moan* ;)
 

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I think out of all the female characters I like Ayra and Dany the best. I can't imagine how the book will be without any Dany in it but I can't wait to get the chance to read it!

Cheer!

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says on the other site that it will be announced on his site on monday, so Ill wait till monday to really rejoice!! But I just cant wait!!!! Im so happy!
 

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Frey Slayer said:
says on the other site that it will be announced on his site on monday, so Ill wait till monday to really rejoice!! But I just cant wait!!!! Im so happy!

Same here. So when do you think it will be released?
 

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EXCELLENT!


I wonder how he's worked around the Dany and the North POVs, but we all will find out.
 

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Great news......much better than Robert Jordan announcing that he's starting a new series.....or Melanie Rawn coming back to ....well, Melanie Rawn coming back to life might be a news of a different color... I await both A Feast for Crows and the Captal's Tower.

-Shane
 

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George has previously said he's been working closely with the publishers to get AFFC rushed into print, so I think we could see the book quite soon. I know for a fact that George would like it to be out in time for WorldCon, and that makes sense for the publishers too, but it remains to be seen whether that's achievable.
 

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I've just has a peek on GRRM's official site and the announcement is on there now.
He's basically going to run this and "A Dance for Dragons" simultaneously in terms of timeline (like The Two Towers by Tolkien).
In AFFC it will revolve around, Westeros, Kings Landing, the Riverlands, the Iron Islands & Dorne - so Cersei, Jamie, Asha and probably another POV or two.
In ADFD it will be "the east & north" - so Dany, Arya, Jon, Davos & Stannis (& Tyrion?)

It's great that it's coming out soon (and he's halfway through ADFD of course!)
It's a bit frustrating as the stories I really wanted to hear will be in ADFD but heigh-ho, I waited this long haven't I? ;)
 

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At LAST!...light at the end of a very long tunnel,wonder when the publishers will give a publication date...soon...PLEASE!!
 

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This is good news even if GRRM reckons there'll now be 7 books in the series..:(

Interesting that on another forum GRRM has come in for some criticsim by peolpe for simply extending the series with the publisher primarily for the purposes of making more money. This may be a consideration for the publishers but GRRM did split AFOC essentially into two parallel books in order to maintain the integrity of the story he wanted to tell rather than having to cull it to a more manegable size. So for that I dips me lid to him...:cool:
 

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Definetly hats off to George for being able to tell the story the way he wanted, I would settle for nothing less. I am still going to really miss the North especially, and Dany and her dragons as well. Really though, I am glad there is going to be 7 books I love the story so the more the better as long as it is still of the same quality as the previous books and with GRRM at the helm that is asured.

Rahl
 

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It's certainly good news that he'll have something published ASAP...but am I the only one to see this as possibly disturbing?

I've commented before that ASOFAI sometimes comes across as multiple novels written into one - but to completely separate the series into two distinct character groups seems a potentially disorganised change of emphasis, and initially appears to be a way of meeting publisher deadlines to some degree, rather than as a natural way to follow the story??

Obviously, it requires the novels themselves to judged on their own reading, but I can't help but wonder whether something is going to seem sacrificed by this approach.
 

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Brian: the problem was not publisher's deadlines - George missed those a long time ago - but book size.

AFFC was already longer in MS form than ASOS. That meant that it was certain to come out as two, possibly three, paperbacks (and a truly MASSIVE hb).

Rather than do this, George revisited the structure of the series. He preferred to issue two books rather than one that would inevitably be split. Seems fair enough to me. Fairer to the fans, and to the story. (He doesn't say, but he implies, that the alternative (split pb) was the publisher's choice.)

What does worry me about this slightly is that this was a problem he was already aware of when he started. He aimed to make AFFC roughly the length of ACOK. Instead it wound up as the longest book so far. This suggests a degree of lost control.

We all assumed that six books meant seven all along (even Parris). Now, we have seven. If that's not to become eight, George needs to get a firmer grip on the story, what to tell and what to leave out. (Not so firm a grip as to crush it, mind.) I have faith that he can do this, but it does seem to be giving him trouble.

The good news is that ADWD will follow swiftly on the heels of AFFC, since it is half written already. ;) (Many of us are now in the peculiar position of having read preview chapters from book 5 before book 4 is released.)
 

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Raven said:
Many of us are now in the peculiar position of having read preview chapters from book 5 before book 4 is released.

Hah! I haven't thought of that!
Yes, the Dany chapter I read ages ago will not appear in print before I finish reading book 4 :D

I can see why you're a bit concerned Brian. This does have a slightly worrying "Jordanesque" feel to it, but unlike Jordan, I think GRRM knows how to get to the end, he's just finding more meat to the story than he originally intended. In some ways its a good thing that he's finding lots of stories to tell, as long as he keeps the pace and focus the first 3 have had. It would be a horror if he did get lost in the detail and nothing actually happened (might make it more real to life that way mind you, some medieval wars did drag on more from impetus than design :) )
 

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I too have mixed feeling about this brian. I am very happy that martin has a book to put out but what's he leaving us. After reading his website I'm still a bit confused. Is he making feast into two shorter novels or is he going to publish half of feast and then just use the leftover chapters to start ADOD? Secondly one of the major appeals of Martin's writing to me was that far off events from different characters viewpoints provided information that we knew but other characters didn't. Without a fair sampling of everyones chapters in his chronological order his novels lose that kind of appeal and characters become less dependant on each other. Furthermore the feast he's releasing concerns jaime, cersei, asha/theon, sansa, and catelyn if she has a viewpoint. He's leaving out Jon, Arya, Dany, Sam, and Tyrion which are the viewpoints I found most interesting. In my oppinion martin should wait for the novel to be completed publish it as seperate novels in a box set sort of but keep the original order and content the same.
 

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