I mean, who didn’t see this one coming? From Simon Spanton, Martin’s editor at DAW Books, via email:
Due to the immense size of the novel (seriously, it’s the size of a Diana Gabaldon novel, and doesn’t even include any Jaime chapters until the 700-page mark), we are sorry to announce that ‘A Dance with Dragons’ has, yet again, run into a slight bump in the road.
Publication of the first volume of the fifth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, re-titled ‘A Menagerie of Midgets’, has been pushed back to April 1st, 2012. The following volume (volume two of volume five, for those following), still titled ‘A Dance with Dragons’, will follow soon afterwards. This delay allows Martin to further refine those characters most loved by the fans and somehow figure out a way to make them give a damn about Brienne of Tarth. Seriously, no one likes him.
We apologize profusely to our stakeholders for this delay.
Ahh, well… c’est la vie, right? Meanwhile, I’m off to make sure no one’s wrapped saran wrap around my toilet seat.