A DANCE WITH DRAGONS Release Date Announced

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.

  • Graeme April 1, 2011 at 1:53 am

    You almost had me there… (dammit!)

  • Celine April 1, 2011 at 4:45 am

    You had me ! I began to post it everywhere … Congrat’s !

  • Marieke April 1, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Haha, you had me there! I’d forgotten it was April Fool’s Day… But when I read ‘A Menagerie of Midgets’ I knew something was up. :p

  • Jamie April 1, 2011 at 5:48 am

    OUCH! You had me.

  • Adam Whitehead April 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

    The only problem with this is that it was too credible ;-) Even GRRM went for something truly ludicrous to make sure everyone knew it was a gag (ADWD being split into five books, one of them called A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE).

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  • Raphael April 3, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Reading this only on April 3rd makes you believe.

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