Originally Posted by fuseboxx
George R. R. Martin is 62 and he just finished writing the 5th book.
Well, he just posted on Thursday that A Dance With Dragons is finally finished, which is cutting it awfully close for a July release date. What I want to hear from him is why it took so long, Remember, the fourth book was essentially cut in half. When A Feast for Crows was published in 2005, Martin indicated the next book was already almost completed and that with a little luck, we would see it the following year. We're finally getting the next book almost six years later. And of course it didn't help that A Feast For Crows was lackluster at best. I didn't hate it like many readers did, but it certainly wasn't on the level of the first three books. A Dance With Dragons is now obviously more than the promised second half of the fourth book, which may or may not be a good thing.
As for the TV series, so far I'm satisfied with it except for some of the casting choices. The actors playing Robb and Jon look too old. Jon looks 27 instead of 17. Sansa looks older than she should be as well and it was indicated that Rickon is six. Danaery's character in the series is older but this was probably a necessary change since most people would have objected to watching a 13 year old having explicit sex. It will be interesting to see how the series pans out, especially as it gets into the later books. I wouldn't be surprised if they end up combining AFFC and ADWD into two seasons, otherwise there will be a couple of seasons where certain characters (at least the ones who are still left) don't appear. Let's just hope we actually see the books finished.