It’s been five long years since A Feast for Crows, the fourth booth in A Song of Ice and Fire, was released; but now Martin has actually completed the fifth book. Martin announced it via his Livejournal with a picture of King Kong dead in the 1976 remake, and his publisher confirmed that Kong is indeed dead:
It is true. Kong is dead.
There were a few moments of George in a spare office yesterday, cleaning up the last bits and inserting a few new bits in longhand, while I typed the changes into the electronic files, but we are honestly and officially done.
And there is MUCH rejoicing!
Now we just have to wait until July 12th to see if the five year wait was worth it, or if the book will be a disappointment to some like A Feast for Crows was.