George R.R. Martin won't start next Ice and Fire book 'til January

It took George R.R. Martin four years to deliver A Dance With Dragons, book five of his epic A Song of Ice and Fire, and it doesn't seem like he's off to a fast start with book six.

Speaking with Vulture, Martin said that he's got about 100 pages of the next book, The Winds of Winter, already written and that it's mostly material he originally wanted to put in A Dance with Dragons and decided to hang on to. That's the good news.

The bad news is that he's been so busy with the book tour for A Dance With Dragons, as well as other projects, that he won't start working on The Winds of Winter again until January.

We don't know how long The Winds of Winter will end up being, but if it's another 1000-pager like its predecessor, well, even 100 pages doesn't sound like he's made much of a dent yet.

But there is some other good news: Martin, as previously indicated, has written one of the pivotal episodes for season two of HBO's Game of Thrones, called "Blackwater," and the hit fantasy epic itself is now filming in Northern Ireland for airing early next year. Martin is also working on The World of Ice and Fire, which he describes as a "big, glossy coffee table book about the history and genealogy of Westeros."

There's more in the interview about the books, Martin's depiction of magic and how he feels about the cast of Game of Thrones. You might as well read it all, since it doesn't look like you'll have The Winds of Winter in your eager little hands for quite some time.

(via Badass Digest)

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