Looks like good ol’ Mr. Martin actually heard and listened to my previous belligerent rantings about A Dance With Dragons and decided that ten and a half months between teasers is much too long of a time for the average fan to wait. He went ahead and posted a new teaser chapter as a milksop for us while he continues to muddle through with finishing the book. This is the first chapter with Jon in it (Cheer!) and will be alternately rotated with the existing Danaerys and Tyrion chapters that he’d already posted. I apparently have had crap luck because I had no idea that he’d even posted a Tyrion chapter. Every time I’ve checked the sample pages it’s always been the Danaerys chapter. Who knew. I guess I’ll have to keep an eye out and if I’m lucky I’ll be able to read it before the book is actually published.
In other news regarding the A Song of Ice and Fire series, I found this link to The Tower Of the Hand over on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist (I’m really link dropping a lot in this post) found it was a pretty interesting and thorough resource for the series with all sorts of fun tid-bits of information and obscure references and connections/theories that I had missed. If you like the series and want to learn more, I suggest you check it out but as always, your mileage may vary.
While we’re on the subject of books I guess I should mention, for those of you that hadn’t heard, that Tor books have announced that author Brandon Sanderson has been selected to write A Memory of Light, the final book in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Apparently he was selected by Harriet Rigney, RJ’s widow, because she was impressed with his other work… to which I say “Wha–? Who? What other work? Who the hell is this guy?”
From what I’ve read, he’s apparently been given a mass of encyclopaedic notes and will be following an outline by RJ himself. I’m optimistic, even if I’ve never heard of the guy before. Let’s just all hope for no braid pulling and no “road to Caemlyn” chapters.