For some reason I have a deep reluctance to go out and buy A Feast For Crows, despite the fact that it has been one of the most hotly anticipated works in fantasy circles since HP6 (probably even more so than HP6 among adults...) Maybe because of that, and the fact that we've been waiting. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting. And there was one false publication announcement after another. And now I find that the saga is still not finished (I guess I really knew that, but I had some vague notion that he WAS actually going to come to some kind of "end of part one" or something with this book), and I can't help feeling that all this long rambling has to result in a loss of focus and loss of direction somehow. One of my students said she was just not going to START reading them until Martin was finished the whole lot, but at this rate I or perhaps even she will be an old lady by that time. At least it's not a Honking Great Tome like the last two - I'll have to write a rant about Honking Great Tomes, which I consider publishing's greatest and most unecessary excess, another day - I ended up buying the SFBC editions simply by default because I quite literally couldn't hold the original publisher's editions! This one is a reasonable size, at least. But I think I'll still hold out for the SFBC edition just as a small grumpy protest.