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George R.R. Martin's fifth 'A Song of Ice and Fire' book is coming in July

March 4, 2011 |  9:21 am

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George R.R. Martin's long-awaited fifth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Dance With Dragons," will be published in July, publisher Bantam says. The book is expected to be long -- about 900 pages -- and has a publication date of July 12. The books are the basis for the upcoming HBO series "Game of Thrones."

In an exclusive with Entertainment Weekly, Martin said, "It's enormous. It's as long as "A Storm of Swords." It's very complicated. I have a lot of characters and points of view. And I've been doing a ton of rewriting, trying to get it where I wanted it to be. Some of these chapters I've rewritten more times than I can count before I'm satisfied with them."

The complete interview is in Entertainment Weekly's print edition. Online, the magazine has an exclusive new trailer from HBO for "Game of Thrones," which it says is racy and not entirely safe for work.

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Photo: George R.R. Martin speaks at a "Game of Thrones" panel at a Television Critics Assn. meeting in January. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

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