I agree — I’m even less interested in “Wild Cards” or GRRM’s football opinions, etc that seem to distract him. Imagine if he were an Iron Maiden fan and decided to follow them on tour vs. finishing his books. I’ve just finished reading “Fire and Blood,” however, and liked it much better than I expected I would. It covers the first half of the Targaryen history in Westeros and is written like a history book. I happen to like real world history, so a fictitious history is actually also fun for me to read. I think “The Winds of Winter” is more analogous to the next Tool album than anything else in music.