Well, he's back, and arent we all yearning for something new and refreshing? Yearning for male characters smart enough to tie their own shoelaces? Yearning for female characters who are more than scheming, conniving, or helpless babes in the woods who do not much more than make bad decisions and whine? Keep yearning. Martin's swords sans sorcery attempt is chock full of the banal and with nothing new to grab you with, so check it out of your local library if you've found some time on your hands, but for heavens sake dont buy the darn thing....it'll only encourage him.