same here. hadn't read fantasy or sci fi since high school. thought it was too low-brow. started GOT Oct 2012 because I was/am thinking about writing a historical novel, and I wanted to see how a successful popular novel (that's kind of like a historical novel) was written. boom. totally hooked. read all 5 books in a about 3 weeks. it did not even occur to me until I was near the end of DWD that the series wasn't finished!! re-read again in March. I'm obsessed.
i'm still hoping wow comes out by xmas 2013. please GRRM, write write write.
Me too /smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /> At the current rate that he's writing, I am certain that it will be released sometime in 2014. But if he writes very quickly and well, it may be this Xmas. That would hands down be amazing, albeit unlikely.