Well here i am in mid 2010. The book continues to be inside the process for being written. Six years of writing a "partially completed" book. With two more books likely to come from then on! It is extremely frustrating to be a fan.
All that negativity aside, there is really a reason fans of his books gripe and vent yet still wait after having a college hiatus accompanied by a six year hiatus. The books are only that good. I will give him his due, he needs time to work as he would like to only released an exceptional product.
More positive news is that there is really a HBO miniseries, that's forthcoming, based on this series. With the quality from the books, as well as the quality that HBO does with their series, I expect it will be great. Perhaps the HBO leg breakers will hold his feet to the fire in completing his novels.
I hope that MR. Martin will decrease his many side projects, convention attendances and book signings and just get to the writing. This includes minimizing his involvement with the HBO series. Trust it is within good hands, George. There will only have a lot more fans clamoring for his next book release following your series happens. Get to it George, we're waiting.