Scott Lynch has made available an excerpt from the first chapter of The Republic of Thieves. For those of you wishing to avoid spoilers, I can safely say that (I believe) it starts at the beginning of the first chapter and runs for most of it. It's really quite exciting, and I think the writing is still quite sharp and enjoyable to read. For interest, you can find the link here. Fingers crossed for a release date next year some time. In the meantime, the new Miles Vorkosigan book Cryoburn is out at the beginning of November.