Among recent epic fantasies there are three series in particular that are notorious for their current lag time between books: Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard (three+ years), George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice (five years, projected to be six or more), and Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles (three+ years, projected to be four). The Rothfuss is particularly puzzling considering that his first book, The Name of the Wind, was also his first, with the second--supposedly already written--due out just a year later, in 2008. No sign of it yet. I understand...art takes time, and better good and late than early and bad. But...really?
I started The Name of the Wind not long after it came out and got distracted and stopped reading it (I was liking but not loving it). I have planned on diving back in at some point but was going to wait until at least the next book was out. The quality about the book that I least liked was that it was all backstory; it was certainly interesting, but I wanted to know what happened next. I googled around a bit, trying to figure out whether the second book got to What Next and didn't find anything until, on a completely different google search, I came up with this quote, from Pat's Fantasy Hot List:
[After speaking with Betsy Wollheim, president of Daw Books]...it turns out that Rothfuss' first trilogy will focus on the main character's past, with occasional tantalizing hints of things to come. A second trilogy will then recount Kvothe's "present" tale.
OK, my question was answered but I almost missed it when I read that there was a second trilogy planned, and What Next would have to wait until then. But when is that?! Going on Rothfuss's record, if book 2 is out in 2011 and book 3 out in 2014, then we're talking about 2017 or later for What Next. That would be ten years from the publication of Name of the Wind before we find out about What Next.
Thus the thread title. Any comments on this? And does anyone know what Rothfuss's intended timeline for publication is?
I can't help wondering when, or to which author, this sort of thing is going to backfire on. And is it killing the sub-category of "big fat fantasies?" Brandon Sanderson has certainly earned his right to write a ten-book series because he has proven himself as prolific, but what about new authors?
(A few different topics here - feel free to take off on whichever suits your desire).