Oh, please- Wah, wah, wah. “George R R Martin takes too long with his books” “Scott Lynch is a few years overdue”. Sure. What a bunch of whiny babies. You don’t know what waiting means until you’ve been a Patrick Rothfuss fan!
Of course the real genius of Patrick Rothfuss is that if you complain he hasn’t finished the third book, he points to the fact that he’s spending all his time on his Worldbuilders charity. Never has procrastination been sublimated for such a greater good.
Years ago before he was published, he used to post on RPG.net and also a few times sporadically since being published. As I recall, there was not only “struggling with depression” but also a later bad breakup that maybe influenced how he wrote Sabetha later. Although I see that wiki mentions he’s subsequently married, so hopefully that’s all good.
I adored the first book, and really liked the second. The third book felt like he was working out some unresolved feelings toward his ex. I know authors use the emotions they know to lend power to their writing, but in this case it really didn’t work for me.
I hope he’s happier now and is able to write an awesome fourth book, because the first two were great.
Rothfuss? Sigh. Fun writing completely ruined by the worst Mary Sue protagonist ever written. Like, when you write about how many times your protagonist can make a Goddess of Lust come, maybe you’ve gone a bit overboard.
The good news is that he’s writing a fairly non-structured series, he’s not shooting for some grand narrative arc a la GRRM that causes all sorts of problems.
I was impressed with his second one in terms of how he was prepared to change tack with it, it’s not a special book like the Lies but showed a lot of substance as a writer IMHO. Third one went off a cliff so I hope the fourth will be a return to form - could easily be, it’s not like Winds of Winter where there’s just no possible way it can be good.
Wouldn’t a Goddess of Lust come pretty easily? Now if you were talking about seducing the Goddess of Chastity I’d be impressed, but making a Goddess of Lust come doesn’t exactly sound like much of an achievement.
Ladies and Gentlemen - I give you David Gerrold. The last book in the Chtorr series came out in the 1993. I’m all in favor of the author not publishing it until he thinks he’s got it right, but I must admit some slight impatience.
It’s been awhile since I read it, but IIRC, she kept going on about what an amazing lover he was and fell madly in love with him due to his mad sex skillz, despite his having very little/no bedroom experience previously.
If you can’t deal with writers taking their time, wait until a series is complete or the author is safely dead.
It’s not like “writes a book every year come hell or high water” is a perfect solution. I’ve given up on more than one series that just went off the rails because the author didn’t have to worry about the true fans stopping reading just because a super natural sex orgy took up one third of a book with no real overarching plot.