Originally Posted by Martin Savage
Heard about it on that site. And Lynch, like Rothfuss, confronted the delay, unlike Martin. Rothfuss said it was a writer's block, and Lynch with depression. Upfront, straightforward, and no one's bitching anymore.
Not to keep bringing this shit up with Martin, but he is entirely responsible for the problems he's generated with his fans. Not that there aren't always going to be assholes who want their favorite author banging away at the keyboard 20 hours a day, but by and large people tend to be fairly reasonable about someone struggling. I'd have nothing by sympathy for the guy if he said he was struggling due to writer's block, depression, or lack of circulation to his fingers caused by having a heart the size of a car battery.
Instead he just keeps saying it's going great, chapters being finished, it'll be done in a few months, etc. Yet nothing seems to get done on a book that was supposedly half-done six years ago. As far as I can tell he's completed one book in the last decade. In his case it also feels (at least to me) like there's a bit of deception on his part. He devotes a pretty significant amount of energy to selling calendars, miniatures, etc. for a series that he kind of seems to have abandoned.
Maybe book five will hit this fall and I'll realize he's spent the all this time polishing it into something mindblowing. But I have a hunch I'll check his website sometime in 2013 and see lots of talk about football and delivery pizza.
I just threw The Lies of Locke Lamora onto my Amazon wish. The synopsis sounds really interesting.