There was a death in Lynch's family last year which apparently impacted on the author heavily, along with events that took place prior to that. He also had a serious bout of swine flu at the end of last year. He did go through a phase of renewed publicity at the end of last year indicating he was back to a full writing schedule, but it remains to be seen if this means the book will be released this year.
The book was originally scheduled for late 2008, by the way. RED SEAS only came out in August 2007.
So you are admitting there is no information out there, i.e no real basis for your wild speculation. There is a good chance Scott will publish late this year, which would only make the wait for the book just over three years. That's really not all that much in the grand scheme of writing.
I for one wish people would find better things to do, and other books to read, other than go around bitching about Lynch, Martin, Rothfuss etc etc
Waterstones have put back the publication date to 21/10/2010. Amazon.com concur. Clearly three things have happened:
A) Scott Lynch has missed yet another deadline B) Scott Lynch has yet again failed to tell his fans C) Amazon.co.uk have again totally screwed up publication dates. I do wonder if the person in charge of this process can read.
Yeah... clearly I am going to burst into angry tears because some anonymous person on the internet thinks I do too little research. Because of course my life is so empty that I exhaustibly research every topic I might comment on.
My criticism of Amazon is legitimate as it's the only online retailer who has not revised the books release date. For all those people out there who do not spend their lives waiting for Scott Lynch's livejournal to refresh the fact a retailer is, through accident, ignorance or imbecility, misleading customers is more than a little shoddy.
As for his livejournal, I avoid it as frankly it veers from depressing to boring. He is more than welcome to his life but I don't particularly want to read about it. Fair enough there are things in his life that have caused delays, but the fact is he and his publishing house seem pretty poor at confirming that release dates have slipped and specifying why. Neither Bantam nor Gollancz have released any information about it, and frankly that would be most people's port of call with release date questions.
You are right about one thing, Lynch does not `owe' me anything, my annoyance is triggered only because until a week or so ago I was hoping that I might actually get to read his new book. Never mind though, I will happily spend my money elsewhere. I just hope Lynch has fans left when he decides to finally release a manuscript.
As for the cover issue, `thanks' for clearing it up. Frankly it just makes me think Gollancz is pretty cheap.
Who needs to go to Scott's Livejournal? The relevant news about RoT is in the only other post in this discussion topic forum.
RoT's manuscript was delivered over two months ago and is currently being edited and revised. Both the UK and US publishers are aiming to release the book in Spring 2011. Any other date you hear, including Amazon ones, are works of fiction pulled out from a hat.
Scott's depression is an unfortunate situation, but according to him it only really became a problem in the autumn of last year, by which time RoT was almost complete. With Scott seeking treatment and a year or more until the book comes out, the tentative release date for RoT seems reasonable at the moment.
His livejournal is relevant to the following complaints from Carl Phillips:
A) Scott Lynch has missed yet another deadline B) Scott Lynch has yet again failed to tell his fans
"what's been happening to me for the past half year and more (and had precursor episodes over the past several years that are now looking more and more obvious in hindsight) can't be passed off as eccentricity or a quirk of mood." "I have been dealing for some time with bouts of depression, which have been bad, and ongoing panic attacks, which have been orders of magnitude worse-- positively crippling.
These attacks worsened sharply during the Season of the Long Flu last fall and reached the point where they interfered with nearly everything I tried to do, making it impossible to write, communicate, and sometimes even think straight. It has been a long, sore trial for everyone around me and it ain't over yet. I do not have a firm grip on precisely what causes the damn things, though they are related to my work, my reading, my writing, and my intellectual life. They are very much an ongoing problem."
To me, this reads as though the problems he has admitted have affected his life (and by extension, his writing) for the last few years. This would explain part of the delays for the books, and so I mentioned it to counter the complaint that Scott missed deadlines and didn't tell his fans.
To me, that livejournal post tells you all you need to know about why the book is not out yet.
Yes, Adam, your post does give all the relevant info in the here and now, but not everyone will be aware that you have direct contact with Gollancz and would be looking to Scott, or them, for information. I also felt the criticism was unfair, based on what Scott was, and still is, suffering from.
I am more than a little surprised to see these sort of comments on Amazon. Authors are under no obligation to deliver books for the reader - and I count myself amongst those waiting for the next installment. Additionally, the subject of the cover design should be seen in the light of the fact that authors rarely have much input into their design. Gollancz no doubt spent a lot of time and effort getting the cover designed and since it is a reasonably generic cover in this series, there is no earthly reason why they shouldn't use it for this book in place of the one it was originally created for. The covers on Amazon are always subject to change and should not really be considered final until publication. Whilst this can be frustrating, it isn't a real issue now is it?
As for comments regarding Scott Lynch's delays due to ill health and other issues, I think since Gollancz are happy to make concessions, so should you. It is inappropriate to make comments about delays due to depression or to demean Lynch's depression in his live journal - these are serious psychological issues which can be crippling. The discussion in his journal may well have helped him come to terms with the problems he was facing and therefore sped up his recovery process. And don't forget that other people may well have been helped by his discussing the problems in that forum.
If you are really enjoying the work, you will be more interested in the end result, and the wait will be incidental when you read the new work. Scott Lynch has not let his fans down; that would be if he delivered a manuscript of poor quality or never delivered at all, not to miss deadlines. Douglas Adams never stuck to a deadline in his life, and yet his books are some of the most highly regarded science fiction available.
As much as it is frustrating to wait for the next installment, real life often gets in the way, so just wait a bit more patiently or stop waiting, the choice is yours, but don't demean another human being because they aren't meeting arbitrary dates.
I would like to read further installments of Scott Lynch's work. I don't want to pick up a newspaper and read that another talented young writer, (see David Foster Wallace, etc), has killed himself. Real depression is horrific and like being a prisoner in one's own head - I wouldn't wish it on a true enemy. I don't know your age, but you sound both naive and immature. Mental illness will strike 1 in four of EVERYBODY you know in some form; hopefully by then you will have learned some tolerance and compassion.... or you will need it shown to you. And who gives a monkey's what is on the cover!!!??
Actually not so much a reply to mermaid, although I agree with all she says, more a general comment. How can people get so up-tight about the non-issue of a book ? I found the previous Locke tomes fun and entertaining, and hoped for more, but I really don't think the world will end if I don't get the chance. It's up to the author when/why/how, surely. He is obviously a slow producer anyway,(but look at Sallinger ! OR Gun's n' Roses ! ) that's the way he works, and if other problems have occurred, then I feel sorry and hope things get better for him. But book rage ? Really, come on. (Mind you, I have obviously become mildly "incensed" enough to put typing finger to button, so p'raps I shouldn't chuck stones in me glasshouse ! )