Sigh… even when he had a date it was flexible.
Although, to you Patrick I say: Take all the time you want. All of the time. So long as I get to read that book one day, and so long as it’s good like you make them, I’d wait a thousand years. (Without having read your book I will not die. So a thousand years will work.)
This is the one case where I am not impatiently waiting for a book that’s not yet been released. When I read The Name of the Wind, I felt like every word was carefully chosen, like every word in the hundred thousand was exactly in its place. It was like reading poetry in prose - it was somehow the most cohesive novel I have ever read. If it takes Patrick Rothfuss five more years to edit Doors of Stone (because he’s written it, just editing it) to get to that beautiful end result, I’d think it was all worth it.
And if he was rushing to please the clients, and it ended up being less than his standard, that would be disappointing.