According to both MithfÃ¢nion from SFFWorld and Pat from Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, it looks like Scott Lynch, the ever heralded author of The Lies of Locke Lamora (go read it, you won’t be disappointed) has been late handing in both the manuscripts of the novels that many of his rabid fans hoped to get their hands on this year.
MithfÃ¢nion contacte Bill, from Subterranean Press, the specialty publisher with first rights to The Bastards and the Knives, and the response wasn’t very promising:
I got a reply from Bill from Subpress yesterday, told me he has no idea when Scott even intends to hand in the novellas, or one of them. So probably not this year.
On top of this, Pat’s reporting that The Republic of Thieves, the third novel in Lynch’s successful Gentleman Bastards Sequence, was also handed in late:
As I mentioned on Westeros yesterday, I received word from Anne Groell that Lynch was late in delivering the manuscript. Which means that the pub date for Republic of Thieves, sequel to the highly entertaining The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies, has been pushed back to March 2009, if all goes well. . .
As a fan of Lynch’s work, it’s hard to see it all pushed back, but the writer in me also understands that novels take time to come together and I wouldn’t want Scott to publish anything that would tarnish the high level of quality he’s becoming known for. Either way, when we finally do get our hands on these novels, I’m sure they won’t disappoint!