Thursday, September 6, 2007
My Awfulness...

In the last set of comments, Mr. Puddifoot called me out. He said that the book I displayed was actually a promotional cover slapped over the top of a plain-old copy of The Name of the Wind.

He was right. The photo was nothing but base trickery on my part, a deception born of my dark, tarlike heart. All I can do is ask for your forgiveness.

Believe me, if book two were that close to being done, you'd be seeing it on the shelves a lot sooner than July of 2008.

As a penance for my horrible tricksyness. I offer up the following:

First, a picture of the UK versions of the book. I just got these in the mail a day or two ago. I think they look pretty cool. Apparently over there, they release the hardcover and the trade paperback at the same time. Go figure.

(You can click the picture to make it bigger, if you're into that sort of thing.)

Can you see the subtle difference in the two covers? I didn't notice it while I was taking the pictures, only when I was posting them up here afterwards....

You know that the UK hardcover sells for 19 pounds? That's almost 40 bucks. I guess I won't cringe so much at the thought of paying 25 for a hardcover here in the states after this....

Also, I've got a new multi-lingual set of interviews for a website called Phantastik-Couch. Bringing my four years of high-school German to bear, I can tell you that this translates as "Fantastic Couch," or quite possibly, "Fantasy Couch."

They were nice enough to post the interview up both in ENGLISH and GERMAN, depending on which way you swing.

Back to revisions for me, and sorry about toying with your emotions yesterday. I promise it won't happen again unless... Well, unless I think of something really funny.



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Blogger Thomas said...

The cloaks are different. One is wide at the legs and the other isn't. Oh my god I am the winner. Do I get a prize? If you can't think of a prize, you can always send me a copy of your book. I haven't found it here in Japan yet.

September 6, 2007 4:25 AM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

Well spotted Thomas.

Pat, you cunning man. I see someone is wise to your ways, mayhap we'll see more trickery and such from you in the books? Maybe this was foreshadowing...

September 6, 2007 7:31 AM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

Only odd thing I noticed was the party streamer sitting next to the trade paperback.

Having an early release party are you?

September 6, 2007 7:52 AM  
Blogger Robert Crandall said...

JULY 2008?? Am I the only one surprised by this? For some unexplained reason, I thought the novel would be released much sooner than that. At the latest, June 2008, but really somewhere in the February/March season.

If this is another one of your dirty games, Mr. Rothfuss, I shall unsubscribe from your blog. I shall only read it weekly. Perhaps twice a week, but no more!

September 6, 2007 7:55 AM  
Blogger Ben said...


Not a surprise for me at all. In fact I quite often order both HC and TPB versions of UK/Canada releases of authors like such as Steven Erikson who get released overseas before they have U.S. releases. It's nice to be able to read (beat the hell out of) the TPB while putting the pristine hardcover on my shelf.

I just can't BELIEVE we have to wait until JULY of 08 for part two. :/

September 6, 2007 8:49 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Also, the price you state is with Airmail shipping to the States.

Items: £12.53
Postage & Packing: £6.98

Total before VAT: £19.51

And yes, the collector in me COULDN'T resist getting the UK edition. :P~

September 6, 2007 8:52 AM  
Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...

Ha! I knew I was right!

... well, ok, it was actually a thinly vialed attempt to go you to mail me the second book before i head off to Vietnam.

Still, good trick. keep up the good work!

note: it "Pudifoot" only one D. Thanx.

September 6, 2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hm. I prefer to think of the cover art differences in this way:

One cloak is less "swishy"!

Any cloak I own would have to swish.
I vote "swish" cover.

September 6, 2007 11:07 AM  
Anonymous noblehobo said...

now you've truly entered into the status of an evil genius. not only have you acquired minions to do your bidding, but you torture them as well.

i think i hear your maniacal laughter now.

September 6, 2007 12:01 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

I did make the tiniest little evil laugh. But it was only once. I can stop whenever I want....

September 6, 2007 12:13 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Tricksy, very tricksy...

September 6, 2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger Shawn C. Speakman said...

Like the UK cover. Great stuff!

When I read this post, the evil part in my depthless black heart snickered right along with you, Pat... genius marketing. hehe

September 6, 2007 12:33 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I like the Swishy cloak, too.

July 2008?


Some people count down to Christmas....

September 6, 2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger Ravel said...

I love that cover though, I have the dutch book since i'm dutch...
earlier you said u liked that cover the best ^^ but couldn't understand what it said.
Well I sent you an e-mail 5 times or someting but it doesn't seem to go trough, I always get an error, but i'd be able to translate that for you if you like (I think I got a screenprint somewhere, if only i could send it to you...)

Cheers ^^

September 6, 2007 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

You dirty trickster! I was incensed for a bit, but then I had to laugh at your cleverness. I too noticed the party streamer, and I would like to know what that is all about. As for the iterview, it was nice.

Also, I finally got around to reading The Last Unicorn, and found it to just as good as you said it was. My mother has read the Dresden files, and she loved them. I hope you like them too.

September 6, 2007 6:23 PM  
Blogger Kvothe the Raven said...

Looks like someone said the name of the wind while going between book covers.

September 6, 2007 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Llyralei said...

XD I thought you were being tricksy, but then I told myself I was being paranoid. Ha!

And in response to your interview: The Stone and the Flute is an amazing book. :] And it gives me an absurd amount of excitement to think of more books after the Kingkiller Chronicles... but I should contain myself at -least- until the second book comes out. :P

September 6, 2007 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Thad A said...

btw Pat, I emailed George RR Martin at his old aol addy, asked him if he'd read your book. He actually replied, which shocked me kinda. Anyway, he said that he had a copy, but hadn't read it yet.

September 6, 2007 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Ryan K. said...

Nice interview. You sound cooler in German.

September 7, 2007 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

Speaking of swishy cloaks, I just ordered a new cloak off of Ebay! I knew there had to be a good use for that site..

Pat, when do you plan on updating the site(world map, bestiary, etc.?)

September 7, 2007 8:22 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Robert! No, no, no-
Don't encourage Pat to do anything but work on his revisions of Book 2.
Revisions = completion = Happy Mary!

September 7, 2007 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Robert said...

No offense intended Mary. =p

I just need my fix..

September 7, 2007 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, Pat, Pat. You're not only pulling our leg with the book cover. You've also now given three different dates for the release.
1. Spring 2008
2. Fall(ish) 2008
3. July 2008.

September 10, 2007 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Gareth said...

Hi Pat,
With the UK release just days away just thought that I'd better check in, the interview will be up shortly (a copy winging its way to you via the electronic posty shortly) and I also wanted to check that the review of the book landed.

Congrats on the award by the way, well deserved and I suspect the first of many.

September 15, 2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger Chris, The Book Swede said...

Terrible, terrible ;)

I've always been jealous of you US people -- most of your hardbacks cost about £3 once you translate dollars to pounds!

Nobody ever pays £19 for a book, though, thankfully (although bad for you, I suppose!) -- Amazon and the others knock it down to about £12 ( 26ish $) :)

The Name of the Wind was the first book I ordered via Amazon US instead of waiting for release in the UK. =D

The Book Swede

September 20, 2007 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you mean I cant go to where you work and mug you for the book. You mean I brought that gun for nothing? Well any thoughts on what to do with it now?

October 17, 2007 3:53 AM  

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