Jim Butcher has made the following announcement over at his website:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY
Due to readers’ frustration with the wait between books, Jim Butcher and his editor at Penguin Random House are taking inspiration from one of their favorite film trilogies and declaring a temporary hiatus on publication of the Dresden Files novels.
“I think Peter Jackson had the right idea with the Lord of the Rings movies,” Butcher explained. “The trilogy took eight years to make. You can’t expect an audience to wait that long between installments. It made more sense to film all three movies simultaneously, then release them back to back. That’s what I’d like to do.”
He continued, “I mean, these books take a long time to craft. Each novel is its own challenge with new complexities, and ‘Skin Game’ was almost double the length of ‘Storm Front’. Brandon Sanderson was kind enough to hook me up with the xenobiologists who grew his hybrid army of alien writer clones, but until these pupae mature, I’m just one man.”
Jim will be writing case books 16 through 20ish all at once, then releasing them six months apart. Then, taking inspiration from Jackson’s treatment of The Hobbit, Butcher will split the final Apocalyptic Trilogy into fifteen books, also written simultaneously and released on the same schedule.
Look for “Peace Talks” on April 1st, 2027.
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In non-publishing news, Trails West KC Library begins accepting free reservations today for its May 9th Q&A and signing with Jim. Due to space considerations, only 100 people will be admitted. Call 816-701-3483 to secure your place.
Saturday, May 9th, 1pm
Trails West KC Library
11401 E. 23rd Street
Clearly, due to the date of publication, this is an April Fool’s joke.
Let’s be honest, Butcher won’t want to stop writing about Chicago’s only practicing, listed Wizard P.I. anytime soon. And we wouldn’t want him too either.