I don't want to hijack the thread to talk about a different author, but.....
Rothfuss really needs to get his act together and finish it one of these days.
He has a whole 'nother thing he's doing on the side - he established a literacy foundation that's doing astonishingly well. I think he's also involved in a web production aimed at kids maybe? Which doesn't excuse him from finishing what he started, damn it!
I pick up on more subtle hints
This ^^^, combined with this:
They are beautifully written even aside from the storyline,
The man can craft a story, and it takes more than one read (for me at least) to catch some of the subtleties embedded in them. I wholeheartedly agree that they are beautifully written, and even if you overlook some of the details, you certainly don't feel as if you missed part of the story. It just gets better with each reread.
and I really hope that his seemingly interminable work on crafting the next one pays off!
Back to the topic of the thread
Have you read anything by Neil Gaiman? Like Rothfuss, he's an extremely talented story teller; unlike Rothfuss, he's prolific. Plus he writes very well in several different forms; his short stories are as well written as his novels, and his children's stories are wonderful - "Coraline" is fantastic, and I really enjoyed "The Graveyard Book" and "Odd and the Frost Giants". And he writes graphic novels too (I'm not familiar yet, but DoS is a fan of them).
I have a copier-paper sized box labelled "Emergency Book Stash" in a closet at my boyfriend's house. It contains my go-to favorite books, to be easily located when I have time to really indulge myself outside of a textbook. It's almost half Neil Gaiman (the other half is Stephen King, John Sanford, Elmore Leonard, Tim Dorsey and a scattering of other random much-love books). To be fair, the two Rothfuss books made it to my apartment in my college city - I want them right at hand for a reread when I hear a release date for the next one.