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review 2016-06-10 02:10
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1) - Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss

Why, oh why did I wait so long to read this book?

The Name of the Wind was first published in 2007, and friends who are fans of epic fantasy have been talking about how great it was. But I was reading other stuff, and, well, time gets away from one.

I finally got around to reading it recently, and I very much enjoyed it.

A more-or-less itinerant Chronicler stumbles into an inn in the middle of nowhere one night, and finds himself face-to-face with a legend: Kvothe, the most amazing wizard (among other things) of all time. But here, Kvothe is known by another name, and he's running this inn with his loyal assistant, Bast. All is not what it seems, of course; Kvothe is Bast's teacher, and Bast himself is...perhaps not entirely human. And there's a monstrous evil thing that has begun attacking people not far from the inn. It's clear Kvothe will soon need to come out of hiding -- but first, he agrees to tell the Chronicler his life story. The Name of the Wind, the first installment of that tale, details Kvothe's early years, from his life with his parents in a performing troupe to his years at the University in Treban.

Rothfuss is a fine storyteller, and he's picked a unique way of telling his story: Kvothe tells his life story in first person, but the present-day frame for his tale is in third person, and I thought the choice made perfect sense. I found Kvothe to be an appealing hero, and his mysterious love interest intrigued me. Of course, this book has been compared to everything from Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones to Harry Potter, but it's different from each of these. In all, a fine start to the series. You can bet it won't take me another nine years to read the next book.

Source: www.rursdayreads.com/2016/06/the-name-of-wind-kingkiller-chronicles.html
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review 2015-01-03 07:16
Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss

My first book of the year was one that was forced upon me by the threat of the library ripping it off of my eReader before I had even a chance to begin. It seems like a good opening for a beginning.

 

The novella is ... unique. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who hasn't read at least The Name of the Wind (which is excellent). It's good to have some background or you are going to get lost quickly.

 

This is Auri's story. Not her complete story, but her story. What does she do in the course of a week? How does she interact with the world around her? That is what you see, and it is enchanting. 

 

Rothfuss' prose just floats off the page:

 

"But this was not a time for begging favors from the moon. Not now. She could not rush and neither could she be delayed. Some things were simply too important."

 

For a story without dialogue or traditional characters, I found myself invested into this girls life. I have questions, as you do in the Kingkiller Chronicles, but never did I imagine 'Would the gear ever find a place?' would be one of them. I was so damned worried about the gear! I haven't been that emotionally attached to something inanimate since the many rewatchings of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

 

In addition to the story, there is some lovely artwork scattered throughout. With these and with the ethereal prose, it almost feels like a old world fairy tale. Just one without a definite end. 

 

I enjoyed it though and was glad that this was the forced beginning to my book reading 2015. 

 

 

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review 2014-05-11 03:51
The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss is a cheater!

 

The Name of the Wind introduces you to a mysterious character, Kvothe, who resides in a backwater town. Rothfuss eloquently nudges us to consider this man is more than he seems, a man of power, an eye in a powerful storm. I flipped the pages eager to find out who Kvothe is, why he is posing as an innkeeper in a small village, and discover his impact on the world at large.

 

 

Each page failed to answer my need, rather, it introduces risks, paints threats in the superstition of a people too afraid to accept the truth. I flipped on, reading into the late hours of the night, and discovered myself in the trap too late.

 

Instead of telling us about the present world, about the threats Kvothe briefly addresses, we are thrown back in time to the beginning. Rothfuss oils the pages with carefully constructed sentences that invites the imagination to a rich world. Before you know it, you're hundreds of pages in and committed.

 

Unlike other traps, you're happy to be caught.

 

What makes The Name of the Wind engrossing is the ease of the story. It's not to say the writing is basic, rather, some claim it has large swaths of purple prose. You're eased into the story. The medium of page and ink disappear and you are an audience of Kvothe's telling. His memory sinks into yours and you see what he recounts. You are a witness of Kvothe's life.

 

Now I'm a victim entangled in the Kingkiller Chronicles. Instead of fleeing, I've bought the second massive volume. I recommend this series to any fan of fantasy, any fan of excellent story telling. Even if Patrick Rothfuss is a cheater

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review 2014-03-09 20:34
Mind Blowing
The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

 

 

Sigh... I am in love with this world, with the characters and Of course with Kvothe. This is a wonderful sequel to The name of the wind. Kvothe continues his story of how he becomes Kvothe the Legend. As always he did not fail to amaze and entertain me with his personality and actions.I enjoyed seeing how much he grows throughout the book. I will not talk in-depth since i don't want to spoil it even a little. However, i will say that the hints we got  about his possibly not so happy ending is driving me crazy with grieve. i know since the start he said that his story is not a happy one, still i am hoping that this will change in the third/final book. I swear if he dies i will be emotionally cribbed for the rest of my life that's how much i love that ginger headed guy.


There is a lot of new interesting characters and A lot of different settings/places that i enjoyed enormously. Furthermore, we are slowly discovering who are the seven/ Chandrian and what are they excitedly.The gang is fun as always. i love the friendship between them. they are truly a family right now. Denna as always  keeps getting on my nerves,  something about her just makes my skin crawl.  Maybe it is because i can't figure out if she is really the clever, vulnerable girl Kvothe see, Or is she a devil in disguise.she knows something definitely, she is an enigma and this frustrates me i guess i will know her true natural when i read the next book. The waiting is agonizing, but i am welling to bear it, as long as we get a book with same quality as the previous ones.

 

Honorable Mention

Auri has to be my favorite character after Kvothe. she is just a delight and i am 80 percent sure she is connected to the Amry mystery , Plus, her moments with Kvothe are just heart warming.

 

by amywinterbreeze

 

 

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review 2014-02-20 18:21
The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

[Originally posted on tumblr on 10. February 2014]

 

I did mention that I read ‘The Wise Man’s Fear' by Patrick Rothfuss, right? Actually finished it some time ago.
It’s the second book of the Kingkiller Chronicle and it suffers a lot from the sequel disease, despite being book two of a trilogy. Someone once called the second book of a trilogy a ‘bikini’ novel. (That was the author Ingrid Pointecker btw. I have no idea if that was her own idea or if she got it from somewhere.)
So yeah, while the author’s writing is still entertaining, it proves perfectly that you can never completely trust a first person narrator. And in this case, this is very annoying!
This becomes extremely clear when Kvothe meets the fairy … fae… supernatural being ‘Ferulian’ in a ‘off the map’ forest and then runs after her to have sex with her. She sort of tells him how good he was despite it being his first time.
???
Err. This proves once again that Kvothe is a very unreliable narrator because the way the story progresses he never talks about if he ever had a physical relationship (without sex). This makes it hard to believe that he knew how to please Ferulian, which makes her praise for him weird.
Kvothe is quite the hypocrite too if you ask me. He’s extremely proud of his Edema Ruh parents and heritage but he can’t accept that MAYBE some rumours about them could be true. Once again the work of an unreliable narrator because if you, as the reader, trust his every word then the Edema Ruh are always wrongfully accused of vile acts and thievery - which makes them seem like saints because wow, according to Kvothe they never did anything wrong and are perfect human beings. Say what?

Oh by the way, despite this book being over 1000 pages long it’s actually an easy read. I’m not an extremely fast reader but I still managed to read this book in under one week.

Also, I liked the Adem: they were kind of … different.
BUT.
Yes, there’s a but: the thing about how ‘men have more rage’ is super dumb. This comes from the misconception that men are naturally more aggressive. I think this is utter bullshit that the author took from our society that teaches men that they have every right to be angry while teaching women that they’re not allowed to show their anger. And there I thought that Rothfuss was at least claiming to be a feminist.
Well. At least it’s nice that every Adem can become a mercenary if they want to, gender being unimportant. GOOD FOR THEM. Also, the thing about showing emotions with their hands and stuff is very interesting.

This got longer than I thought it would. Huh.

So yeah, it wasn’t as good as the first book but it wasn’t unreadable either.

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