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review 2018-05-01 00:00
The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss This really wasn’t the best book to read before, during, and after finals. The first couple hundred or so pages of the book were fine, they were engrossing and heart-wrenching. I really got a feel for the world and how Kvothe lived during those days and how it may have helped shaped him. The rest was when he was in University, and I’ll say it: reading this while being a college student myself dealing with finals wasn’t the best idea.

Kvothe is an unreliable narrator, probably. He definitely exaggerated at some parts, but the way he portrays himself is like this: he learns fast and almost perfectly. He’s good at everything, fine I get it. It wasn’t bad to read, even as a student who does struggle. He reminds me of some close friends. Sometimes, some of the things he does can induce some eye-rolling because smart as he is, he at times lacked common sense. One of the most annoying parts were the ones where Denna was present. I cringed a lot, remember that this was a 15 or 16-year-old kid, infatuated for the first time. I’m 18 at the moment and I still cringed because I remember myself two to four years ago at times.

The story itself was structured as a bit like vignettes of the interesting parts of his life. They were more like little stories with some story arcs that stretched chapters. It definitely gave a nice glimpse of his life and his stay in University. It was a very interesting way of telling a story that I liked. The interludes between several chapters were also a welcome diversion from the story Kvothe was telling.

The story itself was very well-written. I liked the prose and the dialogue felt like something actual people would say, and yes, even the cringy parts. Unfortunately, I had to dock a star because I felt like some parts, especially towards the middle and near the end dragged. It was enough to hamper my enjoyment of the story and even consider DNF-ing it. That may also partly be because I felt like I was taking too long to finish the thing and might slide into a slump again. I am glad I stuck on and I will read the sequel at some point, considering that I already have it.

Anyway, I really do appreciate what this book does and its unique premise. An innkeeper who is secretly a famous hero in retirement, telling his life story. Not quite the typical epic fantasy, and that’s something I will credit this one for.

Do I recommend it? Yes. But do not read it during finals season.
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review 2017-10-14 22:22
Beautifully Written
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss is one of my top fantasy authors. His writing is flawless, his world-building masterful, and his magic system so well done as to almost be believable.


The Name of the Wind is an epic fantasy about the extraordinary life journey of Kvothe, child genius turned renowned...hero? villain? We don't know. At the beginning of the story we find him hidden away at an inn in the middle of nowhere with his assistant. A chronicler finds him and convinces him to tell his story. Kvothe agrees, but says he'll do it over 3 days. The Name of the Wind is day 1 of that telling. We experience his adventures as he grows up and makes it to University. While there are plot lines in Kvothe's telling that end nicely at the end of this book, Rothfuss leaves enough open to make us what to continue to the next. The added plot of things occurring in real time while Kvothe tells his story, just adds that much more incentive to continue on to the next book.


The character development, world-building, and magic system all add to an amazing plot. I can't wait to find out if Kvothe is hero or villain.


I loved this book. Highly recommended.

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video 2017-05-11 19:34

Author Patrck Rothfuss blogs: "Here’s something that kinda stunned me when someone passed it my way: The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra performing a piece called “Arliden & Laurian” by Nicolas de Ferran, inspired by The Kingkiller Chronicle..." at http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2017/05/news-from-temerant/ 

Source: blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2017/05/news-from-temerant
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review 2017-04-10 00:00
The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella
The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella - Patrick Rothfuss I probably should have read more for understanding in the Patrick Rothfuss forward for this book which is shown here:

>>Second, even if you have read my other books, I think it’s only fair to warn you that this is a bit of a strange story. I don’t go in for spoilers, but suffice to say that this one is ... different. It doesn’t do a lot of the things a classic story is supposed to do. And if you’re looking for a continuation of Kvothe’s storyline, you’re not going to find it here.<<<br/>
This was not the book I was looking for in terms of any type of continuation of the KingKiller chronicles. I probably should have waited to read this after finishing up the first two books in that series recently in audio and I might have enjoyed this one more. As it was, this was definitely a strange story that I found lacking in any form of substance. I don't think I would recommend this one to anybody else directly but you should probably make up your own mind on the quality of this short story.
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review 2017-03-23 00:00
The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss,Nick Podehl This was even better in audio than when I read this several years ago.
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