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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/ 

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text 2017-02-17 15:27
7 Great Fantasy/Urban Fantasy Series
Storm Front - Jim Butcher
Something from the Nightside - Simon R. Green
The Gates (Samuel Johnson, #1) - John Connolly
The Rook - Daniel O'Malley
Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss
On a Pale Horse - Piers Anthony

At this point, it is no surprise to anyone that I am a fantasy fan, specifically urban fantasy. I like magic, monsters, adventures, etc. I also like revisiting characters and worlds, which means I'm definitely a series guy. I like a good standalone, mind you, but they are rarely as immersive as a long-running series.These are a few of my faves, and why. I am excluding the ones I discovered last year, as I've already discussed them elsewhere.

 

1. Storm Front - Jim Butcher  The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher

 

First Book: Storm Front (2000), ongoing

 

One of my all-time favorites, this series follows Harry Dresden, a professional wizard based in Chicago. It starts out as basically a PI series with magic, but dives much deeper into the lore starting with book 3, Grave Peril. Fast, funny, and exciting, this is the big daddy of modern UF, hitting #1 on the NY Times list a few times. There are 15 books in the series thus far, plus various shorts, novellas, and comics.

 

2. Something from the Nightside - Simon R. Green   The Nightside series - Simon R. Green

 

First book: Something From The Nightside (2003), completed

 

This series takes place in the titular Nightside and follows John Taylor, PI, ne'er-do-well

and prophesied heir to the Nightside, as he solves crimes, learns about his birthright, and challenges the Powers That Be. The writing can be a bit repetitive, and there are a couple lesser books among the twelve (thirteen including a collection, which is fun but inessential), but some of the characters are just flat awesome, especially Walker and "Shotgun" Suzie Shooter. Can get a bit gruesome, but the humor is always spot on.

 

3. The Gates (Samuel Johnson, #1) - John Connolly  Samuel Johnson series - John Connolly

 

First book: The Gates (2009), completed.

 

A very funny combination of demonology and theoretical physics, intended for YA readers. A great trilogy about a young boy whose town is frequently treatened with demonic takeover. I'm not usually a YA guy, but this just flat rocks.

 

4. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley  Checquy series - Daniel O'Malley

 

First book: The Rook (2012), ongoing.

 

Another fun UF series, this one told, thus far, from exclusively female perspectives. There are many people in the world born with strange abilities and, in the UK, it is up to the Checquy to handle them. Very funny, often gory, and occasionally thought-provoking. As the second book, Stiletto, mostly abandons the lead from the first book in favor of two new characters, it will be interesting to see what happens in book 3.

 

5. Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett  Discworld - Terry Pratchett

 

First book: Color of Magic (1983), completed.

 

Confession time: I've only read six or so of these books and feel no pressig need to complete the series. I will read more of them, and happily, but am in npo rush, nor do I feel any need to read them in any particular order. There are about forty books in various subseries, plus various addenda, and, while there is continuity, flitting around has worked fine for me thus far.

 

6. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss  Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss

 

First book: The Name of The Wind (2007), ongoing.

 

An epic fantasy in the traditional vein, with great characters, beautiful writing, and interesting magic systems. This series follows Kvothe first as a student, then on various adventures. Stories within stories, an unreliable narrator, a school story, this is as interesting structurally as narratively. Am desperately anxious for book three.

 

7. On a Pale Horse - Piers Anthony  Incarnations of Immortality - Piers Anthony

 

First book: On a Pale Horse (1983), completed.

 

Both the worst-written and most structurally ambitious of all these series. this deals with mere mortals who, in various ways, become incarnations of various concepts, such as Death, Time, War, etc. Originally intended as a quintet, then extended to eight books. I never bothered with the last three books because the first five tell a complete story. Said story is not told sequentially, as the books take place at around the same times. Instead, we get the same occurrences from different perspectives, slowly deepening context, and a growing sense of the underlying conflict. The writing isn't particularly strong, but the ambition is laudable.

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review 2016-10-24 02:23
The Wise Man's Fear
The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss,Nick Podehl

Here's my big dilemma! I am not actually sure how to rate this book. I really love the series. Kvothe is one of my favorite character of all time. He is, and I cannot believe I am going to say this, up there with Harry Potter and Sirius Black. The world in which the novel is set also rivals HP as well. I call it a novel but it seems more like a volume.

The problem is, that even thought I really loved this book, a lot more than most books that I have rated five out of five stars, I do not love it as much as The Name of the Wind. So, it gets 4 out of 5 stars because it just does not compare with the first one. I do not want to spoil anything for anyone but, there were times where I just did not care about any events that were happening. In fact, there is a significant part in the novel, mainly about his love life, that I just lost interest and it really slowed my reading. There are at least 200 to 300 pages in the middle that could be removed because they do not serve any real purpose. But then, I found that it ended too quickly. I was left thinking, wait that's the end? What?

Rothfuss blows my mind again and again with the world and all its parts. It is crazy to think of how he could imagine all the different parts and tie them all together so neatly. He is truly an amazing writer, creator and storyteller. But there were parts in this novel that I feel he was trying too hard. Trying to give too much information that I did not really need.

I loved The Name of the Wind. It is one of the only books that I think I would re-read for fun rather than just because I forgot most of the plot of the novel. I am not sure if I would re-read this one. It was kind of exhausting at times. I would definitely skip though some parts if I did. That being said, I would absolutely recommend this book.

You should read this book. Read the first one, then read this one and then read the third one when it comes out. Hopefully it will blow these two books out of the water.

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review 2016-10-23 00:00
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss I had a craving to read this book again. So I looked on my library's website, and saw they had the audiobook. I had listened to Patrick Rothfuss read a storybook on his livestream one night. And lo and behold, he happened to be the narrator for this audiobook. I'm not particularly sure which event occurred first, but it doesn't really matter. I listened to it, and this man has such a delightful, comforting voice. I don't do audiobooks, and unless he's the narrator, I'm not sure I will ever enjoy one as much as I enjoyed this one. This is officially my favourite novel.
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review 2016-10-03 00:19
Review of The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella by Patrick Rothfuss
The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella (Kingkiller Chronicles) - Patrick Rothfuss

Well, major book hangover.  This book is a brief glimpse into Auri's world -- as shattered and as beautiful as you might expect.  Not the same "lyrical" as usually used in reviews of Kingkiller series books; both plainer and more poetic somehow (despite the less than an hour it took me to read this).

 

Definitely the best novella or short work I've read in a decade.  It should not be; it's not what you'd expect from a story.

 

I have no more idea how to explain or review than anyone else author mentions in the endnotes from publishers to editors to initial readers.  I won't try to be original and just agree with everyone else that oh boy did I like this.  And boy was it a mess of a tale that should not have worked.

 

From author's introduction about where in Kingkiller Chronicle this fits (if viewing on booklikes dashboard, the read-more does stay on booklikes):

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