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The Name of the Wind Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Amazon.com's Best of the Year...So Far Pick for 2007: Harry Potter fans craving a new mind-blowing series should look no further than The Name of the Wind--the first book in a trilogy about an orphan boy who becomes a legend. Full of music, magic, love, and loss, Patrick Rothfuss's vivid and engaging debut fantasy knocked our socks off. --Daphne Durham
10 Second Interview: A Few Words with Patrick Rothfuss
Q: Were you always a fan of fantasy novels?
A: Always. My first non-picture books were the Narnia Chronicles. After that my mom gave me Ihe Hobbit and Dragonriders. I grew up reading about every fantasy and sci-fi book I could find. I used to go to the local bookstore and look at the paperbacks on the shelf. I read non-fantasy stuff too, of course. But fantasy is where my heart lies. Wait... Should that be "where my heart lays?" I always screw that up.
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite books?
A: Hmmm.... How about I post that up as a list?
Q: What are you reading now?
A: Right now I'm reading Capacity, by Tony Balantyne. He was nominated for the Philip K Dick award this last year. I heard him read a piece of the first novel, Recursion, out at Norwescon. I picked it up and got pulled right in. Capacity is the second book in the series. Good writing and cool ideas. Everything I've like best.
Q: How did Kvothe's story come to you? Did you always plan on a trilogy?
A: This story started with Kvothe's character. I knew it was going to be about him from the very beginning. In some ways it's the simplest story possible: it's the story of a man's life. It's the myth of the Hero seen from backstage. It's about the exploration and revelation of a world, but it's also about Kvothe's desire to uncover the truth hidden underneath the stories in his world. The story is a lot of things, I guess. As you can tell, I'm not very good at describing it. I always tell people, "If I could sum it up in 50 words, I wouldn't have needed to write a whole novel about it." I didn't plan it as a trilogy though. I just wrote it and it got to be so long that it had to be broken up into pieces. There were three natural breaking points in the story.... Hence the Trilogy.
Q: What is next for our hero?
A: Hmm..... I don't really believe in spoilers. But I think it's safe to say that Kvothe grows up a little in the second book. He learns more about magic. He learns how to fight, gets tangled up in some court politics, and starts to figure unravel some of the mysteries of romance and relationships, which is really just magic of a different kind, in a way.
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution. Kvothe ("pronounced nearly the same as 'Quothe' "), the hero and villain of a thousand tales who's presumed dead, lives as the simple proprietor of the Waystone Inn under an assumed name. Prompted by a biographer called Chronicler who realizes his true identity, Kvothe starts to tell his life story. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe of magicians, jugglers and jesters, the Edema Ruh, to feral child on the streets of the vast port city of Tarbean, then his education at "the University," Kvothe is driven by twin imperatives—his desire to learn the higher magic of naming and his need to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family. As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star. (Apr.)
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Top Customer Reviews
However, I found a few issues that didn't work for me with this book. The pace is what almost killed me. The beginning hooked me in and I could barely put down the book. When the story telling begins, my attention started to dwindle to the point of I had to remind myself to keep going before I forgot important details. This happened frequently, fast action scenes then slow building ones. It made the story that much more realistic and helped explain how he got that way of thinking and stuff. Normally I don't care, but for some odd reason this book's slow periods couldn't keep my interest. I don't want to spoil anything, so I will just say that this cycle happens a few times and made this book longer for me to read than normal.
One thing that I just couldn't stand was "The Girl." I understand that this is taking place in his teenage years and hormones have a way of messing with your logic. But someone as smart as he should have caught on that she is just playing with him. And I still can't see what on earth made her so special to him. Maybe it is just me, but every time she popped up I had to resist the urge to skip a few pages.
All in all, it is a great book with a kind of sword and sorcery theme to it. I don't regret reading it, but I don't really care to read any more in the series.
However, readers should be warned that, at this time, the third book in the series is not yet published and there is no publication date. Apparently Rothfuss is methodical, and doesn't churn out novels at as rapid a pace as other authors, so it may yet be a while before the series is resolved with a third (and possibly a fourth) book. I don't mind that there is more to look forward to, although of course it is hard to wait.
It is difficult for me to explain how I feel about this book. For about the first 2/3 of the book I was thoroughly engrossed and could not put it down. The book definitely starts out strong with an interesting adventure about how a young boy goes from traveling around the world with his family/group to being accepted into University. I thought that once he got to University, the story would get even more exciting and interesting, but to me this is where it started to go downhill. The story began moving at such a slow place that I somehow lost most of the initial interest I had in the book. I still think that Rothfuss is a great writer, and that the world he creates is wonderfully elaborate and interesting - I'm just not a big fan of the storyline once Kvothe actually gets to University.
As an avid fan of fantasy, sci-fi, and any medieval fiction, Name of the Wind satisfies my craving of swords and dragons while also managing to not make the characters stupid. Chronicler in particular is my favorite character, with a key point being made of him inventing his own language.
Not wanting to spoil the ending, the Name of the Wind is a story within a story. Kvothe tells the tale of how he became as famous (or infamous) as he is, while also displaying how much he wants to find a form of magic called "The Name of the Wind."
Now you may say, "Dany, there's already magic, why is the Name of the Wind so special?" Well Mr. internal thoughts, I'll tell you!
Magic in this world is interchangeable with science. It's very different to generic fantasy. Magic is just something to push technological advancement, and it follows a lot of our world's physics.
The name of the wind is different. The name of the wind is the only form of TRUE magic (at least, that's as much as Kvothe tells us,) and he wants it, he wants that power.
I would recommend this book to any fan of fantasy, sci-fi, or fiction, as it is amazingly written, and the characters are believable, while also not being blatantly boring or idiotic.
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Haven't read any books in a while and this a great book. Very easy to get into and makes you think.Read more