- File Size: 3284 KB
- Print Length: 1007 pages
- Publisher: DAW (March 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00475AYJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I find the main character irritating and something of a Mary Sue, but also incredibly interesting and compelling. I think that the world Rothfuss has created is deep and detailed, with lots of insightful observations. I think that the magic system is so well done, and the supporting characters are deep and complex, so much so that I want to keep reading about them. In short: I love this book but it kind of drove me crazy.
A few things that are incredibly irritating:
1. There is not any good sense of overarching narrative in this book or in this series… while fascinating, it often seems like a series of vignettes rather then a cohesive story. Truly, if we are now two thirds of the way through it, I have no idea where this is going, and no idea how is going to get us there. That is worrisome to me.
2. Sometimes I really felt that a good, hard editor would have really improved this book. So many scenes seem to go on long past their emotional and intellectual impact, and many times I felt that there were entire sequences that were repeated. For example, there were so many times where Kvothe would go looking for Denna, and after a while it became exhausting. I get that they could be a literary device designed to make us feel something, and many times I do feel that some of these repetitious points are used with good effect, but there are limits! Another example is when Kvothe was staying with the Maer... So many extra days were described in painstaking detail, but I don't really think these added to the story. I mean, he such a wonderful writer that I didn't mind reading it, but from a narrative standpoint it was encumbering the ability of the story to move forward. The same goes for the extended and excessive scenes with Felurian: I love this part overall, but it seemed like it was never ending…
3. Kvothe... Such an interesting main character, and I still want to love him completely… But he is such a Mary Sue, such a Mr. Do-anything, that I find myself sometimes rolling my eyes and not connecting with him at all. Now, I don't know how this is going to end, and perhaps we will learn that most of the stories were made up, and that Kvothe is not really a powerful person like he claims to be, but sometimes, having at least some weaknesses can really help one relate to a hero… If they can do everything perfectly, it's not that interesting of a story…
4. Clutter. There's too much of it in the series. I feel like it would've been awesome to identify one central story arc, and take us through it. It would be amazing to have additional volumes of further stories, but that really could come after the main epic quest.
In sum, I love this book but it drove me crazy. I absolutely cannot wait for book 3, though from what I hear, it may never come…
Here's hoping Rothfuss pulls a rabbit out of his hat and brings all of these loose ends together in an incredible book 3!
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In a way no other has done, he has drawn me into his world, not unkindly, sat me down beside Chronicler, Bast, and dear old Kvothe, and...Read more
Book 3 needs to get here ASAP!
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