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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle) (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Patrick Rothfuss (Author)

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Title:The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle)
Authors:Patrick Rothfuss (Author)
Info:DAW Books (2008), 722 pages
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (2007)

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Kvothe the Innkeeper is a man with a past which he begins to relate to the Chronicler. He starts when he is a young boy travelling with his family in a performing troupe. After tragedy strikes and a period of extreme hardship he attends university where he hones his magicians skills. Along the way is a girl and a dragon and demons.
I enjoyed the story so far but book 1 on its own was too incomplete to be satisfying ( )
  TheWasp | Aug 12, 2018 |
I'm now 70% into this book and I'm done.

The writing and story is one trope after another. The female characters are cookie cutter and incredibly one dimensional. The author clearly doesn’t know how to write platonic relationships as every interaction between a woman and the - souped-up-male-super-intelligent-self-aggrendizing-perfect-at-everything-self-love - main character. I found myself skimming through paragraphs and paragraphs of repetitive whimsical drooling and self pity.

The whole book is escapist-male-ego-fantasy fantasy.

Which is a shame, cause there’s potentially cool parts of lore and world building, but I have zero interest in finishing it.

I don't often leave reviews beyond a star rating, but I felt like I had to counter the glowing reviews from people I know. I'm kind of baffled that no one else saw this. ( )
  simonspacecadet | Jul 29, 2018 |
I've seen reviews that compare this series to Lord of the Rings, so of course I had to give it a shot! While I really liked the main character, Kvothe, and his story, I found the end less that satisfactory. At 18 hours of audio it felt a touch long winded and for the first book in the series it didn't leave me with the urge to run out and grab the next book to find out what happens. I imagine at some point I will continue with the series as it was an enjoyable story, but I won't be in a rush to find that second book. 3.5🌟 ( )
  ChelleBearss | Jul 26, 2018 |
I enjoyed this immensely (not that you can tell that by how long it took me to finish it). It has good characters that I found compelling and overall, the writing is very good. There were a couple of spots I thought were a little slow, but I think that's more a result of my divided attention than the writing. I don't think I would have found those sections slow at all as a teenager reading this book. I'm looking forward to picking up the second book this weekend.

I should probably point out that it didn't really take me a year to read this. All together, it was probably less than 24 hours. I've just been very busy with school/work/life. ( )
  dandantheman | Jul 21, 2018 |
I mean, I finished it, right?

I have to say I'm deeply disappointed. Maybe I got the wrong ideas from other's opinions. Maybe I should have actually the blurb, because I was expecting an epic, high fantasy. Instead it was more a historical world with some fantastical elements thrown in here and there.

I obviously spent over 600 pages with this book so I didn't completely despise it, but it just kept slowly letting me down. The start was interesting enough, but it just never completely picked up. There were some good moments, but nothing to keep me completely hooked.

The end felt like the same scenes recycled over and over again. The whole plot was getting redundant. I just wanted Kvothe to grow up all ready and stop being such a baby.

Needless to say I don't regret having spent a week reading this book, I just... wasn't that satisfied at the end of it. Not enough to spend another 900 pages in the world.
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  jlydia | Jun 25, 2018 |
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Deas, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giorgi, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansen, MortenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my mother, who taught me to love books, and opened the door to Narnia, Pern, and Middle Earth.
And to my father, who taught me that if I was going to do something, I should take my time and do it right.
And lastly, to Mr. Bohage, my high school history teacher. In 1989 I told him I’d mention him in my first novel. I keep my promises
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It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
Anger can keep you warm at night, and wounded pride can spur a man to wondrous things.
I only know one story. But oftentimes small pieces seem to be stories themselves.
Fear tends to come from ignorance. Once I knew what the problem was, it was just a problem, nothing to fear.
Wisdom precludes boldness.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0756405890, Paperback)

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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"The tale of Kvothe, from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages, you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But this book is so much more, for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend"--Publisher description.… (more)

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