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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One) (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Patrick Rothfuss

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (2007)

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Behind the bar of the well kept tavern of a small town stands a legend with fiery hair and green eyes. With these expressive green eyes flitting between muted, watered down intensity and the sharpness of the greenest grass, our legend sweeps and polishes with seeming devotion to a job well done or at least to the distraction such a thing offers.

When a local is attacked along the road by a fierce and fearsome creature, the hero hidden in plain sight genre trope of high fantasy begins to bloom. He knows about this creature and he fears what its appearance means. Thus, origin mystery meets action and intrigue and is further provoked by the arrival of a scribe on the scene. As the scribe realizes he has stumbled across the Kvothe, a man of many names and layered reputation, he sets himself to persuade Kvothe to tell his story. Eventually acquiescing, Kvothe's narrative begins.

I typically enjoy high fantasy novels. Yes, an extensive use of genre tropes and the prevalence of anti-feminist, cookie-cutter female portrayals can send me into a lather just like many other readers. However, a love of folklore, magic, and myth tends to keep me coming back for more. Which is probably why I marked the rest of this series as to-read even as I debated whether this book was more a two or three star read. I'm a series junkie; one that's always going to get addicted to character outcomes and/or origins and one that desperately hopes that any disappointments of a previous book will be magically resolved in further installations.



Don't look at me like that, Barnabas. Just consider my hopes and dreams my own high fantasy and go drink someone annoying.

As I was saying, disappointments... while slow at points, I found the method of a hero relating his own backstory as an oral narrative pretty interesting. It calls for an introspective connection between author and character that can make or break a reader's ability to relate to said character. That being said, there were parts that read awkwardly to me. For one, total recall of a conversation in an oral narrative can come off as a bit spotty - total recall of all conversations even more so. Secondly, I found Kvothe's ego excessively off-putting at times. While the fact that Kvothe is relating the events of his youth does offer a bit of a balm against such rapt self-importance, it still ended up distancing me from him at times. I don't think it would have been such an issue if it wasn't fairly repetitive throughout. I don't particularly gravitate to the infallible hero/heroine but I don't mind the revelation of abilities and intellect as long as it's not constantly thrown up at me from the page as if it's become filler rather than the relevant build of a character.

From reading reviews, I know the lack of female characters has been mentioned as a con of this book. I wasn't really bothered by the lack, more the portrayal of those included. They're all "of a type" and it became boring fairly quickly. However, thinking more about these females that Kvothe gravitates towards throughout his narrative afterwards, my opinion changed a bit. Since he is relating his origin and his experiences as a teen, it makes sense that the girls he would be drawn to tend to mirror various aspects of his mother. As the men and other male teens he looks up to or enjoys being with mirror aspects of his father. It may be an obvious portrayal of the psychology of relationships we tend to build whilst grieving such a huge loss but it's accurate enough for me to presume this was Rothfuss taking his character's grief into account. Still, I did want more backstory and depth in supporting characters and hope the following books bring that into the fore.

I did enjoy Denna and Bast in particular and, as I finished the book, found myself wanting more of them in particular. I also enjoyed Rothfuss' ability to relay Kvothe's insecurities. Yes, on the surface Kvothe consistently mentioning how poor he is, how he doesn't know how he's going to make it, how different his situation is from that of other students, etc. is wearing. However, there is a lot that goes into that umbrella-topic of having or not having money. It's about being poor and struggling to survive and attain but it's also about not having the family or background of his peers, that which he can't attain or win back, what he's lost; it's just easier for Kvothe to focus on the reality of a coin in his purse instead of the surrounding issues. So for me this felt like a relation of several layers of introspection and stress rather than the constant reminder that Kvothe is poor, Kvothe doesn't have this or that, poor Kvothe.

Rothfuss' Name of the Wind has its issues and I think it's a like it or hate it kind of book for high fantasy readers. I happened to like it for the most part and hope to read more of the series soon. ( )
  lamotamant | Jun 23, 2016 |
A story about the life of Kvothe, a powerful magician, but now better known as the inn-keeper "Kote". With the help of his assistant, Bast, Kvothe attends the simple people of the town in the hopes of being left alone during which he tells his story.

Kvothe's childhood is full of adventure, but it doesn't go without hardships. He may be a talented musician, magician and fearless hero, but he is also a lost and lonely child just trying to learn the name of the wind, hoping that this knowledge will introduce him to a world of power.

The Name of the Wind is a really engaging fantasy story which I can definitely recommend.
  Galeru | Jun 22, 2016 |
Este es uno de los libros más sobrevalorados que existen. ¿Es entretenido? Sí, cuando no está siendo repetitivo (No, no me interesa leer 200 páginas donde lo único que vemos es como Kothve vive en las calles y no pasa absolutamente NADA). ¿Es una "genial obra maestra"?:



Leí varias reseñas donde la gente incluso compara a Rothfuss con [a:J.R.R. Tolkien|656983|J.R.R. Tolkien|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1383526938p2/656983.jpg] o con [a:George R.R. Martin|346732|George R.R. Martin|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1351944410p2/346732.jpg].



Queridos Goodreaders, Tolkien y Martín escriben historias únicas con docenas de personajes complejos!!! Rothfuss escribe un retelling de Oliver Twist, con un poco de magia y un protagonista perfecto, literalmente. Es taaan perfecto que hasta el mismo lo sabe:

"Admitiré que soy mejor. Aprendo más deprisa. Trabajo más. Mis manos son más diestras. Mi mente es más curiosa. Sin embargo, también espero que eso lo sepa usted sin necesidad de que se lo diga yo".

Obviamente el pobrecito no tiene idea de lo que significa "baja autoestima" o "modestia":

"Yo era un chico muy listo, un héroe en ciernes".



Es muy fácil escribir un personaje likeable si todo lo que hace, lo hace bien. Lo difícil es escribir un personaje lleno de defectos y aún así lograr que los lectores encuentren en él cualidades para redimirlo. Así que, perdónenme si lo que hizo Rothfuss no me parece ningún gran logro. Sobretodo tomando en cuenta que se tardó 10 años escribiéndolo.

Obviamente soy minoría aquí, pero llevando esto hasta los estereotipos iría tan lejos como para decir que esto no es más que el equivalente de un chick-lit para hombres —¿Boy-lit? ¿Guy-lit?—; literatura hueca que está bien para entretenerse un poco y pasar el rato. Nada más. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
loved it, loved Kvothe's "voice" throughout, love the thought that there is more to come

Re-read for the second time and still find it as breathlessly exciting as the first time... When will the 3rd part be out?! ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
I read about half. It's fine, but I don't understand exactly why it is so celebrated (by Jo Walton, for example!)
  ben_a | Jun 10, 2016 |
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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 that night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
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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'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"--From publisher description.… (more)

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