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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) (edition 2009)

by Patrick Rothfuss

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Title:The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
Authors:Patrick Rothfuss
Info:DAW Trade (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 672 pages
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This book was so highly praised and talked about, I thought I'd give it a go. Some even claimed it's kinda similar to A Game of Thrones series. Well, I disagree. Or perhaps, it is just me. It was so hard to get through this book,really,it was.This was the only book I took with me on my vacation,in case I got bored and I was bored half the time but this book made it worse. I did not understand the whole point of the novel. Even being stuck in the airport for six hours and continuously reading through chapters(because, I really wanted to give it a shot and not give up too soon), it was torture. I'm still a few chapters away from completing the book and I don't' think I ever will finish it. ( )
  adorebooks | Jul 16, 2014 |
I really liked this book. I read some of the negative reviews because I like to see if I find any validity to opposing viewpoints, and I did. I can see where some of the parts of the book are redundant and drag somewhat--but I still liked it. Once the main character gets to the University (which is past the draggy parts) I was totally engaged. Having just finished the massive Wheel of Time series, I was not put off by the lack of conflict between the main forces of good and evil in the book. I can't wait to read the next book! ( )
  darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
Good characters. Good world. Good writing. A good first book of a series. I wouldn't say it's perfect; the end plot is a little off kilter, but the rest of it is a pleasure. Looking forward to more. ( )
  TJWilson | Jun 24, 2014 |
This book was beautifully written and highly enjoyable. I highly recommend it to those who like fantasy novels. My only problem with it is that other fantasy novels didn't quite compare for a while after reading this. ( )
  RoseCrossed | Jun 20, 2014 |
This was an amazing fantasy. I haven't loved a book of this genre as much in years. I can't wait for the next one! ( )
  bonreads | Jun 11, 2014 |
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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 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"--From publisher description.… (more)

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