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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Patrick Rothfuss

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Title:The Name of the Wind
Authors:Patrick Rothfuss
Info:DAW (2007), Paperback
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (2007)

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Not really a big fan of the fantasy genre, but I was drawn to this as part of the Gollancz 50 year celebration as that publisher has always been a promoter of quality science fiction. I thought this was pretty good. A bit Harry Potter-ish in places, but generally a good read with a strong plot, believable characters and mostly keeping the consonant-heavy proper nouns to a minimum. In fact, I wondered why this had to be a fantasy at all - the story could just as easily fit an historical novel context.

Aimed at the young adult market this kept me interested all the way and keen to read subsequent episodes. ( )
  pierthinker | Aug 2, 2016 |
This was my first REAL fantasy novel and I'm hooked! ( )
  KnivesBoone | Jul 29, 2016 |
I'm late to the party on this one. People have been telling me about these books for years and I never picked them up. When I finally did there was no turning back. I couldn't put The Name of the Wind down. As soon as I was done I devoured The Wise Man's Fear.

If you're picking a genre the series falls into fantasy, but they are so much more focused on character story-telling than in fantastical elements. Rothfuss builds an incredibly detailed world that feels instantly familiar. The story follows a man named Kvothe. He is working as an innkeeper in a small town, but he used to be a powerful and dangerous man. The first two books (and one more forthcoming novel) tell the story of how his rise and fall.

That summary doesn't do the books justice by half. These books are the first ones I've read in a long time that I couldn't stop thinking about. When I wasn't reading them I was wondering about the characters and what would happen next. I can't wait for the next book in the series and I know I'll need to reread these again soon! ( )
  bookworm12 | Jul 26, 2016 |
Once he was Kvothe the Bloodless, legendary hero of stories. Now, he's just Kote the innkeeper, running a tavern in the middle of nowhere. Who or what he's hiding from is unknown, but Kvothe is soon discovered by Chronicler, a scribe he rescues from a horde of monstrous spiders. Kvothe agrees to tell his own story to Chronicler over the course of three nights, each a book in Patrick Rothfuss's "Kingkiller Chronicle."

At first, The Name of the Wind comes of as yet another Medieval Europe inspired fantasy, with taverns, castles, troupers, and fairies. However, about a fourth of the way in, something just "clicks." A tragic event happens that shakes Kvothe's life, and the intricate mythology of this world is slowly revealed.

The story really picks up when Kvothe enters the massive University. While the idea of a school for magic is not new, its treatment as a serious subject of scholarship comes off feeling fresh . The idea of sympathetic magic is not unique either, but the way its presented feels believable here.

Kvothe himself is actually a surprisingly well-rounded protagonist. While he does possess natural talents for music and Sympathy, his hubris actually gets him into trouble more often than not. Also, as Kvothe is the one telling the story, it's quite possible the reader gets a biased view of events.

The theme of stories and their power pervades, going beyond Kvothe's own tale to the religious mythology of this world and the main villains of the story. There's also an amusing look at how some of Kvothe's adventures have become exaggerated legends told in tavern taprooms.

This is a pretty satisfying read, despite a ton of unsolved mysteries and plot threadsl= left dangling at the end. The fact that these mysteries are so interesting and engrossing that the next book is an absolute must as well. ( )
  lisally | Jul 15, 2016 |
Should you read this book? YESSSSSSS. ( )
  CosimaS | Jul 3, 2016 |
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Rothfuss, Patrickprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deas, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giorgi, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podehl, NickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ribeiro, VeraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rovira Ortega, GemmaTranslatorsecondary 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 that 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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