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Name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the wind (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Patrick Rothfuss

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Title:Name of the wind
Authors:Patrick Rothfuss
Info:Brilliance, 2009
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (2007)

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Quite simply one of the finest written books I have had the honor of reading. It actually tries hard (and succeeds magnificently) in not following any sort of formulaic plot. You are truly reading a life chronicle.Only disappointing aspect is there is not even an attempt to close any aspect of the story. One 'something' finalized was needed -- one did not feel in any way satisfied in reaching the end. ( )
  skraft001 | May 16, 2017 |
The Name of the Wind is THE fantasy book I've been wanting to read. I've seen great reviews of it almost everywhere, and I was really excited to get a chance to read it.

We're introduced to the protagonist Kvothe (Kote), who owns a bar in a village in the middle of nowhere. However, he's actually a great hero of the times who's hiding from the world. When one of the most influential scribes in the world, Chronicler, comes to his inn seeking him, Kvothe agrees to tell him the story of his life, but insists that it would take three days to tell. This book covers Day One.

This is an epic book, not because of what happens, but because of the way it's told. Kvothe tells of his childhood, how he made his way into the university, and his adventures at the university. The world is rich and the pacing of the story is spot on. A lot of things look like they're going to be predictable, but get unexpectedly overturned. (Kvothe is quite genre savvy.) I don't really want go into details, since I don't want to spoil the story.

The framing story is also exciting (and building up slowly.) There is a war on, and evil creatures are making their way to Kvothe's village, sooner than expected. Meanwhile, Bast, Kvothe's apprentice, is very worried about his master, since he just appears to be waiting to die.

The characters are terrific - Kvothe makes an extremely believable protagonist, and the supporting cast is (mostly) just as wonderful - Ambrose seemed a bit over the top, but still plausibly so.

The only problem I had with this story is that not that much epic fantasy happened. I'm not even sure if it's a problem, since it was well paced and well written, and a good change from other typical fantasy. I can't wait for The Wise Man's Fear! ( )
  kgodey | Apr 11, 2017 |
A wonderfully written tale of fantasy and adventure. Book one of a three book series, this book tells the tale of Kvothe, a legend, through the words of Kvothe himself. A feeling of somberness permeates this book, which lends an air of destiny to the proceedings. Throughly entertaining, wonderfully paced, it's difficult to wait until the next book of the series arrives. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
Immediately gripping, but so dense and thick and intimidating I'm slogging through it disappointingly slow. Denna-chapters were painfully boring - they almost guaranteed nothing interesting would happen. I don't include the dragon-chapters, because she was out-cold and barely a decoration throughout these chapters. As far as the dragon chapters go, I was exceedingly disappointed that this chapters comprised what could reasonably be considered the climax. If you don't consider this the climax, than the battle in the inn against the skin-walker demon is - in which case I'm *more* disappointed. The frame story holds no interest for me. ( )
  benuathanasia | Mar 24, 2017 |
When the text makes you feel the music the character plays... it's because it's good, insanely good. No major evil, war or else in the forefront of the story, simply the story of one man, and it's delicious. I read so many fantasy books in my years that nothing seems good anymore, this book IS good. ( )
  kinwolf | Feb 26, 2017 |
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Rothfuss, Patrickprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deas, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giorgi, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansen, MortenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ribeiro, VeraTranslatorsecondary 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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Все началось со страха. Однажды, вернувшись с лесной прогулки, юный Квоут, актер из бродячей труппы, нашел на месте разбитого на ночь лагеря страшное пепелище. И изуродованные трупы друзей-актеров, его странствующей семьи. И тени странных созданий, прячущихся во мраке леса. Так впервые в жизнь юноши вторгаются чандрианы, загадочное племя, чьим именем пугают детей и о жутких делах которых рассказывается в древних преданиях. Теперь отыскать убийц и воздать им по заслугам становится целью Квоута. Но чтобы воевать с демонами, нужно овладеть знаниями, недоступными для простого смертного, — изучить магическое искусство и научиться повелевать стихиями…
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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"--Publisher description.… (more)

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