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Patrick Rothfuss

Author of The Name of the Wind

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About the Author

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin on June 6, 1973. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and M. A. from Washington State University. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. In 2002, his short story, The Road to Levinshir, won show more first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He writes The Kingkiller Chronicles. The first book in the series, The Name of the Wind, won the 2007 Quill Award for best sci-fi/fantasy. The third book in the series, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (2007) 20,357 copies
The Wise Man's Fear (2011) 10,749 copies
The Doors of Stone (2012) 578 copies
The Thing Beneath the Bed (2010) 426 copies
The Dark of Deep Below (2013) 141 copies

Associated Works

Ready Player One (2011) — Introduction, some editions — 18,386 copies
Rogues (2014) — Contributor — 1,277 copies
Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2013) — Contributor — 402 copies
War and XPs (2008) — Foreword, some editions — 238 copies
After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley (2017) — Narrator, some editions — 218 copies
Epic: Legends of Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 186 copies
Word Puppets (2015) — Introduction — 161 copies
The Last Unicorn The Lost Journey (2018) — Introduction — 97 copies
The Secret Loves of Geeks (2018) — Contributor — 75 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 69 copies
Digger Unearthed: The Complete Tenth Anniversary Collection (2022) — Foreword, some editions — 68 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 65 copies
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy (2008) — Author — 58 copies
Clash of the Geeks — Contributor — 56 copies
Sword and Laser Anthology (2014) — Foreword — 40 copies
The Paulandstormonomicon — Contributor — 2 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Rothfuss, Patrick J.
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Places of residence
Wisconsin, USA
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.A.|English)
Washington State University (M.A.|English literature)
Associate Lecturer in English
fantasy writer
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Matt Bialer
Short biography
In 2002, he won first place in the Writers of the Future contest with the story, "The Road to Levinshir". This story was published in Volume 18 of the "Writers of the Future" anthology.



I'm Calling the Wind Frank in Book talk (September 2022)
Summer Group Read: The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) in 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (October 2016)
Wise Mans Fer in FantasyFans (January 2015)


A difficult rating.

I could see what Patrick Rothfuss was trying to do, and on that count, I felt he did very well. The atmospheric perspective of Auri was amazingly captured, and both the prose as well as the narrative style contributed to (in Rothfuss' own words) a vignette of the Underthing and its mysterious inhabitant which was powerful and evocative.

But, to put it bluntly, it didn't engage me me, and I found it difficult to connect with or comprehend what Auri was doing or feeling. The further I got into The Slow Regard of Silent Things, the more I felt that the appeal of Auri's character in the main series derives from her contrast to the 'normal' world and her special relationship with Kvothe, and reading a 'week in the life of Auri' just made her feel more pedestrian.

The illustrations were awesome though!
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XavierDragnesi | 163 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
"And if you were careful, if you were a proper part of things, then you could help. You mended what was cracked. You tended to the things you found askew. And you trusted that the world in turn would brush you up against the chance to eat. It was the only graceful way to move. All else was vanity and pride."
DreamingZen | 163 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
I went into this knowing it would be odd; the author tells us so at the start. I wanted to learn more about Auri, but all I did was confirm that she probably suffers from OCD and may have been sexually assaulted at some point. It’s beautifully written, but not really my cup of tea.
corliss12000 | 163 other reviews | Mar 16, 2024 |
I liked this book but I didn’t love it the way I did The Name of the Wind. I definitely could have done without the pages and pages of adolescent male sexual fantasy. Being neither male nor adolescent it was totally lost in me.
corliss12000 | 417 other reviews | Mar 16, 2024 |



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