Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first installment "The name of the Wind". I really liked Rothfuss writing style and although there were things that annoyed me about the first book I thought that was a good book overall. Now, the second installment "The Wise Man's Fear" is another matter. I find it hard to believe that an author can write so much about nothing and some how people like it. 42 hours (I think the book is about a 1000 pages) and the plot doesn't progress one bit..not one bit...How can that be possible? Book two and Kvothe is still 16? I think at this pace we'll see the conclusion to the KingKiller Chronicles in 20 years, if we are not bored to death before!!!This book has NO PLOT, there is no excitement or big mystery, it only contains side events in the life of Kvothe. Events that are mostly unimportant for the plot and at times silly or boring but still they go on, and on and on. For example, all the hours/pages wasted in Dena and the Felurian. Really, what a waste of time, ink and Megabytes. Or what about the ridiculous ketan fighting thing? Really??? But of course we get no insight in potentially more interesting events. I'm starting to think that Mr. Rothfuss likes to write just to show his writing skills, just like some people like to talk just to hear themselves talk.Also, Kvothe's character in my opinions is very inconsistent in this book. At times his a very sharp/smart, street savvy, even mature, the next minute he is as naive and stupid as it comes. I found him less likeable and real because of these inconsistencies. Lastly, during the course of this book I got a strong feeling that Kvothe never becomes all that powerful or even competent throughout his life but instead he gets lucky during certain events, which are then exaggerated by story tellers and that's why he is telling "his real story". Hopefully, I'm wrong and that is not the case!
Have a plot for this book instead of writing about silly and inconsequential events.
Great Performance. I think he is the reason why I continued listening.
I was completely disappointed with this book. Not sure if I'll continue to waste time and money in this "trilogy".
I have been waiting for this book for a while. Even reread the original recently so things would be fresh.
The first half is definitely good but I think he might have been pressured to finish during the second half. In some parts it felt to me as if they were just filler, and no it wasnt like R. Jordan, where he would flesh out the characters and the places, it felt like actual filler. Many things that did not add to the story or the characters.
Another complaint I have is that some of the actions and choices he made were down right dumb and went against the character, one time in particular seemed like it was done just to fit the story. Sadly i cant say which is it, because i'll spoil it.
It was so blatant that I actually said out loud "wow that was dumb", and no it had nothing to do with the girl.
I for one am disappointed, the book could have been so much more.
Dont get me wrong, I like the book, but he could have done much better by dropping a lot of the superfluous stuff.
My expectations were extremely high after a terrific first book.The first half of this second book was excellent, but in the middle of the story, Kvothe gets sent on a man hunt with a small band of mercenaries and it started to drag. After that, the time with the Faye was ridiculous and felt like it would never end. I found myself fast-forwarding through parts. When that part of the story finally ended it then moved onto yet another irritating, somewhat boring part of the story. All the sex scenes from the middle of the story on felt out of place and out of character. And the backward, "enlightened" life of those in the mercenary town was just plain silly. After that, thankfully, the story turned back around and got very good again for the last 8 hours or so. It was also disappointing that this is an "R" rated book because I was hoping to be able to let my middle-school aged children listen to it.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
Although The Wise Man's Fear is entertaining and the continuing story of Kvothe's youth is a lot of fun, it is disappointing to be left with the story hanging and no indication when the sequel will be published. You might want to wait to start this series until the whole thing is published since Patrick Rothfuss let four years go by between the first two and there is no date announced yet for the 3rd book. Although I found this fantasy series very enjoyable and Nick Podehl's narration has either grown on me or improved from the first book, I think TWMF would have benefited from some tighter editing. No one would expect an epic fantasy series to be written tersely, but parts of the TWMF get downright boring from the excess of detail. I found the section about Felurian to be exceptionally dull - how many times do you have to tell me how fabulous this fairy woman looks naked before you think I got it already??? I also had a bit of a struggle to understand how Kvothe who is trained to be such a brilliant fighter (without magic) is reduced to useless near the end of the book just because his magical powers are failing - did he totally forget all that training that took about about 3 hours of narration? I don't think this series will reach of the heights of classic fantasy unless the third (final?) book moves farther, faster than the first two books have.
Editing, due to its overly long and mostly pointless side stories. Less focus on the lute. Way too many analogies
Better editing. I think he likes to draw things out just to show how good he is with analogies. Several useless side stores to the central plot, were far too long. Reduce the frequency and length of sections dealing with music. We get it already, Kvothe is greatest lute player to have ever drawn breath.
Simply a great narrator. He deserves recognition just for getting through the ridiculously long and mostly pointless sections dealing with Felurian.
Felurian. If this book is ever made into a movie this character will surely be greatly reduced if not cut completely. Maybe there is a role to play in the third book, but her teaching Kvothe to be master at pleasuring women serves no purpose in the core plot that I can see.
This was a dismal follow up to the
Unlike many sequels or long books in general, this one stays on course.
While one day somehow took 40hours, we didn't get some unedited work, its material for three good books in some other sagas.
I don't know how long will we wait for next part, maybe again three years, but if the result is of this quality and quantity, then its worth waiting for. Story stays focused, it is surprising, evolving and growing. Surely best time/money audible i have seen thus far.
This author immediately pushed to the head of my fiction reading list with his debut novel, and with this latest edition remains there.
I still like Name of the Wind just a little better, but I think that has more to do with it being the middle child of three novels. Mr Rothfuss has said he's trying to break up the standard Thee Act format, however this book definitely feels like Act Two, this may be done unconsciously or perhaps despite his best efforts. As such, it does have just a little more trouble standing on it's own than the first one. Only a little though.
It is still by far the best thing I've read this year or, frankly, expect to read. Which is saying something, considering the bumper crop of great novels expected out this year. I really hope others will take it as encouragement to step up their game.
I'd also like to note that Nick Podehl does an incredible job with the narration. So much so, that every time I listen to a novel narrated by somebody else, It's usually with a slight disappointment. Can't say I could name another audio book where I so easily forget it's being narrated by one person.
I would recommend this book to a friend, but with reservations. The story can be quite amusing and very engrossing, but by and large this book felt like an exercise in making a story unnecessarily long. I kept waiting for the other foot to drop in terms of serious plot twists, but things tended to plod along in an almost predictable fashion.
Day 1 of the Kingkiller Chronicles carried a much larger freshness to it, and the introduction to Kvothe's world suited me more so than this continuation in his saga. It almost seems like Kvothe is wearing on my nerves, a situation that is quite rare for protagonists.
Nothing sticks out very strongly, which is typically not a good sign.
This would not translate well to television. The story appears deep but rarely reaches beyond the mentality of the Hercules and Xena adventures of my youth.
A worthwhile continuation to Kvothe's tale, but one that left me with a bitter taste as it came to an end with little more understood about the boy or why he insists on making the worst choices whenever he gets the chance.
Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.
This tale goes on and on without the joy and excitement that accompanied the first book. The adventures become quite unbelievably packed into a few seasons.
I read the reviews on Amazon for this after I listened...I just couldnt wrap my head around what I thought about it. If I made a list of all the bits of this book that I enjoyed, u would say well then u mustve enjoyed the book, except that I kinda didn't.
One of the reviews on amazon identified the problem for me - its like a collection of short stories about Kvothe rather than a book with a beginning middle and end that advances the overall story. I have never in my life before complained that any book I finished was too long or needed editing ( and I am old now) but I get the sense that the book may have been revised too much and lost its way - I skipped over a whole chunk of the FAE realm bit just to keep it moving- the reviews made me feel better about that.
I love the writing itself, the characterizations are great and I loved the little stories they told around the campfire ( BTW - not cool to stop in the middle of the story of Jax? - not at all cool- and I skipped forward to hear it and went back - that really was a good story) as an installment in a series it was frustrating.
On the problem with first person - telling the story this way forces the reader to accept what the speaker says about how they feel and makes the "narrator" talk about their feelings unnaturally alot - I would rather have the story show me Kvoth's attachement to music rather than listen to his own internal rhapsodising about the flippin lute.
On the performance of the book - really good with one thing that bugs me whenever the text indicates someone "snapped" something they said - the line in question sounds like a parody of a snap rather than how people actually talk when they are being snappish, its a small thing but I actually pictured a character in my head with their eyes all big and popping like on looney tunes,,, killed the moment