I suppose you could say I enjoyed this book despite the poor writing. First of all, I don't like a story about telling a story about another person telling a story. Plus some of the lore was just... weak. Pretty much the Christmas story with a few details tweaked. You can totally tell the framing narrative was added after the fact. A good writer wouldn't have needed to add that in; it sorta destroys the "here and now" feeling of being caught up in the moment. AND he gives away some twists and turns of the plot with his interruptions - pet peeve of mine. He's very heavy-handed with it in the beginning, but once he lightens up and stops interrupting himself, the story actually gets enjoyable.
Others are right, the world is not very immersive. At times he goes into some detail indoors but generally I find myself wandering through a vague and misty world with no concept of space. Others' imaginations may be active enough to overcome this, but I need some more detail and imagery.
The constant emphasis of how smart and special Kvothe is just rubs me the wrong way. Above average I'm fine with, but better than anyone who's ever been? Constantly exceeding everyone's expectations? Come on. Perhaps this book was written for boys/teens/young adults who like to daydream about how awesome they would be if they could be the best at everything. Now I know why I'm the only girl who has read this in my friend's circle.
Though like I said, I liked it. I'm not above eeking out whatever enjoyment I can. Despite bad writing and a poor character choices, Rothfuss hits strides on occasion that I was able to enjoy and get involved in.
I don't have much of an opinion on the reader. I prefer a deeper voice for storytelling, but this guy does alright. He's very good at putting emotion in his voice & you often don't need the little exposition afterward to communicate the tone the character is using. He's got a better range for voices than Roy Dotrice, but that still doesn't put him in the same league.
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