So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
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“The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution…As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
“Fantasy readers-a notoriously discerning group-tend to dole out praise judiciously, which makes the reception of The Name of the Wind, the first volume in Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle, that much more remarkable. Critics are already throwing around comparisons to some of the biggest names in fantasy, including George R. R. Martin, Tad Williams, the recently deceased Robert Jordan, and even Tolkien. (Bookmarks Magazine)
“New fantasy authors are usually overhyped, and it's rare to find one who writes with such assurance and narrative skill right from the start. I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he's an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven't been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It's certain to become a classic." (Lisa Tuttle, The Times)
no because after waiting so long for book 3 even I have given up on an ending. I am very sorry I started this series because it is such a great read.
don't waste your time or money on starting this series, Patrick Rothfuss will probably never finish it..
Yes, this book would be recommended to all my friends. The reason for this is because the author's tone and words create an awesome world that is memorable and contains no world inconsistencies.
Since, this is written by the innkeeper's POV the times in the innkeeper's life that he found memorable is most memorable to me.
He distinctly shows the author's use of literature, but I would've enjoyed it more if all the elder folk didn't all sound the same.
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
The story does start slow, but once you get past the tavern things start to heat up.
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
Like many great fantasy novels and series, Patrick Rothfuss has created a distinct world with it's own fantasy systems, civilizations, and characters. The many talented hero is developed through both a biography style narrative of adventures, and as the actual story teller or narrator of the story within the story.
Sure, but I consider most reading/consuming books to be time well spent. If nothing else, you ought to learn something from it. For instance, I learned from this book that the standards for referring to someone as "Tolkienesque" are lower than they ought to be.
I've not read the end, since the third book is not yet released.
Its fairly straightforward. He's no Guidall, but I think Podehl does a decent job.
Sure, TV is full of crap way worse than this. It wouldn't make HBO, but it should make Bravo or Showtime.
The heart of the matter is this: the book does not follow its own logic. Its difficult to get into details without spoilers, but I will do my best to illustrate my point here. When you construct something as a story, you build a world and characters (obviously) from the bottom up (discounting "good writers borrow, great writers steal", etc). When you do that, you construct a certain logic that the reader plays along with, in order to suspend disbelief. This is especially important to fiction, and even more so with fantasy and sci-fi in particular, since they have the additional onus of overcoming trashy stereotypes. Rothfuss is a talented storyteller, as is Kvothe, but as he weaves the narrative, he seems to forget the constructs by which the reader navigates and maintains interest. This is especially problematic in the second book, which requires even more suspension of disbelief, not because the story gets more outrageous (its fantasy, after all), but because the characters start making less and less sense, Kvothe in particular.
I think one of the main problems here is that I was hoping, by the reviews and the press associated with this book, that something different might happen here. It does not. Its the same hero's journey we have been reading for a thousand years. Nothing wrong with that...but nothing particularly exciting about it either.
I gave this three stars because, despite my previous protests, Rothfuss obviously knows his craft, and the meta-story involved here is interesting in its construction and delivery. That, and I'm still hoping the third book does something brave and different (which there is still room to do), and turns a few million book nerds (me included) on their ear, a la George RR Martin. I'm not saying he should kill Kvothe, just that this series might still find redemption from the ordinary via bravery...and I hope it does.
Three stars. Above average. Worth it. Not spectacular.
After reading The Name of the Wind I thought I knew the story. After listening to the name of the wind, I realized I didn't know the half of it. This book is a story about stories and listening to it really highlighted the importance each story plays in the overall plot. The audiobook should be sold with the novel for the ultimate experience.
I don't think a single word in a single sentence is out of place. Beautifully orchestrated.
I love the characters. He moves between them flawlessly and isn't afraid to make the noises required. The scene in the Rookery is fantastic!
I wish there was only one, but I have to mention three (or I would be doing Rothfuss a disservice). Also, they moved me in different ways.
Without giving to much out the first moment that brought me to tears is when Kvothe breaks his lute strings while dealing with his loss.
The second moment I had moved me with excitement. It sounds something like:
“What does our story need? What vital element is it lacking?”
“Women Reshi.” Bast said immediately.
I smiled, “Not women Bast, a woman…the woman.
I looked at Chronicler, “You have heard bits and pieces I don’t doubt. I will tell you the truth of her though I fear I am not equal to the challenge.”
Chronicler picked up his pen, but before he could dip it, I held up a hand.
“Let me say one thing before I start. I’ve told stories in the past, painted pictures with words. I’ve told hard lies, and harder truths. Once, I sang colors to a blind man. Seven hours I played, but at the end, he said he saw them: green, and red, and gold.
"That, I think was easier than this. Trying to make you understand her with nothing more than words; you have never seen her, never heard her voice. You cannot know.
I motioned to Chronicler to pick up his pen, “but still, I will try...."
“She is in the wings now, waiting for her cue. Let us set the stage for her arrival.”
And Finally, I've never had a better sense of satisfaction, or huzzah'd out loud (HOL) as when Kvothe gets promoted to Re'lar.
I loved this book when I read it. While listening to the Audio book it seemed annoying. I couldn't even finish it. I have no idea what that means.
I have an english degree from the University of Wisconsin River-Falls (UWRF). I read, write, and listen to stories daily.
This book is impossible to review properly. Instead I'll say that this book makes my top five along with East of Eden, David Copperfield, Kidnapped, and A Wise Man's Fears. Nick Podehl does a nice job, but occasionally mispronounces a name.
One of my top audio books. Was recommended this book by a friend. LOVED it!!!! Pulls you in from begining. Very addective.
Was very clear, in what character what speacking and the flow.
this book was very long, but very good so found myself listening more than nomral to my ipod.
This wonderful fantasy always kept me guessing in the plot formation. I couldn't stop reading because I had to find out how a situation turned out, and the narrative would immediately develop another situation that kept me guessing.
The main character was Kvothe, but I was mesmerized by Denna, his love interest.
This is a very long book, but since I have a commute to work, it was the perfect thing to listen to daily.
I listened to this book because my son couldn't stop saying enough about it, so I sort of listened for his benefit. However as the plot developed, I couldn't stop and I am glad that he raved on this book. I will take a short break and read some other genres, but I am sure to read the second one in the series.
I have enjoyed a great many fantasy novels thanks to Audible, but this one has been among the very best. Mr. Rothfuss's characters are engaging and likable, but more importantly he offers his readers a somewhat unusual view of the hero's journey. While the novel gets off to slow a start, the story is worth the build up. In addition Mr. Podehl's narration is solid and enjoyable with each character sounding unique and believable. If you could only choose one fantasy novel to read in 2014 you would not regret choosing "The Name of the Wind".
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