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)
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.
I don't usually review books. I figure I either like them or I don't, and it's usually a manner of taste and style. This book, however, was so boring that I couldn't listen to more than a few hours of it. Apparently written for teenagers, there are no insights here, no world building, no secrets, no innovation, and really, no fantasy either. Not sure how he did it, but Rothfuss managed to turn what might have been an interesting story into some sort of coming of age sigh-maker. Rothfuss surely isn't an explorer of souls as is Guy Kay, and he surely isn't the master storyteller as is Jordan, isn't the magic technocrat as is Sanderson, nor is he the world builder as is Martin. Nor, to his high discredit, is he the coming of age storyteller of a Rowling. Fact is, his prose is trite and simplistic, his characters unidimensional, his story unimaginative, and his plot twists inane.
The reader certainly doesn't help much either.
I see a lot of folks liked this book, but I certainly did not. I'd advise the hard core fantasy fans to spend their credit elsewhere.
The headline says it all. All of the good qualities of the Harry Potter series (interesting and likeable main character), meshed perfectly with some of the more adult themes present in A Song of Ice and Fire.
You will not be disappointed.
I thought this book was wonderful! I know I shouldnt be making comparisons but I'm going to anyway. I am a big fan of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and have been waiting for another as good. As far as I can tell from this book, Patrick Rothfuss will soon be a contender, at least in my library. If you like Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson you wont be disappointed with this one.
I was disappointed by the constant pain, misery and suffering of the protagonist. It hurt to listen so I quit.
Not a mainstream reader.
This book is just awful. It's a mix mash of tales that doesn't relate to each other and the sloppy love story wants make you stop and delete it from your library. B Rated Harry Potter at best and I'm not a Potter fan. One main fault of this book is his endless description. Too many words to describe everything. Too many run on sentences that leave the reader puzzle and way too many chapters in the book.
The writer wrote this book as a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle and if you couldn't find that one missing piece, the story is off. Poorly written and messy story.
Pretty much the main character goes on the road, go to some witchcraft school, becomes some kinds of scientist/doctor/warrior, falls in love, and tries to impress the girl by fighting some dragon type monster.
Sorry for the spoiler, but I won't be reading Day 2 because Day 1 felt like never ending Monday on a 27 hour shift.
Day 1 was too much like a bedtime fairy tale where you hope that the kid would fall asleep after chapter one.
This is just a few negative reviews out of great and raving reviews from others. Obviously, this wasn't the book that I was expecting. I couldn't grasp anything in this book.
I'm not gonna use a lot of words to just say that this is one of the best books I've ever ever read. It was ridiculously good (after about the first 50 pages).
I actually ended up reading the ebook version, because the narration here is so terrible? What the HELL? The narrator kills this story, I just couldn't listen to another word.
My advice? Read this book however you can... but for me, the narrator ruined it for me. I was unhappy to see his name attached to the second book, but at least I knew enough not to buy it.
After reading all of the positive reviews about the book, I decided to give it a try. I must say there were some good points in the book and was decently written but overall the story progressed very slowly and without very good direction.
In a way it was a book just hyping up the main character without any real action or significance to how great of a protagonist he is.
In my opinion, Rothfuss is a good writer but it would have been a much better book if it didn't seem to drag so much.
This book suffers from several flaws, however, once you get into it, it is hard not to enjoy. First of all, the narrator doesn't fit the part. If you listen to the expertly narrated Game of Thrones, you will know what I'm talking about. Much of the book has a somewhat amateurish feel to it as well, such as the long winded metaphors and repetition used by the protagonist more often than is necessary. On the other hand, the story is engrossing. You're always wondering what will happen next. I will indeed be purchasing the second book. Hopefully, the author will have worked out some of the kinks.
This is a decent story however the narrator sounds like a whinny teenage woody allen. This takes away from what could be stronger characters.
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