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Subject: Patrick Rothfuss
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 2:13 PM ET
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I was given a signed copy of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I am wondering if anyone has read this book and if it is any good?

I just need to know where to put this book in my TBR pile, I need something absorbing to take away on my vacation in January.  SO any thoughts on the books and please dont give spoilers ..thanks

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 3:41 PM ET
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There's a thread a little lower down the page - look for 'the name of the wind'. I haven't read it yet, but the consensus seems to be it's a good book. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

 

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 7:36 PM ET
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I am reading it right now and it is wonderfully written so far with about 1/3 of the way left to go.

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Date Posted: 7/7/2008 9:48 PM ET
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Here is a link to very favorable reviews of this book.

http://www.fantasyliterature.net/rothfusspatrick.html

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 11:36 AM ET
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At FantasyLiterature.net, have named "The Name of the Wind" our favorite book of 2007. So, yes, read it!!

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 2:04 PM ET
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Thanks! I read the other thread and it will be put away for my vacation that way it will also be close to the release of the second book!

My coworker heard the author give a talk on the book, and she doesnt read fantasy but now really does want to read this book. She said he was really nice and happy to sign the books.. He was at the ALA conference in Anahiem.I wish I went :(

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 10:26 AM ET
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I started the other thread asking about it.  Since then I have read it and I really enjoyed it.  It's the best fantasy I've read in quite a while.

So I conditionally recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy.  The condition:  if you strongly dislike waiting for sequels to be published, don't read it.  Wait for the seqel(s), THEN read it.  That's really my only complaint about the book - the sequel isn't out til 2009.

Otherwise - read it!

 

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 4:19 PM ET
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I just finished the book and it was great. One of those can't put down, read it in 2 days type book. I can't wait for the next one.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 7:09 PM ET
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I've said it before, but it bears mentioning again. Name of the Wind is some of the best Fantasy to come along in a while. Robin Hobb submitted a review on Amazon.com that pretty much sums it up.

 

 



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Date Posted: 8/6/2008 12:05 AM ET
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I recently read the book and was very pleased. We've interviewed Patrick Rothfuss here. He's a really nice guy. So far very approachable.

I will actually purchase the sequel in hardback (eek!). Let's hope he can keep up the good work. So many authors only have one really good book in them, but I have high hopes for Rothfuss.

Subject: Rothfuss in great!
Date Posted: 8/11/2008 1:52 PM ET
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I recommend the book highly--very unique and intriguing. I can't wait for the sequel, which comes out this year. A refreshing change from the usual "quest fantasy".

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:33 PM ET
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So does anybody know when the 2nd book is ACTUALLY going to come out? All I've heard are rumors and rumors of rumors ;-)   I couldn't find anything on Rothfuss's site...

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 7:32 AM ET
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I haven't read this one yet, so put it on hold at the library since the WL is too long.  If I like it, then I will go ahead and purchase it and the sequel.

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:47 AM ET
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I got a copy from the library and read it last week.  I love, love, loved this book!  So much so, that I'm going to buy a copy for my keeper shelf!

As for the sequel, I'm not sure what the expected release date is, but the first draft has been turned in according to a blog entry a few months ago, so I'm hoping it will be out by the end of the year.  Not sure though.

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 1:37 PM ET
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About the sequel:

 

It's still at least 6 months away, as Rothfuss has just submitted the draft to the publisher. Which means he still needs to get back comments from his editor, make any changes to that, then it needs to go to the copy editor, then he needs to get the proofs, then it can start actually being printed. Then the publisher will have to figure out where during the year they want to put it out, so if it isn't going to be finished for Christmas I could even see them holding it for NEXT summer rather than putting it out during the relatively quiet publishing time of early spring.

 

In other words, don't hold your breath on this.

 

As for my thoughts on the book, here's what I posted for my review. I did my best not to reveal any spoilers; the only plot elements I mention are the ones that I already knew from the blurbs in the beginning of the book and the stuff referenced by present-day Kvothe about his past:

 

There are very few fantasy novels (and even fewer first fantasy novels) that can boast four full pages of rave reviews from both other authors and from media sources such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Publisher's Weekly, and Locus. I picked it up with some trepidation, as I have had no desire to read any of the novels or authors it is compared to (everyone and everything from Robert Jordan to the Harry Potter novels, George R. R. Martin to (of course) the Lord of the Rings)(well, I've read the LotR, but none of the others). It is a tome, to be sure, and only part one of three, which also was cause for concern, because there is little that annoys me more in fantasy today than the cliffhanger ending.

But by 50 pages in, very shortly after Chronicler gets Kvothe to begin his tale, I began to hope that the novel really was as good as everyone else seemed to think. I was immediately drawn to the characters and enamored of the Kvothe's narrative style. There were quite a few excellent images sprinkled daintily throughout the prose, and if some of the more resonant were unfortunately belabored, that was a minor quibble for a very worthy first book.

I ran into a little trouble when Kvothe arrived at University, because far too many characters were introduced all at once, and Rothfuss never gave most of them enough distinguishing characteristics for me to tell them apart. Making things more difficult, the publisher (shockingly!) did not include a list of characters (dramatis personae, if you will) at the front of the book as is becoming fairly common in today's epic fantasy. But still, the story moved briskly, the moments of danger were rendered well enough that my heart raced, and I was surprised into laughing out loud at just the right moments.

And yet, sometime around 2/3 of the way through, Rothfuss lost me. Perhaps it was that for the 80th time, Kvothe chose not to tell any of his masters any piece of the reasons he behaved the way he did. I can not believe that there was not one who would have reached a hand out to help him, especially when his most pressing need throughout the novel was ready cash. It could not be pride, for he had been a beggar and had never let pride get in the way of getting what he wanted before. It is possible that the world Rothfuss has created is so mean that no one would reach out a hand in that fashion, and that Kvothe knows that; there is even some evidence to that effect in the text, for that attitude would suit the followers of Tehlu. But if that is the Rothfuss' world, I do not know that I want to spend any more time in it. A world that cold may very well go to hell with my blessing.

Still, despite losing my affection in that way, the story moved on briskly. As I expected, it did not have an ending, and that was just as frustrating as it always is, but there was a bit of grace in the final scene between Bast and the Chronicler, and the image of silence on the final page was arresting. Rothfuss has as good an ear for the mood of his audience as any fine bard, and his "to be continued" was handled as well as it possibly could have been. I am left wanting more, and I certainly will read the next book.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 5:13 PM ET
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You can add me to the list of fans; I thought this book was terrific!

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 9:32 AM ET
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Tis a bit troubling that when trying to locate a publication date, searching on Amazon either under the author's name or the supposed title of the book, it brings up NOTHING. They even have an ISBN listed for the third book, "Untitled Rothfuss, Kingkiller Chronicle Day 3" but nothing like that for book 2, although I've had it on my WL here as "The Wise Man's Fear" since July of '07. When I search on the ISBN listed here over at Amazon, it brings up all the other versions of Book 1, but nothing for book 2. So they must have that ISBN reserved, but aren't listing it there at all yet.

Lordy, it sounds like Rothfuss has been under George R R Martin's tutelage. LOL

I guess I won't be in any huge hurry to read that first one if it's going to be YEARS before the next is available.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 12:16 PM ET
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As I mentioned above, he says he's submitted the draft to his publisher, which means it's only about 6 months to a year away from publication. For a long time Amazon had a publication date listed of Aug. 09 which I guess was just wish-fulfillment, but it's really inappropriate to list a date until the publisher formally announces one, as it causes all sorts of confusion. So don't be too concerned that there's no date listed yet! The book is just in the middle of the publication process and we will see it someday soon! :)

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 4:01 PM ET
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Oh, I'm not really concerned--I haven't even read the first one yet. LOL But I don't think this is Amazon's fault. From what I know about the whole ISBN process, the number for that book must have been assigned *by the publisher* at some point, and surely they are the ones who give release information to Amazon and other book stores, even if it might be a tentative date that is later rescinded. I mean, Amazon can't just pull an ISBN out of the air if they want to--that does come from the publisher.

So presumably, the publisher has also been anticipating the completion of this book for a LONG time, if it has had an ISBN assigned to it since at least July of 2007 when I wishlisted the book. (I'm at #3 on the wishlist, but if I read the first one and really like it, I'll probably just buy the second one anyway. LOL)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 12:15 PM ET
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According to his blog, on May 11 he sent the first draft in to the publisher.  I have no idea how long a book takes to hit shelves from first draft but at least its in the process, lol.

http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/blog/labels/book%20two.html

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Date Posted: 7/28/2009 9:31 PM ET
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I am loving loving loving this book.  It has been very though provoking to me and everything is just so skillfully written.  Sorry I'm gushing!!

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 8:49 AM ET
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I feel the same way Debbie!  It was just so different from anything I've read in a long time.  I got mine from the library but liked it enough to buy the HB for my keeper shelf!

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 9:49 PM ET
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Amazon had a publication date listed of Aug. 09 which I guess was just wish-fulfillment

Actually, Rothfuss claimed [unsubstantiated right now cause I can't find it again :-)] that he had the whole trilogy roughed out well enough that he would be able to release a book a year. It is the breaking of that promise that has completely turned me off of his book/s.

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 10:33 PM ET
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That seems kind of rough on him! He is a new author. . . if he said that, then he must have just overestimated how quickly he could write. Did you like The Name of the Wind otherwise?

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 9:32 PM ET
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And as a new author, he shouldn't have made such a claim unless he could have backed it up.

That claim was the reason I even read the book. Because I was expecting the resolution quickly [quickly being relative here :-)]. As for the story, I found it common and nothing special. I thought that Dennis McKeirnan [whose stuff I mainly despise] wrote better than Rothfuss. But I was willing to forgo my initial blase impression if he delivered the goods, so to speak.

And once again, I still can't find where he made such a claim. So maybe this is all in my head and I'm getting ticked at him for no real reason and everything :-) Sigh, glad I'm not an author with such prickly readers ;-)