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5.0 out of 5 stars A+ for "The Name of the Wind"
A+ for "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss.
The author comes in as a relative unknown in the fantasy genre with this stunning debut. I was browsing message boards on the best (recent) fantasy novels and this was recommended to me. One of the best parts about the book is the ease of the reading. I couldn't book this book down. The prose was tight, and I...
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3.0 out of 5 stars well written and engaging but a tad long.
Not much else to say. There is a good story here but it is a long one. It does not, in fact, fit into this book. To me that creates a conundrum about the story and the telling. On the one hand I never truly lost interest in what I was being told but, on the other, how much of it was necessary to the story. Length is not the issue. There are many wonderful and long...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ for "The Name of the Wind",
The author comes in as a relative unknown in the fantasy genre with this stunning debut. I was browsing message boards on the best (recent) fantasy novels and this was recommended to me. One of the best parts about the book is the ease of the reading. I couldn't book this book down. The prose was tight, and I think every chapter adds something to greater understanding of one of the main characters, or the interesting but still relatively unexplored setting. Despite its length, you will devour this novel if you like fantasy and character driven action.
A few other reviews point out that this book is LONG. That is most certainly the case, but I absolutely believe that the book is still well-paced and eminently readable. Full of love and loss and music, this book should not be missed by anyone who calls themselves a fan of fantasy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Book!,
I find that this book strikes just the right balance between really forcing a point and leaving something to the imagination. The lack of repetition is especially refreshing. The characters are well-developed and described in just the right amount of detail to create a picture in my mind (which, if this is later developed into a series/movie, could either be a good or a bad thing, I suppose).
I am definitely not an expert - I fall somewhere between functionally literate and an avid reader - but I would definitely recommend this book.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good and ambitious debut,
This review is from: The Name of the Wind (Hardcover)You may or may not have heard of Patrick Rothfuss' debut. Word is beginning to spread around the internet, so chances are that you'll be hearing more and more about this one soon. Last fall I received an email from Rothfuss' agent, Matt Bialer, asking me if I'd consider reading an ARC of The Name of the Wind. Bialer revealed that Betsy Wollheim, Daw Books' president, considered the novel the best fantasy debut she's ever read in over 30 years as an editor. Well, let it be said that a lot less is required to pique my curiosity! Both wanted me to be one of the first reviewers to get a crack at it, and I wish to thank them for thinking of me. Apparently they respect my reviews. . . Imagine that!;-)
Of course, when a debut comes with such high praise on its front cover, it's impossible to treat it as just another debut. For obvious reasons, all of a sudden you find yourself judging it against works such as Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World, Tad Williams' The Dragonbone Chair, George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Stephen R. Donaldson's Lord Foul's Bane, and other opening chapters of superior series. Understandably, this can have positive as well as negative repercussions.
In a nutshell, The Name of the Wind recounts the tale of Kvothe, a young man destined to become the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen. It begins with Kvothe's childhood years, first as a member of a traveling troupe of musicians and artists, and then as a street urchin forced to fend for himself in a violent environment. Later, the story shifts to his adolescence, at a time when he is admitted to the University, renowned school of magic.
Reading along, I found the structure of the story a little odd. The better part of the novel is comprised of Kvothe's back story, with only a few scenes occurring in "real time." Having never encountered something like it, I discussed it with Betsy Wollheim. She did shine some light on the matter, and it turns out that Rothfuss' first trilogy will focus on the main character's past, with occasional tantalizing hints of things to come. A second trilogy will then recount Kvothe's "present" tale.
The Name of the Wind is told in a first person narrative. Hence, other than those "real time" segments told in the third person, most of the book is told from Kvothe's perspective. Those who have a problem with single-POV narratives similar to that of Robin Hobb's The Farseer and The Tawny Man trilogies, consider yourselves warned. The main danger in using the first person narrative is that the entire story rests on the shoulder of a single character. If you like Kvothe, terrific. If you don't, that's where it gets tricky. I had no problem with that facet of the novel, but I'm acutely aware that some readers don't care much for the first person perspective.
The worldbuilding doesn't play a big role in this debut. And yet, Rothfuss hints at a much vaster depth, hopefully to be explored in future sequels. The author has an eye for details, and the story does come alive as you turn the pages. The magic system appears to be well thought of and interesting, and I'm eager to learn more about it.
The Name of the Wind is a character-driven book. As a first person narrative, it can't be anything but that. The supporting cast is composed of a relatively small number of characters, which is rather rare for a book of this size. I'm looking forward to learning more about them in the upcoming installments.
The novel suffers from only one flaw -- a flaw shared by various Daw books: it's too long. I feel that Rothfuss' attention to details slows the pace in several portions of the book. Now, the tentative pagination of The Name of the Wind weighs in at 904 pages, making this debut a heavyweight. I feel that some scenes could have been truncated and others excised without the readers missing out on any major plotlines. In my opinion, this would quicken the rhythm and improve the overall quality of the book.
Unlike some debuts that are not easily accessible -- Hal Duncan's Vellum and Steven Erikson's Gardens of the Moon come to mind -- I'm persuaded that The Name of the Wind can appeal to both neophytes and long-time fans of the genre. As such, it's similar to both Brandon Sanderson's Elantris and Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself in that regard. It's also a throwback work, which brought fantasy novels likes Raymond E. Feist's Magician and David Eddings' Pawn of the Prophecy to mind.
Although a bit overlong, The Name of the Wind is a solid and ambitious effort. Two years ago I would have claimed that it could well be the debut of the year. But Hal Duncan and Scott Lynch have forced us to look at debuts in a different way. Still, Patrick Rothfuss wrote an auspicious debut, and I'm curious to discover the rest of Kvothe's tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars no doubt a favourite for me,
This review is from: Name Of The Wind, The (Paperback)Cover:
I hate the cover. If you saw this cover in a bookstore, would you even consider picking it up? It's so generic and I loved the first edition cover so much more. The first edition looks much better, plus it better suits the story.
(5/5) It's very rare to see a fantasy written in first person. The main character of The Name of the Wind narrates his past in first person. This first person narration gave the book a story-like feel (there are actually tons of folklore and myth stories told throughout the book, which I loved).
The analogies were so relatable and always gave me a good image of what the author was trying to get across. Though I did feel, at times, the author put in too many analogies.
The author put the exact right amount of description. It wasn't overwhelming, and there was little enough to keep it interesting but still leaving you wanting to learn more.
Overall, the book was really well written, the writing flowed so well, and there weren't any choppy or awkward sentences. The writing is not even comparable to many other fantasy books which, to be honest, are generally badly written.
(5/5) The setting wasn't necessarily original, but the author didn't spend pages telling you things you probably already knew. The magic system had an intriguing concept behind it which, at times, actually made it seem more realistic than fantastical.
The author went more into detail about subjects that would interest the main character like stories, music, and magic. I loved the focus on stories and music. It really added depth to the setting, which I feel a lot of fantasies lack.
And, as I mentioned above, the author didn't go into too much detail about the world. He kept it short enough to to pique your interest and left you curious to learn more.
Quite a bit of the book was set in the University, which I really enjoyed. Some people have pegged it as a sort of Hogwarts, but for grownups, which I think is a good description.
(5/5) OK, the highlight of the book was no doubt the EPIC PLOT. A lot of people recommend this and tag it as one of the best fantasies they've read. When I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it. I initially thought the book was about an old man telling a story of all his adventures (which sounds epic to me). And it was that, scratch the old man part though (the main character was actually in his later twenties).
At first, I thought the book was OK, but I didn't see what the fuss was about. When Kvothe started telling his story in chapter seven (the chapters are pretty short), that's the moment when the story became epic. Kvothe chronicles his life, he tells us of his adventures, and how he earned all the many rumors and legends about himself: Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, and Kvothe Kingkiller.
Kovthe's story was about his life. I think one appeal was that there was no big Evil Overlord sort of villain. It wasn't a story of evil vs. good; instead, it was an epic story about Kvothe's life that had ups and downs, and didn't rely on one big villain to provide easy conflict.
Despite the book being quite large, I got through it pretty fast because I couldn't stop reading. I was so enthralled and invested in Kvothe's story.
(3/5) Kvothe (pronounced nearly the same as Quothe) was an Edema Ruh (a nomadic traveling troupe). Many of his talents, like acting and music, come from this heritage. I actually liked this. It was more interesting and a step-up from a farm boy. His identity as an Edema Ruh, and all the skills he learned from being a troupe member, were very important to the story.
Kvothe was also a prodigy and excelled both as a student and a musician. I liked that music was so important to him. He really saw the world in his own unique way because of his love for it.
Now what I didn't like was that he seemed too perfect at times. He excelled in everything, got into university at an extremely young age, and was a musician like no other. He also got the attention of a lot of girls at the university despite having no experience with women, and the fact that female students were at a shortage in the university.
(3/5) The other characters were engaging and I liked their interactions with the main character. However, there was one character I could NOT STAND, and that was Denna. Denna is Kvothe's love interest. The author was trying to make her alluring and mysterious, but she just came off as annoying and cruel. Her only role was being Kvothe's love interest. She had no other role in the story beyond that and it would have been better if she was cut. I know that an epic saga might be in need of an epic romance to make it feel like a legendary story, but Denna did not do it for me. Denna disrupted the story, she was a distraction, and served no real important purpose. I hated how Kvothe wasted time pining over her. I know the author tried really hard to make a good female love interest (as we're lacking in those in fantasy) but he tried too hard and the result was obnoxious.
(21/25) The characters could have been better, but the writing and EPIC plot of The Name of the Wind made it no doubt a favourite for me. The Name of the Wind was clearly a book the author put effort into and it had a lot of flesh and depth. As soon as I finished reading The Name of the Wind, I grabbed the sequel, The Wise Man's Fear (which I'm currently reading).
5.0 out of 5 stars I envy anyone who will be reading this book for the first time!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut,
This review is from: The Name of the Wind (Hardcover)A very long winded but beautifully written story. Rothfuss does a masterful job creating character and setting. Not necessarily the best story I've ever read but likely the best writing demonstrated in a modern day novel.
3.0 out of 5 stars well written and engaging but a tad long.,
This review is from: The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One (Kindle Edition)Not much else to say. There is a good story here but it is a long one. It does not, in fact, fit into this book. To me that creates a conundrum about the story and the telling. On the one hand I never truly lost interest in what I was being told but, on the other, how much of it was necessary to the story. Length is not the issue. There are many wonderful and long stories. We readers do not need to be told everything and there are some things that we should be told that are not necessary to complete the story. A great story teller, however, finds the right balance between what can be told and what needs to be told and I do not think that this was great story telling. That being said it was good story telling, well written and compelling enough that I will be reading the rest of the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a great story, wonderfully written,
This review is from: The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One (Kindle Edition)Rothfuss is an incredible writer and storyteller. I've never bothered to add a review, but this book was simply too good not to.
In fact, it's so good I can't even bring myself to keep writing this. I need more story, so it's on to book two I go.
If you like great storytelling, start reading this right now.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.,
This review is from: The Name of the Wind: Day One (Library Binding)Rothfuss spent years perfecting this novel waiting for this to get published and it really shows. The magic system in this universe is well thought out and the way he describes music is stunning. Pacing is really nice, I never got bored. The first time I read through this book I finished it in 2 days. I am in the process of re-reading it and still enjoy it thoroughly.
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Hardcover - March 27 2007)
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