P. Ju | 5 out of 5 Stars!
28/07/2011

At first, I was just looking for a book to kill time. But no, this book did more than that.

It simply grabbed me, and drew me deep into the story, like I was actually doing the action. I wouldn't want to spoil you with details, but let me just say this book is a true fantasy story I've read in a long time.

I'm going to get the second book now, despite its kindle price. A riff off, but I think it will worth it.

Alexander S. Lewis | 5 out of 5 Stars!
27/07/2011

Patrick Rothfuss is a new author in the Fantasy scene, and the best one in a long time.I am an avid Fantasy reader, I have read The Wheel of Time, Farseer Trilogy, Thomas Covenant Chronicles, (Of course Lord of The Rings) and A Game Of Thrones.This book and series can be considered equal or greater to all of the books I just named.Rothfuss does a wonderful job of beautifully detailing his world and characters, so much so It's like you are wandering The Four Corners.

As many others say it is original, it may borrow from the whole "Character is poor and is down in the dumps, then comes back and becomes a hero" While that may relate to this story, he does so wonderfully that you don't even notice.It is like a behind the scene of the Hero's life.And it is just a great adventure to read.

I highly recommend this book, and it's sequel The Wise Man's Fear.A series that once it's complete, no one will forget.

M. Fay | 4 out of 5 Stars!
25/07/2011

  1) I use the Amazon rating system at face value. I liked The Name of the Wind, so I gave it 4 stars.

2) For a debut novel, I found The Name of the Wind to be an engrossing read. Not compelling, but engrossing. I read it in leiu of pursuing other leisure activities because it kept my attention.

3) Kvothe is, I think, an unreliable narrator. Not perhaps a typical unreliable narrator in that he is a liar. Rather, Kvothe's biggest weakness is that he cannot focus much beyond himself. Self-centered. That's not to say that he's any worse than any other person of youth(The Name of the Wind finishes when he is 15 and he is supposedly relating his story at the age of 25), but because the story is mostly related in the first person, this is exaggerated (leading, perhaps, to exaggerated perceptions of Mary Sueism from detractors, though there is probably some lesser level of this, in any event). Kvothe's closeness with himself and his distance from others also has the effect of making those he come in contact with seem flat. He doesn't reach for their essences but simply brushes by them as though walking past on the street.

4) I found the magic system in the world to be pretty straightforward. None of it is new, though the names may not be standard (sympathy is a pretty standard form of what other novels call thaumaturgy, sygaldry is rune magic).

5) While I don't find Rothfuss's writing especially good, it's not particularly bad either. Except for his poetry. His poetry is not up to snuff for me.

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