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Patrick Rothfuss-The Name Of The Wind-Book one of The King Killer Chronicles

Discussion in 'Patrick Rothfuss' started by Ambriel, May 22, 2010.

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    Ambriel

    Ambriel Active Member

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    I found this book by chance at the my high school library and fell completely in love with it. This author is amazing!!!! I have reread this book more than any other book and every time the parts that I laughed at the first time I still laugh at and everything that ticked me off about the characters still ticks me off. I don't know, there is something about the book that is addicting. Has anyone else read or heard of it?
     
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    thatollie

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    Teresa Edgerton

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    You might want to get together with Boneman and have a chat.

    He's ... moderately fond of that book.
     
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    The Procrastinator

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    Gave me a fright there thatollie! I looked at this thread because I'm considering buying Name of the Wind - and before I started reading the actual thread you posted I assumed it was referring to Name of the Wind - giving me nightmare visions of massive author rewrites and two published versions of the one book. Phew! Not the case after all.

    Anyway fans, should I put off buying Name of the Wind till the sequel comes out?
     
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    rol7805

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    I definitely wouldn't wait. It's a great, fun read. For being a massive book I tore through it quickly. I do hate though when the next book finally comes out and you've forgotten points from the first novel. We'll have to see how well he refreshes the reader's memory from the first story. The author leaves plenty of hooks in the first book for the subsequent stories, so I'll warn you he does leave you wanting more.
     
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    Lioness

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    I loooove it. Everything's so well written, and the story just flows.
     
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    Corn! Corn! Corn!

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    Such a good book.
     
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    The Procrastinator

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    Thank you fans, you have swayed me - I shall not wait.
     
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    Boneman

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    Yeah, just a little bit... Procrastinator, strangely, I'd consider not buying it until the second one is close to release. :eek: Why? Well, because it is such an amazing read, such amazing worldbuilding, such amazing characterisation that you want more, more, more... and to have to wait 10 months for it, might be distressing. But, on the other hand, (like me) you could re-read it, and find the nuances you missed. And then (like me) reread it, and reread it -

    HEY! That's only one slap!!!

    Ambriel, if you can find the thread in Aspiring Writers posted on 25th March, you'll see why I'm moderately fond of the book and Patrick Rothfuss in particular. If you haven't checked out his blog, then do so - you'll be there for at least a year reading all the backstuff, as it's incredibly humourous (okay, humorous) and informative at the same time.
     
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    Quick Ben

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    Good book and flows very easily as some have already mentioned.

    I would not wait because the book didn't really end on a cliffhanger so to speak, so it is fairly easy to wait for the next one until it comes out.
     
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    Boneman

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    Fairly easy to wait!!!! But I want it now...... don't want to wait.... (sucks thumb in corner, twisting lock of hair round and round with the other hand).

    After quick slap from The Judge and Teresa, sulkily come to my senses, realising the wait is going to be soooooo worth it.......
     
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    Jon Sprunk

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    An excellent book. It kept me engrossed the whole way through. I suggest getting it asap.
     
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    Rosemary

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    Marvellous book! Rothfuss is now one of my favourite authors!

    I certainly wouldn't wait! :)
     
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    ValerieJLong

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    I've read it, too. It has been too long though... and I don't have time to re-read. *sigh*
     
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    Clansman

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    No it doesn't cliff-hang, but it does leave the reader grasping for something, anything, to hold on to in order to prevent themselves from sliding down the steep hill of this very engrossing story.

    It is not so much a terrible ending as the total lack thereof, and it is the one major complaint of the book that I have. The story just stopped. He could have wrapped up some minor plot points and given us a plateau to rest on. I chalk it up to a rookie error, and to editors concerned about the size of the book.
     
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    Boneman

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    Even though I rank amongst his greatest fans, I do agree with this sentiment about the ending - he did say to me that Daw books weren't afraid of long books and Name of the Wind is about 250,000 words. I guess that is long for a first-timer, when the publisher is taking a bit of chance that they will sell enough to recoup costs and go on to make a profit. At the moment it does appear a non-ending in many ways, but when he first wrote the boook, he wrote the whole thing and it was 1,000,000 words long. I look forward to the hardback edition of all three books in one!:eek:
     
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    Tansy

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    I agree it the ending lacked emphasis, its not left me waiting impatiently for the next one tbh, but once I spot it in paperback will be sure to buy it

    I thought the pacing throughout the book was uneven, though I liked the beginning then it waned at various points as he reminisced, I think I would have liked to know more about what he was going through present day with flash backs to his past while the story moved forward, not sure we needed the magic school in its entirety
     
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    Clansman

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    Oh, we should start a club! I agree completely. The stuff happening in the present day Waystone Inn was so bloody intriguing. Don't get me wrong, I like the backstory, but really wanted to know about the spider things and the ghost soldier, etc. and so on.

    Rothfuss shows a lot of talent, and I expect that the next book will be much better than Name of the Wind, which is really saying something. NotW was a brilliant debut, but I think Rothfuss is capable of better.

    Plus, no more lute playing with missing strings. I play guitar, and one broken string is enough to totally screw you. Two broken strings, forget it. Your hands have to move too far to make it work.
     
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    soulsinging

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    I agree. Honestly, I found the modern events far more intriguing than his back story... which to me often seemed like harry potter moved to an american college and with classic american fratboy arrogance replacing harry's charming humility. It was entertaining mainly in the way it reminded me of good times drinking and chasing girls and causing trouble at uni... but fell far short of the truly ominous and compelling vibe of what was going on outside the inn.

    That said, I may be biased. I'm coming to really dislike these stories where authors use children to make a blank canvas hero they can develop as perfectly as they wish. I find Gemmell's and Martin's characters far more interesting because they arrive fully realized and carrying the weight of a history worth learning about (as does "the innkeeper" really). There's a tendency nowadays (I also noticed it in Peter Brett's Warded Man and less so in Lynch's first, albeit handled much better in the latter) to pick a generic, featureless kid, imbue them with miraculous power, and then over hundreds of boring pages of describing them in a library soaking up every bit of knowledge available to the world like a sponge, create a perfect hero that essentially has no intriguing characteristics that were not already present before said hero became omnipotent.
     
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    Ambriel

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    I loved the back story. I want to find our who murdered his parents and whats going to happen to him with that prick of a rival he managed to find himself. I loved it probably mostly because I wanted to be him. As for the lack of humility, with his background and surviving that long on his own like he did I think he deserves a little bit of pride. That university he is at would be amazing to be a part of and I would love being part of the adventures he has had. True the current events at the wayside inn are intriguing but I love the back story too.
     
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