For me there are a couple of things that mitigate the above:I liked the 2 books, enough for a second read - but Kvothe was getting bloody annoying second time round.
He's pretty much perfect at everything
• amazing wizard - check
• amaziing fighter - check
• amazing singer - check
• sex fairy conqueror - check
Really got on my nerves, but they are still very well written and I will get the third book...
I have no problem with explicitness, provided it serves the story (and it very well may in this instance, but I'm never going to find out). My problems with Rothfuss go far beyond a little slap and tickle.Heh, sometimes I feel like the only person do doesn't mind a bit of explicitness in books - its certainly nothing that would prevent me buying a book (wouldn't convince me to buy it on that alone either - i'm not a Shades reader!)
Name of the Wind keeps coming up on my radar as a big recent fantasy debut, and one I should read as part of my exploration of the epic fantasy genre.
However ... something that puts me off is a piece I read before slamming his "sex fairy" section. Where the hero, Kothe, outsexes a sex fairy.
It's not that I'm averse to reading about sex, as much as that it sounds like completely ridiculous, easily on a par with Terry Goodkind's "evil chicken". The thing is, at least there's room to claim the evil chicken represented something philosophical. What's the claim with the sex fairy?
I mentioned it to a couple of friends who'd read it, and they did have a laugh about that bit, though they otherwise enjoyed it.
Think is, it is kind of putting me off reading Rothfuss.
Am I really missing out that much?