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TeeJay
01-11-2011, 01:39 PM
I've read it a couple years ago, but it is beyond awesome. i am in the process of rereading it, and i managed to get Zaela to read it.
so, everyone else here, read it! :P

Zaela Sedai
01-11-2011, 01:58 PM
Yes... what I read in the past was quite good, just needed to get a complete copy, which I just downloaded to me Nook

One Armed Gimp
01-11-2011, 04:20 PM
Read it, loved it, am hooked. Rothfuss is an amazing storyteller. The Name of the Wind is quite possibly the best story I have ever read. I just wish he did not take so long between books.

Where have I heard that before?

Belazamon
01-12-2011, 01:00 AM
I read it shortly after it first came out, but honestly it didn't do much for me. I don't really remember specifics at this point, just that I didn't really see what all the fuss was about.

Birgitte
01-13-2011, 11:14 PM
I just finished it. I'm kinda with Bela. It was good enough, I suppose. I'll probably pick up the next one. I got more into it at the end. I just don't think it was really great.

One Armed Gimp
01-14-2011, 09:32 AM
I really think its the way the story is told that gets me. I really enjoyed and could not put it down. It was easily the best book I read in a while when I got to it.

WinespringBrother
01-14-2011, 10:01 AM
book is MOA, waiting until just before the sequel comes out to do a reread :D

thisiscooling
06-22-2011, 12:23 PM
looovve these two books

fdsaf3
07-17-2011, 08:35 PM
I like parts of the story, but large chunks of it didn't do anything for me at all. Overall, NotW was a 'meh' for me. In addition, Rothfuss carries himself as if he's some sort of writing superhero, and that bothers me. His personality is way too entitled and self-important for a guy who has written two books.

Shock Lance
09-08-2011, 08:07 PM
Loved -The Name of the Wind and can agree with One armed Gimp that the method of storytelling added to the read for me.

the 2nd- The Wise Man's Fear was good but seemed to drag a little bit for me, it created more questions throughout the book which keeps me interested to read the next book but i was a little disappointed with a couple of sections that seemed to take ages to get through.

jason wolfbrother
09-12-2011, 01:17 PM
Finished reading both books and I'm eagerly awaiting the third. I wouldn't put Rothfuss on Jordan's level, but he is definitely on my "good" author list. I look forward to his future writing.:cool: :cool:

maacaroni
09-13-2011, 06:28 AM
It reminded me of Philip Pullman. I loved it.

It's main flaw is the same as the wheel of time. There's no way a ginger could do all these things.

Mort
02-24-2012, 04:45 PM
I've heard good things about it. I'm gonna pick it up soon I think.

Mort
06-09-2012, 01:52 PM
Bumping this thread because I've now read (listened to actually) both Name of the wind and Wise man's fear. I liked them both a lot. Maybe the second one a bit more. Especially the Adem part, loved the humor there.

Dragon Thief
06-09-2012, 02:44 PM
They're among the BEST books I've read in the last 7-8 years. I've went to see Pat do a signing while still back in KY, and bought one of the shirts from his website.

If anyone even remotely likes his books, you need to be following his blog (http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/). It talks much more about pat's dealing with things (sudden 'fame', meeting celebrities, learning about being a father with his (now) toddler son, etc) but most of the reads are just full of down-to-earth humor. It really feels that Pat speaks with you and not to you, if you get what I mean.

Cortar
06-10-2012, 03:24 AM
They're among the BEST books I've read in the last 7-8 years. I've went to see Pat do a signing while still back in KY, and bought one of the shirts from his website.

If anyone even remotely likes his books, you need to be following his blog (http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/). It talks much more about pat's dealing with things (sudden 'fame', meeting celebrities, learning about being a father with his (now) toddler son, etc) but most of the reads are just full of down-to-earth humor. It really feels that Pat speaks with you and not to you, if you get what I mean.

I wish I could "like" or "+1" this. This is one of the few books in a LONG time that I have absolutely LOVED! I actually literally stayed up all night reading these books. The next day at school kinda sucked... but it was worth it.

Mort
06-10-2012, 07:22 AM
It's a bit funny they are loved so much when not a lot really happens in them, at least not in the way of other fantasy plots.

Zombie Sammael
09-24-2012, 05:57 AM
It's main flaw is the same as the wheel of time. There's no way a ginger could do all these things.

Pffffft. I'm ginger and I've done most of the things Kvothe has. Admittedly, Rand's achievements are a little harder to match, but I'm getting there. :p

ChubbyAiel
03-11-2013, 04:42 PM
I loved those two books. Some really funny bits, some really sad (like when that plum poison stuff makes him think about his past - that had me choking up). But then my brother was slightly underwhelmed by them, so I suppose they're not for everyone.

Figbiscuit
03-14-2013, 10:46 AM
An old friend I've just got back in touch with has recommended this to me, so I've added it to my wish list.

Her recommendation means so much more to me than any of you guys, of course. Just sayin'.

Sarevok
06-25-2013, 02:55 PM
I loved the first book, but I have to agree with Mort:
It's a bit funny they are loved so much when not a lot really happens in them, at least not in the way of other fantasy plots.
Minor book 2 spoilers:
Especially in the second book, it seems like Rothfuss wanted to make a trilogy, but didn't have enough story to fill 3 books, so he fills it up with other stuff to Kvothe to so. It kind of reads like a lot of stories strung together, rather than one long storie. Note: I'm not saying they're bad stories, it's still fun to read. :)
I just seems to drag a bit. Especially his time in the University in the 1st half of the 2nd book is almost the same stuff as the 2nd half of the first book: learning stuff, looking for Denna and fighting with Ambrose...

Leanne
06-25-2013, 04:48 PM
I've had this book recommended by a few people. It's been on my list and now I am going to finally use the B&N gift card I've been holding onto since April to pick it up. :)

I would have to read it before Jordancon 2014 anyway. I've been curious to meet Rothfuss from things I have heard about him. They have ranged from great guy to cocky....so I guess we'll see.

Uno
07-16-2013, 06:41 PM
I really liked the first book, and the second one was pretty good, too, except that the Adem storyline with it's oriental-stereotype-martial-artist-with-enigmatic-philosophy-teaches-western-boy-hidden-wisdom-through-speaking-in-riddles trope was extraordinarily tedious to me. It sort of reminded me of karate kid and every other martial arts movie there is combined with the Sphinx from that movie Mystery Men:

Mr. Furious: Okay. Am I the only one who finds these sayings just a bit formulaic? "If you wanna put something down, you gotta pick it up". "If you wanna go left, you gotta go right". It's...

Sphinx: Your temper is very quick, my friend. But until you learn to master your rage

Mr. Furious: Your rage will become your master? That's what you were gonna say, right? Right?

Sphinx: ... Not necessarily.

fdsaf3
07-19-2013, 04:47 PM
Personally, I thought Name of the Wind was an over-hyped and incredibly mediocre book as far as fantasy is concerned. Nothing terribly original or inventive as far as I'm concerned. What bothers me more is Patrick Rothfuss' attitude, though. I've never met him, but he just comes across as self-entitled, arrogant, and much too impressed with himself.

Finish the story you've been writing for 15 years, and then write another one, then you can be as condescending and arrogant as he is.

Figbiscuit
07-29-2013, 10:35 AM
Well I've just bought the second one in proper book form. Thrilled to see it's a large book with lots of small text, my favourite kind :D

I really wanted to buy the first one first in proper book form but couldn't justify the unnecessary expense. It'll have to wait until I'm a little more financially free than I am this month.

SauceyBlueConfetti
08-21-2013, 04:13 PM
Working on the second book, almost 2/3 through it. Very pleased so far. A few things seem a bit "going astray" but I am hopeful there is a circular reasoning in all of it.

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I especially loved two things so far:

The Maer's name is actually Rand (mentioned once by Stapes, his manservant)

The hand/sign language of Tempi. It gives me an understanding I can apply back to WoT maiden handtalk. Like it. Like it.

SauceyBlueConfetti
08-23-2013, 12:51 PM
ok, not so enamored as I have moved forward in the book


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The sex goddess/Fae/Felurian bit just made me go...okay whatever. I liked the books very much up until that point, but that was jumping the shark for me and I lost my ability to stay "in" the book in my mind. Finding a way to visually realize folklore/tell a historical story/move the plot along doesn't bode well if this bit is any indication. Color me disappointed. But I continue on, should be finished today if I get to read on my lunch hour.

Uno
08-23-2013, 04:34 PM
I found myself skimming quite rapidly through the Felurian part.

Dragon Thief
08-25-2013, 03:49 AM
What bothers me more is Patrick Rothfuss' attitude, though. I've never met him, but he just comes across as self-entitled, arrogant, and much too impressed with himself,

I don't know that I could disagree with this more. Seriously, it's like you randomly formed an opinion of him based on .... anything other than who and what he is.

I've met him twice. I follow his blog like it's a religion. I've listened to him do interviews. He's a huge fan in the nerd-web world (Nail Gaiman, Felcia Day, Wil Wheaton, etc).

I've heard him talk about how he never had more than a few pairs of pants or never more than one coat until after his books get published. He talks about the trials of rising his son (who's four-ish or so now),

He just found out some fans named their baby boy Kvothe, and didn't believe them. No one would do such a thing. The fans sent in photos of the boy and the birth certificate, and Pat was stunned. He wrote the parents a letter to give to the boy (or not, as they saw fit) just because.

Hello little Kvothe,

It will probably be a long time before you read this, if ever. I just wanted to give you my best wishes and fond hopes for the future.

I hope you grow up sweet and loving. I hope you grow up clever and strong. I hope you are happy.

I hope your life is hard, but not too hard. I hope you are careful, but not too careful. I hope you make beautiful mistakes and learn things.

I hope you always have ten good friends who are close to you. I hope you know that you are loved. I hope you make the world a better place.

Thanks for making me smile,

pat
(http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2013/08/introducing/)


How does any of this not tell you how VERY down to earth this man is? I'll admit I'm such a huge fan I'm biased, but to me it's like you're calling black white while everyone else talks about how much they like black.

Leanne
08-27-2013, 03:24 PM
I remember being surprised by how long the Felurian bit lasted. I enjoyed both books quite a bit, but there were parts, like that sequence, that I didn't care much for.

I have since read through a lot of his blog, I can't find any evidence of him being conceited in the least... On the contrary, I find him very likable so far. Not at all like another author's blog that I have read, I won't name any names.

SauceyBlueConfetti
09-03-2013, 04:16 PM
I'll admit I'm such a huge fan I'm biased, but to me it's like you're calling black white while everyone else talks about how much they like black.

Ok teenage girl-fan, calm down. :D:p

I like him very much and agree, never have seen anything remotely "conceited" about him. He has a very, very dry and self depreciating sense of humor, which may not translate well???

I am considering JordanCon next year primarily because he will be there. DT, are you thinking about it???