THE NAME OF THE WIND BOOK
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In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth . The Name of the Wind General information Author(s) Patrick Rothfuss Country United States Language English Publication Published by DAW Books Date of. The book is called The Name of the Wind, and it is written by a new author, Patrick Rothfuss. This also had me a little worried, as I am becoming more and more.
And for some reason Kvothe is in love with her. I've read online that Patrick thinks himself as a great writer of women, but this definitely does NOT show in his female characters.
I forced myself to finish this novel because I was hoping it would surprise me by the end, and guess what? It didn't. This book is basically just set-up for book two Book two somehow has even less plot than book one, it's all set-up for book three, and the annoying characters get even worse than they were in the first novel. If you love fantasy then do yourself a favor and skip these crap novels and instead read something by Steven Erikson or Paul Kearney or Brandon Sanderson.
God awful If I wanted a long, boring story about going to school, reading books, paying student loans and playing gigs in front of drunkards at the bar, I have my own life. I can't imagine how anyone finds this bullshit interesting, other than maybe appreciating the writing technique.
I personally think it is over-the-top, and annoying. I am surprised that the chronicler didn't slap the shit out of Kvothe by the middle of the second day for wasting his time. As soon as anything mildly interesting seemed to be happening, the narrator would skip over it by saying something like: Go fuck yourself, Patrick Rothfuss This book was particularly hard to hold focus for the first third of the book.
But I'm an optimist and I was hoping it would get better. The middle was good. Kept me interested and engaged. And then somewhere around the last quarter of the book, it just fell off. The author is an amazing storyteller. The way the story was told, I was able to feel the elements, see the scenery, and really get to know the characters, good and bad. If the storytelling was terrible, then the rating would have been much lower.
The main character and thus main plot drew on and on and on, keeping the reader hanging in there for a climax and finale. There were also two or three subplots that wove their way throughout the story.
By far the biggest downfall to any of these plots or subplots, and the book as a whole, is that none of them, zero, had any sort of closure whatsoever.
It's like the author strung me along, and because I was committed and just had to get to the end to find out what happens, and then nothing happened. No twist. No finish. No closure to any of the stories. It just I actually took it personally that I invested so much time to read it, and if was for naught.
I'll be donating this one to goodwill, as I certainly won't be reading it again. And likely nothing else from this author if this is how he treats his readers.
Tiresome and repetitive, with a focus on the Y in YA. Main character is such a ridiculous Mary Sue there is no room for any suspense, as he consistently out-magicks, out-thinks, out-plays, and out-everythings everyone else in this book with such ease one wonders whether this is Rothfuss reliving his own pre-adolescent fantasies.
Story meanders between Kvothe recounting, in tedious detail, just how poor he is; and Kvothe, winning everything always without much of a challenge. The book, in a nutshell: Kvothe reminds the reader that he is only a wee child of 15, but gosh, he is going to try his hardest! Incredibly disappointing, the first chapters set up what should have been an exciting story but quickly devolved into a tiresome paint-by-numbers pile. I'll preface this review by saying that I, obviously, love this book.
The prose, pacing, characterizations, and story structure are superlative. However, since none of this is new information, I'll just leave a few responses to common complaints I've been seeing about The Name of The Wind. Kvothe is not naturally gifted in everything, he's just really smart and incredibly dedicated to study. If he had a natural propensity to sygaldry, sympathy, etc. But Kvothe does not have natural talent for anything but learning. The story goes out of its way to show Kvothe's struggles with accepting and learning about the larger world he is thrust into after the tragedy that befalls him at the start of the story.
There's a lot more to be said on this, but instead I'll move on to It's his bugbear, his foil, the one thing that haunts him from place to place and the ultimate counter to any advantage he gains. Kvothe's first and most important fear is not being in control, of being powerless.
Poverty makes him feel powerless again - he feels like it strips him of everything that makes him unique. And so, poverty is placed front and center in this story. The Chandrian may be his quest, but poverty is his truest nemesis.
The Name of the Wind is, at its core, a character study. The framing narrative informs the story by allowing the character of Kvothe to be the focus of the story.
So, while there are no immense battles or monstrous evils to be defeated, there are personal demons and emotional quests that Kvothe explore's. This works as well as it does because the character of Kvothe that we see in the frame narrative is vastly different from the character we travel with for most of the story's length.
There is an underlying tension to every victory, a sense of tragedy to every defeat, because we know where the sum total of Kvothe's experiences lead - to tragedy, anonymity, and ruin.
The battles to be fought are those of a more personal nature rather than the supersized wars that are so prevalent in many fantasy novels. If you are looking for epic fantasy on a grand scale, another "Way of Kings" or "Wheel of Time" series, this is not that.
If, instead, you are looking for a story with emotional resonance, beatific prose, and a tangible sense of heart and care in the construction of the world and characters, then you should give The Name of the Wind a try. Genuinely despairing at the number of people giving this book low reviews. I'm convinced that many of them must be trolls, and the rest are simply, not meaning to cause offence, incapable of appreciating what makes a good piece of literature.
The majority of these negative comments cite 'the annoying, implausible main character' as the main cause of their displeasure - let me draw your attention to Achilles of the Iliad which, by the way, is arguably the greatest piece of literary fiction to have been composed , to the eponymous hero of the Harry Potter series far and away the best-selling book series of all time - and little wonder, it's great!
This book is a skilfully composed amalgam of several distinct genres of fiction - the Epic, the bildungsroman, the romance - and as such, fails in no respect to appeal to all types of avid reader. Whether you seek a sentimental tale of love and loss, a thrilling journey of toil and hardship, or a provocative fable with deeper moral implications, this novel has facets which should appeal to you.
Most striking to me personally are the honesty of Rothfuss' characterisation and the beauty of his prose. Having read a vast quantity of fiction, from dozens of esteemed authors spanning millennia, I can categorically say that this is one of the best books I have ever had the joy of reading, and one with uncommonly high rereadability; indeed, I feel I gain more pleasure from this book with each subsequent reading, as I perceive more about the inner workings of the characters, the subtleties of the plot, and the deeper nuances and themes of the text as a whole.
I genuinely believe that those who have given this book 1-star reviews should have their opinions nullified - the only explanation is that they have misunderstood the text entirely, and as such their misguided observations do not reflect the true brilliance that Patrick Rothfuss has achieved here. So boring, sexist and poorly written.
The plot barely moves, the same topic is droned on about for at least 50 pages minimum and the characters spends most of his time complaining.
Women are never seen in a good light in this book, and are always 'problematic' when the problem is that the character is a self centered narcissist. The book is written poorly and without any hint of the so called 'great' author. The ten star reviews on this make me question what is happening to humanity.
This is a beautifully written book. Well this book is full of those moments and he nails every single one. I found myself constantly wishing I had his command over my vocabulary.
If your idea of a good fantasy book is 10 pages of character development, followed by pages of ultra descriptive fight scenes, then maybe give this book a skip. This is a book that I could read forever and never get bored, the pure complexity of culture and all together raw feelings displayed by all the characters is incredible, I do believe though that my favourite piece of his works is the concept of the 7 words to make a girl love you.
There are very few books out there that have pulled me so thoroughly into the story so completely that on my best and my worst days Rothfuss' words make me forget who and where I am. We all share the fear, joy, laughter and sorrows that take place.
We experience the jolt of surprise as "Kote" pauses in his story from his younger self. In my personal opinion for all that that is worth, Patrick Rothfuss is right there along the authors of the classics and even surpassing a few of them. I take great joy in telling people about his works and look forward to what he might come out with next. One of my favorites, ever. So good! I love the fact that Kvothe breaks the trifecta mold.
Most contend with the character that is proactive, likable, and powerful. I think the way that Rothfuss overcomes this is absolutely brilliant. In the autobiographical style in which he writes, we are allowed to take the lead role.
Now we are awesome just like Kvothe. Also, inside of this character is where we see the most interesting bits, his weaknesses.
Now he's less perfect, but more interesting. Pure genius, all there is to it. A very well-written and interesting tale that will keep you up as you promise yourself, "only one more page. There were a couple of inconsistencies but regardless I loved this novel from cover to cover and recommend it to all of my friends.
If i could give this book a negative rating i would. I like fantasy, and i like campy fantasy as well. Epic fantasy is a bit much for me but im reading the malazan books and i seem to be interested. Firstly, Its hard to get into a story where the main character has no adversary able to match him.
For people thinking about reading this i can sum it up in a few sentences. Boy has tragic upbringing, then excels at everything to the point that you will never feel sorry or bad for him. He's an annoying twat too. In the second book he sleeps with a fairy godess, spending several months learning how to please a woman but somehow still has confidence issues with some girl he likes.
Then he goes to become a monk and learn kung fu and guess what. Hes the best at that too. All the while getting accepted into a xenophobic society by the shear power of his amazing quality, and hes banging chicks too while lesrning kungfu. I mean Neo couldn't even do that. Also hes good at playing a lute. Im not quite sure what happens in the first book. He goes to school, some high school drama happens, then he runs away to fight a dragon that turns out to be a large lizard that eats trees and happens to get spooked by some crazy villagers.
Then comes home to more high school drama. Its high school musical and the lord of the rings mashup. Minus some homo erotic hobit story line. I can only imagine that this book got so many good reviews in the same vein as a lot of people seem to like maroon five.
Its incomprehensible. Or to quote an actually good fantasy movie, inconceivable. Just how am i supposed to care about a guy who can do everything better than anyone else and still be a complete arse Inconceivable. Absolutely loved the book. The setting, the characters, Kvothe, Denna, Auri, Elodin And the best thing about this book is the prose It's beautiful.
And so subtle hints The dialogues are awesome and the book leaves you looking for more My favorite book series. The best part of this book is that I am almost done with it! So boring a main character that is completely full of himself.
Repetitive writing it was bland. I have mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand I want to know what is up with the main character with Kvothe.
I also find the autobiographical aspect of the book interesting. On the other hand, chapters repeat themselves as if the author forgot he already described something a place, a feeling, an object a few chapters before. The book also seems pretty slow including details that are great to read for the first few chapters, but then you want to get to the sense of it all.
I read this book shortly after the second part The WIse Mans Fear was released and very quickly read them both. I absolutely loved them. However, I find it very difficult to recommend them to anyone these days as the third and final book of the trilogy has still not been released - nor does it look like being released any time soon - despite it being well over six years since the second part was released.
To recommend this series right now feels like recommending a book which you know to have the last five chapters torn out. I'm honestly amazing at some of the low reviews given here. Criticism of the decisions of Kvothe such as focus why he did certain things and forgetting that he was still at a young age when most of this story started.
It is an enjoyable story, focusing on a brilliant but rash child who loses his parents suddenly. The pace of the story is slow to start but once you read through what I assume if the setup of the plotline you can't leave the book. I have already read the second book which is even better and can hardly wait for the third and final with high expectations.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
A beautiful modern fantasy novel written from the perspective of an unreliable narrator. To those who read the low reviews that use the complaint that Kvothe is too good at everything, know that these people have missed the point of the books. We are watching a man set up his own myth in his lifetime, a talented man no doubt, but a prideful liar as well.
Kvothe thinks all women want him, that he is the center of the universe and his storytelling reflects this. The beautiful irony is that one of his main struggles is unearthing true information from old stories where others have done the same. This is a fantasy tale for the ages, a story about stories and those who tell them.
Reading the previous reviews it seems either people really like it or dislike the book. I can see both opinions as really valid. There is way too much exposition in this book, nothing seems to happen, it as if you were reading A Song of Fire and Ice, and you had to read every page with a detailed description of the food.
For some reason though, the story was interesting enough that I wanted to finish the novel. The author definitely makes you curious what Kvothe 's deal is. How does he become the superhero and what he does with it? There doesn't seem to be any really complicated problem he ever really faces, besides the beginning of the book. As everyone has said Kovethe, is capable of doing everything, I guess that is his knack.
The side-characters are alright, the most interesting one is probably "Ben" and he is only there for a bit. If you like fantasy books and autobiographical styles, this could entertain you? If you like fantasy books with more complexity and a more interesting world, I suggest you skip it.
I am actually truly amazed at some of the reviews on here, calling into question Rothfuss' use of prose and language?! He is an excellent storyteller and his use of language is engaging, poetic, rhythmic and easy to soak in. The main character many people forget is a boy, an exceptional boy, who early on is established as a quick study who rarely repeats mistakes and has a wisdom that makes him seem older than he is.
And he seems to have the best memory I'll grant that. So people who don't like that he excels at everything, I find only half true, he excels at things he puts his sharp mind to, but he still only has the understanding of an adolescent, and the temper too, both of which are key realistic character traits, recurring throughout the story. The first book reminded me of the Harry Potter series, except where the magic actually makes sense as it has 'scientific-esque' theory behind it which the lack of magic and societal explanation and overdose of 'convenience' was my biggest bug bear of the Potter series.
I for one could not put these books down, I laughed out loud many times at characters being themselves and coming fools of situations, and It does use many storytelling stereotypes like girls falling for him, him being the best almost like being 'the one' but the story is so fluidly and believably told, you don't really realise until you look back.
Utterly refreshing and I cannot praise these books enough. If Kvothe is so good with his musical instrument, his main focus should have been to firstly find a lute so he can earn money instead of begging and stealing for food. If he's so smart, shouldn't he have realized not to use a lit candle in the Archives?
Dozens of other inconsistencies that makes this a super boring and stupid book. One of the worst fantasy book I've ever read. Cant understand the hype for this trilogy.
Boring characters, miserable main character, dull story, trying to persuade u that its a big and epic story and never manage to succeed it.
I wanted to like it, tried hard to finish 1st book , tried harder to finish 2nd book. So many hours reading wasted! Worst writer I ever read. His prose is so bad, I started wondering if he ever finished grade school. Very poor indeed. Literally went in and out of this book only to find he was droning on about the same thing pages latter i. He has to be good at everything also which I find tedious.
Their are also no positive representations of women in this book either which I find problematic. This doesn't deserve the high scores it is getting. An amazing book, and everyone who says they can't relate to the characters, or that they are dull just lack the imagination required to truly read the story, and not just look at the words on the page. My main issue with the book wasn't the plot - I'm a sucker for anything fantasy - but the style.
I felt as though characters were in the present day.
Their interaction felt very modern in this setting, and it was out of place. During dialogue, a character would correct themself with "wait," before presenting a thought or "like" as a filler. Both of these are modern phrases, and that caused a very noticible disconnect from the setting.
I do have some problems with the main character. Yes, his story is tragic, but it's the underdog story. The "hero risen from nothing" troupe. His back story feels a lot like a back story I created for my first elder scrolls character. I understand some of the symbolism in the story, and the themes are nice as well, but Kvothe himself is, to be honest, a whiny, grumpy, sulking, hero man. The entire book also felt like exposition. A big sad backstory, which is fun for the first pages, but gets old.
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Kvothe's drama gets boring and obnoxious. There are some good qualities. I think the side characters are interesting, though simple. Some unresolved plots kept me guessing as rhe story went on, and visually it was very good and detail oriented. Good writing, when it wasn't about characters or dialogue. Pretty okay book. Story is nice and all.
But I really hate how the main character is a super hero, very best at everything. Always going around saving towns. Awesome book with great insight into the characters life. Couldn't put it down. Really spectacular book. If you love fantasy or just love great books in general then this is a must read.
This is such a great read, Rothfuss Really is a master of words. I've heard this book catch some flack for the less than realistic portrayal of Kvothe.
Ignore the critics. Anyone who thinks of Kvothe as being shallow and to perfect clearly hasn't looked far past the surface. The book is a tragedy at heart, and Rothfuss is slowly building up to that downward turn. Engaging read. I'll try to keep this brief. Patrick Rothfuss is a genius. The world and the characters he creates are completely fleshed out, and the prose is magnificent.
This is easily one of the best, most absorbing books I've ever read, and it's absolutely astounding to me that this is a debut novel. Nothing more needs to be said. That's it. Firstly, as continuously written throughout the reviews regardless of rating , Pat's elegant writing compliments the story superbly. For these people, and mind you they have their right to feel how they feel, but for these people, I feel tremendously sorry.
They clearly lack the emotional depth and intellectual thought required to fully grasp what Mr. Rothfuss has done here.
This story has a centralized character from which it extends. Nonetheless, I would still compel you to Read This Story Whether Tomorrow, next year, or in 20, you Must experience what Kvothe has to offer. Frankly, it balances far better than most novels. Many attempt to instigate emotion in the reader whilst a major arc occurs, and unfortunately many fail miserably.
This story, which revolves around One man and his supporting cast mixed throughout , envelopes the reader in his love, his loss, his pain, and overall his passion for the answers he seeks. His drive, though motivated partially by revenge and partially due to his inquisitiveness, will carry the reader from the beginning to the end. If you've ever loved, ever lost, ever suffered, ever smiled, ever Felt something stronger and deeper than "cool story bro," then you must read this book.
It's a story of a man, not a glamour show of an army, of a king, or of a country. It's the reality of his world, the severe loss he suffered, and how he manages to survive and overcome it. And simply put, it significantly touches on relevant tribulations in our own lives today. Give it a chance, and you will not regret it. This was one of the best fantasy books I've read in recent times.
It made me a smile a great deal while reading, so well was it written. It shared elements with many of the books I have enjoyed most: After the first pages about halfway I would have given the book 10 out of 10 but the standard dropped a wee bit, and although the book was still good I felt it lacked the wonder of what had preceded.
Thankfully the denouement closed everything off masterfully in an enthralling finale and I look forward to reading Wise Man's Fear.
At times the style of the writing can be very pleasing, but the story is poor, sorry, I mean, very very very poor. Nothing really happens - in the whole book - except one incident with a dragon which I won't spoil.
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But apart from that it's just a long boring grinding story of some kid learning the first steps in becoming a magician. Not a single decent fight in pages. I bought this because a review site listed it as number one in a list of the 20 best fantasy novels. Fantasy indeed. Great book! One of the best I have ever read. I look forward to the third day! It is beautifully written, I mean really. However the character is boring and as previous reviewers said, is actually an impulsive asshole who is the best at everything.
His most important characteristic is poor, orphan, very clever, good intentions, always looking for trouble even when unnecessary. In my opinion if he would behave how he does he would already be quite dead by the middle of the 2nd book.
I was enduring because the world is cleverly set-up, and as I wrote above, in my opinion it is nicely written. Sometimes you read a part of the book and you have the feeling that 2 months passed, then it comes out that all this happened in 1 week.
This is the worst book I have ever read.
Boring characters, boring setting, boring plot. C'mon Rothfuss, this is terrible, worst 22 hours of my life that I will never get back. I wanted to say first that this book was well written. It's an easy ready with many different interesting events.
There is a lot of creativity that is involved, and often it kept me reading. Though these are huge pluses when I read this book, there are many events in the book that made me roll my eyes repeatidly. The main character, Kvothe, seems ridiculous as he is able to do anything. Basically Rothfuss made this character seem like a god who can do anything, has many jealous of his intelligent, and has many women wanting him. I love both books!
Can't wait for the third one: The main character is completely unbelievable and totally disconnected. Much of the world follows a religion similar, though not identical, to medieval Christianity.
Coexisting alongside the mortal world is the realm of The Fae, a parallel universe inhabited by supernatural creatures which can move between the two realms only when the moon is full. Magic exists in Temerant, too, but obeys a well-defined set of rules and principles that can only be exploited by those who have trained in its professional and scientific use.
As the novel begins, the reader hears an old storyteller speaking of a famous old wizard called Taborlin the Great, who was captured by evil beings called the Chandrian.
Escaping them, Taborlin fell from a great height—but since he knew the "Name of the Wind", he called it and the Wind came and set him down safely.
In later parts of the book, characters are often skeptical of such stories. Some kinds of magic are taught in the University as academic disciplines and have daily-life applications those who can afford it are able to buy magical lamps, for example, much better than the candles used by poorer people.
However, most of the population does not have reliable knowledge of the magical disciplines and many still doubt that magicians can truly call upon the Wind. The Chandrian—whose appearance is supposedly heralded by flames turning blue—are often dismissed as mythical bogeymen. In the rural town of Newarre, the Waystone Inn is managed by an innkeeper named Kote and his assistant Bast. It is revealed that Kote is actually the renowned Kvothe: an unequaled sword fighter, magician, and musician, rumored to have killed a king and caused the present war in which the civilized world is embroiled.
Bast is Kvothe's assistant and student and a prince of the Fae. Kvothe has gone into hiding and assumed the identity of Kote in order to keep a low profile. Kvothe saves a traveling scribe known as Chronicler from spider -like creatures called scrael, whereupon Chronicler, recognizing Kvothe, asks to record his story.
Upon consenting, Kvothe tells Chronicler that this will take three days corresponding to the planned trilogy of novels. Kvothe begins his story during his childhood, when he lived amongst a troupe of highly reputed traveling performers known as Edema Ruh.
His loving parents train him from a young age as an actor, singer and lute player. He does extremely well in all of these as in every other field to which he turns his hand. The troupe acquires the scholar and arcanist Abenthy, who trains Kvothe in science and sympathy : a discipline that creates links from one physical object to allow manipulation of another.
Kvothe also witnesses Abenthy calling the wind to fend off suspicious townspeople and vows to discover the titular "Name of the Wind", permitting this control. Kvothe's father, the famous bard Arliden, starts composing what was to be the greatest of his works—a ballad of the ancient tragic hero Lanre. For this composition, Arliden starts collecting all the various tales of the mythical Chandrian and tries to get at the kernel of truth behind them—without explaining how this is related to Lanre.
This inquiry turns out to have fatal consequences. When the troupe makes camp, Kvothe's mother sends him to gather sage in the surrounding woods.
Upon returning, he finds his parents and all members of his troupe dead, and the all-too-real Chandrian seated around the campfire, which has turned blue. Evidently, they disliked Arliden's researches and came to silence him and everybody else with whom he might have shared his findings. The eleven-year-old Kvothe is on the point of being killed by the Chandrian named Cinder when their leader, Lord Haliax, pressures them to depart due to the approach of some mysterious enemies of theirs.I loved it like a child, like breathing, like my own right hand.
A final observation: There were enough hints of a larger plot to intrigue. I swear!
Kvothe's poverty is a driver and source of tension. Seriously, the man has more charisma than any of the Twitch streamers out there. Overall it's rather disappointing The world and the characters he creates are completely fleshed out, and the prose is magnificent. View all 13 comments.
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