Tag: Author: Patrick Rothfuss


Review: The Wise Man’s Fear

Posted 30 August, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles #2)
By: Patrick Rothfuss
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”

My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view- a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicles, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

At long last I find myself reading this book. It has long been on my radar–since reading The Name of the Wind for the first time back in 2008–which I waited for in mass market paperback before it sitting for a good number of years longer on my TBR pile. With the third book nowhere in sight and me attempting to get through books that have sit on my physical TBR pile for a long time, I figured now was the time to read it.

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Commentary: The Name of the Wind

Posted 28 August, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1)
By: Patrick Rothfuss
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
My first review of the novel

MY NAME IS KVOTHE

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature–the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

I read this book years ago (see review) but with The Wise Man’s Fear sitting on my TBR pile gathering dust for how many years, I figured it was time to revisit this book before diving into the second novel. And so here we are (mind you it took me how many months to re-read it as other books got in the way and I had read parts of it during break at work) 😛

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Review: Unfettered

Posted 15 January, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Unfettered
Edited by: Shawn Speakman
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

You define life or it defines you.

In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both.

Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hogdkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story Shawn could sell toward alleviating those bills—and suggested Shawn ask the same of his other friends.

Unfettered is the result, an anthology built to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

Every story in this volume is new and, like the title suggests, the writers were free to write whatever they wished. Authors contributing are:

  • Walker and the Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks (a Shannara tale)
  • Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks (a precursor to the Word/Void trilogy)
  • How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss (a Four Corners tale)
  • River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (a Wheel of Time tale)
  • The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams
  • Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey (a precursor to the Kushiel series)
  • Dogs by Daniel Abraham
  • Mudboy by Peter V. Brett (a Demon Cycle tale)
  • Nocturne by Robert V. S. Redick
  • The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian (a Vault of Heaven tale)
  • The Coach with Big Teeth by R.A. Salvatore
  • Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood (a Summer Dragon tale)
  • Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Lasting Doubts of Joaquin Lopez by Blake Charlton
  • The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne (an Iron Druid tale)
  • Select Mode by Mark Lawrence (a Broken Empire tale)
  • All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham
  • Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth (a Struck epilogue tale)
  • Unbowed by Eldon Thompson (a Legend of Asahiel tale)
  • In Favour with Their Stars by Naomi Novik (a Temeraire tale)
  • The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan (a Riyria Chronicles tale)
  • The Duel by Lev Grossman (a Magicians tale)
  • The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman (an Annwn Cycle tale)
  • and artist Todd Lockwood, who donated artwork as well as a story.

With the help of stalwart friends and these wonderful short stories, Shawn has taken the gravest of life hardships and created something magical. Unfettered is not only a fantastic anthology in its own right but it’s a testament to the generosity found in the science fiction and fantasy community—proof that humanity can give beyond itself when the need arises.

After all, isn’t that the driving narrative in fantasy literature?

I had been eyeing this collection of short stories for a very long time, but didn’t get around to picking up a copy for myself until this past year when it became available on Kobo for purchase (if I could’ve purchased it earlier, I would’ve). This book is part of the Clean Your Reader – Reading Challenge that I am participating in January 2015.

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Review: The Name of the Wind

Posted 3 August, 2008 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

The Name of the Wind
By: Patrick Rothfuss

I picked up this book after hearing many positive reviews from the Terry Brooks forums. This novel is about a character named Kvothe who dictates his life story of how he rose and became a legend to the Chronicler. This first novel follows Kvothe’s early years and how he came to be enrolled to the University and all the adventures and struggles that came with his years there. Rothfuss had also essentially set up what appears to be the greater struggle that will most likely show up in the remaining books in this trilogy (I believe it’s a trilogy, unless it’s stated otherwise). What keeps this novel interesting is that the story goes back and forth between Kvothe’s narrative and the happenings going on in the present time (which, by the end of the novel you realize is shaping up to be something as well). Rothfuss has certainly set an interesting premise for his story, with intriguing and colourful characters with equally interesting traits and backgrounds and trades. You get a sense that these characters really do toil and go through the mundane stuff as well as the more intriguing stuff. The University system is equally intriguing, which I hope will be expanded in the next novel. I can’t remember a fantasy novel that delves this far back to the makings of a legend. Overall, reading this book was very enjoyable and am looking forward to the next novel in this trilogy.

Rating: ★★★★★

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