Kvothe speaking again One type of sex is suited to the deep cushions of a twilight forest glade Another comes quite naturally tangled in the sheets of narrow beds upstairs in inns in inns distinctive Rothfuss diction.
Kvothe s insights on women Each woman is like an instrument, waiting to be learned, and finely played fucked , to have at least her own true music made That s right guys, women are like instruments, and they exist for your use and pleasure.
Realizing that what he just said is sophomoric, sexist, and a little insane, Kvothe clarifies Some might take offense at this way of seeing things They might think I degrade women Well, in defense of anyone thinking that, you do degrade women Before the book ends, your skinny little ass has sex with half the village by the university I don t feel like transcribing any of it.
Kvothe prances around with the approximate wisdom and subtlety of a slightly below average modern day teenager A musician with a delicate disposition at home at a pedicurist than a fantasy novel, he s best described as a weakling, a coward, and a fool.
At one point he actually loses a fight to a 10 year old girl Someone responded to this earlier by saying But she was a really badass little girl Haha Ok.
CriticismsHis primary personalty traits are wit, charm and intelligence Mark Twain is witty Locke Lamora is charming Kvothe is a self absorbed brat with the emotional depth of a teaspoon The narrator insists on his intelligence and success at the university, but every time Kvothe speaks, it s an eyeroll festKvothe is the furthest thing from a coward A girl he s been pining over since almost the beginning of the last book admits that she is being abused What does Kvothe do He says some dumb things and abandons her to go on a pointless expedition into the woods stumbles over the Fey, where he loses his virginity screws 5women that we re told about this in the space of a couple of months and finally returns to the university by the end of the book, only to reveal that he is not in love with the original girl any.
Stay classy, Kvothe, buddy.
Here s what he has to say about love KvotheLove is a subtle concept But it can be defined VashetDo so then Tell me of love KvotheLove is the willingness to do anything for someone VashetThen how is love different from duty or loyalty KvotheIt is also combined with physical attraction Well, you re an expert on that, you little man whore, you VashetEven a mother s love KvotheCombined with extreme fondness then VashetAnd what exactly do you mean by fondness KvotheIt is He trailed off, racking his brainAt least that shouldn t take long.
Listen, Kvothe, love is the condition wherein the happiness of another person is essential to your own It s not rocket science And it does not require physical attraction Combined with extreme fondness Wtf are you, 16 Oh yeah, that s right, you are Seriously, half the time Kvothe opens his mouth, I want to punch him in the face 1000 pages of him speaking come on Don t do this to me And look, I completely understand that the author deliberately made his main character into a crappy teenager I get it But the result sucks.
There s a tendency when reading a series to rate the books against each other rather than against the world I ve seen it done to my own books I loved XXXX of Thorns but it wasn t as good as YYYY of Thorns so 4.
I didn t enjoy The Wise Man s Fear as much as I enjoyed The Name of the Wind I didn t enjoy A Dance With Dragons as much as I enjoyed A Game of Thrones But I m giving them ALL 5 because compared to most books I read they re noticeably better I won t 4 this book to make my point that it s for me not as good as its predecessor I ll make that point here With words.
Readers often get confused between the journey, the destination, and the story When the reader thinks the story lies at the end of the journey, and the writer thinks the story IS the journey, it can cause tensions between them.
Reading TWMF part of me was always wanting to get back to the thing where the thing was where my knee jerk tells me the story lies, i.
e making solid progress at the university in order to tackle the Chandrian And that really doesn t happen in this very long book In fact so little happens in that direction that I wonder if Rothfuss might not wholly evade that issue Certainly if he s to conclude the story in three books it seems that a drastic up ing of focus and pace or a 10,000 page book would be required to deal with Heliax and friends.
So, let s put to one side the fact that if you think the story is about revenge on the Chandrian then basically nothing happened, and note instead that all the side adventuring was fun to read and very well written.
Kvothe continues to be brilliant at everything The fact that on one page late on we discover he s not genius level at mathematics hardly balances that he picks up a difficult new language, makes startling progress at marshal arts, and impresses a sex fairy with his sexing, even though it s his first time.
If you let go of your destination desires this is an enjoyable book with great prose The story meanders, seemingly without direction In fact a big chunk of it is about Kvothe and friends meandering without direction, hunting bandits in a vast wood The aim doesn t feel particularly important protecting tax collectors in a distant land , the meat of it doesn t feel very exciting they wander for a LONG time , and much of it feels pretty random the sex fairy encounter comes out of nowhere but even so, I plain enjoyed reading it, we get our little band group dynamics, we get story telling around the camp fire and each told story is a fun bit of fiction in itself It all sounds a bit dull when I lay it out, but the deliciousness like the devil is in the detail, and I kept coming back for.
In the end we re back at the university and bugger all has been accomplished On a basic level we re pretty much where we started, and left wondering how this story is going to move forward But on an entirely different level, I ve consumed a 1000 page book in an unheard of for me two weeks and enjoyed pretty much every minute of it So five stars.
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Well, it s done And it s been a long time coming Back in late 2009 I finally got the book to the point where I was satisfied with it It was an okay book It was a book that if I had to publish it, I knew it wouldn t embarrass me By May 2010 I d re written the book to the point where I was happy with it It was a good book It was a book I was pleased with By my final deadline in November 2010, I d revised things to the point where I was excited about it It was a great book It was finally a book I was proud of.
I m glad my editor gave me enough time for this I m glad I have a book I m excited to have on the shelves I hope when it comes out on March first, you enjoy it It was a long time coming.
So, there s an established phenomenon that I don t think anyone has coined a snappy title for yet, in my head I call it Fabulous but Unpredicted Success Leads to a Complete lack of Editorial Constraint or Outside Input Whatsoever which in turn Leads to Creative Stagnation and Catastrophe FUSLCECOIWLCSC Foo Sil Kec Oiw Lecuscu Not going to be printed in a newspaper any time soon, but it s true in all kinds of media.
Generally 1 Someone outside the established system will bring in something new that no one has a great deal of faith in2 They fight tooth and nail to have their vision produced as they want it3 They make money than God when it s released, terrifying those inside the system that they may no longer know what the audience wants.
4 Those inside the system, shocked and numb, relinquish any sort of control5 The outsider is left to run roughshod over their own projects and ruin whatever originally great thing it was they had made.
In film George Lucas The Wachowski sIn Games Peter MolyneauxIn books Patrick RothfussI think it s an important preamble, because very nearly every page of this 1000 page epic screams edit me It needs the book world equivalent of Roger Corman to enter the room with something pointy, and stand over the shoulder of this bearded, smug, chubby goon and jab him with it until he gets on with telling the damn story he set out to tell, before he becomes Robert Jordan Jr in earnest.
On the positive side of things, if you pick this book up you will have to fight with yourself to put it down The truly sad thing about Rothfuss is that he can quite literally write about Kvothe buttering toast and trying on clothes and make it bubble gum paper unputdownable His skill with pacing, narrative and prose is such that, until you start to think really hard about what it is you re reading, your brain is lulled into a quiet, appreciative silence for the 390,000 words contained herein I mention the word count, because allegedly the only guidance he received from his editor was not to make it so long that it can t be bound in a paperback format i.
e over 420,000 words.
I know this is very meta so far, but it s absolutely crucial to understand that it s not Pat s fault Well, obviously it is, but it really isn t entirely his fault His success with a book that, let s face it, is Earthsea viewed through J.
K Rowling has benumbed anyone around him that could offer criticism, constructive or otherwise.
On the negatives, for those that are interested, here s a quick laundry list of the lowlights The end of chapter 107 is the most hilariously offensive thing I ve ever read on the subject of women I mean, wow The Adem were the ultimate noble savage society That they happened to be or less based on Chinese Japanese culture may have been coincidence, but I don t think so While he s a good writer, he can t put an exciting action scene together for chips Almost all the sub plots of the first third are completely cyclical Auri and Devi are abysmal characters that feel stapled on Apparently in an interview he has now admitted they weren t in the original story as he wrote it It really, really shows.
I can t go any further into the faults without completely ruining it for you, but suffice to say it s flabby where we don t care, lean where we do, Denna dominates fully 100 pages of screen time and is even annoying this time around and there are 60 full pages of egregious faery boning, wherein Kvothe is schooled in the arts of love by an ancient mythical Fuck Goddess.
Lastly, and maybe I was spoiled by an Abercrombie special before I read this in the shape of The Heroes There was no character development in this book Everyone in here feels flat, one dimensional two dimensions tops for central characters and dull Until you really force yourself to think about this, you won t even notice it, because his writing is that good.
I have no doubt I ll read the third one because at least half the book was an absolute blast, but please, please Edit him.
EDIT Score updated as I recently stumbled upon this blog post and now think that rather than being a bit of a hopeless goon, Patrick Rothfuss has probably got Real Actual brain problems he should seek therapy to help him address.
2 Have read Name of the Wind and didn t like it If so, I respect your opinion, even though you re obviously a crazy person.
3 Haven t yet read Name of the Wind, so giving you an extensive review of the second book would really just be a big confusing spoiler.
PART TWO GO BUY ITThis is a very, very good book If you liked the first, might I suggest that you go out and purchase yourself a copy this week Pat may not mention it himself, but first week sales are very helpful in giving a book good momentum It will determine how long the book stays on shelves, how good its placement is in weeks to come, and how aggressively the sequel will be ordered by bookstores.
As I always state for my own books, if you re not a hardcover buyer, don t feel guilty not going out to get it as authors, we like you to consume books as you prefer to consume them Library, hardcover, ebook, paperback your call However, if you are intending to read Wise Man s Fear in hardcover, buying it early rather than late is always a nice sign for the author Also, I ve got a selfish reason for wanting Pat to sell well I d very much like to have a nice, friendly rivalry going with the chap The Way of Kings hit 7 on the New York Times list If Pat can hit in the top five with this book, it will give me something to shoot for Honestly, I m hoping he hits 1 It s well within the realm of possibility for this book, and he deserves it It will help the entire genre if this book sells well, as it will prove that big epic fantasy books by newer authors are still viable, and will also prove that excellence will be rewarded by the readership PART THREE A LONGER REVIEW KIND OF Okay, so, I m off on a tangent again Let s bring this back into focus I m going to assume that some of you haven t read Name of the Wind yet I often suggest it to people it s become alongside Tigana, The Eye of the World, and Dragonsbane one of my top recommendations for fantasy readers Often, however, people ask why they should read the book Why do I recommend it Because it s awesome.
Why is it awesome This often stops me Why is Pat s writing awesome Well, the books have an absolutely wonderful magic system One part science, one part historical pseudoscience, one part magical wonder It s the type of magic system that I m always delighted to read, and ranks among my favorites in fantasy literature But that alone doesn t describe why the books are awesome.
In many ways, Name of the Wind is like an old, familiar coat A young man orphaned at a young age Time spent on the streets living as a thief and a street rat A wizards school Those who have not liked the book have often complained about the familiar tropes What I love about how Pat uses these tropes, however, is the realism he strives to impart.
I view this story like a Batman Begins type realism reboot of many classic fantasy tropes We get to hear the legends of Kvothe, then read the truth, and make the connections of how things spiraled from realistic to fantastic The way Pat does this is genius In some places, you can barely pick out the tropes he is using after one sequence in Wise Man s Fear, I found myself laughing uproariously as I realized the mythological foundation for the sequence There are familiar tropes, but they re taken and made so new and fresh that you have to peer through several layers of silk to see them for what they are In other cases, there is delightful originality.
Those things, however, also fail to describe why the books are awesome.
Kvothe is a very compelling hero, very classical in that he s widely accomplished yet marred by a single dominating flaw In this case, his temper He is witty, charming, and so wonderfully capable that he s a delight to read about Particularly following much of the current fiction I ve read, which seems to take the utmost pains to make certain I don t like anyone I m reading about He s noble, yet brash, and is clever, but inexperienced Which makes him dense on occasion He lives.
But even that is not what truly makes these books awesome.
In the end, I think that if I distill why I ve loved these books so much than others, it s because of this They re beautiful Wise Man s Fear is a beautiful book to read Masterful prose, a sense of cohesion to the storytelling, a wonderful sense of pacing None of that is the reason for the awesomeness any than a single dab of paint is the reason why a Monet is a thing of wonder But if you step back to look and digest the piece as a whole not thinking too much about the parts you are left with a sense of awe.
There is a beauty to Pat s writing that defies description Perhaps if Kvothe were here, he could write an appropriate song that would capture it.
s As this is of note to many of those in my audience, I feel that I should mention that this book contains a fair bit sex than the previous volume did Pat avoids graphic details, but there are events in the latter half of the book that some readers may find discomforting.
A farewell letter to my Kvothe WOW Oh, wow It just dawned on me that Kvothe and I won t be meeting again for another, what, 10 to 15 years Sounds about right The inevitable long await is so disheartening and the fury s already starting to creep in.
Thus, Kvothe, this s my farewell letter to you.
Dearest favourite douche in fantasy,Let s get real, here, you rub people the wrong way not me Never me But people do talk and the consensus is that you re arrogant, kind of an ass, a little bit of hubristic okay, a lot , you know it s true and also a bit of a douchebag and extremely reckless often than not, unnecessarily and only to prove a point and for someone so brilliant, sometimes it s like you can t even tell the difference between being fearless to just being plain stupid but LISTEN I speak only of what I see so don t be disheartened because, you re also generous, charming and a gentleman at heart In my eyes, you could do no wrong.
The good Your kind heart, inner child curiosity and relentless work ethics hard core survival instincts my personal favourite are unparalleled, and if I were to be stranded on a deserted island, it d, without a doubt, be with you because, apparently, we get to choose who we get stranded with therefore I ve chosen to forgive all of your other shortcomings as your strengths far outweigh your flaws.
And that absolute badass move you pulled toward the end of the book well, let s just say that that move put you right back up onto my top five male characters in fantasy You took me by surprise and that s why I love you These two books have given me a lot of first experiences You were the first character that I ever truly loved, The Name of the Wind was the first fantasy book that utterly engrossed and enthralled me the whole way through, made me forget the world around me, and a personal favourite of mine, gave me the first ever chapter Jackass, Jackass that became my favourite until very recently It was knocked off the top spot by Mo divinity, mo problems from, Fool s Gold I mean, come on, need I say And last but certainly not least, what s in a name PLENTY because The Wise Man s Fear still remains my favourite book title to date Your creator really knows how to pick em The bad I would ve absolutely given you the full 5 stars but I have some issues that have yet to be resolved For starters, what re you still doing at the university it s been two tomes with over a thousand pages long and somehow, you re still lurking around that damned place I loved the whole university aspect in the first book but I expected you to move on to different adventures And second, most of what you did here was travel from place to place, doing one thing after another, then repeating the cycle again The first book set up so much tension and mystery that I thought I d finally get some answers here but, alas, I did not And I was willing to forgive that, after all, there s still the finale to consider but still, give a girl somethin And though I enjoyed the ride, it was lacking in the one thing I appreciate than anything in books, suspense and dramatic tension I NEED TENSION, Kvothe I need it like I need air maybe not to that extent but, trying to make a point, here I need to be at the edge of my seat reading one chapter after another that gets my pulse racing Don t judge me but I live for narratives filled with destruction, chaos and turmoil, which I did not get here.
The very ugly In regards to she who shall not be named fuck it, DENNA Listen to me and listen carefully THAT BITCH WILL DRAG YOU DOWN You re better than that, Kvothe I hope the next time I see you, you re all cured of the Denna disease that you just can t seem to shake off because that thorn on my soon to be your side only lives to torture me you and I don t care for it one bit.
FarewellThanks to your maker who refuses to budge in, and who excels at torturing his your fans, we won t be seeing each other for a good while, not even sure if it will happen in my lifetime but don t blame me So, this is where we part ways but I ll remain loyal until well, let s just wait and see.
I ll eagerly await your return, dearest Kvothe If I m alive by then, that is.
Your ever loving loyalist,Nani Had to wait months for this baby cause I needed my year to start with a bang And what better way to start it off than with Kvothe It s time it s time it s time P.
S Exercising patience is a painful thing and never again.
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 KvotheI 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 WeepYou May Have Heard Of MeSo 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, An Escalating Rivalry With A Powerful Member Of The Nobility Forces Kvothe To Leave The University And Seek His Fortune Abroad Adrift, Penniless, And Alone, He Travels To Vintas, Where He Quickly Becomes Entangled In The Politics Of Courtly Society While Attempting To Curry Favor With A Powerful Noble, Kvothe Uncovers An Assassination Attempt, Comes Into Conflict With A Rival Arcanist, And Leads A Group Of Mercenaries Into The Wild, In An Attempt To Solve The Mystery Of Who Or What Is Waylaying Travelers On The King S RoadAll The While, Kvothe Searches For Answers, Attempting To Uncover The Truth About The Mysterious Amyr, The Chandrian, And The Death Of His Parents Along The Way, Kvothe Is Put On Trial By The Legendary Adem Mercenaries, Is Forced To Reclaim The Honor Of The Edema Ruh, And Travels Into The Fae Realm There He Meets Felurian, The Faerie Woman No Man Can Resist, And Who No Man Has Ever Survived Until KvotheIn The Wise Man S Fear, 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 I am SO excited to read this Omg AHH EditSecond time reading this, and I decided to listen to the audiobook I really enjoyed the narration It was a long audiobook, but it was enjoyable every second of the way.
5 5 starsThe Wise Man s Fear had all the potential to be better than The Name of the Wind and although this is still an amazing book, putting it in comparison with its prequel show how this one fell a bit short in quality.
Picture The Wise Man s Fear main quoteThe plot of WMF, still as simplistic as the previous book, started on Day 2 straight after the end of NotW with Kvothe sharing his life journey to Chronicler with Bast listening to it If you think the pacing of NotW was slow, believe me that Rothfuss managed to slow it down even Don t be fooled by my six days reading pace of this tome This is actually one of the slowest paced books I ever read in my entire life.
Are the plot and pacing bad for the story No, it s actually really great, it had the sense of danger that the previous book lacked and it still followed the root of the series I ve always love slow paced or fast paced book equally but for a book that s filled with 994 pages, Rothfuss could ve done so much with the story especially with its pacing Looking at it from bird s eye view, the overall story is fantastic There are some important events that provide information to why the present world is in its state, especially the meeting with a new entity called Ctaeh This meeting itself added a lot of depth to Kvothe s chronicle and the trilogy s overarching story It s only after this encounter that I realized why KKC fans are so eager for what events may occur in The Doors of Stone However, as great as the plot is, WMF suffers from the infamous 2nd book syndrome in which there are a lot of unnecessary emphases on the filler contents The important story aren t given enough focus and the filler parts are given way too many I know the fillers parts are necessary for Kvothe s character development but they could ve been cut down or replaced with something much important to the present story For example, compiling from the available two book, that s around 1600 pages, out of those pages Kvothe spent around 600 pages in the University, that s the entire length of NotW already I admit I love the time Kvothe spent in the University but I m starting to think Rothfuss had a horrible grudge with student tuition and student loan as those 600 pages and most of Kvothe s chronicle up to now had to do with settling that tuition rather than giving information on the Chandrian Also, The Name of the Wind had Kvothe s chronicle told right from he s 8 years old up to when he s 15 years old, The Wise Man s Fear only focused on Kvothe s life until 17 years old, that s only 2 years despite having almost 400 pages than NotW.
My previous point doesn t mean that I dislike the book or saying that it s a negative point, no it s not I stated that only to emphasize that the plot HAD a lot of potential to be engrossing than the current state The worst part of the book for me, however, should not be a surprise to anyone who has read this already Denna This is what made my reading enjoyment of this book decreased Not only Denna s personality encapsulates everything I don t ever want to see in a girl, Kvothe s hundreds of pages infatuation with her is really tedious and infuriating to read Kvothe s and Denna s stupid romance really put a sour taste to my enjoyment of the book, it was okay in NotW but it only got worse here that I literally face palmed myself at one point For me, every time Denna is not in the picture, the story became compelling despite how slow paced and fillery it is, it s not an exaggeration to say that Denna is one of the worst heroine of all time out of all medium for me Luckily, this part is the only problem I had with the book, the characters, the scarce actions, music, world building and prose still work together in bringing the charm of the series.
Kvothe s has a lot of greatly written character development, whether you like it or not, it really depends on your preferences and patience I personally like it, I do think, again, his sex spree ever since his meeting with Felurian could be cut down a bit Kvothe himself as a character is quite complex, yes he s a genius, kind hearted, charming and talented but at the same time he s also temperament, stupid in love and made a lot of rash decision which kinda equalized his characterIt s the questions we can t answer that teach us the most They teach us how to think If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact But give him a question and he ll look for his own answersThe other side characters, Bast, Simmon, Wilem, Elodin, Auri, and a new addition, Tempi continue to captivate me I love their interactions, developments and can t wait to see how the story concludes for Kvothe and them in the last book.
The magic system, Sympathy, which in my opinion is a combination of Voodoo Dolls curse mixed with science, received a lot of focus here and I was really enthralled by it To see how it finally utilized in combat is amazing Don t get me wrong, as before, the action scenes are really scarce, in fact, out of two books in total you ll only see around 50 pages of actions give or take but when it s there, it s written really well.
Picture Kvothe The ArcaneThe book s focus on music continued to be my favorite part of the series despite lacking in content compared with the other factors this time, it s a rhapsody that I can t ever get enough of I love how the music were implemented with the world building which I must say, is fantastic to say the least Amazing exploration on the lore, different cultures from each part of the world and intricate metafictional stories within stories, combined with Rothfuss s highest rank prose, the book never fails to capture my attention when it doesn t have Denna in the plotAnyone can love a thing because That s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket But to love something despite To know the flaws and love them too That is rare and pure and perfectAt the end of Day 2, this particular quote summed up exactly how I feel about The Wise Man s Fear Yes the book has it flaws and missed potential but despite that, I still love this book and the trilogy I really enjoyed reading it and I will definitely recommend this trilogy to anyone who s looking for an intricately great adult high fantasy book This is going to be included into one of my favorite trilogy of all time and Doors of Stone have a huge potential to turn it into the number one best trilogy of all time for me, that title currently belongs to Mistborn trilogy But as we all know, Rothfuss pretty much pushed himself into a corner with his storytelling decision on this book.
There are way too many things to resolved in Kvothe s legend and stories from the past and he also has to conclude the present story as well Unless the last book is around 2000 pages, which it won t be since Rothfuss confirmed that already, I really don t know how it can have a satisfying conclusion but if it can, then this will truly be a trilogy to rememberWhen you wait a few span or month to hear a finished song, the anticipation adds savor But after a year excitement begins to sour Kvothe, The Name of the WindHow about 6 years for a book Oh well, that particular Door won t be opened for many years to comeI predict 2021or probably never anyway Overall, the unfinished Kingkiller Chronicle is a fantastic high adult fantasy, it had it flaws but the method of storytelling is unique and engrossing that you should read it, do take into mind though that you re going to wait for a LONG time for the conclusion of the trilogy before starting it.
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