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Review: The Name of the Wind

I think I will get the card done this year yet. Slowed down a lot these last few months with summer and work, but I only have 8 squares left. "Under 30" and "A Book that Scares You" are the hardest ones so far to find.



Free Square: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss



The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.



I fell in love with this book. The newness of this book's world, how the people and countries are planned, the depth of the characters, this book is a goldmine. The highs and lows Kvothe goes through are a great journey, and it's nice that there are peaks and valleys, not just a steady climb to bettering his life and himself.

He is written as a person, with failings and strengths. And the secondary characters have a lot of depth as well. And having the story told to us by an older version of him is a fun literary trick.

A must read for any light to semi-high fantasy fans. It's the type of book that makes you sad when you are 75% of the way though, cause you know it will be over soon.

It's also cool that he is a Madison area author, so he will stop into our Barnes & Nobel and sign anything we have on the shelf.

(I thought I had posted this one before, I did get it read before The Wise Man's Fear)


Rating: A+



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

Comments

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castmeaway
Aug. 26th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
I just read Divergent and it wasn't awful. I think it was one of the few cases where I would have liked it more had I not already seen the movie first (and I'm holding firm in my opinion that I actually liked the movie better *gasp*). Anyway, that author is under 30. It's quick read and definitely enjoyable if you like the post apocalyptic young adult type novels (It was better than maze runner, at least!)

If you want something with a little bit more literary substance, you might like "The Tiger's Wife." I'm almost 100% certain that author is also under 30....uhhhh Tea Obreht, is her name!

Hope that helps?
jkivela
Aug. 26th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks. I had started Divergent (borrowed but didn't take it), and could give it a try again. I haven't seen the movie yet, but kinda plan to. I'll plan to read the book first then. Thanks for the other rec as well!
castmeaway
Aug. 27th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
I'd be curious to hear what you think once you've finished the book (and/or watched the movie). I almost never like a movie more than the book, but this was one of those rare instances. It could fill your square though?

On the other hand I really loved The Tigers wife too. I think I liked it more after I'd finished it than while I was reading it? It felt a little slow at times, but it really is a gorgeous book.
jkivela
Aug. 27th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'll see if I can borrow a copy of Divergent somewhere and give it a go.

Tiger's wife might be harder for me to track down, but it looks interesting too.

The only movie I liked better than the book was Stardust. Gaiman's book is great, but I think they did a lot of cooler things in the movie.
castmeaway
Aug. 27th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Cool! Although...

Thems be fighting words re stardust....
jkivela
Aug. 28th, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying Stardust wasn't good as a book, but Robert De Niro took his character so much further than Gaiman was able to do in print, IMO. :D

Art on the way...
jkivela
Aug. 27th, 2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
BTW, would you be willing to beta look at some Teen Wold art some time for me? I like to run pieces for fests/exchanges by friends before submitting. If so send me your email?
castmeaway
Aug. 27th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
You'll have to twist my arm... :p

But seriously, YES PLEASE! Send me all the things!

My email is jlseagle215@gmail. You can also poke me on gchat any time if that's a thing that you do...
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