The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear 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

It all began when Pat Rothfuss was born to a marvelous set of parents Throughout his formative years they encouraged him to do his best, gave him good advice, and were no doubt appropriately dismayed when he failed to live up to his full potential.In high school Pat was something of a class clown His hobbies included reading a novel or two a day and giving relationship advice to all his friends

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  • Hardcover
  • 994 pages
  • The Wise Man's Fear
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • English
  • 01 August 2017
  • 9780756404734

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  1. says:

    An Opinionated look at Patrick Rothfuss The Wise Man s FearBy Eric AllenOne thing I can say for Patrick Rothfuss is that he has great ideas Unfortunately, great ideas do not, by themselves, a great story make I have heard rumors that the first book, The Name of the Wind, took eleven years of revisions and rewrites to finally get published Whether that is true or not, his hard work paid off Since its release, the internet hype over the future of the trilogy has been building to monumental proportions Rothfuss has developed an almost rabid, cultlike following of fans yearning to know what happens next The Name of the Wind gave us many mysteries and few answers.The first book was a fun read that, while flawed in terms of story and character, was quite entertaining and extraordinarily well written It was like the ramblings of an old man, talking simply to be listened to Like cake, it tastes good but has little nutritional value in it Make no mistake, I really enjoyed the first book, but as a followup to a great book, The Wise Man s Fear was insultingly bad We were left with many burning questions at the end of The Name of the Wind Would Kvothe learn to control the Wind How would he be thrown out of the University Would he ever become an Arcanist Would he find some way to make money Would he ever avenge his parents How did he come from the promising youth seeking clues to the supernatural beings that murdered his family to the broken down innkeeper telling the story Would he ever make any sort of progress with Denna, or would my book simply explode while I read it because of the pent up sexual tension Were any of these questions answered or even addressed in this book Not a one So let s take a look at The Wise Man s Fear Or, as I like to call it The Name of the Wind 2 Kvothe Gets Laid.We begin where The Name of the Wind left off, with a much older Kvothe, now an innkeeper, telling the story of his life to the king s Chronicler It is a story in three parts, told in three days, much like the silence that haunts his inn At first I didn t get the whole silence in three parts thing, but then I realized the writer was trying to be clever and failing miserably at it As Kvothe begins his story, the book switches from third person to first person He begins his next term of schooling at the University Some of his teachers love him, others hate him He s made friends and enemies Unfortunately, we ve already read this before It seems like the last half of The Name of the Wind has basically been retold here in the first half of The Wise Man s Fear.Luckily, the plot finally intervenes, and Kvothe takes a year off from his schooling for adventure, and hopefully to fill his pockets with a little money to fight off his abject poverty An acquaintance conveniently knows of a rich and powerful nobleman in a distant land that is looking for a clever young musician to help him win the heart of the lady he has his eye on Fortunately, Kvothe happens to be a clever young musician ConvenientTo make an extremely long story short, he foils an assassination plot, gains the nobleman s trust, and helps him woo his Lady In a completely pointless tangent he s sent on a mission to bring bandits to justice, loses himself on a tangent from the tangent when he meets a seductress who teaches him how to please women Then the tangent from the tangent takes another tangent to another distant land where he learns to tangent from a group of tangentary tangents, but is tangented by yet another tangent after leaving when he tangents upon some young tangents in need of being tangentially tangented away from wait, what as I talking about again Oh right, I m reviewing a book One could say that the entire last half of the book is just one gigantic tangent that has absolutely nothing to do with anything, and ultimately leads nowhere.Falling out with his lordly employer, Kvothe returns to school with an arrangement that for his services his education and expenses at school would be taken care of At which point he resumes his school life as if nothing has happened and the book ends rather abruptly, again with no climax, no conflict, and no resolution.The good Rothfuss has an excellent sense of humor Kvothe can be entertaining at times, when he s not acting like an insufferable smartass which is most of the time The world and the magic system are very well thought out, and the different cultures and races seem very distinct and real The writing itself is excellent So good in fact, that most people don t even realize what a god awful mess every other aspect of the book is Despite all the bitching I do about this book, it was worth reading at least once for the humor, or to see the train wreck for yourself.The bad Firstly, it is very evident that Rothfuss has ABSOLUTELY no respect for women whatsoever Almost every woman in this book is a figurative, if not literal, whore that exists for the sole purpose of pleasuring, comforting, or otherwise confounding Kvothe News flash Pat, women are people too The same as you and me, with thoughts, feelings, and desires all of their own, that do NOT typically revolve around some incomprehensible and fantastical yearning to please men Just thought you d like to know Half of this book is copy and paste from the first book The other half has little to no point and goes absolutely nowhere There s no conflict, there s no suspense, there s nothing like a normal story arch There is no climax because the book doesn t build up to anything Like I said, Patrick Rothfuss has great ideas, but no storytelling skills to apply them to The whole narrative is incoherent and nonsensical You have to reward your readers with a climactic event or two for sticking with you through the whole book, Pat.Far too much time is spent on characters telling allegorical stories that really have little point or purpose except to take up space in a book that is already FAR too long for what actually happens in it They take up huge swaths of the book and leave the characters with very little in the way of worth afterward The lessons they learn could have been simply taught through other means or much, much shorter stories The huge amount of tangents that the story takes makes it feel as though the writer made it up as he went along It s really so incoherent, and so rambling that I believe this book should have been marketed as a collection of short stories than a novel The frequent interruptions back to the present day where Kvothe discusses aspects of his story are annoying and hugely distracting, breaking up whatever little suspense that the writer managed to cultivate Not a single question raised in the first book was answered, or even addressed in this book, in fact this book picks up as though there were no questions left by the first book and does nothing to either build up the mystery of them, or move closer to answering them It is as though the writer completely forgot all of them and moved on to something else.If you ve read The Name of the Wind you have no need to read The Wise Man s fear, because you ve already read it It s basically the same book, and there isn t a single thing necessary to the overall story that happens in it When book 3 eventually comes out, you could probably pick it up after reading book 1 and not have missed a single thing This book was completely unnecessary, and utterly pointless.I have never liked the first person perspective very much It gives a very narrow view of the world as you can only see, experience and feel the world through the eyes of a single character You have no other views to give perspective I always find the contrasting views of different characters to give the world and story a lot flavor than simply following the words of a single character However, some of my favorite books are written in first person It can be done well, and for the most part Rothfuss does good things with it, but when he moves to the parts of the book that happen in the present day he switches to third person and the contrast is jarring and almost as distracting as the actual interruptions themselves Especially because he does not seem to be as talented in writing third person as he is at writing first person.Rothfuss goes out of his way to shoehorn the title of the book into the story in several places and it s really distracting It was like he came up with a great sounding title, and then completely drew a blank on why the book should be called that, then dropped a couple references in after the fact He also seems to think his readers are idiots and frequently talks down to them.The ugly Lots and lots of sex There are so many sex scenes in this book that I started to wonder if it shouldn t have had a shirtless, ripped, long haired dude on the cover and a title like Warrior of Passion, or some such nonsense from the porn er, I mean Romance section of the bookstore Everywhere Kvothe goes, women are throwing themselves at him I wonder what his secret is Must be the Axe body spray In real life, no man has women constantly trying to jump his bones simply because he s the main character in the story of his own life Especially not sixteen year olds who are often thought to be younger than that by appearance That s called pedophilia, and most people tend to see that as very WRONG News flash, women don t typically think or act like that If I were a girl reading this book I think I d find myself highly offended by this It s almost as though he s the bearer of the One Wang Yes, the fabled One Wang of Power The One Wang to rule them all The One Wang to find them The One Wang to bring them all, and in the darkness well, you know.Denna I.HAAAAATE FREAKING.DENNA Oh my holy hell, I hate this character Talk about doing EVERYTHING you possibly could in character creation wrong I get that the writer obviously wanted to make a mysterious female character for the male lead to fall for, someone who equals his own mysteriousness And that sort of thing CAN be done well, but here, it s definitely NOT You can only drag it out so far before it becomes annoying, distracting, and downright torturous Rothfuss has completely and utterly failed in making a compelling love interest Why do I hate her so much Because, frankly, she s just a badly crafted and written character She is bland So much so that Rothfuss should be both highly embarrassed and ashamed of her She is boring She is annoying She tries to be clever, but isn t AT ALL She is not a realistic portrayal of a woman in the slightest bit She serves no purpose to the plot whatsoever and is blatantly shoehorned in where she does not belong because someone decided that every work of fiction just HAS to have a love story in it Her faux mysteriousness is badly written, contrived BS that does little but annoy the reader and make her even painful to sit through And, most importantly, she adds NOTHING of value to the story even in the barest possible meaning of the term In short, she is completely unlikable in any way, shape or form Besides being completely unlikeable, neither she nor Kvothe act like they give two damns about each other, and their relationship fails completely because it s been dragged out FAR too long Even the most rabid Twi tard would likely agree on that point.Sometime in the story SOMETHING has to happen between them You can t just keep building up between two people that honestly have no reason to fall in love with each other and call it a love story DO SOMETHING And for the record I do not count an argument that has absolutely nothing to do with their relationship in any way to be something happening in said relationship Rothfuss keeps playing up her mysteriousness to such a degree that I finally just started flipping through and skimming the last few chapters with her in them because she pisses me off too much I get it, she s terribly mysterious, GET TO THE DAMN POINT ALREADY She turns an otherwise entertaining character into a whining, crying, spineless, emo, stalker Her character is so distracting and utterly painful to be subjected to that she completely ruins the book all on her own If every other gripe I had about the book mysteriously disappeared, the presence of Denna alone would have ruined it Worst of all, this painful mess of a love story, has yet to serve any purpose to the overall plot Oh, it may come into play in the third and final book, but suffering through this horrible, boring, emotionless, and frankly unbelievable abomination for two books leading up to it is asking too much There haven t even been any hints whatsoever that it may, in fact, be important later on to what passes for a plot in Patrick Rothfuss universe It s a contrived, annoying, distracting, and frankly painful waste of time.Remove Denna from the series entirely and it is a much better series I do not know who came up with the rule that in every work of fiction there must needs be a love story, but guess what Sometimes, you really don t need one It becomes superfluous and takes away from the story instead of adding to it This series certainly would benefit a GREAT DEAL without one Why Because Rothfuss doesn t know the first thing about love, which is painfully obvious if you ve read even one scene between Kvothe and Denna He doesn t seem to understand what love is, or how it works He seems to subscribe to the George Lucas version of love Two talented and good looking people are together TADAAAAAAH, IT S LOVE now shut up and enjoy your ridiculously over the top computer animated explosion fest of a climax If you can t craft a believable and compelling love story STOP Take two steps back And completely remove it from your book, because the story is better off without it than it is when it completely fails.A love story has to develop and always be moving Whether it be forward or backward, it must always be going SOMEWHERE The characters have to get to know each other and fall in love through mutual experiences and differences, not randomly meet here and there and have a boring conversation with a convenience that stretches credulity and coincidence alike The supposed relationship between Kvothe and Denna goes exactly NOWHERE, and it leaves you wondering why the author keeps trying to tell us that there is even a so called love story between these two characters at all in the first place There has to be some sort of progress made You can t throw two good looking people together that have no reason to fall in love with each other and call it a love story There is nothing about this love story that is a even a love story and b the slightest bit interesting.And yet Kvothe continuously pines after this girl as though he has any sort of meaningful relationship with her when there is no reason whatsoever for him to even care that she exists, other than that she s a girl and he s a boy There may be some small, one sided physical attraction on his part, but physical attraction does not equal love The attraction is NOT mutual, however, and that is plainly obvious in the way that Denna acts and speaks to Kvothe The lengths to which the author goes to assure us that there is a love story here are almost as creepy as the lengths to which Kvothe goes to stalk her Especially because she has expressed no romantic interest in him at all and frequently attaches herself to other men IN HIS PRESENCE, INCLUDING his arch nemesis Ambrose AND THEN, Kvothe himself basically bones every girl he meets in the entire book OTHER THAN HER What is this This isn t a love story It s like watching a rock try to get it on with a piece of wood They constantly boink other people throughout the book, and seem to have no romantic feelings toward one another at all Do you even understand what love is Pat From this book I can definitely say that you do not I haven t seen such a failure to write a compelling love story since Attack of the Clones And I m not just biased against love stories because I m a guy I will admit that I do enjoy the occasional, well done love story, so long as it actually serves a purpose to the plot, or makes me feel that these characters truly do love each other and deserve to be together two things that are lacking here, so much so, in fact that it completely and utterly ruins the entire series from the first page Denna walked in on The moment she showed up was the moment this series was irrevocably ruined I can t wait for her foreshadowed death because I will cheer with joy the day I read her last words Until then, I award Patrick Rothfuss the George Lucas Totally Understands Love Stories Award.So, after all is said and done, is The Wise Man s Fear really as bad as I make it out to be YES IT IS But at the same time, no It really isn t that horrible If you can ignore that this entire book is completely pointless and full of a non love story that is really starting to grate, it can be quite entertaining The sense of humor, and Kvothe as a character, are enough to keep you interested through the good and the bad alike Denna is annoying and pointless, but you can skip any chapter about her and miss little to nothing because she s not important to the plot and serves no purpose at all except to make Kvothe so lovesick that he screws 25 other girls during the course of the book shrug Yeah, I don t get it either If sex scenes offend you, you ll be doing quite a bit of skipping As I said before, this book was completely unnecessary, and did nothing at all to ultimately advance the plot, or the characters If you come at it as a work of comedy rather than part of a grand epic fantasy, then you ll likely be entertained by the humor On the other hand, you could pick up book 3 when it comes out and not be lost at all, because this book was about nothing The characters did not learn, grow or progress at all, and it ends as it begins, with Kvothe in school, dealing with the same problems he was dealing with in the beginning He hasn t taken anything away from his misadventures He hasn t learned any lessons He s the same character he was at the beginning There s a great story in here somewhere, the author keeps hinting at great events to come, but he never takes any steps closer to them It s the best book about absolutely nothing that you ll ever read.At the risk of inviting nerd rage the likes of which GOD has never seen, I give The Wise Man s Fear 1 star It loses points in complete lack of plot, endless tangents, repeated use of pointless allegory, and inflicting Denna s completely horrible side story on us The only thing that kept me reading this book was the sense of humor Patrick Rothfuss seemed so promising after his debut novel, but I doubt his will be a lasting name unless his next book makes some major improvements upon the pile of steaming crap he served us with The Wise Man s Fear He has obvious talent, but lacks any skill to apply it to I have been accused of giving this book a poor rating simply because everyone else loved it This is untrue You can take my words at face value I mean what I say I say this book is terrible because I truly feel that it IS terrible Not every book is for everyone, and this one is not for me Just because a lot of people enjoyed it does not mean that I did I ve read a rare few books I disliked than this one Agree or not, that is my HONEST opinion You don t have to agree with me, but I don t have to like this book I have never read a book so vacuous, vapid, pretentious, and up its own ass as The Wise Man s Fear Check out my other reviews.

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    HULK SMASH KVOTHE KVOTHE CAN DO ANYTHING AND THAT MAKE HULK ANGRY NOT BECAUSE HULK IS JEALOUS BUT BECAUSE HULK THINKS THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND MAKES HULK ROLL EYES AND SNORT AT THOUGHT OF 100% PERFECT KVOTHE KVOTHE IS BEST LUTE PLAYER, IS BEST SONG WRITER, IS BEST WEAPON MAKER, IS BEST FIGHTER, IS BEST ACTOR, IS BEST INVESTIGATOR, IS BEST KILLER, IS BEST GIRL RESCUER, IS BEST MAGICIAN, IS BEST IS BEST IS BEST IS BEST EVEN FAERIE ENCHANTRESS LOVE KVOTHE BECAUSE KVOTHE IS BEST FIRST TIME LOVER IN ENTIRE HISTORY OF MADE UP WORLD HULK FROTH AT MOUTH WHEN THINKING ABOUT PERFECTION OF ALWAYS CLEVER KVOTHE EVERYONE KNOW HULK IS INCREDIBLE, HULK IS STRONGEST MAN THING IN ENTIRE WORLD, HULK IS HANDSOMEST GREEN MAN EVER BUT HULK IS NOT BEST DANCER OR BEST KARATE EXPERT OR BEST EMBROIDERER TOO UGH ARGH HULK WANT TO MAKE KVOTHE BEST BLOODSTAIN HULK ANGRY AT PATRICK ROTHFUSS TOO HULK THINK SOMETIMES AUTHORS DREAM UP THEIR 100% PERFECT FANTASY VERSION OF HERO OR EVEN FANTASY VERSION OF THEMSELF, HULK GUESS WHEN THEY SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT PROTAGONIST WHO CAN DO ANYTHING AND WHO CONSTANTLY MENTIONS ALL OF THEIR AMAZING ABILITIES IS WORTHLESS AS PROTAGONIST WHY DOES ROTHFUSS NOT UNDERSTAND THAT PERFECT IS BORING IF HULK WERE FEELING GENEROUS HULK WOULD SAY, WELL THIS IS ONLY ROTHFUSS SECOND BOOK SO WHY NOT BE MORE PATIENT, HULK BUT HULK IS NOT FEELING GENEROUS AND SO HE MUST CALL OUT THAT THIS IS STUPID, STUPID MISTAKE FROM VERY SMART AUTHOR IF ROTHFUSS WERE BAD WRITER, HULK MIGHT UNDERSTAND BUT ROTHFUSS IS VERY GOOD AUTHOR SO HIS BIG MISTAKE WHICH HE REPEATS OVER AND OVER AGAIN IS EXTRA EXTRA IRRITATING HULK WANTED TO GIVE BOOK 2 STARS HE WAS SO FRUSTRATED BUT HULK CANNOT HULK LOVE THIS BOOK HULK LOVE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES HULK LOVE HOW ROTHFUSS TAKES TIME WITH EPISODIC NOVEL AND LETS READER REALLY UNDERSTAND EACH PART OF WORLD THAT STUPID KVOTHE VISITS HULK LOVE DETAILS OF LIFE AT UNIVERSITY HULK LOVE DETAILS OF VINTAS AND FAERIE LAND AND SMALL BAND OF BANDIT KILLERS AND SO MANY MORE DETAILS AND ALL THE DIFFERENT STORIES IT IS LIKE HULK IS ABLE TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD AND HULK LOVE THAT HULK ESPECIALLY LOVE KNOWING ABOUT ADEM CULTURE FASCINATING CULTURE ADEM CULTURE THINK WEARING CLOTHES OR NOT WEARING CLOTHES IS NO BIG DEAL AND THAT REALLY MAKE SENSE TO HULK HULK ALSO LOVE INSIGHTFUL ENGAGEMENT WITH STORYTELLING IN BOOK VERY SMART HULK NOT LIKE SCENES SET IN PRESENT BUT HULK HAS COMPLAINED ENOUGH HULK LOVE MYSTERIES AND BOOK IS FULL OF GOOD MYSTERIES HULK LOVE MYSTERY OF CHANDRIAN HULK ALSO LIKE PORTRAYAL OF MOST WOMEN IN BOOK HULK NOT ASHAMED TO ADMIT HE GOT JUST A LITTLE BIT TEARY IN EYES OVER RESCUE OF RAPE VICTIMS BUT HULK ESPECIALLY LOVE WARRIOR WOMEN OF ADEM STRONG WOMEN HULK APPRECIATE STRONG WOMEN HULK REALLY THINK ROTHFUSS IS EXCELLENT WRITER VERY TALENTED AT MANY THINGS AND GOOD WITH MOST CHARACTERS AND NARRATIVE AND IMAGERY AND LETTING STORY LIVE AND BREATHE IN PACE THAT IS NOT RUSHED AND LETTING READER GET TO KNOW WORLD SLOWLY AND UNDERSTAND MAGIC SLOWLY AND HULK NOT TURNED OFF BY VERY BIG SIZE OF BOOK HULK LIKE BIG THINGS BUT HULK NOT LIKE KVOTHE HULK SMASH KVOTHE

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    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.I now, at long last, join the end of a lengthy queue of people agitating for book 3.Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes..

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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.

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    I m going to have to be a voice of dissent I found Kvothe profoundly annoying Here s an excerpt of his typical storytelling, word for word I managed very little sleep that night, and Losi came closer to killing me than Felurian ever had Post coital thoughts on the second girl in 20 pages He s 16 She was a delightful partner, every bit as wonderful as Felurian had been But how could that be I hear you ask How could any mortal woman compare with Felurian Felurian is a ghost fairy from the Fey where we wasted a hundred pages of Kvothe having sex with her over and over to no discernible end He escapes finally by singing with his beautiful singsong voice that he brags about constantly It is easier to understand if you think of it in terms of music Sometimes a man enjoys a symphony Talking about sex Elsetimes he finds a jig suited to his taste The same holds true of lovemaking Haha, right, so by now it s getting hilarious, because this little twirp who, at age 16, manages to find two women willing to sleep with him one of whom is imaginary , decides that he s become The God of Sex, and must now spend the rest of the book acting like an effeminate man whore.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.______________________________Criticisms His 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 fest Kvothe 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 5 women 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 Kvothe Love is a subtle concept But it can be defined Vashet Do so then Tell me of love Kvothe Love is the willingness to do anything for someone Vashet Then how is love different from duty or loyalty Kvothe It is also combined with physical attraction Well, you re an expert on that, you little man whore, you Vashet Even a mother s love Kvothe Combined with extreme fondness then Vashet And what exactly do you mean by fondness Kvothe It 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.

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    This review is from 2011 In case you haven t heard, today is the release day of the long awaited sequel to The Name of the Wind , a delightful debut fantasy novel by Patrick Rothfuss I ve had the privilege of reading the book, so I thought I d post a heads up here for those of you who read my blog, along with a review Of sorts Also, a reminder, I did an interview with Pat and he kind of interviewed me back for You can read it at this link ONE A REVIEW OF THE WISE MAN S FEARAll right, so the review of Wise Man s Fear will focus on one question Is it as good as the first The answer is yes, and I feel that it s quite a bit better That is saying a lot There s the review I figure that those of you reading this blog will either 1 Have read Name of the Wind and liked it, so that review should be than enough for you.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.Brandonp.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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    4.5 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 character It 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 answers The 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 plot Anyone 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 perfect At 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 remember When 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 Wind How about 6 years for a book Oh well, that particular Door won t be opened for many years to come I predict 2021 or 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.Picture The Wise Man s Fear by Marc Simonetti You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at Booknest

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