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Patrick Rothfuss

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in Madison, Wisconsin, The United States



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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 despite the fact that he had never so much as kissed a girl. He also role-played and wrote terrible stories about elves. He was pretty much a geek.

Most of Pat's adult life has been spent in the University Wisconsin Stevens Point. In 1991 he started college in order to pursue a career in chemical engineering, then he considered clinical psychology.

Hey there everybody,

As I’ve mentioned before in various places, we’re doing a 10th Anniversary edition of The Name of the Wind later this year.

Today we get to show off the cover:

It’s by Sam Weber, the same guy that did Gaiman’s Norse Mythology.

The new edition isn’t just wrapping paper on the same old thing though. This new edition of the book has a lot more to offer.

Such as more than 20...

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“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
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“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
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“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
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“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”

“Do you know what it's like to run spellcheck for six hours? It's like a party in purgatory. A party in purgatory where all they have to drink is sugar-free Kool-aid, and the only game to play is Monopoly, and none of your friends show up.”
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“Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
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For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
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message 1: by Mary

Mary Squeee!

Crazy Uncle Ryan I think it's awesome that you have joined goodreads. I'm sure you've noticed by now that you have a lot of big-time fans on this site.

Rowena Hello, Pat,

How lovely to see you here! I hope to see you on LibraryThing at some point, too.

Best wishes,
Rowena Cherry

message 4: by Adam

Adam Shaeffer Are you Goodreads friends with Neil Gaiman yet?

Greyweather I think you just became apart of my solid favourite authors.

You also get many more awesome points for being a Whedon fan! (From the looks of your photograph) (DollHouse soon!)

Almost finished reading 'The Name of the Wind'. I'm loving it like ants getting stuck in honey. Jonesing for the second novel already. A day simply isn't long enough for Kvothe.

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

Athena Hey Patrick!!

Sandra Martinez =D

Christine I just got the "you are now friends" email and squealed -- no joke. Hi!!

message 10: by Oscar

Oscar Ågren Not every day that you befriend your favorite author! :) Greetings from Sweden!!

message 11: by Jane

Jane When are you coming to L.A.?!!

message 12: by Crazy Uncle Ryan (last edited Apr 06, 2010 08:28AM)

Crazy Uncle Ryan Yes, and when you take your trip to L.A. to visit Jane and her friends make sure to stop by and see us in Salt Lake on the way there.

message 13: by Matt

Matt I have been getting a lot of junk e-mails from (obviously fake) women either wanting to show me something "private" (winks included) or telling me they're unsure of something and need my help.

The only problem is they're all addressed to "Patrick."

You wouldn't have anything to do with this... would you?

message 14: by Peter

Peter Rundle for an author with so many friends, you have a surprising lack of I figured I would make it less lonely. Hello Mr. Rothfuss!

message 15: by brian

brian tanabe I am so excited for the release next month!

Random question -- what was the 1st printing print run for The Name of the Wind?

message 16: by Patrick

Patrick brian wrote: "I am so excited for the release next month!

Random question -- what was the 1st printing print run for The Name of the Wind?"

I can't remember exactly, but it was many books. In the tens of thousands.

message 17: by Brendan

Brendan Dear Mr Rothfuss,

I pre-ordered The Wise Man's Fear from Amazon, my favorite disembodied retailer of corporeal literature, but that was, approximately, an eternity of forevers ago.

In recent days, I have been increasingly subjected to the gleeful squawkings of persons with advanced copies. So swiftly is this cloud of triumphant ululations growing, I am no longer confident in my ability to endure--in short, I am near to bursting with envy-hate.

As you are the author, I turn to you for redress. Kindly fly around the Earth to advance time two weeks (in a manner not dissimilar to the titular hero at the end of Superman, but in reverse) so Amazon might deliver my copy forthwith.

I remain,
with all excitation allowed in polite company,
Yrs sincerely,

B James

message 18: by Boone

Boone According to Goodreads I'm 60% of the way through NotW, but I love it 100%. OK, so that's cheesy but I like percentages. Thanks for adding me.

message 19: by Matt

Matt I imagine you are right now somewhere on the other side of the equator doing some spectacular sleeping. On the arse-end of the world I am fully awake, reading The Wise Man's Fear and promptly ignoring all hails from the outside world.

It is a fantastic book and I want to thank you for writing it. Sincerely.

message 20: by Amanda

Amanda Bentley Saw you in Lexington, Ky. It was my first book signing and I do believe that you may have ruined've set the bar too high for any other author to reach. I laughed until I cried. You made it worth the 5 hour trip.

And now I really want an aquatic guinea pig.

message 21: by Jeremy

Jeremy Just finished up Wise Man's Fear, and thank you for delivering this continuation of one of the best stories I've ever read. My only critique is that I can't immediately pick up the next portion and continue the story. Well done sir.

message 22: by Tanus

Tanus just finished the book, and it was a damnfine pie.

Jennifer Hi I love your books!

message 24: by Lynne

Lynne Thank you for The Name of the Wind. Thank you for The Wise Man's Fear. And thank you for loving the art of storytelling -- and for respectng your readers' intelligence and patience -- so much that you take the time and effot to craft such wonderful, complex tales. I wish I were eloquent enough to properly capture in words the effect your writing has on me.

Posthums Are you coming to Penguicon this year? (need your not a childrens book autographed if so..) Also, do you plan to have a contest with Brandon Sanderson for the largest book ever in your next book releases? :P

message 26: by Gavin

Gavin Are you planning on posting your wmf fan pics?

message 27: by Paola

Paola Thank You for the friendship :o)

message 28: by Rachael

Rachael Thanks for the add :) Looking forward to reading more from you. My new favorite author! Such poetic and beautiful storytelling.

message 29: by Adam

Adam Sprague Hey Pat, thanks for the add it seems like its been a long time since I had you in freshman comp back at UW-Stevens Point, congrats on the books and I hope all is well with you.

I actually just realized that I'm attending the same grad school this fall that you went to, WSU.

If you've got any TAship advice I'd be glad to hear it!

Take care,


message 30: by Patrick

Patrick Adam wrote: "Hey Pat, thanks for the add it seems like its been a long time since I had you in freshman comp back at UW-Stevens Point, congrats on the books and I hope all is well with you.

I actually just r..."

Oh man. I'm the last person you want to ask for grad school advice. It might be better that you never even mention my name around there....

Best of luck...

message 31: by Jason

Jason Hey Pat,

Thanks so much for the add, and for all you do for literature as an art. Your work has greatly inspired my own writing, and I can only hope to one day be one-tenth the storyteller you are. Keep up the good work. Peace!

message 32: by Joseph

Joseph D'Agnese Hi Pat:
Thank you for befriending me. I am not worthy. Or perhaps I am.

message 33: by Toshi

Toshi I cannot thank you enough for signing my books. I've never owned a book signed by the author before, nor had I cared to till I read yours. I only hope my paltry offerings were enough to make the effort worth while.

message 34: by Cantus

Cantus Hey Pat, thank you for adding me! Your books and your recommendation of "Just a geek" and the "Dresden files" brought me, a book-weary german lawyer, back to reading again. Bought a lot of copies of NotW in english and german and offered them to my friends and relatives...

message 35: by Megan

Megan Hey Mr. Rothfuss! Although I believe you should be much higher on the list, congratulations on being #18! You’re the best!

message 36: by Priya

Priya Hey Pat,

pls pls pls dont be one of those authors who sets out to write a trilogy and end up writing one million books with no end to the story in sight. I cant wait for book 3 and dont fancy having to wait for book 10.
Love your work!

message 37: by Emily

Emily Thanks for adding me! Your work is inspiring and I absolutely love your blog :). I can't wait for the third Kingkiller instalment :D

message 38: by Luke

Luke A. Hey guys on the wall! Here's a story and a question: There once was a man traveling down a long dirt road. The man walked for some miles, when suddenly his shadow lept in front of him, blocking his way. Puzzled the man tried to walk through the shadow, but every attempt ended with him starting back where he was. So the man tried going back, but again the shadow blocked his path. The man tried for three days to go forward, or back the way he had come. Finally though he sub came to his thirst and hunger, and died.
Now my question is: How do you get pass the shadow?

message 39: by Lys

Lys Thanks for the add! :D
Currently reading Wise Man's Fear (Italian translation, 'cause I'm too lazy for my own good), loving it! :)

message 40: by Abel

Abel García Cortina thanks for adding me! it's a real honour, I am reading Wise Man's Fear (English edition, couldn't wait for the Spanish translation to come out) and it is brilliant

message 41: by Mariana

Mariana Ferreira Thanks for adding me. God you´re so amazing. Beside being an amazing writer, you look like a really cool person. Super dad, super author,very close to the fans which is rare, humble and hilarious.I do alchemy in the basement too !XD
Your prose is surreal. The music get out from the pages. So epic. I have a photo from you on my bedroom´s door; there´s normal. I'm just kidding but maybe i will... my brother only read the books from school,the book from maths,history.( he have been traumatized after trying read " Os Maias " by Eça de queiroz ....)... and I read passages from the name of the wind and now ,finnaly, I think he will read his first book.He really became fascinated with kvothe , with kvothe´s personality. From mariana, Portugal, a small country but full of cool people !

message 42: by Tanus

Tanus Voted the wise man's fear in best book and best fantasy:D is it in other categories?

message 43: by Lisa

Lisa Thanks for the add!

Christopher Thanks so much for adding me. Big fan of your work.

message 45: by Dustin

Dustin Bishop Just spent awhile looking through these quotes...Do you ever just look at something you wrote and feel the smug satisfaction of being a genius? You should. I hope to be able to write half as well as you someday Pat. Cheers.

message 46: by Hannah

Hannah Thank you so much for adding me, Mr. Rothfuss! My parents and little sister are laughing at me right now because I'm so maniacally happy. My day just became perfect.

Thank you again, thank you for your writing, it is inspiring and beautiful and funny. Can't explain how honored I feel.

message 47: by Rachael

Rachael Dear Pat,

You should have won a Goodreads Choice award, and there is clearly something wrong in the world (or at least on goodreads..):) Although I'd imagine being a newer writer and being in categories with vets like GRRM is a sort of honor in itself.

message 48: by Tanus

Tanus yo patrick congrats for the third place! altough i would consider it a second place because, you know, martin, first place, bla bla bla, don't let me open polemic threads on the subject..

message 49: by Violet

Violet Shakespeare Im from México, just came "the wise man fear"
Reading! :)

message 50: by Mariana

Mariana Ferreira I made it. I really love the story :)

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