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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

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Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as...more
Hardcover, 662 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Penguin Group DAW Hardcover
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Patrick
Dec 04, 2013 Patrick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I kinda liked this book. But my opinion on the matter probably shouldn't be trusted....
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jul 25, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: fantasy, 2008, favourite
This is why I love fantasy so much. After a recent string of okay fantasy novels, a couple of good ones but nothing to get really excited about, I've rediscovered my passion thanks to this book. I'm so impressed, and so in love, I can't begin to describe it. But I can try to give you a feel for the book, if I can figure out where to start and how to do justice to this masterpiece.

Kvothe (pronounced like "Quothe") is a world-renowned figure of mystery with a disreputable reputation - a hero or a...more
Rob
I have no interest in imagining I'm someone who is stronger, deadlier, smarter, sexier, etc. than myself - a famed hero in a milqtoast world little different from modern North America.

I read fantasy to immerse myself in strange worlds ripe with danger and conflict. To uncork primal wonders. And there is none of that in Rothfuss' book.

His world is about as strange and dangerous as a mashed potato sandwich. His protagonist is comically overblown wish fullfillment for people who weren't popular i...more
Ian
I'm sorry, Mr. Rothfuss. For realz, actual sorry. Honestly. I tried giving your book two stars out of pity, since I so wanted to like it and I'd feel bad about giving it one star and dragging down your average rating. Though you don't appear to need my pity. Your book has the highest average GR rating (4.49) of any of the book I've read. I finally dropped my rating down to one star because it's just a steaming pile of crap and I couldn't take the embarrassment of having posted a two-star rating...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Originally posted here.

This is definitely one of my new favorite books, so if you're a friend of mine, prepare to have me brutally push it on you until you give in and give it a go.

One of the reviews I read compared it to The Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings, saying that the book was equal to the best of fantasy written thus far. Well let me tell you, this doesn't stand alongside the fantasy greats, it knocks them off the shelves.

It isn't just some fantastic epic that you read for fun...more
Joel
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Sep 08, 2009 colleen the contrarian ± (... never stop fighting) ± rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like overwrought epics
Recommended to colleen the contrarian ± (... never stop fighting) ± by: Those evil goodreads people
"I must confess myself... disappointed."

(For those who don't get the reference, it's a line that Voldemort uses in Goblet of Fire - the movie version at least. I am using a Harry Potter reference in retaliation to all those people who are somehow comparing this to that series, for the sole reason that there's a freaking magical university. Really, there's very little comparison aside from that. I mean, not even to get into how the whole tone and whatnot is different, but, really, the fact that t...more
Luisa
I have a problem. When I hear about a travesty of a book, I must read it. I know I should just be thankful for the warning and make sure this book doesn't get within a mile of my To-Read list, but curiosity always gets the better of me. I get the urgent need to see the monstrosity for myself. Such is the case with this book.

Now, I was never actually told the book itself was awful. Just that the protagonist was one of the biggest Gary-Stus in existence. But he was a likable Stu, they said. Sure,...more
Jim
They say writers should write what they love, what they're passionate about, and Patrick Rothfuss loves stories. The Name of the Wind introduces us to Kvothe, a legendary figure now living a quiet life as an innkeeper. This is the first book in a trilogy, and takes us through the first day of Kvothe telling his story to The Chronicler, a wandering scribe and collector of stories. Rothfuss also shows us the power of stories. Kvothe is shaped both by the stories others tell about him as he grows u...more
Wealhtheow
Aug 30, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Pat Rothfuss (an excellent congoer)
I really disliked the main character, to the extent that I couldn't get more than 1/3rd through it. The other problem I had was the language: Kvothe's eyes are described as shards of ice just a sentence before his voice is likened to a sharp steel blade. Ah well--there's lots of other high fantasy in the world.
Kevin Xu
I heard a lot of hype and great things about this book from just about everyone and their mom in order to tell everyone else and their mom who has not read the book to read it so they can fall in love and rate it five stars. So I took a shot and check this book out of the library, ending up hating the book mostly because of the main character, Kovthe. Everything that he does to me might as well be a flaw, the flaw of being rational , not thinking of the consequences or the emotional effect it wo...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
There are just some books that you have no conception of how much you will come to love, until you read the book, and fall in love. That's what happened to me with this book. At 722 pages, I think this is the longest book I've ever read and finished, all the way through. When I read it, the world fell away. The mark of a good book.

I worry about my reviews being too repetitive, and I don't want to mess this one up. So I'll keep it simple.

I would ask this book to marry me, if it was legal to marry...more
Hirondelle
I do not know how to assign a numerical rating to this. As Sheryl Crow complained "if it makes you happy, it can´t be that bad". But it makes me happy and yes, I think it is bad, sorry. This was a good read, it made me keep turning the pages and wanting to just go sit down reading it till I finished it. But it is, for my taste and from my point of view, bad - the writing, the plotting, the characterization.

First the good. It´s a massive brick of a novel, seems to be designed to be one third of a...more
Stephen
6.0 stars. One of my All Time favorite novels. This is essentially a perfect novel. Having just finished it I can honestly say that even at 662 pages, there was not a slow or dull moment in the novel. I loved every page and can not wait for the sequel. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!! Read it!!
Sarah Keliher
I really, really wish I could give this negative stars.
Kirstine
So many of my favourite reviewers on Goodreads have praised this book to high heaven, so obviously I jumped at it without a second thought, just to end up feeling "meh" about it.

It would seem, sadly, I expected too much. Something I'm not wont to do, but even the best slip up, I suppose.
Still, I really hate not loving this book.

However, it isn't all bad. Let me tell you the good things first, like why it's getting 3 stars:

1. The idea
I love the switching back and forth between present time and t...more
Jess
Fuck this book and the horse it rode in on.
Ever start reading a book and realize that through the writing you are getting a perfect picture of the author's personality? That's what this book is like. And unfortunately for Mr. Rothfuss, the picture his writing is painting is not a flattering one.
When I find myself keeping track of how many times I roll my eyes within the first five chapters... we've got a problem. When I also take note of how many times the book refers to "wives," "daughters," an...more
mark monday
this is a really absorbing mixture of epic fantasy tropes and The Story of Kvothe: The Harry Potter Years. the novel, besides its framing story, is divided inequally between three parts of the protagonist's early journeys: a bucolic life on the road with romany-like entertainers, a hard-scrabble life on the streets in a typically hard city, and a life of mystery & romance & wonder in a sinister school for sorcerors. all three portions are nothing new; in fact a person could call out each...more
Mags~CVAddikt~Your shock-wave whisper has sealed your fate

THIS BOOK IS AWSOME!!!

MUST READ!!!

I'll show you how good this book is ... in two ways .. one way for the girls and one way for the boys ...

GIRLS ... this book is AS GOOD AS:

Christina Aguilera's Closet (and this photo shows only the shoes ... )


Chris Evans in a Tom Ford Suit


Black Friday at Macy's without the crowd and with thousands of dollars to spend without guilt!!!
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BOYS ... this book is AS GOOD AS:

Watching your team win the super bowl... (GO PATRIOTS!!!)


Being on a deserted island with "_____...more
Jonathan

Let me begin this in an unusual manner by noting how some of my opinions on fantasy books and stories in general have changed as of recent. Or rather they have not changed but have been defined and realized. You see I used to not be concerned with a book that seemed like a duplicate of Tolkien. If I liked the story and it was well written then I would enjoy it. Then I came to realize that a lot of fantasy was very similar to Tolkien. So I began to say: well maybe it can't be good. It mustn't be...more
Debbie
Aug 09, 2012 Debbie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like badly plotted male wish fulfillment Gary Stus.
ETA: I had to downgrade this from 2 stars to 1. I have a very visceral negative reaction whenever I am reminded of this book. I have blocked this book's existence from my mind and whenever someone mentions it, I want to foam at the mouth.

I slogged through the first 200 pages and kept wondering when the plot was going to show up. The early bits were interesting but had a tendency to drag (espcially after Kvothe was by himself). After he joined the University, the story picked up a bit and became...more
Collin
This book came to me highly recommended by people I trust but ended up leaving me fairly cold. I had a hard time putting my finger on what bothered me, but I think it was the fact that I was tired of reading another fantasy involving a Mysterious Hero with a Mysterious Past being followed by Mysterious Mysteries. The Protagonist is another one of these "great at everything" kind of guys that's only fun if he's pitted against some equally daunting opposition. This guy (forget his name, sorry) is...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
WOW! Where have I been all these years? That's right, I'm actually really glad to have waited this long. I can't stand the couple month-long wait I have for a book that's already finished let alone a couple years.

Reading other books right now, I honestly feel like I need to get back to The Name of the Wind ... because it's not finished yet. Everything is stale in comparison because I'm still right in the middle. What's Ambrose going to do next and how's Kvothe going to get back at him, what abou...more
Vinaya
My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as "quothe." Names are important as they tell you a great deal about a person. I've had more names than anyone has a right to.

The Adem call me Maedre. Which, depending on how it's spoken, can mean The Flame, The Thunder, or The Broken Tree. "The Flame" is obvious if you've ever seen me. I have red hair, bright. If I had been born a couple of hundred years ago I would probably have been burned as a demon. I keep it short but it's unruly. When left to
...more
Danica
Okay. Wow. Let's back the hell up here. How is this so highly rated? Are those genre-establishment reviewers who're thrashing about in paroxysms of fawning five-star NEXT BIG THING OMG joy wearing blinders or just so used to mediocre fantasy that this book actually comes across looking good in comparison? Why do these high fantasy disappointments keep on keeping on? Whose brilliant idea was it to throw around the GRRM and Harry Potter comparisons, thereby actually getting me to waste my pennies...more
Conor
3.75 Stars

In 'The Name of the Wind' Patrick Rothfuss brings a story to life. His elegant prose, vivid imagery and poetic use of metaphors make an otherwise predictable story seem fresh and new. This is the story of Kvothe, the beginning of the tale of how a man becomes a legend. How he was expelled from the most prestigious university in the world at a younger age than most gain admittance, how he burned the town of Trebon, how he slew an evil king and ultimately how he came to be a tired innkee...more
Ron
Mar 12, 2011 Ron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ron by: Jon Moss
Shelves: fantasy, maps, signed
As soon as I finished page 722, I turned back and started reading page 1. By far the best fantasy I've read in years. Depth and richness unparalleled since Tolkien. Greatly superior to Rowlings and Jordan in creating a believable world, even down to the laws governing it's particular brand of magic.

Misleading title, though. Should have been "Set the Hook". ;-)

"There's no story that doesn't touch on the truth." p. 202
David Sven
“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.”


Kvothe is a legend. His name can be heard in stories from the pala...more
Sally Howes
This is the first fantasy novel I've read since THE LORD OF THE RINGS that could arguably be classified as 'literary fiction' as well as 'fantasy'. A lot of fantasy novels are rightly famous for their world-building, but the genre is not renowned for its sophisticated style or character development. THE NAME OF THE WIND is most emphatically the exception to that rule. Rothfuss's narrative style is so exquisite that it often borders on the poetic, without ever descending into cliche or cheesiness...more
Jon
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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 of his femal...more
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