This book is both wonderful and frustrating at the same time. Rothfuss is an excellent storyteller, his prose is simple yet elegant,Where do I start?
This book is both wonderful and frustrating at the same time. Rothfuss is an excellent storyteller, his prose is simple yet elegant, and the world he's created is rich and brimming with imagination. Picking up from where the first book left off, Kvothe takes some time to actually explore the rest of the world outside the University and its here that the narrative really soars. You see the birth of the almost mythic figure Kvothe will later become and the hours will literally melt away the more you read.
I was also in danger of my eyeballs rolling out of my head at Kvothe's many adventures. I get this is heroic fantasy, but could Kvothe please suck at a few more things? Sure, he's arrogant and full of himself, but Rothfuss has also imbued him with an almost god-like ability to be super-duper awesome at everything he tries.
So when in this book, Kvothe meets Felurian (a kind of faerie succubus) and she opens the floodgates of his mighty nether-sword, the book kind of devolves into "Kvothe travels, bedding every attractive single female in a ten miles radius and is remarkably good at it." Seriously, once he loses his V-card, no woman is safe from his raging love stick. Not even deadly she-warrior mercenaries who could kick his ass with a flick of their pinky finger.
And Denna. Ugh. Don't get me started on Denna. I think Kvothe spends at least a good tenth of the book looking for Denna. Thinking about looking for Denna. Denna Denna Denna. And then when he spends time with Denna, she turns out to be the female Kvothe. Never has a woman been so beautiful and alluring (not even Felurian), talented at music, witty, savvy, resourceful, mysterious...blah blah blah. I get that part of this is how Kvothe sees Denna as opposed to how she really is, but Jesus Christ. Almost every other girl in the book is about 10 times more interesting, fleshed out and developed. Which is maybe what Rothfuss is going for, but if that's the case, using her more sparingly might have been better.
Overall, pretty minor quibbles for a massively entertaining book.
Neil Gaiman's "Ocean at the End of the Lane" is brings to life the dark mysteries of childhood, the frightening creatures that lurk just out of view aNeil Gaiman's "Ocean at the End of the Lane" is brings to life the dark mysteries of childhood, the frightening creatures that lurk just out of view and go bump in the night.
Short and sweet, "Ocean" is the tale of a middle-aged man who returns home for a funeral and is reminded of a long-forgotten incident involving the suicide of a family acquaintance that sets off a chain of eerie events involving the odd Lettie Hempstock and her family down the road.
The resulting story is haunting and brimming with nostalgia. The plot is nothing entirely revolutionary—in fact, its somewhat reminiscent of Gaiman's Coraline—but when I finally finished and put the book down, I found myself longing for those rainy days spent reading under covers with my flashlight.
While I'm sure Gaiman's horde of literary faithfuls have already bought and read this book, I would recommend "Ocean" as a good gateway book to the Gaiman mythos. ...more
The best way I can describe Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind" is a fantasy threesome between Tolkein, J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin—minusThe best way I can describe Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind" is a fantasy threesome between Tolkein, J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin—minus the sex.
"The Name of the Wind" is the semi-autobiographical memoir of Kvothe, a "washed up" legend who poses as an innkeeper in a backwater town. The book works as a story within a story (and sometimes, within a story)—an interesting structure to say the least. There's the "main" story, where present day Kvothe deals with a growing supernatural threat at his inn, and the "real" story, where he tells the story of his life to man aptly called Chronicler.
Most of the book is told from Kvothe's point of view as he retells his childhood as a member of a traveling troupe, his years as a street urchin and his early exploits at the University. It's kind of a mix between the sprawling adventures of Middle Earth, the academic setting and rivalries of Hogwarts and the more "realistic" tone of Westeros.
Rothfuss' style makes it really easy to just tear through massive chunks of this book. But there were some issues I had with it. Mainly: Kvothe is a silly name and he's way too good at everything. Sure, that's the point of a fantasy hero, and he's extremely flawed—but I'd like him to struggle with learning something for more than two chapters for once. But those are just minor pet peeves.
Looking forward to cracking open book 2 of this series! ...more
Well, when I started reading the Hitchhiker's Guide series, an acquaintance who had recently finished it said it had wholly underwhelmed her. Sure, thWell, when I started reading the Hitchhiker's Guide series, an acquaintance who had recently finished it said it had wholly underwhelmed her. Sure, the majority of the series is an exercise in pure whimsy, but I had enjoyed the first three books and thought her a bit off-base.
But in the fourth and fifth book of the series, I found my interest lagging and the end of Mostly Harmless caught me somewhat off guard. I sat there with the finished book in my hands, feeling rather put out.
I like and laughed numerous sections of the Hitchiker series—from cows convincing you to eat them, to the idea of a Perfectly Normal Beast sandwich and "the King" singing in an intergalactic bar with a gaudy pink spaceship.And I don't think I'll look at dolphins in quite the same way. Adams is a clever and witty writer who certainly knows how to turn a phrase.
But at the end of Mostly Harmless, I felt as if I hadn't really gotten much more than that. I think if I had read this when I was around 13-15, I would've loved this series a bit more than I did.
As is, I found the Mostly Harmless to be the weakest of the series and the first two books to be the strongest. Overall, it's an alright series with a few good laughs and an interesting take on life millions of lightyears from Earth.