I've always wanted to be a writer. I love books so much I just can't imagine anything more fulfilling than getting your ideas onto paper, publishing tI've always wanted to be a writer. I love books so much I just can't imagine anything more fulfilling than getting your ideas onto paper, publishing them, and having them loved by millions. Naive, I know. I had a conversation with my daughter a couple of days ago. She is becoming quite the bookworm herself. After a trip to the library she asked if I would like to write books. She agreed with me. It sounds like such a wonderful thing to do. Then I read a book like The Name of the Wind and I am reminded why I am not an author. I could not possibly do justice to a story in the way that Patrick Rothfuss does with this fantasy novel. This book wasn't just written, it was crafted. With exceptional care, expertise and an attention to detail that is truly remarkable. He never wastes a word. The plot is tightly constructed and full of detail but also beautifully lyrical. It is a book that deserves an immediate re-read. Inevitably, I am tempted to compare any new fantasy book with Tolkien. That's not particularly fair, but it's the association my mind draws. The Name of the Wind belongs on the same shelf. I believe it an equal, a peer. I look forward to reading more books in the series. I have read the second book titled The Wise Man's Fear, and it does not disappoint. I can't wait for the third book in the series. There is no release date in sight but that's ok. Although I'm impatient to read it, I can see that books this beautiful don't just appear out of thin air. Take your time Mr. Rothfuss, I'll be waiting.
Bonus link: Tor's extensive re-read of The Kingkiller Chronicles is found here. Read the books then follow the re-read to really benefit from the details layered into the novels.
I loved this book. It is a sweet, wonderful, wise little treasure of a book. The children are realistic and the observations of their motivations andI loved this book. It is a sweet, wonderful, wise little treasure of a book. The children are realistic and the observations of their motivations and character are tender and insightful. The negative thing I can say about this book is that I waited until now to read it. I wish that I had known about this book when I was a kid. I would have fallen in love with it. I recommend it to everyone. ...more
What was I thinking???!! In a fit of pique and housecleaning I decided to throw away my dog-eared copy of this book with a careless "Oh well, I'll jusWhat was I thinking???!! In a fit of pique and housecleaning I decided to throw away my dog-eared copy of this book with a careless "Oh well, I'll just buy another one later." Now I want to read it again and have no chance of getting to the bookstore soon. Yes this book IS that good. It is my favorite of Tan's books, even surpassing the wonderful Joy Luck Club. It is the story of a lionhearted woman who rises above the stifling role imposed by her culture, misfortune, cruelty at the hands of others and her own foolish youthful decisions. I found it inspiring and hopeful. Full of the hope that I will prove to face my lifes challenges with similar bravery and conviction....more