I was left with three different feelings at the end of this story.
Relief: Occaisionally I will pick up a 'classic' that I manaaged to get through lifeI was left with three different feelings at the end of this story.
Relief: Occaisionally I will pick up a 'classic' that I manaaged to get through life without reading and think it really is garbage. I'm never sure if this is truly telling me that my taste sucks, or that people often are sheep. Regardless, this was one book that I definately enjoyed.
Contented: This book reinforced/reminded me that good writing is not equivalent to 'lots' of writing. This story did what more stories should do. It delivered a pertinent message while entertaining you. It was concise and short. It was short to the point of having very little, if any, character development. Yet, it was still strong and clear, showing that you need not 'gush'...just write.
Deja-vu: The topic of de-evolution (not what my brain was consciously calling it) has been on my mind lately in different forms. The main two forms I considered were gender in society, and physical change/evolution brought on by technology. Wells definately is addressing the latter of these and I found it disturbing in the extreme. Like global warming, we know it is damaging, yet we keep doing it. Wells' message, to me, was both beautiful and tragic. I enjoyed it immensely.
This book earned the place it holds as one of the 'origins' of SFF writing. Fortunately, you need not love, nor even tolerate SFF to enjoy this book. The concept of time travel has facinated man for ages and this is a wonderful example of what could be told simply but written with the fine, delicate, and tight weave of silk. An elegant story; simple and classy....more
I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was awesome. I thought it burned with the smokin' heat of one thousand suns, BUT....you have to love ginormI absolutely loved this book. I thought it was awesome. I thought it burned with the smokin' heat of one thousand suns, BUT....you have to love ginormous heavy on the world buildingepic fantasy to love this book.
It is loooong, and more importantly, the entire trilogy is one single huge story (if I am getting the right impression). It is not as 'action' centered as some of these large fantasy novels are. It had lots of action to keep you jumping, but that was not apparently the main focus of the story to my mind. It was much more introspective and focused on the one main character, Kvothe.
I found Kvothe to be an excellent character and well thought out. I never had the sense that he was lacking in depth. I have noticed that this is sometimes the impression some people are left with after reading the book. My guess is that due to the fact that Kvothe is so calm and centered for the most part, he feels two-dimensional to some. This character is presented as nothing less than a genius (child prodigy) and while we may be tempted to expect the erratic behavior of a child in many instances, that is not what would be typical for this character. Calm, rational, and controlled does not mean dry, shallow, and under-developed.
This story requires you to enjoy large scale world building as a process and have patience for plot development. Rothfuss is a man who can write a fantastic story for the sake of a story. (You know how some people just tell good stories, even if they are just telling you about going to the grocery store?) He's like that, super talented and you just like his story telling style...regardless of topic.
I can usually push through a big book like this in a day or two but this one took a while and made me slow down and listen. I would totally recommend this book to anyone, but I would warn them that this is not an action/adventure film, it is the story of a man's life. A brilliant, brave, and heroic man, but a man just the same. ...more