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The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
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Mar 03, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from March 03 to 13, 2011

There has been a lot of extreme feelings about The Kingkiller Chronicles. It makes me wonder if The Lord of The Rings faced a similar controversy in it's own awakening. There are many of us whom have preached our love for the trilogy from any roof or mountaintop we can find. Extreme love for a thing can make anyone, even the author himself I am to understand, feel unease. I must admit to proudly voicing my dislike for things that are widely popular to those of a different social group. Our dislike defines us as much as our favor. I feel rather ignorant for having done this myself; there really is no need.

I should be writing a review of the book, but instead I will say this. If you feel a passionate dislike for this book and it's series, please take my humble request to heart. Leave the books to sit in a quiet, but safe corner of your home for a time. Let the hype and your resentment die down for a time. I tell you truly, these books are among the finest I have ever read. Give yourself the gift of a second chance with them in a few years' time. I don't believe that you will regret it.
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Reading Progress

03/07/2011 page 49
5.0% "Oh, Mr. Rothfuss. Can anyone turn a phrase the way that you do?"
03/08/2011 page 98
10.0% 2 comments
03/09/2011 page 232
23.0% "On page 232 there is a character named Laurel!! I jumped out of my chair, called friends to share the news, it made my day! "I swear, some days the light should shine straight through that girl's head.""
03/12/2011 page 350
35.0% "I was surprised, at first, that I was taking my time with this book. I thought I'd burn through it in a couple of days. However, I now realize that I want to ruminate over it, try to figure out who Auri is, what is Denna's motivation, etc. I'm enjoying thinking about the book as much as reading it!"
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Tobey I loved the Name of the Wind and cannot wait to read this one, though I might not to for a while yet! :-(

message 2: by j (new)

j i appreciate what you are saying with your review. i have nothing against this book or the success (it's good for the genre). the evangelical fans can be a bit annoying (they remind me of firefly fans, the ones who talk about it like nothing else of TV ever has or will compare -- and i loved the show, watched it from day one, was sad it was canceled, etc.). but that doesn't make me resent the book. and i still thought TNOTW was dull. well written, but the episodic narrative just doesn't engage me.

i dunno, maybe if i re-read it with the understanding that it doesn't have a plot, per se, i would enjoy it more. but i still thought the last 200 pages (with the draccus) was super boring.

Laurel Joel, all I can say is, I hope you give Wise Man's Fear a try. One of the things I like best about it is that I can't fall asleep as I'm still making guesses in my head about what will happen on the third day. I have so many theories about each of the characters... I realize I'll most likely be wrong about most of them, but how many books can I remember that have gotten me thinking like this - a handful at best? Perhaps it's just that I love a good mystery. And Mr. Rothfuss has included a good many mysteries!

Kevin Xu I agree with Joel. Plus I can't read a book where I hate the main character, Kvothe, especially because is a loner, and makes so many mistakes along with an anger issue that he should not have because he is a prodigy. Prodigies like him should foresee most of their problems coming their way that is why they are prodigy, but I think his problems and issues is why some may like Kovthe.

Kevin Xu I guess no matter how much time has passed if I hate the main character, I am still going to hate the book, maybe even more if I read it, all the anger will build back up.

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