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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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Apr 22, 2009

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Read in May, 2009

Fascinating and complex, but ultimately a novel with too little substance to really work. The story-within-a-story structure is clever, especially because the whole purpose is for the hero (the storyteller) to undercut his own heroism by cutting his own legend down to size. Unfortunately, this means that "what actually happened" is much less interesting than it could be. Like a lot of fantasy, I think it also suffers from being too decompressed. This is a 700 paged book that takes the protagonist from age 8 to age 16; he is still in school by the end and none of the momentous events hinted at are even on the horizon. While never boring, Name of the Wind often seems like it is not headed anywhere in particular and is taking its sweet time. Still, the prose is skillful and often quite elegant and it is an enjoyable read to the last page.

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