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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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Aug 12, 09

The Name of the Wind is an unusual first novel. Besides being extremely well written, it has no ending. The plot reaches a certain point and just stops, and the reader is left to wait for the next installment, which (last I heard) is still being written.

It's structured as a frame story, with events of the story's present bracketing and punctuating an extended flashback. The present-day parts are written in the objective POV, which took some getting used to, but the flashback is told with a much more engaging first-person POV.

The beginning is deceptively simple, but as the tale progresses, it becomes clear that the story holds many layers and mysteries. Rothfuss takes familiar fantasy tropes and makes them into something fun and different. And always, always, there's the sense that things are not what they seem.

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