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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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Aug 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: own
Read from August 06 to 13, 2011

Day 1 of the arcanist/musician(/hero?) Kvothe's recollection of the events of his life to a historian came to me highly recommended, and praise for it is not unearned. Therefore, you should have no problems finding all the reasons why you should read this book in other reviews.

Things that let it fall from "it was amazing" to "I really liked it":

-- Kvothe's characterization as the brilliant prodigy that everything comes easily to (except possibly societal norms) comes off very cliched. If it weren't for Rothfuss' ability to draw out the character's doubts and fears, Kvothe could have been almost unlikable.

-- While I appreciated adding the twist of having to worry about tuition to the already overdone "school of magic" trope, it practically overshadows the Chandrian as the chief obstacle in this volume. Nobody wants to read the How I Paid for School chronicles.

-- The minor characters could have been fleshed out a bit better. While Rothfuss does a good job of describing everyone's physical attributes, the dialogue and desires of all of the minor characters are practically interchangeable.
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Ulises Pastran That was a really helpful review, Zach. A friend just suggested I read this, and I had never heard of it before.

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