Unsubscribe at any time. Open Culture scours the web for the best educational media. Why is he not at the university? Guess who ordered it the second after finishing this? Oh yes. Yes, me. He's also addicted to books, did I mention that?? He looooves books. Okay but I do have a few negatives Which, I mean, should make it a 4-star probably?
It was a bit insulting to my intelligence, actually, and this happened a lot with the repetition. Like oh look super happy parents. Like Denna was a major Manic Pixie Dreamgirl. Basically no personality but mysterious and beautiful and she totally lead Kvothe on AND always has another guy on her arm I mean, if a guy was doing that I would be mad too.
Even though Kvothe basically friendzoned himself. Basically all the women in the book can be described as "nice". That's it. And they have lots of sexist views on them too which made me want to punch someone quite frankly. I had issues, but I still loved it.
I also just loved how complex and detailed the world was. From the complex magic system to the detail of the history and backstories and just how BIG the world felt. It wins for me wanting to be totally sucked into this universe.
Although I constantly got confused at how much kindness was in here??? Like in A Game of Thrones everyone is just alive to stab you in the back. What is this???? Also magical uni?!?!? And I'm literally being Hermione over here and screaming every time Kvothe nearly gets himself expelled because he's an idiot. Well, obviously I could flail forever. But I shall caaalm myself and just continue loving and adoring the darling Kvothe who is a genius academic musician who loves books like the dude picked up a book in the library purely because it was about dragons???
And I want to read it all. IT ALL. It didn't have a rocketing fast pace and sure, it had things that made me twitch angrily, but problematic moments aside: it's freaking brilliant storytelling and I LOVE IT. View all 24 comments. Jun 08, J. Sutton rated it it was amazing. This is a magnificent and wonderfully-written epic fantasy novel! This first book in The KingKiller Chronicle emphasizes the early years of a wizard named Kvothe, framed against what we know or can surmise about the present-day fugitive Kvothe who is telling the story.
View all 15 comments. Shelves: favorites , own , adult-fiction , fantasy. Upon this second reading, I've come to the conclusion that the audiobook for this isn't the greatest. View all 21 comments. Originally posted here. This is definitely one of my new favorite books, so if you're a friend of mine, prepare to have me brutally push it on you until you give in and give it a go. One of the reviews I read compared it to The Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings, saying that the book was equal to the best of fantasy written thus far.
Well let me tell you, this doesn't stand alongside the fantasy greats, it knocks them off the shelves. It isn't just some fantastic epic that you read for fun Originally posted here. It isn't just some fantastic epic that you read for fun and adventure although you'll get plenty of that too.
It is story of a real life. Kvothe has known pain, despair, the feeling of being completely abandoned and alone, and he has also experienced joy, love, happiness and knowledge.
One chapter he is beaten half to death, the next he is being shown some of the truest acts of kindness I could ever imagine. I can't think of an emotion I didn't experience while reading. I snorted with laughter, gasped in outrage, choked back tears, shook with disbelief and trembled with anticipation.
Seriously, the book has it all. What a magnificent achievement to tell this story in a completely believable way-I mean sure there are dragons and magic sympathy Here you have a 15 year old boy, who early on, had fantastic parents and a happy life as a traveling performer. When that was taken away, he lived on the streets of a large city and raised himself to be tough and cunning.
He knew how smart he was, and he got himself a place in the University. Now-before you start thinking that he is portrayed as being perfect-the author never hesitates to remind you that he is still a kid! He is constantly showing off and doing outrageously idiotic things that get him into heaps of trouble.
I wanted to wring his neck more than once myself! Anyway, I'm not going to try to summarize the book. I wouldn't be doing it any favors. I will say that the beginning was slow. It probably took me over a hundred pages to actually get really involved with the story. But, even that was all so mysterious and sinister that I knew sticking with it would pay off. I can't wait to read it again someday when I will be able to understand more of what was going on in the beginning.
The ending. I have read a ton of reviews and comments of people saying it ruined the book and so on. I don't get that. I thought Kvothe ended his story in a perfect place to set up anticipation for the next book, and the little scene with Bast and the Chronicler that closed the story was brilliant, set up interest in the current setting. Even after over pages, I still don't "know" Kvothe. Isn't that the point? He isn't predictable, and he hardly ever did what I expected him to do.
For that reason alone, I know the next installment will probably be even better then this one. Oh yeah--one more thing though.
If you're a fan of the book He is hilarious, and regularly keeps me entertained. He is just the type of guy I would love hanging out with. Not in a creepy-I'm-looking-at-him-through-his-window way, more of a "hey lets eat something really unhealthy and talk about books. Its a pleasure to read such a fantastic book by a guy that actually seems to deserve the privilege of having come up with it. View all 25 comments. The other problem I had was the language: Kvothe's eyes are described as shards of ice just a sentence before his voice is likened to a sharp steel blade.
Ah well--there's lots of other high fantasy in the world. View all 80 comments. For a long time, this book has sat upon my shelf.
I never read synopsis anymore, so anything I knew about it was word of mouth. Based on the few things I heard and the image on the cover, this book was not what I expected. Many people have sung the praises of this book and it has come very highly recommended.
Not bad, mind you, but it did not blow my mind, either. I thought both the beginning and the end For a long time, this book has sat upon my shelf.
I thought both the beginning and the end were kind of slow. Also, for a page book, hardly anything really happened. Again, It was not bad by any means, just really drawn out. All in all, despite this drawing out, I found it to be an interesting story even in the slow parts. One of my favorite things in the book was the character interaction. There are some really odd characters here along with the stereotypical good and bad guys. I saw many comparisons from other reviewers to Harry Potter and I could definitely see some Harry vs Draco vs Snape type action going on here.
Those were probably my favorite parts of the book. I really hope it gets to the point with view spoiler [Denna hide spoiler ] soon! I guess the point is that Kvothe is solidly locked in the view spoiler [friendzone hide spoiler ] , but it is getting kind of painful to watch him treading water there. I say either get on with it or move on!
I will definitely try out the next book. View all 44 comments. Aug 10, Maureen rated it it was amazing. I'm not over it. This book has all the makings of a great fantasy. Amazing world building. Plot that moves along very well and is supremely interesting.
It's got it all. One thing I also appreciated is how simple the magic system is. It's pretty easy THIS. It's pretty easy to understand the basics so there isn't a ton of info-dumping. I also listened to the audiobook part of the time and really really enjoyed it!
It's just great and you should read it. Mar 14, Lia booksnpenguins rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-heaven , high-dark-epic-fantasy , magic-wizards-spells , period-aus-past. Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. The Name of The Wind is a book that took me months to finish, but not because I didn't enjoy it. I was just saving every page and svoring every line like an addicted person saves their last dose.
The characters, even the smallest ones, have a way of making their way into your heart that you can't help but fall for every sin Words are pale shadows of forgotten names.
The characters, even the smallest ones, have a way of making their way into your heart that you can't help but fall for every single one of them. The bad guys, too. You can't keep yourself from start to consider all these paper people your friends. Kvothe is one of my favorite main characters of all times. He kinda reminds me of an older Harry Potter, for the braveness and the sarcasm, but at the same time I think he's possibly sweeter and paradoxically crueler when in need to be.
Rothfuss' writing is extraordinary. The descriptions, the world building, the dialogues, they're all so meticulous and special that with every turn of the page, it felt like I was there.
This entire book feels and reads like a long journey. A sometimes pleasant, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking journey that I'd take again and again. Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady. Their lives are hard enough, and it never hurts to be polite.
The Name of the Wind is a rich story filled with its very own history and detailed plot. Once you get into its world, it's very hard to come back, though it's oh so great that I don't think anyone would mind. My parents danced together, her head on his chest. The image of them gently swaying to the music is how I picture love in my mind even after all these years.
Rothfuss, mah man You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way. View all 11 comments. Jan 21, Maxwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: , i-own-it. My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. Remember me. Forgot Password. Register with Facebook Register with your email. I want to receive email updates from Hip2Save. Cancel Delete.
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