Patrick Rothfuss is a fantasy writer. A good one. A great one even. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about his work. And since I’m currently working on building a fantasy series, I decided to give his first book The Name of the Wind a read. Here are 35 thoughts I had while reading his book.
- Man, I love fantasy. Time to get lost in another world.
- Wow, he uses a lot of similes.
- Is this omniscient POV?
- Hmm, this is starting out a little slow. I’ll keep going, though.
- Demon SPIDERS? Juuussst great. I hate spiders…
- Oooo, I like Bast!
- Wait, wait, wait, don’t tell me the guy is called Chronicler and he’s a SCRIBE? *sighs* Please tell me he has an actual name later on…
- Chronicler has an actual name—yay!
- Of course Chronicler is going to write down this Kote/Kvothe’s story. It’s the perfect vessel to have backstory on this character.
- Wait, THREE DAYS? This guy’s a bit full of himself, isn’t he? This isn’t going to take forever is it?
- Ughhhh, I don’t want to know Kvothe’s backstory anymore! What about the demon spiders? What’s going to happen to this little town? Put me back in the present!
- Abenthy is pretty cool, though.
- Learning magic is hard…and a bit tedious to read about. Hmmm…
- So this kid’s a child genius then? Okay.
- Ooo, I stand by my earlier liking of Bast. He is EVEN COOLER! Some kind of Satyr creature? I love it.
- Man, I want to skip these backstory parts and just get to the present already. But no, Rothfuss wrote this story specifically like this so I will continue reading.
- Cute family and such, but let me guess, this whole trope AND the parents are all going to die?
- Why can’t there be a main character who has a good backstory, with great parents and friends and family who don’t die?
- Okay, so maybe the backstory is interesting.
- I like this guy’s descriptions! Like poetry. Or, like music. Rothfuss = new writer goal!
- Don’t really like how the women are being portrayed in this.
- Amended #22: Danna’s pretty cool, though.
- Okay, I get that he’s obsessed with her already.
- So apparently “nice young ladies” without families can only be the servant-type of character? Hmmm…
- Okay, gotta love the descriptions. Sometimes they’re repetitive, but I don’t mind at all at this point.
- So after making light of common story-like instances and then intentionally going the opposite direction, he just manages to find Denna, the “only survivor” of this horrible attack? I call bull!
- Sometimes calling attention to the “story-like instances” and then deliberately going the opposite direction, makes the times this story is like other stories way more apparent. I like it and I don’t like it.
- Exciting times for this kid! And he is just a kid, a teenager, so I can forgive him for his horrible mistakes.
- Dragons! No, of course not dragons. I wish it were a dragon.
- Ughhh, too many similes, dude! Stop it!
- Nice flourish of an ending to the backstory, though. A bit too quick of a summary of the fall term but not bad.
- Oooookay, so Bast is my now my FAVORITE character of the WHOLE BOOK!
- Overall, this is a good story. I can appreciate the hype. Nine out of ten stars.
- Well played, Rothfuss, well played.
Honestly, I had a good time reading his book. It’s an unusual (but almost classic) format, with interesting characters, and a twisting plotline.
Should you read The Name of the Wind? Yeah.
Will I read the next one? Of course.
I hope you’re having a lovely Friday evening!