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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

41 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

Character-driven fantasy at its best

I picked up this title for my Xmas vacation reading after seeing it on some list online. I'm happy to say that Rothfuss appears to be the next great fantasy author. I'm often disappointed with the formulaic, copy-cat fantasy works that flood the genre, but The Name of t...
I picked up this title for my Xmas vacation reading after seeing it on some list online. I'm happy to say that Rothfuss appears to be the next great fantasy author. I'm often disappointed with the formulaic, copy-cat fantasy works that flood the genre, but The Name of the Wind proved to be far, far better than much of the dross we see these days.
The characterization is deep and engaging. The story, while not entirely ground-breaking, is compelling. What I really enjoy is the way magic works. It's very earthy and mechanistic in a way, rather than the overblown elves and wizards stuff we often see.
This is great writing, and I can't wait for the next installment.

posted by Wyll on December 27, 2008

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5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Everyone else seems to find this great...why?

OK, for some strange reason a Chronicler decides to visit a much sought after, but hidden, hero/villan. And guess what, this hidden, sought after hero is now an Inn Keeper who jumps at the chance to tell his whole story to this stranger. So, Kvothe is a poor boy traveli...
OK, for some strange reason a Chronicler decides to visit a much sought after, but hidden, hero/villan. And guess what, this hidden, sought after hero is now an Inn Keeper who jumps at the chance to tell his whole story to this stranger. So, Kvothe is a poor boy traveling with his family, a road show group. Along comes a Dark villan who kills his whole troup, then disappears. Kvothe travels to town. Now he is a poor boy, in the poor section of town, scraping scraps to stay alive. Oh, did I mention, He Is Poor? Then, after saving pennies for a LONG time he joins another traveling group so he can attend the University. He arrives and with a stroke of luck, (who'da guessed), gets in but is too poor to afford just about everything. This goes on for years. Like Stephen Kings first book of the "Gunslinger" that starts out slow to provide background, then hits you with a bang in book two. I have tepid hope that this is the case here. I can see Rothfuss has the obvious ability to create meaty characters, and has set the premise of interesting things to come. We can only hope that promise is kept.

posted by Grandpa on December 14, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    Over-rated

    O.M.G.!!!! I believed the hype and picked this book up and it was the worst piece of crap I have read in a long time. 'Boring' does not do justice to how slow and uneventful this novel is. I sped-read most of it to see if the character would get the hell out of the 'university' and fight some monsters 'yeh, he eventually fights a dragon...yawn....'. Instead, the poor reader is subjected to the most minute happennings. I will admit the author is a decent writer, and has a great story on his hands....but PLEASE! Over 600 pages of mostly 'nothing'....I'm sorry...if this is 'the best fantasy novel of the past ten years', then I'll read other genres.

    4 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    This book does not live up to the hype

    I found this book frustrating. I expected a book that was rated a 4.6 average to be much better. There are times that it sucks you in but those times are more like flashes of brilliance rather than good all the way through. I found myslef waiting for a payoff that would not come a majority of hr time. Some parts made me ask out loud "really". An example would be when the main character said that he was not just brilliant but he was brilliant compared to brilliant people. I also do not like how he uses words. like when he says that there was a silence of three parts I thought to myself thats stupid because silence means there is no sound. He does not use words true to their definitions quite a bit in this book. Read the first few pages and if it leaves any sort of bad taste in your mouth then do yourself a favor and put it down. It does not get better.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Needs a little more intellect and a little less point making

    To be fair I haven't finished the book yet. I'm still working on it. I find myslef disapointed so far because of a few things. It's slow, it's choppy and it's disjointed. I would also guess that the author is having issues with marriage; either his parents never married and he's been in a possition where he felt a need to defend that or he has issues with committement himself because he showed a baffeling need to press the point that the main characters parents didn't feel it was necessary and they were unrealistically happy and committed to one another. We all know that some marry and some don't but he became preachy about it in a way that made me feel he was on a soap box. The same was true with a few other points he made on moral issues. The main character is highly intelligent and yet very foolish when he is left to fend for himself. His behaviour wasn't consistant with who he was suppose to be. This book was highly recommended by my son and we usually have the same taste in books so my final opinion may differ somewhat. I hope so. I love a good fantasy and really want to enjoy this one. I'll update my review should things take a turn for the better.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    I don't understand all the hype about this book. Quite frankly,

    I don't understand all the hype about this book. Quite frankly, I found it tedious.

    The characters are not really likeable. The plot drags, I don't think I will pick up the second book. This was supposed to be great and I am sorely disappointed.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Couldn't finish it. I kept waiting for something to happen, noth

    Couldn't finish it. I kept waiting for something to happen, nothing really ever did. I don't understand all the positive reviews.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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