The Kingkiller Chronicle (Rothfuss)

Almira ni'Caldazare

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I think Kvothe's flaw, all things considered, is that while he's extremely intelligent and clever and witty, and very charistmatic, he's got no good old-fashioned wisdom to back it up with.

Kvothe regrets his mistakes but he does not learn from them. He's making the same mistakes over and over. When his actions prove to be mistakes he just says "woe is me" and moves on...
 

Alcyon Devrix

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I can't see how this is only going to be a trilogy. There seems too many open plot points to close out in a single book. Which means I might die of old age before he finishes.
 

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That's actually what I originally remembered, but the wiki claimed otherwise, and I believed it. Stupid wiki. I knew it didn't make sense for that scene to have been in WMF instead of NotW.
 
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Does anyone know when the third book is coming out?! It drives me nuts thinking about it, especially since it's been so long...:look:
 

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I love these books. Such a soulcatcher...
As I couldn't wait for the german translation of "The Slow Regard of Silent Things", I read it in english first and later in german...

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If they truley want to do a film about it... then they have to quote Kvothe thoughts very often, word by word... Otherwise I can't imagine a film...
I'm so glad, that the translator managed to do a good job in the books.
 

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I'm honstly still not entirely sold on the story-in-a-story structure. I haven't personally found that it adds a huge amount aside from ominous foreshadowing and the occasional wink-wink-nudge-nudge with regards to pacing or implicitly altered details.

Hopefully something comes of it in the latter books, because at this point all i'm getting are flashbacks to that horrendously paced sequence where the fairy-dude freaks out about Kvothe talking to that evil tree-spirit in the fairy world, and proceeding to tell-dont-show so hard I think Hemingway posthumously wept (I'm sorry the names aren't sticking, it's been a while).

Other than that, looking forward to more.
 

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Bast freaked out over The Cthaeh. :)
 

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I didn't see a thread about this series. This is about the Patrick Rothfuss books The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear.

Apparently Book 3 (for now titled "The Doors of Stone") is set to come out in 2014. He's also said these books will be a complete story arc. Makes me think he plans on writing more books about the world that will follow a different arc

And maybe be about Kvothe's present/future -- like, he finally hunts down the Chandrian? I'm guessing based on comments he's made that up to the present day, ie the time when he's telling the story, he has not yet actually found them.

So, I just finished reading book 2. I've enjoyed the books so far, and they're very different from most other things out there, both because of the magic system and because of the style of the narrative. What do other people think about them?

Some specific comments (contains spoilers for both books):

I felt like the story got a little repetitive at times, especially when he was at the university. It's like, there were three main conflicts: Ambrose, money and Denna, and he just kept putting in slightly different variations on the same problems over and over again.

I find the system of magic really interesting because it's basically just their version of science. You aren't necessarily born with or without the ability to do it. Some people seem to be naturally better at it than others, but I think it's implied than anyone could learn to be an arcanist.

I find it odd that this kid who is basically a nobody has such a crazy world-wide reputation by the end of the 2nd book, and that he's totally unsurprised by it. Like, he doesn't find it weird at all that people all across the country, and even in a big city, are telling stories about him.

Denna drives me nuts. I feel like Rothfuss really tried to make her into this strong yet troubled female character, someone who had problems but was also not your typical insipid love interest... and he failed at it completely. It's not so much that she doesn't have her act together -- she's broken in a lot of the same ways that Kvothe is broken, I think. It's just, I'm sick of the female character love interest to the main character archetype who constantly plays mindgames and crap like that.

I really, really enjoy all the folklore and information about the fae and the songs and all that stuff. Usually I get bored with songs and poetry in books and just skip them (like in LotR :p). But I think Rothfuss has done a good job in integrating them into the story and making them interesting.

I love Elodin. :laugh:
Just decided to quote the opening post because the part I bolded amuses me.
 

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Oh, I should read The Name of the Wind again! I loved it, but I read it so long ago and I always meant to continue with this series.

*gets book off the shelf and adds it to the pile on reading table*
 

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LOL! I always have a pile on a little corner table. I can never read one book at a time. I want to go book shopping this weekend and pick up some new books, so by Monday it will be a heap of books :D
 
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