Friday, April 24, 2009

SFF and a Few Other Book Review Bloggers on Twitter

Mulluane | Friday, April 24, 2009 | 13 Comments so far
This list will hopefully be of benefit to my fellow bloggers even though I am sure most of you are following these folks already. Twitter has been an amazing tool for networking within the book blogging community. We ask each other questions, get and give advice, bounce ideas off each other and share opinions. That is when we aren't just discussing what we had for lunch....

It would also be an awesome tool to network and keep in touch with our blog readers, so if you don't blog but do twitter I'd love a follow and I'm sure the others on this list would too! As with the author list, if I miss anybody let me know and I'll update. As the title suggests, this is not exclusively SFF but includes twittering book reviewers who do a mix of genres that include SFF, paranormal and horror reviews plus a few who specialize in children's books. Website/blog links are included so you can see if they are someone you'd be interested in following.

Note: I have moved the twitter portions of my social media lists to Squidoo for easier maintenance, and because it allows people to add to the lists themselves. This will also enable you to keep track of all of the lists on one page. If you are interested in venues other than twitter such as blogs or facebook, you will still need to check the original lists.

If you like this list, don't forget to check out
SFF authors on Twitter

Updated 05/22 - Updates are in red - Added facebook(FB) links

Twitter - Blog/Website - Facebook
@accidentalbard - The Accidental Bard

@adribbleofink - A Dribble of Ink - Aidan Moher(FB)

@authorsbooks - Authors-Books.com

@BittenbyBooks - Bitten by Books

@bloggeratf - ONLY THE BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY

@book_blog - Book-Blog

@bookgasm - Bookgasm

@bookgeeks - Bookgeeks

@booksmugglers - The Book Smugglers

@bossfan2000 - Fantasy Book News & Reviews - Jeff Cunningham(FB)

@BreeniBooks - Breeni Books

@BSCreview - Bookspotcentral

@confuzzledbooks - Confuzzled Books

@crotchetyoldfan - The Crotchety Old Fan

@DarqueReviews - Darque Reviews

@DaveBrendon - Dave Brendon's Fantasy & Sci-fi Weblog

@deepeight - Enter the Octopus

@EternalCow - AzureScape

@fabiofernandes - Post-Weird Thoughts

@FanLit - Fantasy Literature - FantasyLiterature Net(FB)

@fantasybookcrit - Fantasy Book Critic

@fantasycafe - Fantasy Cafe - Kristen Murphy(FB)

@FantasyDreamer - Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings

@fantasyislove - Fantasy is Love

@fantasysf - Fantasy SF Blog

@genrereviewer - Genre Reviews

@graemesfantasyb - Graeme's Fantasy Book Review - Graeme Flory(FB)

@HagelRat - Un:Bound

@iambrimful - Brimful Curiosities

@jennsbookshelf - Jenn's Bookshelf

@jo_scrawls - Ink and Paper

@JohnAnealio - Sci Fi Songs - John Anealio(FB)

@johnottinger - Grasping for the Wind - John Ottinger III(FB)

@katiebabs - Babbling about Books

@kaysbookshelf - Kay's Bookshelf

@librarydad - Library Dad

@loudlibrarian - The Loud Librarian

@markchitty - Walker of Worlds - Mark Chitty(FB)

@MentatJack - MentatJack

@MihaiDarkWolf - Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews - Mihai Adascalitei(FB)

@Mulluane - Dragons, Heroes and Wizards - Shari Mulluane

@myfriendamy - My Friend Amy

@nethspace - Neth Space - Ken Neth(FB)

@nextread - Next Read - Gavin Pugh(FB)

@NightOwlRomance - Night Owl Romance

@PrinceJvstin - Blog, Jvstin Style

@readersrespite - A Reader's Respite

@robertmckay - Fantasy is Love

@RoSF - Realms of Speculative Fiction

@ScarletCorset - The Scarlet Corset - Scarlet Corset (FB)

@SciFiScanner - SciFi Scanner

@ScifiWatch - SciFi Watch

@scifiwire - Sci Fi Wire

@sfsignal - SF Signal - John DeNardo(FB)

@shaunduke - The World in the Satin Bag - Shaun Duke(FB)

@SheilaRuth - Wands and Worlds - Sheila Ruth(FB)

@SQT72 - Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' News & Reviews - Theresa Lucas Sqt(FB)

@tdfangirl - The Discriminating Fangirl

@TiaNevitt - Fantasy Debut - Tia Nevitt(FB)

@TezMillerOz - Tez Says

@TheGenreFiles - The Genre Files

@TheSciFiChick - SciFiChick

@Truscifi - True Science Fiction

@urbanfantasy - Urban Fantasy

@wellreadchild - The Well-Read Child

Honorable Mention

@ediFanoB - The World's Best SFF Book Blogging Fan!



Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V. S. Redick: The Chathrand Voyage: Book 1 (Review)

Mulluane | Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | 2 Comments so far

Robert V.S. Redick

Genre: Epic Fantasy, 13+
ISBN: 0345508831
Publisher: Del Rey (April 28, 2009)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Excerpt (PDF)

Publisher's Blurb
The Imperial Merchant Ship Chathrand is the last of her kind. Six hundred years old, the secrets of her construction long forgotten, the massive vessel dwarfs every other sailing craft in the world. It is a palace with sails, a floating outpost of the Empire of Arqual. And it is on its most vital mission yet: to deliver a young woman whose marriage will seal the peace between Arqual and its mortal enemy, the secretive Mzithrin Empire. But the young woman in question-Thasha, the daughter of the Arquali ambassador-has no intention of going meekly to the altar. For the ship's true mission is not peace but war-a war that threatens to unleash an ancient, all-consuming evil.

As the dark conspiracy at the heart of the voyage unfurls, Pazel Pathkendle, a lowly tarboy with an uncanny gift, will find himself in an unlikely alliance with Thasha and her protectors: Hercól, a valet who is more than he appears; Dri, the queen of a race of tiny stowaways who have their own plans for the great ship; and Ramachni, a powerful sorcerer from another world. Arrayed against them are the Chathrand's brutal captain, Nilus Rose; the Emperor's spymaster and chief assassin, Sandor Ott; and the enigmatic Dr. Chadfallow, a longtime friend to Pazel's family whose kind words may hide a vicious betrayal.

As the Chathrand navigates treacherous waters to complete its mission, Pazel, Thasha, and their allies-including a singularly heroic rat-must also navigate a treacherous web of intrigue to uncover the secret of the legendary Red Wolf.

I seem to be stuck in a mixed feelings rut here lately and sadly, this novel falls neatly into that category. This book just did not work for me. Now notice, I said ME. Judging by the rave reviews elsewhere, I am in a minority on this. I mean Terry Brooks loved it and who am I to argue with Terry Brooks!

Why it did not work for me. Straight away, I was annoyed by the amount of telling and the slow start. I tend to really enjoy books where I can live in the story. It is not the characters experiencing events; it is me experiencing things through them. I never got that degree of immersion from this tale. Now telling can work, I have seen it done, but this time it kept me on the outside of things instead of pulling me in. I felt that the novel could have been so much more then it was. However, there are aspects that are interesting and I was never tempted to just put it back down.

Now in defense of the story telling style I suspect it was by design. Right up front you are told about the major story plot. The mystery then revolves around who is on what side of the conspiracy and what their motivations are. Because of this, it makes sense that you would not be allowed to get but so deep into the heads of the characters. Neat way of doing things, just not one that I am particularly fond of.

What I did like. I loved the concept of the story, I enjoyed the mystery, the strange and wonderful creatures and races and while I never felt "in touch" with the characters, they were still fun to watch. The action does eventually pick up and you never really know exactly who the good people are. The twists and turns were delightful, and the world building was detailed and full of wonderful things. This book also has another thing going for it. It is very readable by all ages. This is not one of those harsh, gritty, overly dark novels that are so popular lately but one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

See what I mean by mixed feelings?

Plot, mystery, and intrigue lovers who enjoy unique worlds full of wonderfully imagined creatures and races, that range from giants to people so small they are almost invisible, are going to enjoy this book. Die-hard character lovers like me will still find plenty to like. In addition, if you love large sailing ships and the nautical lifestyle, you are going to adore this tale. It might not have been the total immersion that I was looking for but it is still alot of fun to read and it did contain one element I have a definite fondness for, sentient animals! There is a unique spin on these critters that I do not think has been fully explained yet. Actually, the book is full of unique spins on fantasy tropes; it is one of its charms. I do want to add one more note, this book does read like the start of a series. It is not a standalone with a conclusive ending.

Conclusion. While it did not blow me away, I cannot say that it turned me off either. Likely any perceived faults lie solely in my tastes and not due to any lack of quality in either the writing or the story. Fun read with plenty of promise offered by a debut author who will be worth watching for years to come.

Ratings, Reviews, Similar Reads, Buy Books

Shelfari Rating 2/5

Librarything Rating 3.4/5

Amazon Rating 3+ out of 5 stars
(7 Customer Reviews)


Similar Reads from Librarything
Or What Should I Read Next?
Kindle: No

Ebook: No

Buy Book: B&N - Powells - Abe Books

Amazon: US Canada UK
Read an Interview with Robert V.S. Redick From:
The Book Swede

Other Reviews: (Some with mild spoilers but more plot detail)
Fantasy Book Critic - The Wertzone - Fantasy Debut - Terry Brooks
Author's Web Presence:
Blog

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Odds and Ends of Blog Promotion and Social Media

Mulluane | Saturday, April 04, 2009 | 7 Comments so far

As some of you already know who follow me on Facebook and Twitter, I love fooling around with Social Media venues. Not only does it help to keep me in touch with the real world (I spend 90% of my time alone) but it is a great way to promote a blog or website. I thought that just for the heck of it I'd run down a few of them here and give my thoughts. I also want suggestions on how to better use any you are familiar with because I am reasonably sure that I am not using them to maximum potential. (If you don't run a blog or website this is still a great list of resources where you can meet people that share your interests. If you are like me and nobody understands why you read that stuff....you know how much fun it is to find out how not alone you really are!) This is not going to be a discussion of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) which a whole other can of worms. This is all about connecting with "people" not bots.
Twitter. This is my favorite hands down. Now I am lucky. I use Firefox as my main browser and so I can use Twitkit, an unobtrusive sidebar addon that sits quietly on my screen and allows me see the twitter stream all day long. Granted it has no search, and not much in the way of filtering, but it easy to see, use and doesn't get in the way of whatever else I am doing. Twitter is incredible, I watch literary agents, major authors, my fellow bloggers, SEO experts, and major publishers all discuss, in 140 characters or less, their areas of expertise. It is educational and fun! There are tons and tons of apps that you can explore for grouping and tracking tweets but I just use Google feed reader. I track the ones I do not want to miss and pay attention to the rest if I happen to be watching the stream.

Facebook. This is one I do not feel that I am using to its full potential. Reports say that Facebook is driving tons of traffic to blogs but near as I can tell, I am not getting any of it. Instead I am saving rainforests, plus giving and receiving virtual books, candy and other gifts. There are 1001 fun apps to play with and if you are not careful, you can waste a load of time here. It is a great way to keep track of publishers and some of your favorite authors though.

Goodreads. This has to be the best book community out here. There are tons of authors, book groups, book reviews and it is all very active. I frequently get friend requests from authors and there are more book discussions, groups and events then even I can keep track of. I have gotten some traffic from there as well. I post snippets of my reviews with a link back to the full review. Fair warning though. The link is No Follow. Any traffic you get will be direct, search engines do not pick up a review posted on Goodreads. Cataloging your library here is unlimited and free which is another thing to recommend it. There is also a monthly list of ARC giveaways to check out.

LibraryThing. This is a close second to Goodreads. It does have a few drawbacks. It doesn't seem to have as many active authors, you can only catalog 200 books without paying for it plus discussions, groups and events do not appear to be as lively. There are advantages however. As far as cataloging goes, the format is more professional. The Early Readers program is extensive and the database itself is huge! I also do review snippets here and like goodreads, they are No Follow.

Shelfari. This is sadly way down the list. They do not allow links at all in reviews, It is a pretty site but takes me forever to load it (I am on dialup) and while it has a few active discussion groups they pale in comparison to goodreads and librarything.

Ning.com. There are 4 Ning social networks I follow. Wonderlands, Book Blogs, BittenbyBooks - The Blood Bank and David Gemmell Legend Awards. All are very active, full of discussions, groups, great places to open communication with authors and other bloggers and you get your own page and blog. Of the 4, I think Book Blogs is the most active and Hatchette has a group there specifically for offering book giveaways that you can host on your blog. Aside from checking in to see what is the current hot topic, I use the blogs once a month to post a review roundup. Plus, you can easily setup your own network!

Forums. I try to watch a dozen or so forums (List of my Favorites). The bloggers forum sadly failed to garner any interest but there are plenty of active forums devoted to the SFF community. This is another great way to promote your blog or just meet new people and offer advice or discuss your favorite author/book. There are more then a few where major authors are active and will jump into conversations themselves. I do not actively promote my blogs in these. I do include them in my signature, profile and if there is a forum set aside just for that purpose, I'll list them there. Trick here is to just be active, join discussions, make well reasoned arguments, give good advice and folks will check you out by following those links.

Squidoo. I just discovered this one (Thanks Shelia Ruth) and it looks like alot of fun. If you love playing with modules and widgets, have content that doesn't quite work on your blog and want to contribute to charity (though you don't have to) this is worth a look. I played around with it the other day and created a page that lists all the books I have reviewed, then allows you to vote up your favorite. This is something I can not do on a blog! The page shows up in search engines amazingly fast too. I have not explored its full potential yet but I see some fun possibilities.

Various Social Feed Readers. MyBlogLog, Friendfeed, and Bloglines (I am sure there are plenty of others) allow you to subscribe to your favorite feeds, (including your own) then people can subscribe to you and view your feeds. Most also offer statistics for your blog traffic. Great place for finding new blogs and maybe promoting your own but I can't say I've gotten alot of traffic from these. Every little bit helps though right?

Blog Directories. I am listed on a few of these. Here Be (Book) Reviews which includes a feed of your blog, BookFizz which also includes a feed, Midwest Book Review, Bloggeries and Condron to name a few. Condron drives the most traffic and is actually really fun to use. When you pull it up and hit start, it begins to scroll through its blog directory. Each blog loads up on the screen for a few seconds (you can set the interval) then loads up the next. See one you like, stop it, check it out, bookmark or subscribe to it, then restart the scroll.

Bookmark Networks. These are kind of like the social feed readers except that they target specific posts. Again you can build your own catalog of bookmarks, people can subscribe to you and view the posts you felt worth noting. Stumble, Delicious, Digg and Yahoo Buzz are some examples. Aside from bookmark sharing with subscribers, your bookmarks are added to directories depending on how you tag the post. Then folks who are looking for quality posts on, for example, writing, will check out what you bookmarked. There are a few rules that I follow when it comes to using these. I seldom bookmark my own posts and then more to get my blog into the system then any other reason. If you constantly bookmark your own stuff, people will notice this over time and stop taking anything you bookmark seriously. I only bookmark exceptional (in my opinion) posts. Again this engineers trust in your opinion and is more likely to get you some followers. Followers are likely to check your profile, profile leads to a visit to your blog. I do not bookmark the same blog or website over and over. Same deal, folks are looking for good, fresh, unique content and if you only bookmark posts from your favorite people, you defeat the whole purpose of the system. Occasionally is nice though, I've had a single stumble generate over 100 visits within a matter of 2-3 hours. Now these are by no means any kind of official rules but I have tested these scenarios and found them to be true.

Question and Answer Sites. When I first started my blog this is the method I used to get it off the ground. Yahoo, Askville, and Answerbag are examples. Yahoo is hands down the most active of these. Basic idea is to establish yourself as somebody who knows what they are talking about. Give answers to questions, include relevant links, get votes as best answer and traffic will flood in. There is one hard fast rule that Yahoo imposes. You can NOT link to your site unless it is relevant to the answer. For example, if somebody asks about a specific book that I have reviewed, I can link to it. If the question is general, or something you can answer but has nothing to do with your blog content, including a link to your blog is considered spam and you will be banned. Either way, if your answers impress folks they will check your profile and your blog or website will be listed there. I no longer have the time to do this but I still get traffic from answers I provided almost a year ago that people discover by using a search.

Blog Comments. Same principle as forums. Comment on other's blogs, make well reasoned arguments, comments, advice or opinions. Do not pimp your blog! If people like what you have to say, they will click on your username and take it from there. Plus, the blog owner is likely to appreciate it and might even include you on their blog roll. Now I admit, this is one thing I do not do nearly enough. Problem for me is that I track over 200 blogs a day in my Google reader and I don't click through on interesting posts nearly as often as I should. Instead I star/share the ones I like and put them all in a link love post later. I also have google reader set up so shared items are fed to facebook and twitter. Which is all cool and shows my support and love for my fellow bloggers but I really should comment more.....bad Mulluane, bad!

A Few Others. These are some I know about but have not explored fully. Book-Networks (Social book Network), Elftown (Fantasy Art Community), Entrecard (Blog Directory) and PeopleBrowser (Social Feed Sharing).

*Suggestions*
If you use feedburner and blogger, enable comments on your feeds. For busy folks (and those of us on slow connections) this makes commenting much easier and faster. One click opens up the comment page for that post, bypassing the slower loading main page. May seem stupid but I know I am much more likely to take the time to comment if I can do so quickly and easily.

I also suggest using full feeds. Granted you would much rather see visits directly to your site so people can take advantage of all the cool stuff you populate your sidebars with but people who use feed readers are not likely to do that anyway. Ultimately they miss out on all the excellent content you took the time to create because they just skim over your feed and move on to the next. The fact of the matter is, once search engines, blog rolls, social media and directories drive traffic to your site a portion of those people will then subscribe in a feed reader. Thereafter, those folks are more likely just to view your content in the reader without coming back to your site. (Unless you give them a compelling reason to do so.) Personally, my subscriber count means as much if not more to me then daily traffic numbers. Subscribers tell me that people like my content and intend to keep coming back for more. Daily traffic tells me how well my SEO is working and prove that I am getting my blogs noticed, but are no guarantee that the visitor will ever come back again.

Subscribe to your own feeds, both in readers and by email. Use several of the more popular email providers since your feed is going to be formatted differently in each one. There is nothing worse then a messed up feed and unless you get lucky and somebody takes the time to tell you, you'll never know that it is screwed up. A good looking feed is just as important as a good looking page. Same principle as making sure your pages render correctly in different browsers, but lets not go there. That discussion will lead me to vent about how much I hate IE.....

Lastly, never underestimate the power of a well written profile. (Something I really need to give some more thought to myself). The majority of the venues I listed provide a place for you to include a profile and that is usually the gateway to your blog or website. If the profile doesn't interest them, chances are they won't think your website will either.

Conclusion. Your results may vary. Some of these venues require alot of attention, others require a well thought out setup then maintain themselves with little or no effort on your part. The key I think is all in what you enjoy. If you love surfing and think you can contribute to the bookmark sites, then go for it. If you have very little time but read alot of feeds, take some time to set up the social feed reader sites. After that they take care of themselves unless you want to add or delete an active feed from them. If you love discussions, join forums, ning.com rings or the book catalog sites. If you have no time at all request listings on directory sites. If you want to show off your knowledge or share your passions use Facebook, Twitter, leave comments or answer some questions. If you are like me and you love creating pages and fooling around with all sorts of cool widgets and modules, without the need for any coding expertise, then play around with Squidoo. In other words, there are plenty of fun ways to promote your blog, meet new people, converse with authors and publishers and share your passion for books, without it seeming like a full time job! And of course, if you are truly insane and have no life you can play around with them all. You will find yourself sticking with only the ones you enjoy anyway once it is all said and done.

One more word of warning though. Do not spend so much time on blog promotion that your blog content suffers. Without quality content, none of this will help. You not only want to draw people in, you want them to stay and keep coming back for more.

If there are any methods or venues that you use that are not listed here, please share them in the comments! If you have an insight on how to better utilize what has been listed, well please share that too. One thing that I have learned from all of this is that the SFF community is flat out awesome and it never ceases to amaze me how much we help and support each other. Look forward to your comments, hope some of this will prove to be useful and happy blogging!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle, Day 1 by Patrick Rothfuss (Review)

Mulluane | Thursday, April 02, 2009 | 5 Comments so far

A Fantasy Series Book Review

The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle, Day 1  by Patrick RothfussPatrick Rothfuss

Genre: Epic Fantasy, 13+
ISBN: 0756405890
Publisher: DAW Trade (April 7, 2009)
Paperback: 672 pages
Excerpt
Podcast
Author’s Overview:
My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as "quothe." Names are important as they tell you a great deal about a person. I've had more names than anyone has a right to. The Adem call me Maedre. Which, depending on how it's spoken, can mean The Flame, The Thunder, or The Broken Tree.

"The Flame" is obvious if you've ever seen me. I have red hair, bright. If I had been born a couple of hundred years ago I would probably have been burned as a demon. I keep it short but it's unruly. When left to its own devices, it sticks up and makes me look as if I have been set afire.

"The Thunder" I attribute to a strong baritone and a great deal of stage training at an early age.

I've never thought of "The Broken Tree" as very significant. Although in retrospect, I suppose it could be considered at least partially prophetic.

My first mentor called me E'lir because I was clever and I knew it. My first real lover called me Dulator because she liked the sound of it. I have been called Shadicar, Lightfinger, and Six-String. I have been called Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, and Kvothe Kingkiller. I have earned those names. Bought and paid for them.

But I was brought up as Kvothe. My father once told me it meant "to know."

I have, of course, been called many other things. Most of them uncouth, although very few were unearned.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.

I can see why this book has received so much praise, it is evil! Evil you ask. How in the world is it evil? Well, I will tell you. It sucked me right into the book, transported me into another world, and held me captive there for over 700 pages. I forgot to eat, I forgot to sleep, I fell behind on my housework, and my cat is no longer speaking to me, (we all know how much they love being ignored!) And, I loved every minute of it. This book also drives home why I hate starting a series until all of the books are in print. Now I have this irritating itch that I am not going to be able to scratch until this trilogy is complete.

This is the life story of a man who is either a hero or the worse villain you will ever meet, depending on who is telling the story. This is also a story about a man who has given up on living, but before he dies, he wants a record of the real story of his life. He tells this tale to Chronicler, a traveling scribe and collector of stories. Told in first person by Kvothe, he begins his story with his life as an inquisitive young boy and carries it through until he 15-16 years old. There are a few asides, pieces of occurrences that are happening in the present, but for the most part, the book centers on Kvothe's tale. It is a fascinating story to say the least.

Several things strike me as I contemplate the feelings I have about The Name of the Wind. One thing I noticed I mentioned previously but I want to expand on it. The immersion is total. Imagine if you will, a typical medieval style tavern, three men sitting at a table, one of them telling the story of his life... Now forget it... Every single time the story stops due to some present time distraction, customers coming in and the like, I felt like somebody threw cold water on me. And this was not a jolt into the events occurring in MY life, this was a jolt back to what occurring in the book itself. It amazed me every time it happened. I will say one thing, I am glad for those infrequent interruptions, otherwise I would have never been able to find a good stopping point so I could do things like eat and sleep. (Granted I still did not do much of either until this book was finished.)

Now if you have not figured this out already, the pacing in this book is as smooth as silk, the characters are both vivid and real, the world is well drawn and even the magic system, though complicated, is meticulously crafted. There is a priceless unrequited love interest, hints that dark times are upon them, a protagonist with an indomitable will, staunch friends, and bitter rivals. Content wise, this book will easily appeal to teens as well as adults. Might send a few wrong signals about what is acceptable behavior for a 15 year old but more on that later.

Now that I have gushed and bubbled all over the place, let me be fair and point out the few insignificant flaws I did not enjoy so much. The big one was the cliffhanger ending. To be fair, there was not any other way for the story to end. The whole trilogy will take the space of three days, or atleast Kvothe's telling of his story will, and this book is only day one. My other gripe is how easily everything comes to Kvothe. Granted he has plenty of other challenges to keep him busy, but when it comes to learning things, he is every teacher's dream pupil. The final minor complaint is that he never really feels true to his age. I kept forgetting, repeatedly, that he was still in his middle teens. As a result, it was always a shock when his age is brought into play. For example, maybe it was common back in those days for a 15 year old to sit around a tavern with the older boys getting drunk and discussing their love lives (or lack thereof) but it just did not feel right to me. Minor but irritating at times.

This is an extremely easy to read, character driven fantasy that should please fantasy fans for generations to come. It is also one of those books that you will read, reread and pick up for another look later on with the same pleasure you experienced the first go round. That, for me, is the highest praise I can ever give a book. The phrase "a gift that just keeps on giving" comes to mind. I am in awe of Patrick Rothfuss and have a feeling that I will continue to be so for many years to come.

Note: For those of you who enjoy trade editions, one is being released in just a few days, on April 7th. My version is the mass paperback but the purchasing links are for the new version. Enjoy!

Ratings, Reviews, Similar Reads, Buy Books

Shelfari Rating 4.5/5

Librarything Rating 4.41/5

Amazon Rating 3+ out of 5 stars
(452 Customer Reviews)


What Should I Read Next?

Patrick Rothfuss Quote From Wise Man's Fear
Kindle: The Name of the Wind

Ebook: Fictionwise

Audio CD: The Name of the Wind (KingKiller Chronicles)

Buy Book: B&N - Powells - Abe Books

Amazon: US Canada UK
Awards
ALA Reading List - Best Fantasy 2008, Alex Award 2008, Quill Awards (2007), Publisher's Weekly Best Books of the Year (2007) - Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Read an Interview with Patrick Rothfuss From: OF Blog of the Fallen
Part One
- Part Two
Other Reviews: (Some with mild spoilers but more plot detail)
A Dribble of Ink - Book Spot Central - Grasping for the Wind
Author's Web Presence
Website - Blog - Goodreads - Facebook

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