I’ve allocated every minute of my reading over the past three weeks to The Wise Man’s Fear. I know its been three weeks because the library only allows you to borrow ebooks for 21 days before they’re returned, and today is the day its leaving my Kindle.
I don’t want to give any final judgment on the book, but as of today I have been very happy with it. Book one, The Name of the Wind, was Outstanding! This one is also very good, adding depth and back-story to many of the characters introduced in the first book while introducing several new, diverse characters. That character development, along with learning more about the rules of ‘magic,’ have easily been the best parts. The time Kvothe spends at the University had me staying up late, falling asleep with my Kindle on my chest.
My only struggle with it has been the question – where is this going? I had thought it would again follow the timeline of the University, with conflict and diversity intertwined. I’m now 600+ pages into it and there really isn’t any main conflict, although many of the small conflicts had me completely absorbed. The book has taken an interesting turn into political intrigue, which I have to admit has been a good twist, but beyond that I don’t know…
Since I’m someone who struggles to commit to a book for more than a couple of weeks, I’m going to add a chapter or two from Close to Shore in between longer stints with The Wise Man’s Fears. We’ll see which I finish first.
Looking back, I actually read a lot more than I have in a while. Much of the volume came from adventure type books, the same genre as where the Da Vinci Code would fall. This type of mass market paperback is readily available for 99 cents at Goodwill or in the clearance section of Half Price Books. Normally, I’m an avid fan of fantasy fiction like that from Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin, but found that the quick pace fit perfectly with what I needed. They still provided the escape that I needed but without taking a month to read an 800 page book.
James Rollins and Steve Berry were new authors I tried out and will continue to read. I also really enjoy the ‘Pendergast’ novels by Preston and Child and highly recommend giving them a shot if you’re at all interested in supernatural thriller/mysteries. The Pendergast character is a very interesting take on an FBI agent.
There are also a few books on the list that my wife put me up to reading. No need to point them out, I’m sure you can guess.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
The Romanov Prophesy by Steve Berry
Water for Elephants (believe it or not, this book is a hundred times better than the movie. The book has much more of a focus on the circus which is really well researched and interestingly portrayed.)
Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Dance of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
And easily, the best book I read last year was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (pictured above). It’s a fantasy fiction novel, his first, and was everything a fan of that genre could hope for. I’ll be submitting a book review to YCN and will add an update here with that link once it’s posted.
I know there were several more, but trying to remember 12 months worth is actually pretty difficult to do. Especially since, if I don’t enjoy a book I’ll quit reading it after 50 – 100 pages, which means lots of other novels keep coming to mind that I didn’t actually finish.
I’m always on the lookout for new authors with interesting backgrounds. Today I found the website of Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
His website has a self-written bio plus a blog and interview, all of which are fairly humorous reads.
I honestly spent over half an hour reading every page, comment, and blog entry on his website. Although I haven’t read his book, yet, I found that I really like his style. Not only does Patrick’s photo remind me of Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover fame, but his bio makes him seem like a guy that everyone has known at one point or another – that directionless college partier, with the tossled hair and rumpled shirt that he may have had on for a few days straight. A career student in his early days, he spent nine years before he was forced to graduate by his University.
Unfortunately his book tour doesn’t bring him very close to home but either way I’ll be reading his work in the near future. I’ve added his website to my blog roll but you can also access it by clicking Here.
~ The Hatter