Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Micro Mention "The Name of the Wind"

Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss was recommended to me thusly, need a gritty fantasy story to fill that “Game of Thrones” hole in your heart? Upon finishing this book, I feel this first novel is like a fusion of “Game of Thrones” and a gritty version of Harry Potter.

This is one of those books that I wanted to love more than I actually did. It's a great story, and I get why people love this book. It just didn't resonate with me. It certainly had the scope of some of my favorite epic fantasy stories. Still, as one long origin story for its protagonist Kvothe, it often feels directionless, like a series of short stories where you're not certain where any of this is going—rather than a novel.

The listless feeling I got reading this book wasn't helped by the fact that interesting and exciting things are afoot in the frame story. There are monsters about, and this mysterious tavern owner, who is more than he seems, knows about them, but then we leave that story for that tavern owner to tell his literal life story to a scribe. And as interesting as that life story can be, I kept thinking, yeah, but what about the demon spidery things?

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