The Kingkiller Chronicle (Days 1 and 2), by Patrick Rothfuss: 3/5

The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear

These first two books of a planned trilogy do some above par, engrossing world-building that's sure to charm most fantasy fans. And Rothfuss is an entertaining storyteller, tempering dramatic scenes with occasional lighthearted comedy. However, the good aspects of the Chronicle are weakened by the fact that the main character is just a ludicrous, completely unabashed Mary Sue*. [A detailed map. An inset star shows a redheaded man playing the lute and singing.]

*See Wikipedia

For specific examples, see this Penny Arcade strip (contains spoilers).

Good for: Fans of fantasy epics, gifted wily orphan heroes, wondrous realms, schools of magic, etc. Just try not to scoff or roll your eyes too much at what a perfect, extraordinary, special snowflake Kvothe is. Or you could hurt yourself. Your eye-rolling muscles could be permanently harmed!

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3 Responses to The Kingkiller Chronicle (Days 1 and 2), by Patrick Rothfuss: 3/5

  1. Meg says:

    Patrick Rothfuss is however very good people who shared his chocolate chip cookies with me.
    That is not a lie. It was a very good cookie that was worth the ride to New York in and of itself.

    • Audrey says:

      That is delightful.

      He seemed like a pretty good sport about that Penny Arcade strip in this blog post.

      • Meg says:

        i did deserve a cookie, i did drive all the way to new york to have him scribble in my books. I could have waited till he came to boston, but then i would have missed dnd and that would have been terrible.

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