Geek read – “Name of the Wind”

The french cover of Name of the Wind, by Marc Simonetti. Such feels. Much art envy.

Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy debut from 2007, Name of the Wind is, simply put, the best book I have ever read. Yes, I did just claim one favourite book in a world were Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and… everything by Neil Gaiman exists. Here are some reasons why:

It is clever. The fantasy books involving science and philosophy and keen observations of humanity can be a bit tricky to find- this, in my humble opinion, is one of the best.

It is funny. Makes you giggle on the train-funny, which can be a bit awkvard really. +5 hilarity.

It is absolutely goddamn beautiful. Rothfuss has a way with words that makes me want to print out every other sentence and stick them on a t-shirt or something. Or on my skin. Might very well do the latter, come to think of it.

Other than that, the characters are charming and believable, the same goes for the world Rothfuss has created for them. And if you are a musician you will fall in love with how songs and melodies and chords are described so well you can practically both feel and hear them.

So what of the plot? Name of the wind is basically a fictional autobiography of a young, red-haired man named Kvothe. He is a killer, a musician, a trouper, an orphan and an arcanist- not necessarily in that order. We first meet him after he has gone into hiding, leading a quiet life as an innkeeper in a backwater village. For some reason the world has turned dark, creatures of myth and nightmare are walking the waking world and war is brewing. Kvothe seems to think it is by his doing. And so, he is waiting to die.

These are the first lines I read, from the back of the cover, many years ago:

“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.”

It still gives me goosebumps, haha. Anyways, go check it out! And if you have read it, tell me who your favourite character is in the comments, I’d love to know! 😀

/ Joh

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23 thoughts on “Geek read – “Name of the Wind”

  1. My favorite is Auri (after kvothe of course, I also really like bast hmm this is hard) and i’m gonna read “The slow regard of silent things” as soon as im done with my current book. Can’t wait for the last book.

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    1. I love those three! I also adore Elodin and Simmon though. I am so bad at choosing one haha *srry*
      “The Slow Regard of Silent Things” is beautiful, and since you like Auri you will probably enjoy it a lot 😀
      I have so many theories and questions that the last book will answer. Drives me nuts lol.

      What are you reading currently, if you don’t mind me asking? 🙂

      PS. Srry for long answer, I get carried away easily when it comes to books I like, tried to keep it short-ish but…

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  2. I understand, they are loveable characters. Alright I’m looking forward to reading it!

    I’m currently reading House of Chains, it’s the 4th in a series of 10 books about the malazan empire. It’s called Malazan book of the fallen and what got me into it was the different magic system they used. It’s the second time i’m reading the series.

    No worries type all you want!

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      1. Well if you do like unique magic system you might also want to check out, “the black prism”. And now i’m not gonna recommend any more books might be alot already ^^

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  3. Beautifully summarized! The Kingkiller Chronicles are all-time favorites of mine as well… in a crowded brain of favorites.
    Also – I’ve just thoroughly enjoyed your blog. Sound zombie strategies. 😉

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    1. Thank you so much! I spent a lot of time on it to properly convey my love haha. 😛
      What are some of your other favourites if you don’t mind me asking? Always looking for a good read, hehe.

      Such a kind comment, it really made my day! 🙂

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      1. Well, I’ve just finished Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy – and that was very good… and also Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series and Cainsville series… for starters. And recommendations on your side? 🙂

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      2. Wow, looked up the “All Souls Trilogy” and that is right up my alley. 😀 Thanks!

        Hmm… Well I was planning on doing the next blog post about my Neil Gaiman-favs so anything by him really, and a recent read of mine called “The Paper Magician” was quite fun and quirky. 😀 “The Darkest part of the forest” by Holly Black is also lovely (urban fairies, yes please) and then there are the zombie books… I should stop. I’m gonna write a lot about books here so shouldn’t give away all my subjects hehe. xD

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    1. Haha, I know, I felt so evil asking that question because I myself couldn’t answer it. 😛
      Btw, aren’t the everyday conversations between those characters just perfection? *_*

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    1. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it haha. I’m such a huge fan. Not saying I cried a bit but okay I did. 😛

      Haha, I feel you. Elodin is hilarious, the best blend of brilliant and completely bonkers, and I love the moments when you get a glimpse of his true power.

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  4. I’m about a third of the way through, and I can’t say I find it particularly great or ‘all that’ (yet?). Some moments I loved aside. Tell me it’s gonna be taking off at some point, because so far it’s a whole lot of ‘ teasing’, only a little ‘happening’, and a lot of trudging along.. The reason I’m still stoutly continuing is because I’ve seen more people say it starts *very* slowly, but it plants the seeds for the pay-off. Here’s hoping.

    “if you are a musician [the rest]”
    As a musician (play guitar & piano, and write anything from songs to a symphony) it’s a little hit or miss, honestly. I’ve cringed at it, in a couple cases. It’s better when Rothfuss doesn’t so… melodramatically, maybe.. describe it.

    Anyway. I saw something about zombies. I should check that out. I like not being eaten.

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    1. No book, no matter how lovely, is to everybody’s taste i guess ^^ But yeah, it does pick up the pace a bit later on, so hopefully you will enjoy it even more then. 😀

      Oh, that’s really cool! I mainly sing myself. 🙂

      Haha, gotta agree with you there. Hope you find it helpful!

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    1. I did. Took me a while to gather my thoughts then I tweeted this:

      “I feel like a child on the eve of christmas- squeaky, excited and, honestly, a little scared. But in Pat I trust. :3”

      Did you read his blog post about the process? What do you think? ._.

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      1. I did, I’m really excited because even if the movie/tv-show/game sucks I will still have the books. I might be a little disappointed but i really think pat will make a good job.

        The fact that he writes about his experience from his perspective and is being honest with both them and us telling them that he doesn’t know what he’s doing is something i really like.

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