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So I finally got my other half to read Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind (reviewed here) and The Wise Man’s Fear (reviewed here), which, for the uninitiated are books one and two in Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles. We both adored The Name of the Wind, and while I found The Wise Man’s Fear to be long yet lovely, the other half had similar complaints as many other reviewers have had: it’s too long, too episodic, Denna is annoying and it’s too convenient that she keeps showing up everywhere Kvothe does, the Felurian bit was fine but went on about 50 pages too long, same with the Adem fighting clan bits.

we discussed it, and I pointed him to Jo Walton’s excellent spoilery threads on TOR, which he read, and then I reread. if you’ve read both books, go read ‘em. if you haven’t read these books, for the love of anything you believe in, do NOT read the TOR spoilery posts, or this great thread over at Fantasy Faction. It will spoil everything. As could, umm, reading the rest of this post.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, be warned: this post contains spoilers, guesses, predictions, etc that you may want to avoid if you haven’t read these books.

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seriously, who scheduled me to work on a Friday!?  Raise your hand, I want to glare at you!

however, for those of you who are not raising your hand, here are some goodies for you.

Filed under Totally Awesome, we’ve got

Doctor Who premiers on BBC America on April 23rd at, umm, check your local listings. Or you can attempt to navigate the annoyingly flash heavy and painfully photoshopped BBC America website. That site’s got a lot of weird mumbly jumbly time travelly floaty stuff going on. (now read that paragraph out loud in your best Amy Pond voice, you know you want to)

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The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, book 2), by Patrick Rothfuss

Published: March 2011

Where I got it: the library.

why I read it: the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Name of the Wind, was a game changer book for me.

Plainly said, if you enjoyed the Name of the Wind (reviewed here), you will enjoy Wise Man’s Fear more so. If Name if the Wind didn’t really do it for you, Wise Man’s Fear probably won’t, and more so.

Still on the fence?  It may help to think of The Kingkiller Chronicles as a memoir, not a fantasy trilogy. After all, Chronicler is doing just that, writing down Kvothe’s life, isn’t he?  Kvothe is much more interested in those events, be them mundane or heroic, that shaped him as a person.  And besides, both Chronicler and Kvothe already know the stories and the songs and the legends. This is their only opportunity to get the story right.  Think about what you would put in your own memoir.  You’d put in more than just the “action” moments of your life, wouldn’t you?

Did the book meet my expectations? Yes and more. Was it worth the wait? Yes and even more.

First things first, Rothfuss’s writing is tighter, more mature, and much more polished than in Name of the Wind. The dialog is snappier and funnier.  The plots, subplots, and undercurrents are at the same time both more and less subtle than the first book.

This book is nearly 1,000 pages long.  It took me 5 days to read, and I’m not a slow reader.  And in nearly one thousand pages you can be sure that a lot happens.  But if I made this a plot based review, I believe we’d both be missing the point.

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A riddle:

what tastes bland when consumed quickly
but tastes perfect when savored?
What demands you take the proper time
without making a single request of it?

I suppose acceptable answers could include love, patience, life, learning the shape of the world.

Also, a book called The Wise Man’s Fear. Only 100 advanced reading copies were ever made, all signed for, tracked, and with RFID chips. Reviewers who received these books signed a contract in blood that they would not only buy an Eolian t-shirt, but that they would also have a lute tattooed somewhere on their body in a secret location known only to them and the author. It’s been said the author can change the color of his beard by snapping his fingers. This book is so heavy you could never read it in the bathtub. An audio version would take you the rest of the year to listen to, the rest of your life to understand.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

(by the way, that stunning peice of artwork is by Kim Kinkaid)

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Although my New Years resolution is to read what I’ve got, that’s not to say there aren’t some 2011 releases that I am eagerly and anxiously awaiting.

Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves. I pride myself of my active web stalking of Mr. Lynch, via his livejournal, facebook, twitter, anything. I’m not embarrassed to admit this man turns me into a blabbering, blubbering, squeeing fangirl. And is that not some stunning cover art for the third title in his Gentlemen Bastard series? Amazon offers a March release date, but I am quite sure the release date has been set back to summer or fall of 2011. Sad news, but that gives me the chance to read the first two books in the series again, and maybe again after that.
 Probably the most awaited title of 2011 for fantasy fans is Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear, book two of his Kingkiller Chronicles. When it comes to epic fantasy, Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind was a game changer for me, even more so than George R R Martin. Excitement for this title is so crazy that rumor has it the ARC’s were numbered, signed for, and are being tracked via RFID to ensure zero spoilage before the release date. Any confirmation on that? AND there are T-shirts! Squeeee!!!
The City and The City didn’t really do it for me, and I probably shouldn’t admit that I haven’t even looked at Kraken yet, but I gotta say, I am eagerly awaiting China Mieville’s Embassytown. From the approximately 6 sentences that have been released about this title, it sounds deliciously weird. Not Bas-Lag by any means, but a little closer to that addictive Mieville brand of strangeness that seems to have been lacking in his more recent novels.

And speaking of the infamous George R R Martin, I am still holding out hope that A Dance With Dragons (fifth book in his Song of Ice and Fire series) will actually be published in 2011. And if no 2011 then I’m sure it’ll come out eventually, right? I mean, I’ve only waited five years for this book, what’s another five? I am not going to even attempt to find cover art. Yes, I am eagerly awaiting this title, but that doesn’t mean I’m not just a teensy bit bitter.

Wow,  three out of the four are the next books in series! I really wasn’t expecting that!

How about you? what are your most eagerly awaited titles for 2011?

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