Seriously though it's pretty awesome. Buy it
I've never asked you guys any favors. Sure, maybe a few of you. DOOManiac sent me his joystick. Scythe and Mouse help me launder money through the Australian financial system. X_Stickman has to live with the constant knowledge that I know more about Star Wars than him. [WHO]Them has refrained from destroying me with his freakishly huge muscles even though I make jokes about him being bald (like an 8-ball! heehee). I made fun of Rob's story when all he wanted me to do was fix it (it was totally broken though. I swear I'll finish reading it one day too). And Caboose knows what he does for me every third Tuesday night between 1AM and 4AM.
But now I'm asking of you all a sacrifice. And you know what? It's not a really big one. In fact, it's not even a sacrifice. I'm doing you a favor
Yeah, that's right. I'm going to help you
out. "Balderdash," you say, if you're my subconscious, which you're not, you probably said something that started with "bull" or you've skipped over this paragraph to get to the picture later in this post. But I'm serious. This is going to sound like I'm asking you to do something for me, but in reality, you're doing something for yourself
You're going to buy a book.
Not just any book, though! (If you just bought a book, you should return it.) You're going to buy one of the best freaking books I've read since I realized there are more authors than Robert Heinlein.
You're going to buy The Name of the Wind
. That's kind of the book's website but I'm sure you'd much rather the Amazon.com link
because that will allow you to do yourself the favor.
"Why," you ask, "would I buy this book just because you say to do it?" Well, that's a good question, if you doubt me for some reason, which you shouldn't, because I'm cool. But I realize my word alone is not good enough, because I may have been captured and forced to write this post under duress. Therefore, I present to you exhibit A:
Wait that's not exhibit A. That's a cat. Here's exhibit A for real
"THE NAME OF THE WIND marks the debut of a writer we would all do well to watch. Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
22-time New York Times bestselling author
Yeah yeah. One good quote by a good author. So what.
"Patrick Rothfuss gives us a fabulous debut, standing firmly on the main stage of the fantasy genre and needing no warm-up act. Jordan and Goodkind must be looking nervously over their shoulders!"
-Kevin J. Anderson,
New York Times bestselling coauthor of HUNTERS OF DUNE
Okay fine, but I don't know who Jordan and Goodkind are and frankly Kevin Anderson's a bit of a ###### if you know what I mean.
"The debut novel from Patrick Rothfuss -- the first installment of an epic fantasy trilogy entitled the 'Kingkiller Chronicle' -- not only lives up to its extraordinary pre-press hype (DAW president Elizabeth Wollheim called it "the most brilliant first fantasy novel I have read in over 30 years as an editor"), it surpasses it. When fantasy fans begin reading THE NAME OF THE WIND, they should be fully prepared to lose all contact with the outside world while immersed in this highly original and mesmerizing tale of magic, love, and adventure."
–B & N
Barnes and Noble? What the heck, they sell books! Obviously they're going to say it's good. Besides, I'm not a fantasy fan (seriously, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are the only fantasy I've really read). Plus that first sentence sounds lame. "Kingkiller Chronicle?" Boring. You have to admit it's quite a lot of praise though.
"THE NAME OF THE WIND is quite simply the best fantasy novel of the past 10 years, although attaching a genre qualification threatens to damn it with faint praise. Say instead that THE NAME OF THE WIND is one of the best stories told in any medium in a decade. Author Patrick Rothfuss teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and he describes himself in self-deprecating terms as a perpetual student, role-playing geek, and connoisseur of rejection letters. That's all about to change. His debut novel combines the intricate stories-within-stories structure of The Arabian Nights with the academic setting of the Harry Potter series, and transforms it all into a brooding, thoroughly adult meditation on how heroism went wrong. More entries in the series, dubbed 'The Kingkiller Chronicle,' are promised; they can't appear fast enough."
–Onion AV Club
The Onion AV Club actually knows its stuff. They gave it an "A," not even an A- but an A, and they don't just give those out.
I could go on but I've forgotten what exhibit I'm up to and you probably didn't read more than a sentence or two of all those quotes. I could add my own thoughts, which is that this book is so awesome that even though I'm sitting next to my library copy I'm going to go buy it the first chance I get (a big deal for a stingy dude like me).
We've gone a while without a picture so here's the cover.
Yeah it's kind of ugly (although it doesn't look so bad in person) but trust me you're going to forget what the cover looks like once you're buried deep within the pages. The book is actually suprisingly cheap for a gigantic hardcover (it's not super duper long but the writing's big and the book is large) and if you're at all literate you owe it to yourself to buy the thing. You won't regret it unless someone you love dies on the same day and you missed out your last chance to be with them, but that's a risk I'm willing to take.
You could always order online if you're afraid of the loved-one-dying thing.