I am an avid reader and always have been. I don’t feel comfortable if I’m not reading something. I typically read two books at the same time. Well not exactly at the same time. I alternate between a book of learning and one of pleasure. I also have a tendency to read the same books over and over. They are like old friends come to visit, often unexpectedly.
Current Book of Pleasure:
I have to thank my dear friend Soo Choi for suggesting this book series to me. After a long overdue catch up, I mentioned that I was looking for something new to read. She suggested The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It is the first in a series of books called The Kingkiller Chronicles. I must admit I had never heard of this book before but after reading the jacket, I was intrigued. There are many reviews of this book, and the subsequent books in the series, so I will not cover the details of the book itself. Plus I hate spoilers and there are few good twists and turns in this book. Instead I will give you the basics and then try to describe what I perceive as the style of the book.
The protagonist in the book is a man named Kvothe (pronounce like quoth but with an inconvenient v stuck at the beginning). We meet Kvothe as a man, but the majority of this book (and I assume future ones) covers Kvothes life growing up as an entertainer in a traveling troupe of players. He faces many trials and tribulations along his path to becoming an Arcanist. The method the author uses to explain the “magic” is particularly interesting to me. I like it because it doesn’t leave it totally up to faith in the part of the reader. It’s not magic the way the most people think of it. It is mastery of the Arcane forces within the world around you. Kvothe the adult is a notorious magician, accomplished thief, master musician and infamous assassin but the real treasure of the story is how he came to be these things.
If you are fan of lore such as J. R. R. Tolkien or Frank Herbert you will be disappointed in the lack of depth regarding the world around Kvothe. The book reads like an enjoyable yet shallow approach to story weaving. That being said I do recommend the book for when you want to escape into a little world similar to Harry Potter, where magic is real and not everyone likes that fact. There is of course opposition to Kvothe in the same vein as Harry Potter’s Malfoy, and this interplay is both entertaining and interesting. You will think multiple times (in my case, even say out loud) oh come on Kvothe, don’t do that you know it will end in disaster! Only to have Kvothe do it anyway (think Greg Focker in Meet the Parents). For being a brilliant arcanist, he makes some pretty boneheaded errors.
If you have read it, I would enjoy your thoughts on the book as well.