I’m starting a weekly book recommendation. For the first week I’m going to be recommending a book I found earlier this year and enjoyed greatly. It originally came out ten years ago. If you’re a fan of Fantasy, you may find yourself reading through this one pretty quickly. Without further adieu, the reading suggestion this week is: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
Updated to be an actual recommendation:
So, this first recommendation (back in October 2017) was terrible as recommendations go. My deepest apologies to Patrick Rothfuss for the poor promotion of his amazing work. Here comes an actual (still rather short) recommendation for this book.
“From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard.”
The Name of the Wind (TNotW) is phenomenal. I often recommend it to my friends (I picked up a copy for a friend this week) as a mixture of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Both of which are fantastic and I know they’ve read them and loved them, but TNotW stands on its own merits. It is incredibly well-written and captivating. I read this book and its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, in less than two months, which isn’t bad considering the size of these bricks. There is too much story to focus on a few details. If you want to discuss how great the book is, there are plenty of fan pages for these works out there (I am even a part of one on the old Facebook) or you can talk about it here on my blog. There is a comments section. This series will become (if it hasn’t already) an essential read for any fan of fantasy.
I hope to one day write as well as Patrick Rothfuss. I’m not sure if I can give any higher praise than that.
P.S. I like this book so much that I bought a poster made from the entirety of the text. All 256,656 words. I built the frame because this thing stands taller than me (and I’m 6′ 3”). You can find this, and other awesome literary treasures, at Litographs.com.