Sunday, July 17, 2011

CB # 20 The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

               I'm so proud of myself for finally reading a series in the right order on this blog. This is the sequel to The Name of the Wind, which I read back in May. It was pretty much what you would expect if you had read the previous book. There is still magic and Kvothe is just as un-self-aware as before. 

              The major surprise for me was that this book, although longer than the first one, felt a little less padded than the first. I mean, an editor could still be used. There is a bit too much time spent wandering around the woods and fooling around with a fairy (in the most literal sense). The Kvothe who tells the stories of his adventures does not seem to have any of the skills he acquired over the course of the adventures, and it makes you wonder if he’s a completely unreliable narrator (he did spend a long time talking about his amazing physical ability to subdue a sex-crazed fairy).  However, this book was enjoyable, kept on pushing the narrative forward, and made me excited for the next book, which will finish the series off (at least I assume it will).
If you’ve read the first book and enjoyed it, then I’m fairly certain that you’ll enjoy this novel. 

           Dear readers, I'm sorry for the short review, but I'm finding myself far behind where I want to be in the Cannonball Read. I've read about 40 books so far, but sometimes it's hard to say anything interesting about a book. Sometimes a book is just a book; something that makes your lunch hour more enjoyable. Sometimes a book has more going on inside of it, but then it takes longer to read, and it's even harder to write about it. Sometimes you just can't put your finger on what you liked and what you didn't like.

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