Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss

I love the Fantasy genre and this book is is one of the best. A great story with well-interleaved flashbacks and great prose.

It was one of those perfect autumn days so common in stories and so rare in the real world. The weather was warm and dry, ideal for ripening a field of wheat or corn. On both sides of the road the trees were changing color. Tall poplars had gone a buttery yellow while the shrubby sumac encroaching on the read was tinged a violent red. Only the old oaks seemed reluctant to give up the summer, and their leaves remained an even mingling of gold and green.

Everything said, you couldn't hope for a nicer day to have a half dozen ex-soldiers with hunting bows relieve you of everything you owned.

The humorous style of writing made it a joy to read. I picked that passage at random - it is the start of the second chapter - but it is typical of the whole. Just reading that passage again makes me want to re-read the whole book. The characters are well-developed and this, the first of three books, finished much too soon (662 pages).

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