#WWW Wednesday – 21 September, 2016

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

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nameofthewindcoverWhat have you recently finished reading?

As promised, I read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss while I was on holidays. It was a very satisfying book, in spite of a few small niggles I had (mostly about characterisation, as the world-building was pretty perfect). You can read my full review here.

Iwhereaminowcover also read Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson, who you might know as the girl who was in such movies and Matilda and Mrs Doubtfire in the early 90s. I tweeted that I was reading it and she liked my tweet and I had a total fangirl moment. She’s a great writer; I recommend this to everyone. My review will go up on Friday.

What are you currently reading?

therookcoverI’m back to reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, which to be honest I’m a little bored with, but I want to see it through because so many people highly recommended it to me, and maybe it will pick up a bit.

What do you think you’ll read next?

illkeptoathcoverI still haven’t properly started the ARC I have of The Ill-Kept Oath by C. C. Aune and it came out on September 27, so I should probably get onto that. After that, I also have ARCs of Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers and The Infinity of Me and You by J. Q. Coyle, both of which are released in the first week of November. I’m not worried about not getting them handed in on time. I just handed in my last assignment for the year, so now I have all the reading time in the world! (Except for the time when I need to write).

Let me know if you’ve any thoughts on any of these! 🙂

See you all later!

~ Emily

“The best lies about me are the ones I told.” // Review of “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss

Title: The Name of the Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Genre: Fantasy
Date Read: 03/10/2016 – 07/10/2016
Rating: ★★★★

Review:

This was a highly enjoyable book. I’m glad I read it on holidays, as it would have taken me forever otherwise. I did have a few little quibbles with it, but I can certainly see why so many people love it.

The Name of the Wind tells the story of Kvothe, a wizard-come-innkeeper who agrees to tell his story to a scribe over the course of three days. In this first volume, we follow the young Kvothe as he experiences life on the streets after the death of his parents, before gaining entry into the University to learn theNow,  skills of an arcanist. There he develops a rivalry with the son of a noble and only just manages to keep his head above water and keep his tuition fees paid. Meanwhile, he slowly edges closer to the reason behind the death of his parents and their travelling troupe.

Now, I should probably ge this out of the way first. I did like Kvothe. I really did. I even enjoyed the first person narrative, and I usually have no time for first person. But he is a bit of special snowflake. He’s super-gifted, and a super-amazing-musician, and a super-quick-study, and super-good-in-a-bad-situation. He’s a bit awkward when it comes to women, but his love interest likes that, so that’s okay. I was aware of all of this, and sometimes when something bad happened and Kvothe cleverly found a way to fix it, I did roll my eyes a bit, but somehow I liked him, and the story, nonetheless.

None of the other characters are especially well-rounded, though they do all have their own persoonalities and are interesting enough. Denna, Kvothe’s love interest, is flighty and to be honest, at times I wasn’t entirley sure what Kvothe saw in her, but she was all right, I suppose.  Apart from Denna, there are very few female characters, which was a shame considering there were plenty of characters where gender wouldn’t have mattered at all and we could have had a bit more representation.

The world-building was involved, but very accessible. Often the thing that puts me off reading high fantasy is the world-building because to be honest, I have a pretty short attention span for it. But Rothfuss managed to weave it through the story without dwelling on anything too much. As far as I can remember, there weren’t any moments where the pace slowed to a crawl while we got a unnecessarily detailed description of a forest or anything like that. The prose reads very easily, and so I flew through the pages.

I really enjoyed the themes the book brought up, too. While Kvothe is a special snowflake, as I mentioned above, the stories about him make even more of his super-duper talents. By cultivating certain rumours about himself, he creates a reputation that’s exaggerated, but based somewhat on the truth. I like the exploration of how stories about a person can come about. This was all part of a larger theme of words and Names and their inherent power. True Names is a fantasy trope I’m fond of, so I enjoyed that.

Having said all that, I think even if the series were complete, I wouldn’t be diving straight into the next book. I have to give this one a bit of time to digest properly. I read another review that described finishing the book and feeling “full”and that is the feeling I get of this. And then there’s also the issue of there being no release date for the third book. I’m going to follow the example of a few other bloggers who have read this recently and hold off on the second one until the third one is actually in sight. Still, if you are all right with starting an incomplete series with no end in sight, definitely recommend picking this one up!


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#WWW Wednesday – 28 September, 2016

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

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What have you recently finished reading?

lifesassistanceagencycoverI finished three things this week. The first was The Life Assistance Agency by Thomas Hocknell. Sadly this ended up dragging a lot. It got better in the last 10-15%, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the earlier stuff. 😦 I also finished Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, which I enjoyed a lot more, in spite of the constant info-dumps. It was an entertaining story but it was definitely one where the author clearly wanted to convey a “message” (a worthwhile one, but it was still heavy-handed). I also read The Pickpocket by Celine Jeanjean, which is a prequel novella set in her Viper and the Urchin steampunk universe. It was adorable and I want to give tiny Rory all the hugs.

Little Brother review is here, while the Life Assistance Agency review is here. littlebrothercover

It was also the 75th book I’ve read this year, so I’ve completed my GoodReads challenge. 75 was my total for last year, and that included some Patrick Ness short stories and things that only took a few minutes, so I’m rather proud to have hit this this time with so much time still to spare.

What are you currently reading?

therookcoverI’ve finally returned to The Rook by Daniel O’Malley for the moment. I didn’t want to start anything new before heading off on holidays. I was only going to take The Name of the Wind with me, but because I’m pedantic, I don’t want to actually start it until I’m aboard the ship on Saturday, so the Rook is my reserve reading (trust me to choose two of the chunkiest books in my possession).

illuminationcoverI also started the audio book of Illumination by Karen Brooks. This is the third Curse of the Bond Riders book. I said I wasn’t going to listen to the audio book because it’s even longer than the second one and there were parts of that I wished I could skim… but I couldn’t find any other audio books that interested me right now and this was there and so far it’s okay. I may still finish it in print form.

What do you think you’ll read next?

nameofthewindcoverAs I said last week, I’ll be reading The Name of the Wind on my cruise. It did occur to me that my regular reading speed is about 100 pages an hour, give or take a bit, and that I could actually get through it a lot faster than expected, especially with the three days at sea at the end, so it’s probably good I’ll have The Rook in reserve, too.

Let me know if you’ve any thoughts on any of these! 🙂

See you all later!

~ Emily

#WWW Wednesday – 21 September, 2016

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

(I have to apologise for being fairly useless at returning comments and visiting other blogs last week. I’ll do better this week! :D)

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What have you recently finished reading?

dragoninthegardencoverI finished The Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner, and it managed to not become a complete mess! I enjoyed it in and of itself, but I don’t feel compelled to read the sequel whenever it comes out. I posted my review here, along with my review of The Mysterious Adventures of Becca Carlisle by Cate Morgan, which also went up this week.

What are you currently reading?

lifesassistanceagencycoverI started reading The Life Assistance Agency by Thomas Hocknell. This is the one I requested on NetGalley last week, and since it has just been released, I thought I should try to get it reviewed soonest. I’m also listening to Little Brother by Cory Doctorow on audio. I’m enjoying them both, though in both cases I am finding the lead characters are both really standard male characters (one’s that goofball, kind of loser stereotype and the other is a “hot-blooded” 17-year-old) and there aren’t very many women around in either one. The stories are both good, though, so I’m trying to let that slide.

What do you think you’ll read next?

nameofthewindcoverOn October 1, I am going on a cruise for a week and I plan on taking The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss with me. I am not taking any devices other than my phone (for camera purposes, I’m not getting international roaming), but this should keep me going for eight days. Depending how quickly I finish the other stuff, I might read The Ill-Kept Oath by C. C. Aune before then.

Let me know if you’ve any thoughts on any of these! 🙂

See you all later!

~ Emily