The Patrick Rothfuss Recommendations
I started to feel lost when it came to books. Everything I was reading was following the same troupes and it was getting tiring. Girl meets boy, falls in love, enter conflict and second boy, lots of strive and blah, blah, blah. Rinse, repeat, HELLO Young Adult. The genre of never pushing boundaries.
So when Patrick Rothfuss published his Fanmail FAQ: Looking for good books. I was so freaking happy. I've been ready to make the jump to the adult genre but haven't known how. Adult books have always been sappy romances in my mind which is worse than the rinse, repeat stories of Young Adult. This list opened a whole new world for me and I've been slowly working my way through. I don't review books like I use to but these are a few that I wanted to mention.
If you haven't read it, do it. I am already debating on a second read.
I have never read anything by Neil Gaiman. Though I have seen his Stardust movie. Movies though are never the same as the beautiful words found in a book. The version of this that I picked up was the 10th Anniversary edition. In it was a letter of introduction explaining the success of the book and how this was a slightly edited version from the original. He got a chance to correct, add, and update a few things from the original copy. Things he had wanted to do but couldn't because it had already been published.
This of course makes me immediately want to go out and find an old version and do a side by side comparison. And the thing is the book is such a great read I can totally see myself doing that one day. I loved Mr. Wednesday, in truth I loved the naming of the characters in the story. I love that one of the first places he talks about is a place that I have been too! Knowing that I lived miles away from the locations within the story made it so real to me.
This is one of the books on the list that I didn't enjoy and that I already owned. Kevin bought it for me along with The Great Gatsby and Animal Farm. I figured it was time I read all three of those books. This one just wasn't my favorite. That said, this is one of those books that is super well written, has a great story, and just ends terribly. I think the ending is what ruined it, like most people I have a hard time not having a happy ending! It also is a book that starts with one character, then leaves him behind to go to another. So the starting character is not who the book ends with. Though each character does have an ending.
With any dystopia story though, it is so easy to see how the author came to write it and how easy it would be for our society to go that route. The removal of families, is an interesting concept. These babies and the children's development is intriguing and I wonder if we can be breed in that way. But that is also a scary thought. I ended up ranking this book a 2. Because while I believe dystopian novels are important this one wasn't my favorite version of it and that's okay.
That's my thoughts. Have you read any of these? What do you think of Patrick Rothfuss's list?