January Reads - Patrick Rothfuss

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Patrick RothfussThe Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - link

This was recommended by a friend. I got it from the library and kept putting off reading it. I just wasn't sure if I wanted to. The book was massive and old. He didn't look like the type of story I would read. But then I dig in. And while yes, I found a book not my typical style, I also found a book that didn't follow normal story paths. A book that was intriguing, thought-provoking and fantasy all at the same time.

The book actually describes it's self pretty well.

"Clean, quick, and easy as lying. We know how it ends practically before it starts. That's why stories appeal to us. They give us the clarity and simplicity our real lives lack." and a little further on "But while that might make for an entertaining story, it would not be the truth."

It was not what I expected and it took paths unexpected. Only two things happened that follow normal book paths but how they happened did not. The book follows two stories of one man. One is the story of him telling the story of his past and the other is him as he's telling the story. A fascinating way of writing. You want to know what's happening in both the past and the present at the same time and how the man at the beginning became the man he is today.

This is my favorite passage from the book. It really resonates with me.

"Perhaps the greatest faculty our minds possess is the ability to cope with pain. Classic thinking teaches us of the four doors of the mind, which everyone moves through according to their need.

First is the door of sleep. Sleep offers us a retreat from the world and all its pain. Sleep marks passing time, giving us distance from the things that have hurt us. When a person is wounded they will often fall unconscious. Similarly, someone who hears traumatic news will often swoon or faint. This is the mind's way of protecting itself from pain by stepping through the first door.

Second is the door of forgetting. Some wounds are too deep to heal, or too deep to heal quickly. In addiction, many memories are simply painful, and there is no healing to be done. The saying "time heals all wounds" is false. Time heals most wounds. The rest are hidden behind this door.

Third is the door of madness. There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.

Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or so we have been told."

Patrick RothfussThe Wise Man's Feat by Patrick Rothfuss - link

It's taken me a few days to write this review. I'm not sure why. I enjoyed the book but it was predictable. Book one was a complete new take on fantasy for me, things didn't happen how they should, it was fast paced and enjoyable. This one didn't have that feel. And for that I am disappointed. It also felt like he became an adult and everything became about sex. It felt like there was chapters dedicated to his sudden need.

When I was mid way though this book someone mentioned to me that the author considers himself a feminist writer and they asked my opinion in that. At the time I agreed. Patrick Roth fuss writes very strong female characters.

There's Denna, who depends on men for her livelihood but claims her life as her own.

There's Fela who is in school training to become an Arcanist and holds her own with the boys, in fact she is the first to waken her sleeping mind. There's Devi who runs a business and not just any business but a moneylending business.

His mother was very prominent in his early childhood.

And for the "time" the books are written how women act is accurate.

But the sex really ruined it for me. His time in the fae world especially.

Book three isn't out yet, sadly. I'll wait for it and read it and make up my mind then. Middle books of trilogies aren't always the best. So we shall save judgement for the final book.