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Freitag, 7. November 2014

I admit it.... I´m a fan, too.;-)

Having read his works "The name of the wind" and "The wise man´s fear", and, most recently, "The slow regard of silent things" I must admit that I have developed quite the habit towards the writings of Patrick Rothfuss.

Here is a link to his blog:

Copyright by Patrick Rothfuss and Shutterstock

While I am not agreed with him on some topics like gender mainstreaming and the like, and agreed on some other topics, and fond of his engagement, and not fond of some of his weird jokes;-), his books are poetic works of art about characters "slightly akilter" (The slow regard of silent things), and, most refreshingly do not try to be a LOTR or Harry Potter remake, even if they share characteristics. His language designs could be a bit more thorough, but all in all his is a very developed world that takes you in and does not let you go, and there is something very rare in contemporary fantasy novels: The feeling underneath that there is a sublime truth behind it all, a secret hidden in secrets of secrets, a hint, a scent of something wild and untame hiding inside. Read them at your own risk.;-).


  1. Souns really interesting.
    Just finished the original LOTR, which I enjoyed a lot, despite the often nit easy to follow language.

    1. LOTR is a world in itself... I read it a thousand times and still find new and exciting landscapes, and also in the Silmarillion and the like. First I read it as a story. Then with a literary interest. Then with a philological approach. That led me to a story. In a story. In a story.

      The kingkiller chronicle is similar in that there are stories in stories in stories hidden; the language is easier to read, but its secrets are wilder and darker. It´s definetly an adult story, but a lovely one.

    2. Reservations for the first two parts have already been made at the library.
      I tend to like this sort of thing every once in a while. Read rhe Eragon-books in 2 weeks. All 4 of them.
      Harry Potter is a bit different. Lost interest after the third one, but will continue soon.

    3. I used to read them to escape from the newspaper articles about TTIP, CETA and WW III. After that, the concept of a "Dark lord" becomes strangely appealing. Might be there are no Chandrian, however...

      Are there indeed?

      But we have been lied to since centuries about just about every aspect of our lives. Might be a fantasy novel holds more truth than the so - called truth spread by the media. Why is it that early medieval manuscripts are brimful with magic, but after the new burgeoisie and economic caste came to might even Christians dismissed the existence of such a thing entirely? Why is it that in the Auraceipt na n Èces, grammar and poetry are magical arts, but nowadays just a method to entertain the masses or to achieve a better business?

      And why is there a worldwide conflict because of the greed of some few individuals, where young men are told lies so that they become eager to die, while there are old guys laughing their head off at this dumbness behind the curtain? And, by the way, a conflict that can as well be the rout of mankind?

      I prefer fantasy to lies, if you ask me.

  2. probably because at the very source of fantasy there would be a confirmation of a truth. In a lie there's the denial of that.

    Just read the first book and at first it was a story I got lost in. A great story with a dark lining, a constant sense of... not doom.... something dark..
    A just now, having finished it, it hit me. There's a striking resemblance with one of the characters in Auel's Earth's Children. A young man receiving a great talent, a great gift from the Mother, but at a very high cost.
    Can't wait to dig into the second book! I'm off....


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