The Kingkiller Chronicle (Rothfuss)

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  1. Nynyra Falas

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    Lol. Yeah... suppose you would sign the demand for a free reading year right from the start. But sadly we will never get that year and have to go with piles of unread, not finnished books. ^^
     
  2. Maple al'Tree

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    There are too many good books in the world and not enough time to read them! ^^ My completely unrealistic dream job for a very long time was Book Reviewer ;)
     
  3. Sowinda al’Morwyn

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    LOL I don't even remember what I was searching the forums for now, but that first post came up as a result and I FREAKED OUT. Along the lines of, "if I somehow missed that the third book has been out for THREE YEARS I will KILL MYSELF... but maybe after reading it..."

    Both sad that it's not out, and amused that the book is still in progress. Intrigued by The Slow Regard of Silent Things, though! I will complain to myself about the Kindle price for a little bit longer and then get it for my Saturday reading, lol.
     
  4. Raam Sho'am

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    I mean, it's a matter of taste, but I found Slow Regard to be awful. 150+ pages of absolutely nothing happening. I certainly would not recommend it.
     
  5. Sowinda al’Morwyn

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    Uggggh that makes me look askance the $8 price more. Sounds like a library request is in order instead.
     
  6. Jeryn Lekar

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    I on the other hand quite enjoyed a look into Auri's life. I did however use my local library. :look
     
  7. Nynyra Falas

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    I really enjoyed it, too.
    I think who doesn't enjoy it, hasn't got the point of kingskiller chronicles and is just reading a story...
     
  8. Raam Sho'am

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    I find your comment condescending.
     
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  9. Rixla Katash

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    I bought Slow Regard but haven't gotten through it, whereas I eat up the other two every time I read them. Different strokes, eh? :cheese I will also echo the sentiment of being rather disappointed that he hasn't finished the last book yet :(
     
  10. Jeryn Lekar

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    Soon™. :look
     
  11. Rixla Katash

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    Pfffft. Yeah oh-kay :rolleyes
     
  12. Sela Narian

    Sela Narian Oracle of Delphi Aes Sedai

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    You're seriously saying we're only true fans if we enjoy a boring book with no plot? Sorry, I have standards. Plotting is not a luxury. DNF would not try again. The series is much better.

    I never appreciated Auri anyway (to me, she's just extraneous nonsense and blather) so a whole book with her would be unbearable even with a plot.
     
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  13. Aran Cherubim

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    I haven't read it, and don't really intend to, but in all fairness, Rothfuss did go out and stated that the tone and structure of the book was very different, and that it wasn't necessarily a book all fans of the series woul enjoy.

    I'd counter by saying that if it's so unrelated to the main series, why even connect it, but hey, there ya go.
     
  14. Sela Narian

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    Yeah, I don't fault Rothfuss a bit. He stated it was a book only some would enjoy, and it was something he wanted to write, so he wrote it. Respect. I ended up being one of those who didn't enjoy it.

    :cheese
     
  15. Sean Dragoran

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    After doing many re-reads (and re-listens) I have grown to despise Kvothe. I'll still read the 3rd book, but he has a lot of work to do to bring all his threads to a close.
     
  16. Sowinda al’Morwyn

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    Why do you despite Kvothe?
     
  17. Axis m'Troutilas

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    Well I finally got around to reading the two books so far

    Pros: Rothfuss prose is beautiful, he has a stunning way with words. His ability to write so eloquently without stepping over into being flowery is to be admired.

    Also great magic system

    Cons: but the plot. Very thin, basically nothing happens. He meanders through various mini-stories. It’s been like 10 little partially explored books instead of one good book.

    And seriously Denna can fuck right off with her needy shit, and Kvothe friend zone idiocy is nauseating. Grow a set of balls. Fela is the woman I was attracted to.

    Long story short I think Rothfuss has the ability but he needs to lean harder into traditional plotting for his next series. Kingkiller has been a nice experiment. But it’s not an improvement.

    Jeez his prose is gorgeous though
     
  18. Aran Cherubim

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    You're pretty close to my own impression.

    The second book is where the plotting gets extra thin, I think. Or maybe it's just that I was more forgiving for the endless sidequests (they do feel like him grinding sidequests to gain xp) in the first volume because it was introductory and therefore could be more open-ended.

    Also, this is ancient by now, but I still think the framing device with Kvothe whining on about how this are going to get terrible, and that elfin guy interrupting the story with overdramatic exposition just doesn't work. It's just feels like filler meant to add tension in a really overly obvious way. If it needs to be presented as a memoir, fine, but this is too on the nose for me.
     
  19. Falone Charpontier

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    I am about half way through the first book. I absolutely love his writing style.
     
  20. Erin al'Denael

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    Reading the Kingkiller Chronicles alternately brings me joy and angst. :lol But I still adore them.

    I saw this thread bumped, and had the idle thought that maybe, maybe, book 3 was on the horizon.

    Boo. :|

    That said, Slow Regard apparently generated some animosity up in here. :p I enjoyed it for what it was, but respect the opinions of all involved. To like or dislike a book is everyone's own prerogative.

    WTB Book 3 :|
     
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