I have been looking for a good fantasy book for a long time. I wasn’t going to get in to George R.R. Martin’s world…I already watch the show and I’m totally content being surprised by bloody weddings and random sex scenes. Don’t try to convince me otherwise either. Many have tried before you, and while it may be great, I’m just not interested at this point. No, I wanted something else, something mature but also whimsical that can take me back to the first time I ever read Harry Potter. I found all of this in Patrick Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind, his debut novel.
The book is the first in a series of three volumes titled “The Kingkiller Chronicle” which is centered around a character who has many names; Kvothe (pronounced Quothe), Kote, Reshi, and many others. It doesn’t matter. What matters is this adventuring new take on “magic” and how it can be explained through science in this made up world. Kvothe’s character is likable enough. He is smart, brave, caring, orphaned and cunning. An actor and musician by training, he is also a quick learner so “sympathy” or as you might know it as “magic” comes extremely quick to him. This allows him to rise through the ranks at the University. The only thing I don’t like about him is his red hair. But I can get passed that.
He battles demons, falls in love with a girl, all the while trying to uncover the mystery around his parents’ death and find those who did it responsible. I’m in the second volume now titled The Wise Man’s Fear. It is even better than the first, and I highly suggest a read if you’re interested in fantasy or a fun new adventure book that’s a mix between Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Sans offensive language.
Another thing that has been taking up a lot of my time other than reading and floating Portland’s rivers with a beer in my hand is my love/hate relationship and perseverance with Mad Men. Man, is this show an endurance race. I love it, but it can get so tedious that I almost hate it. I’m taking it slow, because unlike any other show, this show can’t be binge watched. I mean you could, but you’d get bored and give up very quickly. I suggest digesting it in 2 a week increments. I’m about halfway through season 3 and it is all that is on my mind.
Beyond that work and the gym consume my life. A couple of friends and I actually just brewed an IPA that I should be able to talk about next blog post. Until then, Cheers!