This week, I was looking at NPR’s list of Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books, and it reminded me that I still haven’t read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It was on my wish list for at least two years, and I finally bought a copy last fall, only to discover that OMG it’s over 600 pages. I think I read three pages before I decided that I was not up for what was, by my standards, the equivalent of two books in one cover. So I put it aside, intending to read it at some point in the future when I had more time.
But I’ve been at loose ends with my reading material the past few weeks — I needed a break from Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist History novels after reading three of them in a row, but I haven’t really been satisfied with my selections since then. So I figured maybe it was time to give Rothfuss’s doorstopper novel a try.
I consulted my 2015 reading challenge progress and confirmed that I’m ahead of schedule by virtue of reading some short story collections, a novella, a few short novels and a book of poetry. If there was ever going to be a good time to tackle a monster book, this is probably it.
So I’m giving it a go. I started it mid-week and I’m 5% in. I can’t really say I understand what’s happening yet, but I’m interested and curious to know more, which is a good sign. Hopefully it’s as good as my friends have said! And if not, I’ll probably let you know. 🙂
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