The first rule…. (Warning: Possible Spoilers.)

… is that you do not talk about Book Club.

The second rule…

Okay, enough of that.

I just got an e-mail from a fan that went something like this:

Dear Mr. Rothfuss:

My book group have decided to read your book for our September meeting. Besides your wonderful storytelling ability and use of language, are there any themes or questions that would be good to use as our discussion guide? Thank you for one of the best fantasy books I have read this year.

(A follow up e-mail revealed that these questions would be asked during the club meeting itself, after the people had finished the book. So there’s no need to worry about asking spoiler-free questions.)

While I’m tickled at the thought of a group of people getting together and talking about my book, I have to admit that I’m totally at a loss as to what sort of questions I could offer them.

The main problem is that I’ve never in my life been in a book group, so I don’t know the sort of questions that usually get asked.

So I’m going to throw this open to you, my brilliant, articulate readership. What questions do you think would lead to an interesting discussion in a book club?

Now before y’all get comment-y. I’m going to lay down some rules for today’s blog because I’d like to eventually link to this thread in my FAQ.

First: Let’s keep this particular set of comments tight and on-topic. Questions only. No answers. We’ll save those discussions for later blogs, or, preferably, when we get a forum up and running.

Second: Please proof your questions before submitting. Capitol letters and punctuation marks are your friends, folks.

Third: Please read the other questions before asking your own. Related or follow-up questions are fine, but let’s try to avoid duplicates.

Alright. Let’s see if we can help our flagship book group out with some good questions. I’m curious to see what y’all come up with….

Thrill me,


This entry was posted in Fanmail Q + A, FAQBy Pat1 Response

One Comment

  1. darlinkaty
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 10:54 PM | Permalink

    This came up when I was searching valaritas but I can’t find the comments. Frustration.

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