New additions to the family.

Everyone, I would like you to meet the newest edition of The Name of the Wind.

I’m now in trade paperback. Today, I am a man.

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I don’t know what it is about being in trade paperback, but it makes me feel kinda literary. Which in turn makes me feel kind of dirty. Which makes me feel sexy. Which makes me feel pretty, then embarrassed, and finally kinda tired and confused. Plus hungry.

(I want to make a Goldilocks joke here, but I’m too tired to think of one.)

I never used to appreciate trade paperback books. I just didn’t get them. At best they seemed pointless. At worst they were a type of perversion. They were what happened when a paperback and a hardcover had an illicit, incestuous lovechild.

But now I get the appeal. With trade paperback you have the easy-to-read larger type of the bigger book, but it’s a size that you can actually carry around with you. It can still stop a small caliber bullet, but you can bend the cover back if you’re reading it in the bathtub. It slices. It dices. It’s all things to all people. Ego sum alpha et o.

I really shouldn’t be blogging right now. I’m way too tired to be sure if I’m making much sense. It’s still yesterday for me. I haven’t been to bed yet.

This newest version of the book also proudly proclaims itself to be, “The New York Times Bestseller,” which I have to admit gives me a bit of a tingle.

Also, for those of you who haven’t already heard, The Name of the Wind is now available in all manner of electronic formats. Kindle and Sony and whatever. So now you godless heathens can have your bookless versions of my book. Ick.

Lastly, it looks like we’ll finally be getting an audio book before too long. A few weeks back I spent several hours on the phone pronouncing all the weird names and languages I invented. “Saying things like, “Cealdish. No. Wait. That’s not right. It’s Cealdish. CEaldish. CeALDish. No. Wait…”

It was magical experience, let me tell you. And by magical, I mean vaguely humiliating. I can hear the characters say these things in my head, but it’s hard to make my mouth make the shape of the word. Like Imre. There are two different ways to say it, depending on who’s talking.

Anyway, there are the newest additions to the family. Share and enjoy.

More news on the way,


This entry was posted in audiobooks, cool newsBy Pat79 Responses


  1. Brandy
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 8:40 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,I am delighted to hear the news about the audiobook. I have managed to infect/coerce just about everyone I know to read the book, but my very dear boyfriend has dyslexia AND ADHD, meaning words dance on the page for him. He has discovered the cool that is audiobooks, and has been making swift inroads on my favorite books. Do you by any chance have any say in WHO will read your book? Like, could you be all geeky and request Patrick Stewart? Or are these things not for authors to worry their wee heads about and you’ll take whoever you get and APPRECIATE it, dammit?

  2. jeffk
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 8:42 PM | Permalink

    I’m the other way around – I never really appreciated mass market paperbacks until recently, when I got more into what the kids call “genre fiction.” Now I love the bulky little nerd bricks. This does present a dilemma, though: which paperback do I buy for my pre-Book 2 reread?

  3. Chris
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 8:45 PM | Permalink

    There’s only two ways to pronounce <>Imre<>? Because I came up with like five of them…It’ll be nice to be able to carry the book around in my pocket…it’ll make me feel safer.

  4. Jessica
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 8:47 PM | Permalink

    Well, I don’t find trade paperbacks particularly manly. But I think I just prefer the hardcover for your books. They are thick books.I hope the next book is going well!!

  5. Bill
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

    So many new additions. You need to slow down a little. I’m copying these down longhand.Congrats on all the above.Slainte mhath for Easter to you and family.Mead goes well with lamb. Word.

  6. allthatsparkles
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 8:56 PM | Permalink

    I have one. ;-D Read it, also. (Second reading–I loaned out he first one to my MIL).Still great on both readings.Jules

  7. arcaneja
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    Yay, more things for me to buy. I have one each of the different hardcover… covers and a PB version already. Not to mention the nine or so copies I’ve bought for and sent to various people I know.The audiobook! Yay. I’m very interested. Normally I don’t listen to them at all.

  8. pest314
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 9:22 PM | Permalink

    I’m in love with audiobooks. Thanks to them, I can read all the time, even when I’m doing the dishes or going for a run. But it’s so, so important to use a good reader – surprisingly so. The best I’ve heard are a) the guy who read the Harry Potter books, b) the guy who read Naomi Novik’s (fabulous) His Majesty’s Dragon series, and c) the guy who read Garth Nix’s The Keys to the Kingdom. I can get their actual names for you if you want :) and congratulations!

  9. Mary J.
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 9:36 PM | Permalink

    Alan Corduner does the Keys to the Kingdom. Simon Jones is my fave right now- The Amulet of Samarkand. I can’t say that I completely loved the trilogy but his narration was outstanding!Audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook, audiobook! Squee!

  10. Kris-chan
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 9:51 PM | Permalink

    You fold back the covers of books you read, Pat? That’s blasphemy!

  11. anni
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

    imho bigger books are easier 2 handle in th tub, the little ones get wet way 2 fast.

  12. Anonymous
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 11:08 PM | Permalink

    Strange. I could have sworn that the first copy of Name of the Wind that I bought was a trade paperback. I bought it in the UK about a year and a half ago…re: e-book: Yay – but too late. I desperately wanted to buy this as ebook in December as I’ve misplaced by trade paperback, but as the ebook was not available, I did not buy the Sony Reader at that stage, and bought a second copy (smaller paperback) instead. I am reluctant to now purchase a third (e-)copy. If only publishers made e-copies available for free to everyone who bought the paperback… (Have since bought Sony Reader after all. It was wonderful, on holiday, having about 30 books with me to choose from, without any of the weight… it’s the future, I tell ya, the future!)

  13. Bryn Anderson
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 12:27 AM | Permalink

    Haha, I’m glad even author’s have the problem of pronunciation… when I read I know how all the different names sound in my head… but then somehow when I speak them old loud they sound all wrong and… not as flowing. Like a creaky old door that hasn’t been used in years.

  14. Mark S.
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 1:28 AM | Permalink

    I’m assuming you can’t request anyone. But if you can, forget Stewart and ask for Jim Dale. His audio-book readings of the Harry Potter series are insanely good, not to mention his narrations on Pushing Daisies.Ah, but I’m sure the choice isn’t yours to make in any event.

  15. Rae D'Angelo
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 2:18 AM | Permalink

    Congrats on the trade paperback. I did a happy little dance for you when I saw it in my store. Yet one more format to badger all of my customers into reading. The cheap bastards keep claiming “No, you already made me buy the hardcover and the paperback. I don’t need a trade size, too!” Foolish, foolish customers.And best of all, it matches. So pretty.

  16. Captain Joe
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 4:26 AM | Permalink

    Audiobook?I can listen while I read while I bathe while I eat a burrito?Grand.I can not see a single negative in this development.

  17. Zenelly
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 5:37 AM | Permalink

    Dear Mr. RothfussAlright, this is a completely late post, since I think you posted the blog about the release dates back in…February, but it is completely relevent since I’m getting around to it now. I have just reread “Name of the Wind”. And it had the same effect on me the first time, except I noticed more details. I tend to read too fast when I get excited about what’s happening in the book, and I’ve been known to skip sentences, even entire pages. It happened with the Belgariad. It’s never happened with you. I have to take my time, because there was something in the way you wrote the Prologue that tipped me off to the fact that you wordsmith like a true artist. The phrase “patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die” rang like good music in my head. And I appreciate that.So take your time. Please. If you feel unsatisfied, change whatever needs to be changed in order to feel better. And I’m kind of sorry about the long post. I…um… yeah, do your magic and write your books of awesome. I will be waiting eagerly until they come out, no matter how long they take.

  18. Jason
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 8:36 AM | Permalink

    I’d also like to know who’ll be reading for the audiobook! I was just thinking the other day how since the book is not set on Earth, none of it is in English in the first place, and so even the English version is a translation. From there I realized that you go into detail quite often about accents and pronunciation; which begs the question “what do they all sound like!?!?” Anyway I’m sure it’ll turn out great. Except where arcanists say a Name. The producers are probably going to use cheesy sound effects to carry the weight of the Name, and it’ll make me cry inside.

  19. Alicia
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    Awww! You’re all grown up! :)

  20. canis_dirus
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    O0o0o0ooo trade paper back. There’s something I find lovely about the smoothness of their covers, but are so are delicate and bendy. Although, when I carry them around in a purse they don’t repeatedly punch my thigh or dig into my hip like hardcovers. I just constantly worry as I’m reading trade paper back books that I’m hurting them. Decisions!

  21. Isaac
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    I’ve always been under the impression that trade paperbacks were a way to charge nearly double for a paperback book by adding an inch to its height and width, while simultaneously filling bookstore coffers be decreasing the overall shelf volume of any given title.

  22. Fae
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 3:23 PM | Permalink

    Trade paperback is also easier for lit crit. Hardcover is too expensive to be beat with a stick, and the paperbacks have no margins to write in. The trade papers backs are just right.And there’s you’re Goldilocks joke.Do you ever plan on doing a reading yourself for an audio book? Because from what I understand that’s alot of time in a little room with a mic and a book…the end result is cool for your readers, but possibly a few extra notches on the bad bloodpressure scale for you. word ver. of the day: sterog – what happens when Kellogs takes over the stereo industry.

  23. Fae
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

    *beaten. Need more coffee or less time in the middle of nowhere

  24. Dan Manthorpe
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    You are going to need someone quite Kvothe-like (or can act to sound Kvothe-like to some satisfactory degree) to read out The Name of The Wind, surely? By this, I mean, they need to be pretty badass. For a humorous suggestion for an english audio book, Chris Barrie who plays Arnold J Rimmer on the comedy series “Red Dwarf” could be a good choice. If you have ever seen an episode where he has played the version of Rimmer from another dimenson -Ace Rimmer- you can tell Barrie knows how to play “badass”He is also very talented with impressions and did the Red Dwarf audio books, so maybe a real possibility…

  25. Jana
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

    I see that the trade paperback still proudly calls itself A Novel. I’m glad to see we haven’t lost that.

  26. Taterfields
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

    Suggestions for Kvothe’s voice-Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama, BSG)Ian McShane (Al Swearengen, Deadwood)And Pat…. LOVE THE BOOK!!!!

  27. Angela
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    Okay, I’ll concede that I’m one of the “godless heathens,” but only because kindles are so wicked awesome. It looks like paper (I loathe screens), but it doesn’t use actual paper (I was trained as an eco-terrorist at an early age by Captain Planet). Even better, though, I get a near sexual tingle at the thought of carrying my entire library around and being able to read it one handed. AND, you never have to wait for books. They just pop up, LIKE DAISIES!!!!Now that I’m off that tangent, congratulations on the trade paperback and audiobook. Maybe now my brother (ADHD) can enjoy the kickassery of your book.-Your friendly, neighborhood librarian.

  28. Amy
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    Cool; another version to buy, so I can feed my addiction while renting out the other copy. :)Personally, I always thought it would be nice to have a mini-hardback the same size as a regular paperback. But, I’m just weird like that.Word verification: molork; a Morlock that surfs forums, but never posts.

  29. Jennifer
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 7:03 PM | Permalink

    Yay Audiobook! Please for the love of all that is holy, don’t let them make only an abridged version. I know you only have so much say, but I just can’t imagine an abridged version doing any sort of justice to this book at all.

  30. Anonymous
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 8:20 PM | Permalink

    Trade paperbacks are the ideal format for reading while dining at a good restaurant. Hardbacks take up too much tablespace and are slightly awkward to whisk out of harm’s way when the waitress threatens to drip things on it. Paperbacks – especially <>fat<> paperbacks like yours – are more difficult to hold open and turn pages with one hand, and the smaller type on lower quality paper can be hard to read when the lighting is excessively moody. The trade paperback is an excellent compromise.Matt

  31. Deva
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 9:58 PM | Permalink

    Dearest Pat,I know this holds absolutely no relevance to your latest blog but what the hell!! I just finished your book and it was FUCKING GREAT!! I am an avid reader and always have been and because of this I gained the ability to predict the events of books, movies and TV shows. You can imagine that reading became a little dull when i could predict the entire outcome of the book after reading only the first chapter. I found your book to be surprising, refreshing and it felt to me like i had just learned to read all over again. I can’t describe to you how happy I am that I found you (thanks little sis) and that your books aren’t as predictable as all the half-arsed Tolkien mimics out there. I am very much looking forward to your next book and can guarantee that i will be dreaming about your colourful and unforgettable characters that you have introduced me to. I like them more than i can say and feel we will be very good friends. Good luck with your writing, i hope it will come out perfectly the first time so won’t have to obsess over things.I can’t wait for my next meeting with our lovely friends.Deva Wooldridge,Cape Town.

  32. Anonymous
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 11:44 PM | Permalink

    @ Angelawas that a mulan reference?! they just pop out of the ground! like daisies!..if it wasnt.. it should have been,

  33. Dynishra Shin
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 11:59 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,The last couple of months I’ve been really busy and haven’t been checking out your blog. With easter and all I’ve finally got a break from the mounting work that seems to be piling up on me. For the first time in ages I finally found my self with time to read an actual book. I wrote a little list of the books I was going to read in the next two weeks, running my eyes down my little book shelf and there I saw your book again. That loving companion that harboured my heart for the few weeks I spent devouring every printed word with in its ivory pages. I gave a little sigh of pleasure and realised I had time to reread it! This also pulled into my mind the fact I had not looked to your blog in several months. So onward into the interwebs I ventured and I must say I had forgotten how much pleasure it brings me to read your blog. The humour, the honesty and the ability. I know it’s just a blog, but it is one of my favourites to read. I will from now on be much more attentive as reading through the last few months of your life has made my morning so much happier. I believe in part it is because I too am an aspiring author. Although I have nothing published one day I hope to succeed. I have a lot of problems with confidence, the thought of someone reading anything I write brings me to the edge of nervousness. Probably quite truthful to say I get extremely anxious. But that’s something I’m working on. And reading about your troubles and triumphs fills me with hope. So it is only proper for me to say thank you, Pat. I look forward to Wise Man’s Fear, and I don’t think I need to tell you this but… Don’t rush it. In this modern world of instant gratification I think we sometimes loose sight of the fact that some of the most gratifying things in life take time. Like a really good book. You are a fantastic writer and your book is a gem. And I really enjoy your blog! Waffling over!~Dyn~

  34. Anonymous
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 1:02 AM | Permalink

    Yay! I have a friend who basically only listens to audiobooks, and he keeps on asking me for good reads. Now I know where to point him!The irony: he works at the library, shelving books all day long o_xSean

  35. Joy
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 2:34 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations, Pat! I am so happy that you are a “New York Times Bestseller”. I don’t know why _Name of the Wind: Part 2_ got canceled, but that is what did to my pre-order. They said the book was not going to be available. I ‘ordered’ the sequel last year and I was so looking forward to continuing the story. I hope this is some craziness over at amazon, and not an idiotic decision by your publishers.Best wishes for your continued, commercial success (which will, of course, have the lovely effect of keeping your fans happily supplied),Joy

  36. Anonymous
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    when do we get the first cover with kvothe holding his lute on papreback?

  37. K. L. Parish
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 1:27 PM | Permalink

    I’m pleased the trade paperback carries my favorite cover of the book, that is, the one with the vaguely creepy hooded man on the front and the grass and the trees; it just gives me a shiver looking at it! I also just had to tell you, Pat, that I lent this book to a coworker last week with the summary of: “It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever. And I’m an English major.” And I would also like to note that I am one of those uptight writers/editors that about has a coronary at the thought of having a book borrowed and never returned (even though I have over a thousand). So I hope you can appreciate my sacrifice in the name of getting out the word about Kvothe. I didn’t even write my name on the inside cover before I handed it over. Dear gods…

  38. tinkandalissa
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 5:20 PM | Permalink

    How much to the diapers for that little guy cost? Aw, he’s so cute! I just want to pinch him!Normally, I hate babies and refuse to hold them. Especially if someone gets offended and says “Why wont you hold my baby?”. But, Pat, I will hold your baby and I will love it!

  39. Angela
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 6:19 PM | Permalink

    “was that a mulan reference?! they just pop out of the ground! like daisies!..if it wasnt.. it should have been” – anonymousRest assured, it was indeed a super geeky reference to Mulan. My comment also had a reference to Captain Planet and Spiderman.

  40. Patrik
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 6:44 PM | Permalink

    Ehm? What are you talking about? I listened to the audiobook like a year ago… version. Why make a new one?

  41. Margot
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 7:11 PM | Permalink

    Congrats on trade paperback! I’m a mass-market paperback fan myself. But I’m confused. I thought the release date for “The Wise Man’s Fear” was April 9. But now that I’m looking online, both Amazon and B&N don’t even have pages for this book anymore! What’s going on?!

  42. Haplo Peart
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

    The reality of the situation is that its likely to be a reader pulled from the normal stable of the brilliance audio book readers. I can’t clearly recall at the moment who their usual readers are at the moment however.My hopes are on a Brick or Rudnicki, but again I am not sure if they work with Brilliance.

  43. Haplo Peart
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 8:09 PM | Permalink
  44. Jamie
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    First time leaving you a comment, I saw the Trade version of it and was tempted to buy it, just to have another copy to lend out to people. Checking my Wallet however, told me it wasn’t a good idea.Well this is normally the part where I tell you how amazing you are at writing and how I wish to birth your children and all that Jazz… But I’m sure you already know the first and the second just causes a slightly awkward moment…And personally I believe your Beard makes you more of a man then having a Trade Paperback book. However the book does help…I was thinking you could be cool and have multiple book readers, or a Eunuch with a very large range in his voice, so that there can be a very distinguishable difference between characters, and despite the fact that it would completely be contradictory, I think it would be awesome to get a man with a very deep stalker-ish voice for Denna.If of course, you have any control over that stuff!Well post more stuff soon!

  45. Vae
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 4:56 AM | Permalink

    awesome pat! congratulations! we all knew you could do it. and as for the languages and made up names and stuff – i think thats the best part of all :) maybe ill get the audio just because ^^

  46. Martin Seeger
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    i’m a great fan of my iRex Iliad eBook reader. A few years ago i ran out of shelf space for conventional books when the number topped at about 1500 books. Having to do something, i nearly switched to ebooks completely (current ratio is about one paper based book to about four ebooks).

    After reading the german version (“Name des Windes”), i wanted to read the english original too. So i checked for an ebook version.

    Positive: There was an ebook version. Negative: It was more than twice the price of the paper version (including S&H for the paperback) and it was DRM’ed. Since i tend to change my gadget nearly as often as some unmentioned piece of clothing, i’m no big fan or DRM.

    It’s your (or your publishers) choice and i will read your books anyway. But i think mimicking the mistakes of the music industry will help neither authors nor publishers. Another Author (Eric Flint) has written up a very good summary on that topic for the Baen Free Library (<><>). I think everyone (readers, authors, publishers) would profit from a more open approach.

    Sincerely yours, Martin

  47. Anglobotomy
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

    Hmm, I’m a little confused. I bought the trade paperback of Name of the Wind something like six months ago.
    I usually only buy paperbacks and typically get them used. If I like the book a lot after reading it, I’ll buy the hardcover as a keeper (from Amazon of course because its cheaper to have them ship it to Canada than to buy it in a Canadian bookstore). Yes, Im cheap, but I have a lot of books.

  48. Anonymous
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 10:16 PM | Permalink

    Congrats!! However, your paperback came out just a week too late to make the journey with me to Turks & Caicos. Alas, the hardcover made the trip and is now minus one dust jacket and plus some sunscreen stains.

    Anyway, I am now reading NAME for the third time. I just got the memo about Book 2. I am enjoying my third read and have to say I will probably read it again.

    I, for one, can wait for another book like the first. I gave Name to my brother for his birthday and he finished in a day and a half. And this book is not a quick read.

    So thank you! It was a pleasure getting drawn into your imagination! And I wish you 300,000 in clever masterpiece sequence.
    John Wolf, Chicago

  49. Vasko
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 2:35 AM | Permalink

    Thank Rothfuss the book will be coming out in audio soon, my wife is pregnant and I already told her as soon as the kid has ears in the womb it will be listening to such classics as Star Wars, and now I can get The Name of the Wind.

    I am also trying to get her to let me name the baby Kvothe if its a boy, but its an uphill battle, Pat any advice on this?

  50. Vasko
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 2:43 AM | Permalink

    BTW Hi to Brett love the Art even though I am not an Anime guy.

  51. LB
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 5:35 AM | Permalink

    Audiobook! Spleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  52. Cranberries
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 5:56 AM | Permalink

    After reading martin for years, and being completely hooked on his writing…I find you! Both of you are leaving me on the verge of literary orgasmic bliss, and while I hate waiting, I cannot put the first book down! I bought it about two months ago, and have probably read it 4 times now.
    I Just wanted to add my thanks to your page, not only for a new adventure for my mind, but for being fantabulous!!

  53. a grey angel
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 6:00 AM | Permalink

    not that i am saying that i heard the audio version for the blind floating around the webs, but if i did would i have heard the correct pronunciations? looking forward to the audible download.

  54. Pat
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    As I said, the audio book has been available for over a year here…

    Maybe the newly made version will be better, with a superior voice. The blind version was decent enough though.

  55. Kat @ Fantasy Literature
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM | Permalink

    It’s interesting to hear about your experience with the audiobook production — I always wondered about that. I hope you’ve got a great reader; The reader can make it or break it for me.

    I love audiobooks — I’ve always got two books going: the one in print that I read before bed, and the one on audio that I listen to while in the car, exercising, doing chores, etc. Ah, multi-tasking!

  56. Anonymous
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 7:46 PM | Permalink

    Wait.. you mean there isn’t already an audiobook for this? That’s strange because a friend of mine said he’s already listened to the audiobook.. and that was like 2 months ago…

    <---- confused!

  57. Anonymous
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 7:53 PM | Permalink


    I got the book last weekend, its pretty hard to read as a german fivteen year old but its the best books I ever read. Let’s say one of the best^^

  58. AndyB
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 10:35 PM | Permalink

    @Anonymous: Yes, the UK has had a trade paperback edition for a long time. It was explained to me once but I’ve forgotten the details. Apparently hardcovers just don’t do well in the UK so trade paperbacks are more important. So the hardcover is still available in the US and the UK had the trade paperback much earlier.

    @Kris-chan: I highly doubt that Pat folds book covers back, even in the bathtub. But he is a huckster and wouldn’t want to pass up a quick buck if his readers want to fold his covers back.

    @Pat: Now I have to buy a Kindle 2 just to read your book on it. Unless I can get it on an iPhone. Your book on an Apple product. Hmmm…

  59. kat-nic
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    I admit I hate trade paperbacks. They’re just so pointless to me. I always thought it was an excuse for publishers to charge more for a book. I am also not a fan of hardcovers, either. I checked out NOTW as a hardcover from the library, and even though I loved it, I held out buying my own copy until the mass market was available.

    As an author, it’s pretty cool, I bet. But me, I’m just grateful the mass market came out before the trade.

    And ebooks–I’m with you, man. Whatever is the point? They aren’t any cheaper, and the readers are expensive as hell. I need a real book in my hands, not a lifeless piece of electronic bullshit.

  60. Anonymous
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 12:43 AM | Permalink

    I was just wondering…. when is the next book going to come out????

  61. idiot-mob
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 1:26 AM | Permalink

    Hi, this is off topic, I was just wondering if you will be blogging about Dollhouse any time soon?

    Interested to hear your thoughts being both a Whedonite and a Rothfuss fan.

  62. Mistress Tess
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM | Permalink

    I is a sad. I was happy and went to the sony site to buy the ebook copy (since my pretty 1st edition hardback stays at home where it won’t get eaten by my commute) and the search laughed at me and said no results were found. Why do you tease me so!?!?!?!

  63. JESSO
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 7:46 PM | Permalink

    It sounded like you were writing something the principle in Billy Madison said after jumping on the guy in the end (the revolting blob). Something like im feeling sweaty, tired, alittle hungry.

  64. Chris
    Posted April 19, 2009 at 10:37 PM | Permalink

    They already have a library of congress for the blind audio was on a site and i couldnt wait. The only thing is that the guy who reads it sounds like a vacumn cleaner.

  65. Fox
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

    It has arrived! (Insert whooping applause here!)

  66. Mark
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 7:50 PM | Permalink

    I am also extremely excited about the audio book. I read your book and will probably read it again before book 2 comes out, but I also enjoy listening to an audiobook while I’m driving. I find listening to an unabridged book to be a unique experience. I usually hear things that I didn’t catch when reading. Thanks.

  67. Heidi - Illyria
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

    I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the audio book! I already have it preordered and am counting down the days!

  68. Anonymous
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

    when does 2nd book come out??? anyone know???

  69. Anonymous
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

    Pat i just wanted to say thank you for your epic fucking mind! i hadn’t read a book sense somewhere around 5th grade. My mom told me to go to the library and pick out a book and stop being an uncultured douche nozzle. So I walked into the library and was immediately overwhelmed with the countless amount of books staring me down. I made my way to Science fiction section cause I’m a fucking nerd who likes video games and role playing and i thought to myself “hey if i was a book this is where i would hang out”. I searched for the better part of an hour and got completely frustrated. All the sudden i pulled out the biggest book on the shelf “The name of the Wind”. What the hell was this monster of a book. I read the inside sleeve and had to hide behind the book shelf for about fifteen minutes due to the raging hard on that accord. (you really should put a warning on that thing) I have taken up way to much time but i just wanted to let you know that my fingers found it impossible to put your book down. I read it in about 5 days. Thank you for being so bad ass and I’m sorry for my dirty mouth lol. Keep being EPIC

  70. Luke Lanphear
    Posted April 29, 2009 at 4:48 AM | Permalink

    Don’t bash the Kindle too much. I now own hardback, softback and Kindle editions. (More money for you)

  71. Anonymous
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 2:54 AM | Permalink

    If Jennifer Fallon can write finish off a wonderful series in less than 5 years, why can’t you get the job done in a reasonable time frame. You are a talented writer and the series holds promise but you will lose your readers’ attention if you don’t produce. Look what happened to Robert Jordan (may he rest in peace) but I have read his books since #5 ‘cuz he took took long and there was not a lot of action. No blogger acct#. Susan Jenkins

  72. gishy
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    I don’t believe that to be true… A good book is worth the wait, and no one would benefit from a novel that has been rushed to a finish. There is nothing worse than having a beloved series come to a disappointing end. I say take all the time you need Pat; we all know it is going to be worth the wait.

  73. Dynishra Shin
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 11:09 PM | Permalink

    I think this whole complaining about how long Pat is taking for the second book is getting a little bit rediculous. He’s not McDonalds, he’s not Mills & Boons. He’s a normal guy with a life. Do any of you complainers seriously think YOU could write a trilogy like the one Pat is devising as soon as you demand it? I think not. A testament to time and patience can be found in Lord of the Rings, one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time. Tolkien took over ten years to finish to finish the whole thing, and if you include the Hobbit, it’s even longer still. Perhaps there are writers out there in the world who can devote every minute of every day to what they are creating, but not every person can. Good things take time, as the saying goes. Be patient and when the goods are delivered they will be all the sweeter. A good story is not a bottle of milk, there is no sell-by date. It will not get lumpy or taste sour or turn into bad cheese. You might, perhaps, if you churn your selves into fits over it though… You don’t want to be a bad cheese do you? I think my point is made.

  74. Anonymous
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 2:39 PM | Permalink


    you said you were into details of writing your book…
    im into details of reading
    i noticed a handful of misspelled words–mainly of the word “through”, it keeps saying “though”..
    anyway, the book.. The name of the wind is great.. can’t wait for the second one…best of luck.

  75. Anonymous
    Posted May 8, 2009 at 10:26 PM | Permalink

    Hello – just skimming through the comments about an audio book version. Didn’t see anyone mention that the choice of reader can utterly ruin a good book. A good example is the guy reading the Robert Jordan series. It was unbearble. I tried EOTW several times, in different circumstances to see if I could ever become used to the weird speech pattern but… nope.

  76. Coojofresh
    Posted May 18, 2009 at 2:41 PM | Permalink

    SAH-Wheat! i love audio books. i have read the name of the wind already, and i plan to read it again in the paperback i just bought.

  77. Renee750il
    Posted August 11, 2009 at 10:56 PM | Permalink

    Now I have to decide whether to replace my first paperback copy with a hardback or trade.

    My original copy has been read and re-read so many times that it’s fallen apart beyond all hope of re-reading in sequence. Every now and again I pick up one of the pieces and read a little.

    I write better after a good hit of it.

  78. Sark_Amen
    Posted June 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM | Permalink

    I waltzed into the bookstore looking for the hard-cover only to find this on the shelf. I was disappointed at first, but after reading this version I have to say I prefer it over a mass market paperback. (which they also had in stock). At this point I am still trying to decide weather or not I should allow myself to hunt down a hardcover version as well…

  79. Tehlus_Knob
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

    I like this cover a lot. I also ordered the British version as well. I’m sort of a book whore. I am sure many can relate. I wonder, Patrick, did you consult on all the cover schemes and which did you prefer?

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