First editions, a conversation, and another interview…

Heya everybody.

I’ve been on tour for a week now, and this is one of the few times when I’ve had enough time to get online.

I’ve got a bunch of stories from the first week of the tour, and a few pictures too. Hopefully I’ll be able to post them up in a blog in a day or two.

How would I briefly describe the tour so far?

Madness. Absolute madness.

I’ll go into more detail later.

One question people keep asking is this: “How can I tell if my copy of The Wise Man’s Fear is a first edition?”

I answered this question before on the blog a long time ago. So if you’re looking for a detailed answer, you should look over there.

The short answer is that you can tell if you have a first edition/first printing by looking at the number line of the book that’s located on the copyright page.

The problem is this: due to a printing error, some copies of The Wise Man’s Fear don’t have a number line. The copyright pages of those books look like this:

(That’s not my thumb, obviously.)

However, that printing error only occurred on the first printing of the book. That means if you see a book with no number line, it’s a first printing.

Surprisingly, The Wise Man’s Fear has been selling well enough that it’s already in its fourth printing even though it’s only been out for a week.  Personally, I’m going to be picking up a few extra firsts this time around. It’s something I didn’t think to do with The Name of the Wind, and now they’re being sold for truly stupid amounts of money. If I had a few boxes of those in the basement, I could use them to pay off my mortgage….

In other news, I did an online conversation with Brandon Sanderson for Amazon about a week ago. It’s a beast, more than 6000 words long. But what else would you expect when you get two authors like us together and ask us to talk about books?

Here’s a link to our conversation.

Lastly, here’s a link to an interview I did with the Portland Mercury.

Unlike most of my interviews, I didn’t type this one up. It’s more of a transcript of a phone conversation I had with with Erik Henriksen. He was a cool guy to talk to and our conversation was far-ranging to say the least.

More later folks. I’ll be seeing some of you in Madison later tonight.

Be good.

pat

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212 Comments

  1. fordified
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    I’m glad the tour isn’t driving you crazy. I’m still trying to work out the details to make it to one of your signings. Hope all is well!

    Safe travels!

  2. pjmintz
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

    If the 1st editions are selling for truly stupid amounts of money, does that mean that those of us who bought one of the 1st ed’s you had up for sale for Worldbuilders are truly stupid? (I’d argue “no”, but then…)

  3. laurafromNY
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this again. I was wondering about the first print since I wanted to purchase the Name of the Wind as well.

    Can’t wait to meet you in person in NY…(that’s saying something since the only place I go is home, school, work, home…and I don’t usually buy books when they first come out, though…for you I’ll make an exception!)

  4. Donna
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

    I did an online conversation with Brandon Sanderson for Amazon about a week ago.

    Wherin can be found much unintentional hilarity when PR and BS talk about how ‘tightly edited’ their books are.

  5. epyonmx
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

    My hardcover of Name of the Wind doesn’t have a number line either. It just says it was (c) 2007 and makes no mention of editions or reprints.

    Is it a first edition too?

    • jaimo
      Posted March 14, 2011 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

      If it is a hardcover, then you may have a book club edition. You can usually tell by whether there is a price on the jacket flap. Also, the book club editions I have seen measure approximately 8.5″ x 6″, where the regular hardcover publishing measures 9.25″ x 6.25″.

  6. cynrtst
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

    I couldn’t figure out why my copy had no number line or date of release but that explains it. I’m so glad I preordered!

  7. jec81
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for this post — I have one of those “no number line” copies and was slightly concerned I didn’t get a first printing (especially since I will be getting it signed tomorrow night at your Chicago event).

    Does this mean I have no only a first printing, but a “super rare” no number line first printing? I think that is worth at least… double. Triple? Quadruple.

  8. iRobie
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for visiting Seattle! Never thought you’d make it out to land of the rain.

    My copy of Name of the Wind has the Green Man on the cover. I’ve searched a bunch and can’t figure out: who is this dude? Is there any significance to that character?

    • laurafromNY
      Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

      Dude, you and me both. I don’t know who the Green Man on the cover is and can’t find it anywhere in the book…or what I remember of the book. I figured it must be some statue or something related to the school. At best, I like to think it’s connected to the scene where Auri and Kvothe sit and he watches the leaves swirl around the courtyard and discovers the secret way in to the library…

      • Widow Of Sirius
        Posted March 8, 2011 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

        That’s what I picture too (I have this same cover) but otherwise I’ve got nothing…

        • Sedulo
          Posted March 9, 2011 at 12:12 AM | Permalink

          I wonder if the artwork just resonated with “wind” as it looks like it is blowing (kinda) so they picked it.

          Also, all of the symbolic meanings of the Green Man, especially rebirth/renaisance…also I read that it has something to do with pubs. So a good symbol all ’round.

          • Sedulo
            Posted March 9, 2011 at 12:21 AM | Permalink

            renaissance

    • gryphia
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

      I’ve been wondering that forever, it seems like. Even asked it on a machine gun Q&A, but wasn’t lucky enough to get it answered.

    • lukeetc
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 1:55 AM | Permalink

      If you check the Fabio cover:
      http://10thirty.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/the-name-of-the-wind.jpg
      You’ll notice the Green Man is just a decorative flourish on the side of a wall from that cover, cropped and expanded.

    • jaimo
      Posted March 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM | Permalink

      The Green Man cover is actually a figure from the Kvothe cover, just enlarged. I don’t think the green man has anything to do with the story…the publisher probably just thought it was catchy.

      I remember Pat mentioning something previously in this blog.

      Here it is: https://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2010/07/a-new-addition-to-the-family-russia/

      While he doesn’t talk about the Green Man cover specifically, he does discuss how cover art doesn’t always stay true to the story.

  9. justinistired
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    We miss you, Pat. See you in Brooklyn!

  10. asterny
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

    Hello Sir, I am sure you answered this before and I did some digging in your old posts but I did not see anything on edict on what we can ask you to say when you sign our books. I remember reading something about how you get a little flustered and spell names wrong and I just want to make sure to make this as painless for you as possible. Since you are nice enough to do it. Thanks

    • cynrtst
      Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

      The Barnes & Noble employees went around the line asking what name you wanted and wrote a post it note placed as a marker for the signing page.

  11. Matt
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM | Permalink

    I hope the tour has been a happy kind of madness. I’ll see you in Madison in a few hours.

  12. GravyTrain
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

    It was nice meeting you in Houston Pat. Thanks for coming down!

  13. Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM | Permalink

    On a completely unrelated note, your blog needs a favicon. It isn’t complete without it. >.<

    On a more related note, congrats on the sales. That's pretty amazing that the book is already in it's fourth printing.

  14. Hoodedassassin
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

    let me just say this, I haven’t had time to give a full read through yet but Patrick…you are one talented fucking author. I have never been so captivated by someones writing than when I read In the name of the wind. And so far The Wise Mans Fear has caught me up. Keep up the good work.

  15. DDeering
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    Really bummed I missed the Houston signing but am looking forward to picking up my signed book.

    I enjoyed the interview from Amazon. Both you and Sanderson are two of my favorite authors so it was a really enjoyable read.

    Best of luck on the rest of the tour. I travel a lot and know what a hassle it can be (and I don’t have rabid fans trying to get at me)

  16. Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM | Permalink

    I just got my copy in the mail today. Looks like a second printing, but I don’t mind since I have a first printing of NOTW. Which, by the way, I still read. I should really get a paperback copy and leave my first printing on the shelf where I won’t beat it up. But books are made to be read.

  17. Tager
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM | Permalink

    Glad to see you haven’t died from the effects of the tour, have fun!

  18. rightwinger59
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for clearing up the number line issue. I was concerned when I got mine and didn’t see the number line, but I contacted Penguin and they told me that it was a printing error, so I’m glad to see that being confirmed here too.

    Glad to hear the tour is going well.

  19. jaimo
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 2:34 PM | Permalink

    Pat,
    Am I correct in assuming that NONE of the first printings made it through with a number line? Or do some of the first printing WMF have the number line?

    • Warhound Ulrik Ezickial
      Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

      Re-read the blog the first pic is first print too

      • jaimo
        Posted March 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

        The first picture is of Name Of The Wind, not Wise Man’s Fear.

  20. Posted March 8, 2011 at 2:34 PM | Permalink

    I checked back at that linked blog post from earlier and was really excited to learn how to determine the first printing on a book. So of course I pulled out my copy of the Name of the Wind and was delighted to discover I have a first printing of the first edition! Good times. Thanks for the info!

    I wonder what printing the copy from The Signed Page will be? I ordered it on there a while ago since you weren’t coming to Arizona for a tour stop. Since, you know, you have no idea that Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country. I’m not bitter or anything.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  21. Livs
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

    You know us so well, I just read such a wonderful book, The Wise Man’s Fear, and here I am gnashing my teeth and wondering about The Doors of Stone, if only in private. My apologies, good sir. But with so many plots and subplots to be resolved I can’t help but wonder about them, and can’t wait to see how you tie them off!

    I love your work!

  22. mikemartel
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

    Hope to see you in Montreal this year!

  23. Posted March 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM | Permalink

    So, ridiculously, I had managed to miss the release date and was pleasantly surprised to stumble across this beast of a book in Waterstones (UK) and apparently the one I bought is first edition. Good times :)
    Hope you are having fun on your tour, Pat, and I look forward to reading The Wise Man’s Fear. It certainly looks to be worth the wait.
    Nari X

    • O. Isacoa
      Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:48 PM | Permalink

      I just finished reading it so take it from me, it is worth ten times the wait. The only issue I had with it is that now I must wait for The Doors of Stone. I can’t even cast a glance at The Wise Man’s Fear without going into a fit of madness wondering how the story will end. :)

  24. Yeeshkul
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 3:43 PM | Permalink

    For what it’s worth, I saw a signed copy of The Wise Man’s Fear at the Books-a-Million in Acworth, GA. It was in the sci-fi/fantasy section and not with the rest of the copies at the front of the store. I bought the Kindle edition and really can’t afford another copy so as far as I know, it’s still there.

  25. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    Am I wrong in my long-held assumption that first printing and first edition are two different things? I always thought they were, so even though my copy of NOTW is 10th printing I’ve been going around saying it’s a first edition, since I only bought it about 4 months after it came out.

    Either way, all 3 copies of WMF I bought were printing error first printings, so at least I’ve got THAT.

    See you in Madison in a few hours :)

    • JN
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

      First printing, first edition is the best in terms of collectability.
      10th printing of first edition is not bad.
      10th printing of third edition is not as good.

      Generally books will have different editions when there are changes in the text made, like correcting typos. Cover artwork will often change as well.

      Which cover do you have on your copy of NOTW? Kvothe, Green Man, or the blue cover with the cloaked guy? Or the UK cover? That will help you determine what you have.

  26. AnotherCoatOfBrown
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 5:24 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    Love reading your blog and wanted to thank you again for your books and for introducing me to Firefly. I owe you big, man.
    As you know the Science channel is showing the series again. I made a poll over on their Firefly forums that has 500+ respondents and over 10,600 page views in 2 days.
    Could I get you to go and take the 4 question survey and then post in the ” A celebrity took the survey” post? Your vote would mean the most to me of anyone out there. Back to work ( I drive a cab in Vegas and convert people to you and Firefly daily)

    http://community.discovery.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/92719799701/m/25319620801?f=92719799701&a=tpc&m=25319620801&s=6941912904

  27. daltonc
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 5:44 PM | Permalink

    Awesome…
    I just checked the 4 copies of The Wise Mans Fear I picked up at your signing Friday evening in Orange County and NONE of them were 1st printings, all were 3rd…
    I feel pretty slighted after driving 2 hours each way, waiting in that line for 4 hours and following your advice posted on this blog to purchase copies of your book from the store doing the signing that way they would be inclined to have you back for another signing.
    I could have purchased them for cheaper, received a 1st printing, and had them the day of the release…
    I don’t really know what to say, it was nice to see you in person, sorry about the “Hawking” crack, I know it was pretty late.

    • cynrtst
      Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:38 PM | Permalink

      I have a first edition from there but I pre-ordered a week before. Did you pick it up that night? Off the shelf?

      • daltonc
        Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:22 AM | Permalink

        yeah, I didn’t really think anything of it, I knew they would have plenty of stock, its not a store thats close to my house so I couldn’t go pick it up early, it just never occurred to me that they would be selling 3rd printing on the fourth day of the release.

    • Priscilla
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

      Aww… I just read your comment and now I’m kind of sad. I went to the Huntington Beach signing too and in addition to purchasing the book at B&N, I’d brought another copy of the book that I pre-ordered from Amazon – that I thiiiink was a first printing. When Pat started to sign my book (the one from Amazon!), he accidentally wrote a ‘B’ instead of a ‘P’ so, nice person that he is, grabbed another copy to sign.

      ._. Oh well. If he puts up a picture of himself and Oot wearing the hats I knit, that’ll make me happy. :D;

  28. Yrth
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:08 PM | Permalink

    The way you worded this makes first printing and first edition sound interchangeable, even though the difference is pretty large.

  29. Phaez
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:52 PM | Permalink

    I have an 8 printing of NotW

    but a missing number line version of WMF!!

  30. Kiana
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM | Permalink

    That’s really fascinating how you can tell a print edition by those numbers.

    It turns out both my books are special due to printing errors, or at least I think they’re special.

    The Name of the Wind is a 6th print in paperback. The special thing about it? There’s actually a section where the pages were put in upside down. Let me tell you, it’s quite amusing to be holding a book upside down and having people look at you like you’re insane.

    The Wise Man’s Fear is special because it’s missing the print numbers. And of course, it’s one of the pre-signed ones. Now I just need to get the Name of the Wind signed too! Hopefully I can get that done in person because it would be wonderful to meet you!

  31. gabrielthebright
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    So, I don’t really expect you to see this or respond to it but I’ve been planning to say something when you made a post about the tour. I was at the Portland book signing, and I was wondering, was the Angel spoiler that had you spitting related to the post-traumatic flashes that “You Are My Sunshine” gives me? Also, if this has been asked could someone give me the answer, but since I always seem to be at work when the rapid fire Q&A happen, may I ask, is there anyone at the University who knew Auri before she got a little cracked?

    • Sedulo
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 12:20 AM | Permalink

      No hard evidence of this (knowledge of Auri as a student).

  32. Moulder
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 7:51 PM | Permalink

    “How would I briefly describe the tour so far?

    Madness. Absolute madness.”

    I was at the first stop of the tour at the UW Bookstore in Seattle.

    Apparently Pat is a very popular fellow. Madness would be an understatement.

    The place was so crowded it became an absolutely untenable situation, and I had to leave with my book unsigned.=(
    If I had come alone, I would have just plopped myself down on the floor to read and wait the 4 hours it seemed to me it would take to get up front. I was pretty far in the back.
    I have no idea how late Pat finally got out of there but it had to have been brutal.

    That being said there was no real fault to go around. Just a totally unexpected mob.

    The book is wonderful Pat. Thank you very much for writing it

    • Widow Of Sirius
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

      When I was at the signing at Madison last night, I was the last person in line with my group of friends, and he finished just after 11, saying it was easily the earliest one has ended yet. So that gives you some perspective >.<

      • Robo
        Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

        The problem isn’t the number of people – I’ve been to book signings with five times as many people. The “problem” is that Pat is such a nice guy that he takes photos with everyone in line and listens to their stories. I think it’s great. I did wait two hours in line, but I had fun talking with a couple people while we waited.

        The few beers I had at dinner before didn’t hurt anything either. :)

        Mad respect for treating your fans right, Pat!

  33. babblefish
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 9:14 PM | Permalink

    Hey, whats up with all the typos? I’m joking, the book is excellent. But about the typos, I’ve highlighted them throughout the book. I have about 4 or 5. I mean, we’ve waited a long time for this book. Maybe by the fifth print they’ll be fixed. for instance, page 61, first paragraph after the scene break, you got an extra and in there. Just saying.

    • Matt
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:16 AM | Permalink

      I’m sure they’ll be fixed. I own a paperback and a trade paperback of The Name of the Wind, and the later edition corrects the few errors I noticed in the earlier.

      make due / make do
      Schiem / Scheim
      accept / except

    • O. Isacoa
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

      Spoiler Alert! Avert your eyes!
      I don’t know if it’s just me but at the end of Chapter 76, Page 513 of The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe ask’s Tempi about the Lethani and Tempi responds by saying,”No.I will not speak on Lethani. It is not for you. Do not ask.” Then Kvothe counts the number of words in his head and comes up to 16. But when I count it out I only get 15. I bring it up because I don’t think anyone has noticed it yet, not because I think myself something clever. Regardless I’m sure there will still be some negative comments, so I offer this as a response,”I don’t give a fiddler’s fuck.” And, yes, that is a reference to the book.

      • secher_nbiw
        Posted March 17, 2011 at 7:51 AM | Permalink

        Good, I thought there was something wrong with me. I counted a dozen times to make sure I wasn’t missing a word.

    • devi
      Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

      I agree a lot of typos. I noticed all of the ones mentioned and on page 536 Marten is spelled Martin. Somewhere in the first 100 pages or so there a ‘Dennna’ Hey- at least it wasn’t my name that was misspelled. That’s a first in my thirty some years. There’s the missing edition info for the first printing. Kind of a big deal if you make a point of buying first editions/first printings. I’m also missing pages 569-589. Kind of a big deal if you want to continue reading. Bummer. Those first 568 pages were great though.

  34. rappy7
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 10:14 PM | Permalink

    Almost done Wise Man’s Fear. You’ve outdone yourself, a great achievement.

    I daresay you’d win a Hugo any other year – but, God bless you, you chose the one year George Martin finally finishes that darned book! It’s like the reverse of hitting the lottery. But hey, there’s always book 3??

    • Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:03 AM | Permalink

      George who? Oh yeah, him. Not to worry as Martin doesn’t actually write books … he just *promises* to write books and then waits quietly for the advancing years to erode your memory.

      +1 vote for Pat, hands down.

      • daltonc
        Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:26 AM | Permalink

        and if its anything like book 4, the wait will not have been worth it…

        • Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

          Sigh… I hope this one is better. Most of my favorite characters were left out of the previous.

          • Sedulo
            Posted March 11, 2011 at 3:06 AM | Permalink

            Yep. He said he had to split the characters into two books…not my favorite choice. Esp. since he added new characters that I found difficult to care about. Messy.

      • Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM | Permalink

        i’m underwhelmed with martin. he has his moments, but it’s not as clean a read as pat.

        • rappy7
          Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:57 PM | Permalink

          What?! You each dare mock the greatest being (if indeed he is a being, not a God) of our time? George Martin wields great power in SF&F. He can blacklist you all, make it so the only blog you can write on is the one in Czech that’s about French Poodles!

          • Sedulo
            Posted March 11, 2011 at 3:11 AM | Permalink

            The first three books were incredible…but it has been 11 years since then. Not mocking, just resigned.

          • Posted March 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM | Permalink

            Hold on, hold on rappy. Hold… hold… hold on.

            1. I don’t write a SF&F blog, I write a blog on liberating words – a broad category if ever there was one.
            2. I did not slander Martin’s contribution to SF&F, but rather my personal affinity with & immersion in the body of literature he published up until now (which also included a “he has his moments” reference, I recall).
            3. I’m comparing him to Pat on Pat’s blog with deference and compliments to Pat, who remains a kindred spirit of sorts that uses words closer to how i enjoy reading/using them, as opposed to Martin who’s very different than I in the world of literature (meaning characters, plot, syntax, word-choice, conflict, setting, NOT genre)
            4. I didn’t use nearly as many superlatives as you. Blacklisting tends to involve superlatives, and I didn’t say a word about his being or our time, let alone the greatest of anything.
            5. Despite all of this, Rappy, I appreciate your comment and critique, and will continue to give him a fair hearing (three books worth, according to Sedulo) at which time I will grant him a full, and fair, assessment of his work. You have my word, I will read him.

  35. Angela Holder
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

    I loved seeing you in Houston. It was indeed madness, but of a very good kind. I enjoyed getting started on re-reading NotW while I waited for my turn in line.

    I thought I’d let you know that I did send out my first queries, and have received my first rejection. I feel like I’m part of an exclusive club, now. I will continue to value your good wishes while I persevere in the journey toward publication.

  36. PTucket
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 11:17 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    Another great signing in Madison. It is the 2nd time I’ve had the pleasure to be at one of your signings. As with the first time, it is encouraging to hear from an author who truly cares about telling a story well. Thanks again.

  37. Nym
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 11:56 PM | Permalink

    Just wanted to thank you again for the signing in Houston. Despite your wicked lack of sleep, you were just amazing and personal with everyone. I don’t know how you do it. You have an incredible presence and I am super happy I was there for it.

  38. Sedulo
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 12:27 AM | Permalink

    Love the book. Laughed REALLY hard four times…I mean stop-reading-because-I-keep-thinking-of-the-stuff-that-made-me-laugh…that kind of belly laugh!

    It is great to go from holding my breath with trepidation to laughing in the same scene!

    Bravo.

    • Matt
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:18 AM | Permalink

      Plum and nutmeg, eh?

      • Sedulo
        Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:50 AM | Permalink

        Yeah, then my ass fell off.

        • Tager
          Posted March 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

          The ass fell off story still makes me laugh when I think about it, and I had to take a 20 minute break when I first read it.

  39. Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:12 AM | Permalink

    Kudos on the insider hat-tipping, Pat. I was pleasantly surprised to recognize a fondly remembered shape-shifter from Tepper’s “True Game” series — although Dorn would totally kick her butt! =P

    Hoji, He Who Eats the Entire Cheese

  40. Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:56 AM | Permalink

    It’s good to see you got a bit of a break in all the craziness. Keep it up!

    How was the Hot Cake by the way?
    Hope you didn’t just give it away…

    Though it was nice meeting to you in SF!
    Good Luck with the rest of the tour!

  41. mybookisboss
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 4:01 AM | Permalink

    Things of note:
    1. My copy of Wise Man’s Fear is a first edition
    2. My copy of Wise Man’s Fear is a unique first edition, in that a printing error left off the edition identifier.
    3. My copy of Wise Man’s Fear is a superbly-unique first edition, as it has TWO printing errors. Pages 530 and 531 were smeared and stuck together by an ink spill.

    Ladies and gentlemen, my book is boss. Now to get it signed…

    • Robo
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

      #1 makes your book worth some dough.
      #2 makes your book worth more dough.
      #3 makes your book worth less dough.
      #4 (the signing) makes up for the dough you lost on #4.

      I have #’s 1, 2 & 4, which makes my book more boss than yours. I also got Pat to inscribe it with a funny line, but no name. Remember, if he personalizes it to you, it’s worth less money. That being said, the second book in a series won’t be worth a ton anyway and some times it’s nicer to show the author signed the book to you.

  42. Posted March 9, 2011 at 6:48 AM | Permalink

    I am still waiting for my “signed by the master” edition from The Signed Page. Doesn’t matter if it is 1st print :-).

  43. Ocaos
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 7:19 AM | Permalink

    Hands Down you are the best author I have ever come across. Please, please,please keep writing. Just finished The Wise Man’s Fear and it is the best book I have ever read.

  44. geekdragon
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

    Looks like I got a first edition of TWMF, which seems to the the only kind kind in Canada so far.

    Oddly, I check my TNOTW hardcover and it seems to defy the guidelines. It’s definitely a later edition as I bought it March 2010 and it has the new cover art, but its number line is a complete 1 – 10. Weird.

    • Kiana
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM | Permalink

      I believe that means it’s the first printing of the new cover art.

      • geekdragon
        Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:36 PM | Permalink

        Maybe. I see in the old post about Name of the Wind editions, Patrick mentions that the latest cover design premiered on the fifth printing. It seems odd they would start counting at one again after that. My only other guess is perhaps they passed 10 printings and started again.

        • LaFleur
          Posted March 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM | Permalink

          Check the edition number.

          • geekdragon
            Posted March 10, 2011 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

            The page looks identical to the “first edition” sample Pat posted.

  45. benowulf
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    So, before you’re done with all this book two madness and get a chance to rest, I want to know how long we’re going to have to wait for book 3?

  46. gheidorn
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    Has there been any word about eBook release for Nook?

  47. Posted March 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for coming to Madison last night, it was awesome. I’d never been to a book signing before, and I think you set the bar pretty high with yours.

  48. MLBurt
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    Hey, look, I have a first printing of a book by an author who I deeply suspect is going to go on to have a fantastically successful career. A first printing that is identified by a printing error, no less.

    Gonna hang on to this.

  49. Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    It was so great to see you at the Madison signing last night! Thanks for staying so late!
    Oot is flipping adorable.
    And thank you for sharing your cookie! (yes fellow readers, the Rothfuss took a quick signing break to eat a cookie, and shared it with our little group!! *fangirls*)

  50. thirsty
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    does Kvothe ever graduate from the academy? or is he harry potter? loved the first book, but having a difficult time getting into the 2nd so far. does he constantly have to tell us what a naughty boy he is? I get it, he has a high opinion of himself, move on to the real adventure instead of wrangling about whether he’ll make his tuition again and again.

    • dankinney
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

      You should be ashamed of yourself. Pat’s put his soul into this story and for you to say that he’s not doing it right just shows a rude, selfish, and egotistical side of yourself.

      Wow, what a jerk.

      • Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM | Permalink

        I love these books and cannot recommend them enough, but the guy is entitled to his own opinion. He’s not a jerk for stating it either. If you want to be a fan of the series, discuss what he didn’t like about it. Don’t just act like he just kicked your puppy and pushed your grandmother down the stairs. Rothfuss’ work deserves a better type of fan. =]

        • spoonyspork
          Posted March 10, 2011 at 5:22 AM | Permalink

          Indeed, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

          However, *my* opinion on the comment:

          “I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in.” <— that is stated several times by Kvothe. It's pretty obvious whether he graduates or not. I see why you can't enjoy the books; your reading comprehension is a bit lacking…

          • Posted March 10, 2011 at 2:56 PM | Permalink

            Not liking it doesn’t mean he has a problem with reading comprehension either. =\

          • spoonyspork
            Posted March 10, 2011 at 7:10 PM | Permalink

            I’m not sure why I can’t reply to 770312, but…. *facepalm* that’s not what I said. At all. Person above said “Does Kvothe ever graduate?” And I was pointing out that Kvothe himself says – several times – that he does not (and indeed, implying that they do not enjoy the book because they are not in fact comprehending what they are reading).

            Like I said: people are entitled to their own opinion. I don’t care that someone doesn’t like the books. *I* am not the author, it’s not *my* hard work being criticized. At the same time, I dislike bullies. So, eh :)

        • dankinney
          Posted March 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM | Permalink

          Pat deserves fans who enjoy and praise his work.
          People who DON’T enjoy it aren’t fans, just critics.
          This person was a fan of book 1, but apparently not book 2.
          He is just a critic.
          And Pat’s under enough stress with this huge, awesome tour he’s doing right now.
          He doesn’t need people telling him what he did wrong.
          And Pat’s even come out and said that he finds it irritating (to put it mildly) when people are being douche-y to him, so I feel no remorse in doing the same thing.

    • sherekahn
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

      I have never bothered to comment on forums or blogs…and I normally hate people who chime in for authors or folks they don’t know. In your case, for whatever reason, I am compelled to express my sentiments about your comment.

      Your comment warrants a homeless person to tank up on 4 bottles of white wine and to shit forcefully and with great liquidity directly into your mouth.

    • Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

      A bit timid about responding here, but….
      Last night at the Madison signing Pat talked about how kind and decent his fans are, as a general rule. Everyone nodded emphatically and we all felt happy.
      But…
      The original comment of this thread is rude and snarky. It is unnecessary and immature, yes.
      But if subsequent comments pointing out the rudeness of said original comment are also rude… well, nobody can claim the moral high ground.
      Civil disagreement is good. Geek honor code. “I believe your statement is untrue and quite unnecessary. Can you imagine how that would make Pat feel?” is, perhaps, more effective than seeing who can lob a better insult.

      • sherekahn
        Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:03 PM | Permalink

        Maggie, you’re right. Like I said, posting in these areas is a rarity for me (perhaps there is a reason for that). I’m not inclined to post further, but for whatever reason, seeing the umpteenth inane comment like that just riled me up. Whether it is Rothfuss or anyone else who puts so much into actually creating something of value only to have people tearing it down, I get annoyed.

        I’m happy to cede a moral high ground in this case and I did feel that my comment was most likely in poor taste. It was still worth it though – if the original poster felt obligated to speak their mind, I figured I would as well.

        Apologies to anyone that took offense in either case.

    • Robo
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM | Permalink

      People are entitled to their opinions. I’ve seen this same opinion opined from others, suggesting there isn’t enough “action” or “adventure” and too much character development. Some people might not like the second book as much as the rest of us, that doesn’t mean the person is a jerk. I also don’t see a personal attack in his comment, which there is in your response. I do wonder what he hopes to garner (other than derision) from posting this comment. As Pat says frequently….”meh.”

    • MLBurt
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

      Realizing full well that the general timbre of responses has perhaps been a bit overzealous….

      If you have a problem with Pat’s book, that’s fine. I understand. I can even acknowledge your reasons for being disappointed, though I admit that I find them a bit baffling.

      However, there’s a big difference between what you said and this: “The first book was great. However, I’m finding it hard to get into the second book, mostly because of the hang-up at the University. The plotline where he’s vying for tuition also feels more than a little like a retread of a lot of the first book, and sometimes I think the way Kvothe is showing off his “I’m a bad boy!” attitude is a little cheap.”

      That’s roughly how I would’ve voiced similar complaints, though even as I wrote that I felt a half-dozen arguments forming in my own head, shooting them down.

      The problem so many people had with your comment was it was irritatingly reductive. Kvothe goes to a magic school! So does Harry Potter! They stay there for quite some time (as students are wont to do)! Thus, Kvothe = Harry Potter.

      This couldn’t be further from the truth. At best, you could suggest that Rothfuss is relying a bit on the boarding-school narrative and perhaps isn’t as gifted at that form of storytelling as he is with an adventure story (which again, strikes me as incomprehensible, but whatever).

      Saying stuff like “I get it, he has a high opinion of himself” just comes off as inflammatory and rude (see: snarky). There are a dozen ways that could’ve been better phrased. A dozen ways that could’ve gotten your point across effectively.

      Finally, I think the worst thing is that you assumed the role of the judicator at the end, more or less telling Rothfuss how to write his story. Since The Wise Man’s Fear is, we have every indication to believe (four printings in the first week: wow), selling like wildfire, and most of the commenters here are all but bubbling over with praise, you have to realize that there’s really no reason for your opinion to hold weight. If the vast majority of readers and critics had pointed out that the story lags and stalls at the University, then maybe the point would be more valid.

      The fact remains that it doesn’t matter because this is Rothfuss’ story to write, not his. No one gets to decide what goes in it but his own judgement. He owes us fans nothing.

      So many people were offended because you stripped the vast number of people who read the book and loved it of any right to opinion, by acting the part of Chief Judge of Storygoodness. What was worse, it implied that Rothfuss should basically follow your whims, because the guy can’t write, or something.

      My general intent has to not be too snarky or passive-aggressive, and just point out why so many people were offended, and how you could maybe deliver similar sentiments in a better manner. I hope I succeeded.

      By the by, even if The Wise Man’s Fear was utter crap, it should’ve been treated with respect. A book represents a painstaking effort and labour of love. Even a bad one. No author deserves to be sneered at and decried as though a poisoner of language.

    • AlanAdams23
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM | Permalink

      Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but then I’M entitled to post a silly reply!

      “does Kvothe ever graduate from the academy?” – Nope. He and Manet make sympathy lamps for the rest of the book

      “or is he harry potter?” – No but he once got pissed at HP and did a binding on his broomstick to his…nevermind.

      “loved the first book, but having a difficult time getting into the 2nd so far. ” – At least stay with it through the monkey knife fight…totally worth it.

      “does he constantly have to tell us what a naughty boy he is? ” – Naughty boys get all the chicks

      “I get it, he has a high opinion of himself, move on to the real adventure instead of wrangling about whether he’ll make his tuition again and again.”
      – When you eventually have to battle Chuck Norris, you gotta take the time to build up your skillset

      Dammit why do I taste plums? Is anyone else having this problem?

      • AfterCrying
        Posted March 11, 2011 at 1:52 AM | Permalink

        Dammit why do I taste plums? Is anyone else having this problem?

        No, just the spicy flavor of nutmeg here.

        Well played, sir.

    • thirsty
      Posted March 19, 2011 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

      My oh my, you’re an awfully touchy lot aren’t you? I have to say it is rather humorous to see a group of mature adults get all frothy over someone defaming a book by their favorite author or director. I am sorry, but I am indeed entitled to my own opinion even when it’s a bit on the snarky side. I don’t believe however, that it warrants the deplorable hail of comments that followed. I mean, getting shit upon? You must be a real devil with the ladies.

      The fact is, I simply don’t think this book is that good and that’s ok. I am also pretty sure that I am not the only that has had these thoughts (rehashing plot from book 1, Kvothe’s lack of flaws, etc…). Not trying to poison the town well just expressing thought amongst an apparent group of automatons.

      Mr. Rothfuss I mean you no personal ill will and all the success that this world has to offer. Amen.

      • MLBurt
        Posted March 20, 2011 at 2:23 AM | Permalink

        The entry-level passive-aggressiveness is cute. Real cute. You even used “My oh my.” That’s almost adorable.

  51. justajenjen
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    Hope you’re enjoying the tour, Pat. I’m very sorry I’m going to miss you tonight in Oak Brook, but I thought that you’d appreciate me not sharing my strep throat with you in addition to the other gifts I had planned. I didn’t think getting loaded up on antibiotics and codine and driving over from Indiana was such a good idea, eathier. Oh well. I’ll just have to see you another time.

    Since I couldn’t sleep well because of being sick, I stayed up until 530am reading Wise Man’s Fear. This could possibly be the best case of strep I’ve ever had in my life. At least I have an excuse to lay on the couch and do nothing but read.

    Take care!

  52. johann
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    Conversation with me and my friend:

    Brad:
    sorry, unclear. after you recommended Kvoth to me, i recommended to all my nerd friends
    they all loved it
    and bought book 2
    you’ve spawned a dork book club in rochester, congrats
    now, i’m angling to borrow wise man’s fear next weekend


    Good luck on the tour Pat!
    -j

  53. BardicVisions
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    The San Diego signing was awesome. The “Kvothe” signature on my guitar kicks ass. Sports bar was cool, too. Have fun with the rest of the madness, mayhem, general chaos and disorder and other assorted activities on tour.

    Sidenote:

    http://www.cheaprooms.com/hotel/242184/eolian-hotel/

    I just wanna go visit the hotel bar there so I can say I’ve been to the Eolian Bar.

    • Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM | Permalink

      That is fabulous. I suggested this to two of my friends who are currently planning their wedding/honeymoon… since both are Kvothe fans, it would be perfect!

  54. RickH
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    Good Afternoon Pat,

    Thanks for sharing the conversation you had with Brandon Sanderson, his Mistborn series was one of my first ‘marathon’ reads and he is amongst my favorite writers.

    I noticed at the end of the conversation he had mentioned “The Writing Excuse” podcast. Being new to the fantasy game myself I have never come across this, do you have a link to the first one you did (as mentioned in the conversation)?

    Thanks,

    Rick

  55. godofbiscuits
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 4:06 PM | Permalink

    I am glad to hear that things are going well. Glad to have met you again at Mysterious Galaxies.

  56. Tinuviel
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

    Oh Dude… I have a first printing…. XD

    The awesomeness of this book will ensure that i’ll be a geek queen in a few years….. XP Thanks for a wonderful book Pat!!!!!! It combines humor and a wonderfully serious story line in such a way that its impossible to put down for waiting for the next thing to happen. Thanks for making me laugh so hard i cried :) Hope to see you on one of your future tours, Have fun.
    F

  57. lcopeland
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Rothfuss,

    Months ago, you made a decision that led to one of my best reading experiences thus far. You see, I entered the Worldbuilder’s contest to have my name used in your book. A great cause, and a book nerd’s dream all in one! I didn’t win, but I selfishly hoped that my name stuck in your brain somehow. Hey, I’m a Pisces, we dream!

    On page 232 of Wise Man’s Fear, whether by fate or fortune, you found it in your heart to name a ditzy bar maid Laurel. I jumped out of my seat, squealing! Scared the bejesus out of the two pups on my lap… I called my fellow book nerd friends, I made my non-fiction loving boyfriend listen to the whole story, and I just can’t stop smiling. Thank you!

    I believe in good karma – here’s hoping all my warm wishes find their way IOU and yours.

    Laurel
    “I swear, some days the light should shine straight through that girl’s head.”

    • Beej
      Posted March 11, 2011 at 12:59 PM | Permalink

      Laurel,

      I have a similar experience to share. My last name is “Witkin”. In NotW one of the highwaymen who robs Chronicler is named “Witkins”; when I read that scene for the first time I yelled to my wife, “Hey, he wrote this book for me!”

  58. annadala
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 8:08 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for coming to So. Cal! I just emailed you some pictures of you with the lesbian unicorn pegasus kitten :-)

  59. priscellie
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    Happy #1 on the NYT, man! I wish you many happy weeks at the top!

  60. Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:16 PM | Permalink

    Well, Pat, if you ever read this. Well done. You’ve succeeded in creating the first thing in years that, despite my sincerest efforts, refuses to remain in the “reward for getting work done” category.

    I opened page one, then blitzkrieg to page five, then…

    Good work. Expecting great things with three, but not the high-pressure kind, but rather the entrusting-your-characters-to-you kind.

    • Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:18 PM | Permalink

      also NO CLUE what these pages are made of, but it feels like silk. I’m a huge texture/smell/sound guy when it comes to books. I care just as much about presentation as I do about the words. Never felt pages like these before, and that’s saying something.

      Of course, you had no control over this, but I like to think you did. I like to think you did.

  61. Matt
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:27 AM | Permalink

    I propose that from this moment on, all Pat’s fans start using a new euphemism. When you see/hear/read somebody behaving in a completely tactless and socially unacceptable manner, especially when they’re being way too honest and over-sharing, we will call that behavior “tasting plums.”

    • Sedulo
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 1:46 AM | Permalink

      Yoikes, did you think I was oversharing? Is that why you said “plum and nutmeg” to my comment above?

      • Matt
        Posted March 10, 2011 at 2:43 AM | Permalink

        No no no! You’re cool. We’re all cool here. No plums in the blog comments.

  62. Ent_hused
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 8:12 AM | Permalink

    I finished the book and just wanted to say, Aces. Currently I’m nearly done with the 2nd rewrite of my first novel, and it’s true what they say… you have to write to become a writer. Just wanted to let you know (before I share my subjective opinion of your art) I’m an English major and an eater of writing texts.

    Kudos for writing a story that gives most other story structures the finger. Kudos for writing a climax that is not at first glance borne of the throughline, but after introspection reveals its irony. Kudos for writing a story that goes where it will and concerns itself with small things (and in so doing comments on larger philosophical issues). Kudos for the use of telling (the real mark of a teller of stories), the layered stories, and for the riffs on classical story structures. In my opinion, the Felurian section is the best writing I’ve seen from you yet.

    Well done. Now, don’t get a big head. Remember the head space that made you capable of writing this way. Remember how well Jordan’s books started. Don’t tank. Keep pushing yourself. But now… at least for a month… revel. Then get back to work! That’s where the real fun is.

    (Also, the paragraph summary of Kvothe’s voyage… ballsy and hilarious, at least from a writer’s perspective. I would have thrown 30K at that without even thinking. But then, omission is the gift of the teller.)

    • AfterCrying
      Posted March 11, 2011 at 2:11 AM | Permalink

      Kudos for writing a story that gives most other story structures the finger.

      I dunno about that. Boy goes on a quest and comes back a man. I think I’ve seen that structure elsewhere. :-) Not to say there’s anything wrong with it.

      Also, the paragraph summary of Kvothe’s voyage… ballsy and hilarious.

      I’ve seen several readers upset at that choice, but I too thought that was a brilliant tweak of the reader’s nose. I’m sure someone could spin it out into an entertaining graphic novel if the demand is there. :-) But I’m really curious if that was something Pat actually wrote, but decided was stronger to leave on the cutting-room floor?

      • Ent_hused
        Posted March 11, 2011 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

        “Boy goes on a quest and comes back a man. I think I’ve seen that structure elsewhere.” Actually that’s not what I meant. I was instead referring to the interaction of the frame in third with the 1st person heavy telling narrative–one that is so laced with side story digressions as to really annoy the sword and sorcery give me action set. In this way, WMF thumbs its nose at readers who have become too used to getting their gratification right away. It’s taking its time, regardless of what most editors, agents, and publishers are cautioning writers to do. And in this way, it stands far apart from other modern fantasies.

        “I’ve seen several readers upset at that choice, but I too thought that was a brilliant tweak of the reader’s nose.” Yeah, at first I thought, What? You’re not going to show me all this great action, but then I thought…Okay, I’ll role with it. Writing texts always caution not to summarize content readers might actually want to witness. But in this regard, I laughed and thought….but it’s Kvothe telling it, not Rothfuss, and he’s the one that chose not to show us…. which was a kind of a funny joke.

    • Posted March 13, 2011 at 5:27 PM | Permalink

      I actually think in giving them the finger, he proceeds in using those same story structures in a whole new way. Not totally finished writing up a post on this, but it’s not only a critique/subversion of old categories, but a reinvention of them.

      more to come…

  63. Istarion
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    Just recieved my first printing copy in the mail, complete with missing number line. I face a very substantial dilemma: do I pick up another copy for reading, and keep this one in perfect condition, or do I give in to my desire to read it immediately?

    • laurafromNY
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM | Permalink

      LOL, resist!! Get a cheaper one from a book club. You’ll have your pristine 1st and then your everyday reading that didn’t cost much…over at sfbc.com they have the two bundles NOTW and WMF for $22.99. Mind you, read the fine print if you’re a new member since you need to purchase a certain number later on, (still good prices), but once you meet your obligation, you don’t have to worry about buying before the year ends. Been a member 6 years now…

  64. Megan
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    I am the happy owner of a first printing copy of Wise Man’s Fear, and an unknown printing of the Fabio cover of Name of the Wind since it has, bizarrely, the same print error. I wonder what that means.

    • kellyboy
      Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:24 PM | Permalink

      It sounds like your copy of Name of the Wind might be the book club edition. These are the only NOTW Fabio hardcovers without number lines I have seen. You can tell by looking to see if there is a price in the upper corner of the front flap. No price = BCE.

  65. angledge
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

    Hey folks, where are people going to discuss the books? I’ve got a million questions bouncing around in my head & need a forum to pour them into. Suggestions?

    Thanks!

    • Froody42
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

      I’m not sure whether there’s a forum specifically for Pat’s book, but they have a pretty good discussion going over at westeros.org: http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/forum/11-literature/

      • tengen
        Posted March 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM | Permalink

        In the last blog article I suggested we make a fan forum, they aren’t very hard to make but someone said a few years ago they had one up and running and Mr. Rothfuss asked them to shut it down for some reason. Seems bizarre but who knows.

        And I may have saved my signed first printing and kept it in its cardboard box it came in from B&N pre-order and “found” an ebook version and read it so I didn’t ruin my version…

      • angledge
        Posted March 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

        I got a server error for that site….

    • Posted March 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

      Well, I can’t comment on the discussion board yet, my approval is pending, but I’m heading to New York next week so I wanted to post this now:

      Alchemy Kingkiller: Refining Kvothe

      Interested in your thoughts. Hopefully I can get on the discussion board soon.

      much love.

  66. laurafromNY
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

    Does anyone know if a sticker on the dust jacket decreases the value or ruin a first edition book? I’m tempted to get another without the BN sticker but there’s only one and this one with the sticker is so crisp….anyone?

    • jaimo
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:31 PM | Permalink

      I find they peel off somewhat easily when they are new.

    • kellyboy
      Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM | Permalink

      Glue from stickers can damage a cover eventually, which will decrease value. But this is such a new book, the BN sticker should come off easily and leave no residue or damage, as Jaimo mentions.

  67. semirose
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:15 PM | Permalink

    *sniff* so sad I missed you in Chicagoland last night, stupid work. Finally finished the book last night instead though! I haven’t had time to read it even though I bought it on release day so I got the audio and have been listening to it on my commute and in free snatches at work but last night I finally had time to sit down and read through the last 300 pages or so. And then listened to more of the audio at work today because it comes to life so well (it’s also had the side effect of me speaking with quite dramatic turns of phrase at work which I see as a plus, it’s a good thing my boss already knew I was kinda crazy).

  68. ace
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 1:59 AM | Permalink

    Hey Patrick. Im a big fan and I just started reading your sequel. Its been a decent read so far, but some of the words choices in there bothered me. Particularly one.

    Page 198 you used the word “nekkid” which I don’t believe is a real word. its an internet word. It took me out of the story really quick. I was teetering when Auri said “galvanic ionization” but “nekkid” sent me reeling.

    • Posted March 11, 2011 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

      “Nekkid” is not an internet word.

      • ace
        Posted March 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

        Sorry, its not in the dictionary. Its in the urban dictionary.

      • ace
        Posted March 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM | Permalink

        Im actually surprised you spent enough time to right a response but didn’t bother to look it up.

        • Posted March 11, 2011 at 9:21 PM | Permalink

          You’re correct it is in the Urban Dictionary. You’re also correct it does not appear in a normal dictionary. That wasn’t what I said. I said it is not an “internet” word. It is at it’s root a phonetic spelling of naked. Meant to imply a southern or in possibly uneducated accent. It was in use long before the internet was even a concept. It has over time developed its own slightly different definition separate from the word naked.

          • Sedulo
            Posted March 12, 2011 at 4:03 AM | Permalink

            Hello! It IS in a dictionary and has been in use since at least 1898. This IS a word.

            From the OED (current on-line version, 2011, 4th ed.)
            (Oxford English Dictionary)

            nekkid, adj.
            Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈnɛkɨd/ , U.S. /ˈnɛkɪd/
            Etymology: Representing a regional or humorous pronunciation of naked
            adj…. (Show More)
            U.S. colloq. (chiefly humorous or euphem.).

            Esp. of a person: naked, nude. Often in sexually suggestive or
            salacious contexts.

            1977 Washington Post (Nexis) 14 Apr. g1 He is not so fond of statues (those ‘bulls and Greeks and lots of nekkid broads’, as he once described them).

            1986 Chicago Tribune (Nexis) 13 Jan., Playgirl’s February feature on ‘America’s Sexiest DJs’ includes Lin Brehmer of WXRT-FM and Jonathon Brandmeier of WLUP-FM, neither of them nekkid.

            1994 N.Y. Mag. 22 Aug. 29/1 She mails nekkid pictures of herself to Playboy, whose editors transform her into a Playmate.

            2000 Out May 40/1 This Memorial Day weekend, a group of nekkid gay men will be gathering for four days of square dancing.

            The Windsor magazine, Volume 7. [April or May] 1898
            The Destroyers. By W. F. Shannon. p. 557
            “But how the devil do you expect me to fight when I’m nekkid? And you don’t expose that I’m goin’ to wear anything else than a cutlass, do ye?”

            Romance: A Monthly Magazine of Complete Stories. Volume 13. February 1894
            “Dat Foot Race.” By Henry Clay Fairman. p. 170
            “Dat’s just ’bout what Bill Nort’n tole me, boss,” continued Uncle Jake, changing his position and puffing a cloud of smoke. “En it ‘pear lak to me I didn’t know whut to do. Ef I gib ‘im my nekkid back I know ‘e gwine gib me de very debbul en no ‘mount uh beggin’ gwine do no good. …”

            Life. September 11, 1944
            Pin-up Art Gets Sly Disapproval. Army Newspaper crusades against girl pictures. Aug. 9. p. 17/1
            What a shock he’s going to get when he learn we do not approve of these pictures of half-nekkid women and are only running this to show our reader what we mean by our pledge.
            Aug. 10. p. 18/2
            Today we illustrate another type of pin-up feature, the
            “Miss-Whoozis-of-1944” School of leg art which serves some papers with a flimsy excuse for running pictures of half-nekkid women.
            Aug. 12. p. 18/2
            Today, in the third of a series of straight-forward articles, we denounce the “Sweetheart of-the-Regiment” School of pin-up art which has bamboozled many an editor into running pictures of half-nekkid
            women.

            TA DAHHHH!

          • Posted March 12, 2011 at 5:43 AM | Permalink

            Sedulo. You are awesome, thank you. I owe you one drink of your choice. I’ve heard my grandparents use and it since I can remember. I knew it had to be old. What I didn’t know what is was an actual word. IT wasn’t in the dictionaries I had on hand…should have check the OED. That’s great. I love the internet.

          • Sedulo
            Posted March 12, 2011 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

            Thanks! I just had to set the record straight. You had the correct answer but just needed some backup!
            Someday I will find you and ask for a root beer float!
            ;-)

          • ace
            Posted March 12, 2011 at 10:42 PM | Permalink

            I stand corrected. Thank you for the illumination. :-)

            I still have a problem with the usage of galvanic ionization by Auri, and exo-thermic reactions by Kvothe. Those words are modern scientific terms and are inappropriate for a world that supposedly doesn’t use electricity or employs modern science. They all are very anachronistic.

            In total, those words drove me out of the story. I was already struggling with some of the inconsistent behavior of Kvothe, plum bobs aside.

            It might just be my own opinion, nevertheless, caveat lector.

        • hmbang
          Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

          Ace, a word of advice for you bud, if you ever meet Pat, dont ask or say stuff like that. I was at his Library of Congress tour and he handidly slapped down questions that weren’t nearly as pendantic.

          Pat also made absolutely clear that his world is not set in like the middle ages, even if there are themes–horses, innes & stew–that were found in earlier times.

          Galvanic ionization has been around since the 1700’s. Galvanic comes from Luigi Galvani who studied bioelectricity. The book Frankenstein uses those ideas. A pretty old Sci Fi that.

          And exothermic is a word that was coined probably in the 1800s to describe phenomenon as old as nature.

          Thanks Sedulo and JBlazier for fixing the other flawed comment.

          • AlanAdams23
            Posted March 15, 2011 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

            Excellent replies. Pat has talked about in previous blogs that being a Science Fiction writer means you have an amazing amount of freedom to make whatever world you want, but you have to wield that power carefully so the story and it’s world make sense. Writing about a “T.G.I Cendling’s” restaurant in Tarbean would be a bit odd, for example.

            That being said it can be hard for us as readers to distance ourselves from our own preconceived notions on how that world should spin.

          • Sedulo
            Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:00 PM | Permalink

            Thanks hmbang and AlanAdams23, I almost posted the same thing as hmbang about “modern scientific” terms but didn’t feel like doubling up with the prior post re: nekkid. So very glad someone else explained them.

  69. Chechi
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 3:48 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    I’m reading your blog since the first one. Now I just received my edition from The Wise Man’s Fear and wanted to thank you! It’s such a great pleasure to read Kvothe’s tale.

    I live in Switzerland and my family is from Serbia and when I read your books I’m glad that I learned the (additional) English language for a very good reason :-)

    Cheers Chechi

  70. tomtom89
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

    Hey pat,
    I’ve loved both of your books so far, and I basicly read them religiously… So after I finished reading your most recent interview, I couldn’t help but notice that you might let other writers use your world In the future.. I am truly looking forward to this since as kovthe thought himself everyone has at least one story… But finding a world for said story is difficult to say the least. Anyways I’m rambling… To the point, the four corners is one of the most well built worlds I have ever read about. So please don’t keep this gem to yourself. I have been considering becoming a writer myself, but I can’t help but read more than I write, so if I could use my favorite world I think that would be a good first step.

    -Tom

    P.S. Is bast kovthe’s son? If not do we ever figure out what reshi means?

    • bespite
      Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:30 AM | Permalink

      Bast is properly “Bastas, son of Remmen, Prince of Twilight and the Telwyth Mael.” He is apparently over 150 years old so a bit too old to be Kvothe’s son. I’m pretty sure that reshi means something like teacher or mentor, although I can’t recall if it was ever explicitly explained.

  71. bremon
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 5:14 PM | Permalink

    Sadly enough, my schedule is such that I will never make this tour at all. Luckily, my family is in Wisconsin. :D
    So they’re holding TWMF hostage until I come home.
    If I come home.
    If midterms don’t slay me…

  72. Aprilfool
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM | Permalink

    I just received my personalized copy of The Wise Man’s Fear as a birthday present. What started as a day filled worry about the SAT ended with joy-fill geekiness. Thank you for being awesome.

  73. Shane
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 7:15 PM | Permalink

    Talk about being frustrated….I’ve purchased 5 copies of The Wise Man’s Fear, 3 of them being signed copies (one was a gift for a fellow fan). Not a single one of them has the number line.

    • absurdmike
      Posted March 12, 2011 at 12:45 AM | Permalink

      But isn’t it a good thing if they don’t have the number line? You got 5 book from the first printing! I’d call it cool beans.

    • Matt
      Posted March 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

      My understanding is that an absent number line means it’s a first print. I hope that’s correct.

  74. jinjifra
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    Look who’s number one on the New York Times Bestsellers!

    http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/hardcover-fiction/list.html

  75. MLBurt
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 9:09 PM | Permalink

    Dude. You beat out Jodi Picoult and moms around the world.

    This is big. This is huge.

    • MLBurt
      Posted March 11, 2011 at 9:10 PM | Permalink

      At least in Hardcover, anyway … but still.

      Sorry. Ever since reading House Rules I find her popularity deeply bothersome….

    • Little My
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM | Permalink

      Well, this mom reads Pat Rothfuss and not Jodi Picoult. Even though she (Jodi Picoult) is very nice and lives in the neighboring town. So maybe Pat (and the moms who read him) beat out Jodi Picoult (and the moms who read her).

  76. PlushMonkey
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 10:12 PM | Permalink

    I just want to say– WMF came today, and I read 270 pages. It took me a while, because I reread and reread and had to pause to laugh out loud at more than one occasion. And I’ve only read a quarter.

    Don’t worry, tomorrow is reserved for the next 730 pages.

  77. LPNothstine
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

    http://www.npr.org/2011/03/11/134422971/hardcover-fiction-bestsellers-for-march-10

    Congrats. How does it feel to have the best selling book in the country? You deserve it.

  78. almostalawyer
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 2:51 AM | Permalink

    Number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List!!!!!! Congratulations Pat. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  79. Tenesmus
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 7:09 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for writing a very nice book. However, I think the right hand side of every page is slightly askew. It is a first edition, though. Anyone else’s starboard side pages askew?

    • almostalawyer
      Posted March 13, 2011 at 1:40 AM | Permalink

      You do realize that your name refers to the feeling that you haven’t completely emptied your bowel?

      • Tenesmus
        Posted March 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM | Permalink

        My full name is Frequent Tenesmus, and moreover it means a painful, yet ineffectual urge to urinate or defecate.

  80. deltaflip
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 9:58 PM | Permalink

    Pat? If I found a slightly major typo in your book, would you want me to point it out to you?

    • Oatmeal
      Posted March 13, 2011 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

      Slightly major?

      • deltaflip
        Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:01 PM | Permalink

        On page 536, Marten is spelt Martin, with an “I” instead of an “E”.

        • abstract5
          Posted March 18, 2011 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

          Maybe he WANTED to spell it that way. That would make it not a typo.

  81. Aedistopholes
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM | Permalink

    Did a search to find out if there was a comment about a typo i found in the book (my copy being one without numbers on the copyright page) but decided against it because I think if everyone pointed out all the typos, Pat would be tempted to not write a third one. After all, he is his own worst critic when it comes down to the details. However, if Pat would like to know about it, he can send me an email at markianpowel@yahoo.com.

    Mark Powell,
    the one who asked why there were no book signings in Georgia during the Kentucky signing event.

  82. MLBurt
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM | Permalink

    I’m sure the editors at DAW will catch any typos, though I can’t remember any when I read it. Hat’s off to whoever found one.

  83. Jeremy Scott
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM | Permalink

    Ya there was a typo, there was something that should have been plural but wasn’t, can’t remember where now but it hit me when I read it. Also, does anyone know how rare the books with the edition print error are? I have one so it would be cool if there’s a comparatively small amount of them in the world.

    • jaimo
      Posted March 14, 2011 at 2:36 PM | Permalink

      I was wondering myself about the rarity of the books without the number line. As far as I have been able to tell, none of the first printings have it.

      I would be very interested to know if somebody has a 1st printing WITH a number line. Also, does anyone have a 2nd printing? I haven’t come across any book showing it to be a 2nd printing.

      I’m not sure how many copies would have been in the 1st printing of Wise Man’s Fear. Name Of The Wind was supposedly 40,000 1st printing and at the time they didn’t how well it would sell. DAW probably ran a larger 1st printing of WMF after seeing the success of NOTW. I’m wondering if it is possible the 2nd printing has no number line either, and if it doesn’t would there be any way to differentiate it from a 1st printing?

      In any case, as far as collectibility goes it will be worth holding onto. It may not reach the astounding prices that a 1st printing of NOTW fetches but it will have collector value.

    • deltaflip
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:19 PM | Permalink

      There’s a misspelled word on mine. Page 536, Marten is spelled with an “I” instead of an “E”.

  84. mike.white
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 4:06 AM | Permalink

    Number one on NYT – blimey! Really deserved however – congrats, Pat!

  85. cwoodf1
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 4:36 AM | Permalink

    I was reading the interview when I saw this:
    “Heh. I think there’s probably only a handful of people that think of me as being on the same level as Martin.”

    There’s way more than a handful! You are a masterful writer! Right now I’m doing some spring cleaning, getting rid of books that I enjoyed, but just don’t have the time to reread or the space to keep for that ‘one day’.
    Your books are not budging, GRR-who?

    Don’t worry though, fellow readers, I’m trying to make sure the other books go to a good home, not just to the Goodwill’s dusty, forgotten bowels of a bookshelf. Though maybe that’s just in Louisiana.

  86. Sina88
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM | Permalink

    Hello everybody!

    I have a question and hope it hasnt been answered yet. I tried to read all the comments, but they are quite many and I am not a native speaker, so maybe you can help me ;)

    I am also wondering what version my book is. I ordered my version from Amazon Germany, in English. On the legal page is that line with all numbers from 1-10, only that they are in the wrong order. Means my line goes 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. What does this mean? Does somebody know?

    Thank you :)

    • jaimo
      Posted March 14, 2011 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

      I am assuming you have the UK edition published by Gollancz? Sometimes publishers put the numbers in that order…I am not sure why they do it. As long as the number 1 is there it is still a 1st printing of that edition, even if the numbers don’t run 1-10.

      • PlushMonkey
        Posted March 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

        It is the first printing; they notate it oddly like that so that they take the one off the front, then the two off the back, then the three off the front and so on. It makes it a little harder to read at first glance, but what jaimo said is true: the lowest number in the line is the printing of the book.

      • Sina88
        Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:51 AM | Permalink

        Yes, UK edition by Gollancz, thank you all for your help.

        But now I have a new question ;)

        I just started reading the book and havent noticed anything strange yet. Usually I read books in American English, everything else makes me dizzy. Since this is a UK version, did they “translate” it into British English? If yes, I will try and get another version before I really read it, I dont want my experience to get spoiled a lil ;)

        • agibson
          Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

          I glanced at the UK edition quickly with this in mind. It looked to me like they stuck with American spellings. So, I assume they didn’t make any other adjustments for the UK market.

  87. Red
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 5:20 AM | Permalink

    Hi,

    I just wanted to say THANKS for the book – I’m 316 pages in and have been late for work and late to bed every day since I got it. Totally brilliant. You sir, are an amazing writer and I bow before your excellence! If I lived in the states and could get to one of your signings, I would!

  88. hector urizar mazariegos
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM | Permalink

    hi everyone, i’m from guatemala, and yesterday i started to read the wise mans fear i so happy to read the second book thanks patrick for the first book it was the best that i ever read in my life and i have to wait 1 year to read this new book and i know it going to be an excellent book too

    congrats

  89. Posted March 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

    Hey Patrick :)
    So apparently the copy I bought the other day in Waterstones in Crawley (UK) is First Edition. Awesome :)
    I’m really excited to read The Wise Man’s Fear, though it is a beast of a book, so will probably take a wee while. Thanks for putting so much into this book.
    It’s a shame you won’t make it this far afield (the deep, dark depths of Hull), but hope you enjoy the rest of the tour :)
    Nari X

  90. Joshua
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    May I call you Pat? No, I’ll stick with Patrick, unless you say otherwise. Several years ago I was in a Borders looking for a new book, and I stumbled on ‘The Name of the Wind’. After about 14 pages I fell in love. I think I had just come off Jordan’s ‘Wheel of Time’ when picking up your book, but I can’t remember off hand. Regardless, I determined that ‘The Name of the Wind’ was, of all the books I’ve read, which is a considerable number, the single best book I had laid my eyes on. I think I devoured it in two or three days. I was dismayed to discover it was a fairly new release at the time, but was determined to wait for the second (like I had a choice right?). One thing I would like to say is this… I don’t re-read books. Well, I rarely re-read books anyway. Yours has made that list of books that, not only have I read it multiple times, I plan on re-reading it again, and again. It is simply put, wonderful.

    I just (as in minutes ago) finished reading ‘The Wise Man’s Fear,’ and I have one thing to say.

    Thank you.

    It was a wonderful read, and it held up against my affection for ‘The Name of the Wind’ and your series is continuing to stay at the number one spot for recommendations to my friends, and has the #1 spot on my bookshelf (it’s figurative really… I live in an apartment in Seattle that can’t really fit a bookshelf… and I read on a Nook too… so… yea).

    All that being said, I look forward to not only your next book, but anything you may choose to write afterward. Your career as a new author excites the hell out of me.

    Joshua

  91. WolfeFenrir
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:59 PM | Permalink

    I have a one of the first prints with the printing error that is also one of the copies where all of the crew signed along side Mr. Rothfuss. This book is going in a vault forever!

    • Ojodelgato
      Posted March 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

      I am appropriately filled with envy.

      However, I have a 1st edition without the number line and with the typo. That’s some consolation.

  92. missjmelville
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:35 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat!

    I am a great admirer of your works and I recently bought The Wise Man’s Fear and I was curious about the different types of rings and their meanings. I know we know what Gold, Silver, Iron, Bone, Leather, Horn and Grass mean but I was wondering if you had a list or something of the different types of rings and what they mean besides the ones we already know. I would be greatly interested in learning more.

    I can’t tell you how excited I was when I went to the book store and found your second book, I had been eagerly waiting for it to come out but I forgot to check your blog so it was a great and pleasant surprise and I assure you I bought it straight away and could not put it down. I do hope the third book does not take as long to come out as the second did but I will be patient and wait even so.

    Sincerely,
    Jessica

  93. Matt
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:51 AM | Permalink

    According to the schedule, Pat should be done with the tour. I hope he’s ok. That was a crazy schedule.

    During the weeks Pat’s been touring, I read WMF once in a hurry, then once again more slowly while rechecking references in NOTW. I read two sci-fi novels and most of a third, spent about a hundred hours at my job, played way too many hours of PC games, and slept in my own bed a whole bunch of times.

    Pat, take care of yourself. Sleep, eat, decompress. Play silly games with Oot. Check your Amazon sales every once in a while and laugh a maniacal laugh. Ignore the blog and other work-related things for a while; we can take care of ourselves. Be cool.

  94. mikec798
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:43 AM | Permalink

    Hi from Britain, we miss you! You should come visit again!
    I’m loving the new book and pretty sure I’ve found a printing error. At the front of the book it has:
    ‘Also by Patrick Rothfuss from Gollancz’
    ‘In the Name of the Wind’
    hmm…

    • mikec798
      Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:51 AM | Permalink

      One other thing in ID’ing first editions, my copy has all 1-10, but the numbers are staggered like so 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Is this a British thing or something unique to the publisher?

  95. penguinbloke
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

    I’m not usually the type to post this manner of thing, but after pre-ordering the book on amazon, getting fed up of waiting for the book to be delivered, buying a second copy (well, first, depending on how you count them…) and investing the bones of two days and a night in it’s first reading. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for the characters, for the depth you give them and the world you have penned for them. It’s been worth the wait so far, and whenever the last chapter hits the shelves you’ll most likely be able to put me down for another two.

  96. laurafromNY
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    If you think Mr. Rothfuss is nice on the blog, he’s so much nicer in person! I was the first to get the books signed at the NY signing. It being my first signing, I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just stood there and tried to ask little questions about his trip and Oot etc and whether he liked Brooklyn…not even knowing he was in Brooklyn only 8 minutes:/

    Before I left though, I told him I had so many things planned to say in my head but nothing was coming out. He told me the same thing happened when he met Neil Gaiman. I felt so much better, (though still bummed that none of my questions/comments about the book came out my mouth!).

    He’s really a nice guy! Pleasure to meet you finally!

  97. Mickey
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

    So glad I took a break from the blog for a few days. We seem to have had some extraordinarely rude visitors. Thanks to all the regulars for upholding the spirit of what I treasure about this blog. Things that probably seem silly to most others but that I find really reassuring in a world of sound-byte wisdom and ubiquitous quotes.

    Also wanted to wish Pat a speedy trip home to Sarah and Oot, hope you take some time off now to spoil them rotten for your deserting them for so long !

    Lastly, for anyone that feels the need to criticize the work of the Bearded Master I have only one thing to say, I wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire.

  98. itsjusthim
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 7:54 PM | Permalink

    I love both books! I hadn’t heard the rumors about continuing Kvothe’s story after the Waystone, but I wondered to myself if you would continue it. I’ve decided that I’m glad you’re not. It’s always sad to see a Character’s story end after being drawn in, but it’s immeasurably worse to have that character’s story go on past it’s time.
    Thanks so much for the amazing work!

  99. galeni
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM | Permalink

    Student newspaper in Vancouver loves Wise Man’s Fear.
    http://www.the-peak.ca/article/22499

    Print version used your picture and inset the book (paperback cover).

    I’m only 100 pages in and you already ripped my heart out (and made me shove the book away so I didn’t get the pages wet). I’m in awe.

  100. Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations on completing the tour!

    From where I stood near the end of the line in Boston, you wrapped things up with both grace and style. I hope you were able to get out of there before midnight; one of the bookstore workers told me that their official attendance count was 380.

    I was delighted by your reading and Q&A, and even the long line gave me an excuse to hang out and get further in my re-read of The Name of the Wind before going back to work. From all I could tell, nobody went away disappointed.

    Most of all, I hope you were able to find plenty of pleasure amid the hassle and inconvenience of touring. Know that we all appreciate your efforts — and that we recognize there is indeed a lot of effort involved.

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