Maps, Brackets, Interviews, and Wind

On today’s menu we have:

Warning, it will bog down your browser a bit.

Edit: Whoops. Turns out the voting on this round is over. I thought it went *through* the 2nd. Not *until* the 2nd.

The title seems a little argumentative, but I didn’t mean it to come off that way. I’m also a little irritated that the pictures they used to punctuate the article are from The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, two series two authors who are delightfully NOT-guilty of following in the tired rut of fantasy cliche. (Tolkien because he wrote before these things were cliche, and Martin because he’s skilled at avoiding it.)

And yes, I’m aware that it’s a little hypocritical that I say people should avoid writing about dragons even though I include something very similar to a dragon in my book. We actually talked about that in the interview as well, but we had to cut that piece out because I’m a wordy bitch and the interview ran long….

  • Lastly, there’s an article over on IGN that asks, “What’s the next Hunger Games?” A grammatically baffling title to an article that speculates as to what the next hot book-into-movie adaptation might be. Kingkiller gets a nice nod on there.

Normally I wouldn’t mock their title, but they took a dig at me for how long I take to write. So fair’s fair.

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In related news, I actually got to watch Hunger Games in the theater. That’s not something I get to do very much these days.

I liked it a lot. It’s rare that I leave a movie without some fairly major gripes. Especially one based off a book that I enjoyed.

But Hunger Games was solid. Good casting. Good acting. Sensible changes to suit the adaptation into a different medium. And properly subversive. I love me some good subversive.

It was also nice to see the author of the books having a hand in the screenplay. Things like that tend to warm my bitter old heart.



This entry was posted in Interviews, miscelany. By Pat62 Responses


  1. duke7883
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

    I get why IGN mentions the time thing. As awesome as it’d be to see a Name of the Wind movie, I’d hate for them to release the movies before the books are even finished.

    That is something that definitely frightens me about the Game of Thrones TV show. If that does well, are they going to push past A Dance of Dragons with TV seasons? What does that mean for the books? Will Martin ever even finish the books if he lets loose the ending in the TV series? Or will they just stop the show until the book is released? Or are these sort of questions prompting Martin into attempting to finish the books before that happens? Down that speculation road, do I want George R.R. Martin rushed into finishing? Or would I rather wait and let him do as he has always done and deliver a great book in his own time rather than churn one out to please the masses which could result in a not-as-great-as-it-could-be book?

    Questions. Questions that need answering. Where is Gandalf when you need him.

  2. pdxtrent
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM | Permalink

    I think I speak for plenty of fans out there who love your wordy bitchness (bitchity?).
    Thanks for the links and the news. I always smile crazily while I read your updates.
    I may, or may not have a bit of a mancrush on the Rothfuss. In a very manly way of course. Please excuse me while I go chop some wood or something.

    • Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM | Permalink

      Heh. “Chop some wood” totally sounds like a euphemism here….

      • luciddreamz613
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM | Permalink


      • kanneblei
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM | Permalink

        I’m guessing he’s a lumberjack, and he’s ok. He sleeps all night, and works all day.

  3. Artheos
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM | Permalink

    It is indeed like getting twig-slapped in the eye… Your audiobook tournament link goes to a FB signing you did in Stevens Point in February, oops. I like this tack…

    • Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM | Permalink

      That’s irritating, but not surprising. I’m having to hand-code my links lately, as WordPress is having some sort of hiccup on my machine and won’t do them automatically….

      • katelyn
        Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:12 PM | Permalink

        Thanks. Now I’m drooling over the idea of a NOTW movie casting…

        • katelyn
          Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM | Permalink

          Aaaaaaand this was supposed to go down below under your other comment about Jennifer Lawrence. It’s Monday, give me a break.

  4. justajenjen
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:50 PM | Permalink

    A Name of the Wind movie would be awesome. Someone should option that and give you a buttload of money. Also, be like JK and retain some creative control, because no one else could make it awesome like you, Pat.

    Watched you and all your other awesome author friends yesterday on the Geek and Sundry event. It was amazing. In my dream world, all of you guys would make this a regular event and talk books all the time. If you guys weren’t all busy having lives, a weekly show would be awesome. But having lives is important, so I’ll just hope that maybe you’ll do it again sometime in the not too distant future. Or make some dolls and put on my own author talk show. :)

  5. DMage
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM | Permalink

    The only thing about the movie that struck me as odd, and it’s really a very little thing… they talk a lot about “15” tribute, and well… 12 districts, 2 people each… it’s never an odd number, even if some districts, for some reason, didn’t send anyone… kinda bugged me the whole movie, like “hey, why are 9 less people here” but anyway, yeah, good movie

  6. dcashd
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 9:49 PM | Permalink

    The part in the interview where you talk about how damsals don’t need saving is spot on. If anything, the women in our lives are the ones that save us and would kick our butts if we ever tried to “save” them from dragons and the like.

  7. He without a clever name
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM | Permalink

    Jennifer Lawrence knocked it out of the park in Hunger Games. She was fantastic as Katniss. I also really enjoyed Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch. Fun stuff.

    Glad you got to have a fun outing. Did you get the Avengers trailer? Whedon and marvel comics fans assemble!

    • Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM | Permalink

      Yeah. She did a bang-up job. I’d be curious to see what she could do as Denna, but I don’t know. she can obviously emote. But I don’t know if she could be whimsical and charming like Denna would need to be….

      • Artheos
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

        Come now, Zooey Deschanel actually IS Denna…

        • IvoryDoom
          Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM | Permalink

          I so second that Zooey is enchanting.

        • Barentanz
          Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

          Zooey Deschanel may be good for the role, but she’s also a bit old (over 30 at this point; Denna is ~Kvothe’s age, maybe a bit older, so a max of 20~ish when we first encounter her).

          • Casey9182
            Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

            Ya, the kids on Glee are in their 30’s too though and they play highschool age kids.

            Zooey is still young enough to be dolled up to look even younger, imho.

          • He without a clever name
            Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

            I love Zooey in 500 Days of Summer, JGL too, but if Name of the Wind movie production started, like, nowish, I’d vote Jennifer Lawrence.

          • Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

            Denna !!! what is going on with that girl ?!?! either she is blind to what is going on OR she is keeping secrets from kvothe. She could be working for the chandrian for all we know.

  8. DrFood
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for the wind link. It’s a fascinating pattern, and it confirmed that indeed, the wind is blowing “backwards” today! (The wind on my property almost always comes from the west, but not right now.)

  9. Mossy Toes
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM | Permalink

    I know that you can hardly confirm the “bad guy has a 66% chance of getting a bad ending” anecdote as being Wizard’s First Rule, but–if that’s where you stopped in the series, good. From the first few books, that series goes all… Atlas Shrugged. Which might be okay in moderation, or if unobtrusive, but… nope.

    • DeRanjed
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM | Permalink

      This makes me sad to read as I am currently in the process of reading Wizard’s First Rule. It was recommended to me from a friend after I gave her The Name of the Wind to read. It’s okay though because I don’t have anything else to read at the moment.

      • IvoryDoom
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

        I like the 1st, 2nd and 6th books. (I’m on 6 now, so we’ll see after) 3-5 though are pretty “meh” for lack of a better word. I think objectivism is pretty selfish/ just an excuse for people to be shitty but I enjoy the character interactions still.

        • Liam
          Posted April 4, 2012 at 2:50 AM | Permalink

          You should stop reading now. Faith of the Fallen is very mediocre. Pillars of Creation has exactly nothing to do with the main plot, and Naked Empire is just awful. And by awful, I mean irredeemable. Everything there was left to like about the series is gone, replaced with unadulterated objectivist diatribe.

          Seriously. If you have nothing else to read, go to the book store and throw a rock at the fantasy shelf. Whatever it hits will be better than Naked Empire.

          • IvoryDoom
            Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

            So not what I wanted to hear.

            I bought the whole series on audiobook already! Guess I should have been weary of a set that was so cheap.

            Thanks for the info though :/ I was hoping it would progressively get better.

  10. Elwes
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM | Permalink

    I can definitely see you as being the “next Hunger Games.” Maybe not to the vast majority of audience that read those books, but from the same kinds of people that “hunger” for interesting, engrossing stories.

    My friend, Rachel, finished all three ‘Hunger Games’ books in less than a week and was wanting a new series to get engrossed in. I told her what I tell everybody that asks me for a book recommendation. “Name of the Wind. Patrick Rothfuss. Thank me later.”

    (also, as an aside, it makes me really happy when I can go to Target and find both of your books next to George R.R. Martin as the only adult, fantasy books being sold.)

    • Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

      I’m in Target? I didn’t know that….

      • He without a clever name
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

        Wise Mans Fear is at my local Krogers (a Grocery store in Ohio, Don’t know if they have them in your neck of the woods.) It made me happy upon discovery. At the Krogers it’s you and Jim Butcher.

        • Erzberger
          Posted April 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM | Permalink

          German train stations, too.

  11. Em Walker
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

    Good thing there’s no names for that wind on that map. Way too much power right there.

  12. Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:04 PM | Permalink

    Love your reasoning in the interview, and hey, at least you put a decent twist on using a dragon in Kingkiller. And one awesome hell of a twist at that!

    • IvoryDoom
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

      I agree, I think you (Pat) took it a step above making your own “dragon” creature and giving it background to explain the confusion between Dragon and Draccus. Thinkin’ outside the box. Its one of the many reasons why I like Kingkiller Chronicles so much.

  13. daiceman
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    I’m surprised they didn’t mention dresden for a possible movie adaption. A very successful series with 13 books out (and atleast 10 more on the way), and imho each book could fit pretty nicely in a ~2h timeslot.

    I know the TV series was unsuccessful, but there’s really only so much you can pack into a 1h TV time slot.

    • Oatmeal
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:21 AM | Permalink

      The tv show was garbage, and a huge part of the reason I didn’t read the books for so long. I would like a movie, but there’s too many books for that to really work. Ideally, for Dresden as well as for the Kingkiller Chronicle, I’d like to see an HBO adaptation.
      They seem to be the only ones who can adapt a decent TV show from books.

      • IvoryDoom
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

        I’m still thinking it would be sick to see Kingkiller as a Syfy mini series. I hate when they make them into shows because they are choppy and always need some climatic something to happen every episode, but I think they could put out a decent mini series. I loved Tin Man (which I think was there last major mini series, correct me if I’m wrong please!) Plus a mini series would allow for the length and depth I’d desire from any visual media put out around NoTW.

        • Oatmeal
          Posted April 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM | Permalink

          They also did Alice. Which was, IMO, completely brilliant. But I think that Kingkiller has too much content for a 3-4 part miniseries. Plus SyFy has limitations that HBO wouldn’t, in terms of content.

      • jesters-armed
        Posted April 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

        Noooooooooooooooooooo! Please no! No Kingkiller TV-show! You’d never get the subtlety over in a show! A movie, no – make that three or so, I could agree with that, but please not a TV show. Excuse me now, I’ve an appointment with an open window!

  14. jasontilli
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    Ok, after reading your interview in regard to Cliché’ writing and overuse of fantasy go-to tools is great. But, I hope everyone read deeper into your meaning pertaining to the BAD WRITTNG ruining great things.
    FACTS: Dragons are awesome. Dwarves are tough. Elves are cool. Evil super wizard bent on controlling/ destroying the world make great antagonists. Now all that being said there are only so many ways we can read the same darn story. Make the Dragons into Bragons – they are big and scary but they are only really feared because they boast about their greatness, knights with shiny swords make them wet their scales. Turn your rough-and-tumble Dwarf character into a fan of graceful dancing and was turned out of his underground home for striking into an Arabesque pose during battle axe practice. Evolve the Elf into an industrial tycoon who chops down the forbidden elven trees to profit from their amazing magical properties. Lastly, the evil Wizard bend on world dominance could be nothing more than a mental patient imagining his wondrously evil deeds in an asylum. When he defeats the entirely lame cliché’ heroes he regains his sanity and lives happily ever after in the real world.

  15. Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:30 AM | Permalink

    I’m now going to include a one-true-sword-wielding vampiric dragon in the story I’m writing. It’s a post-apocalyptic speculative fiction story, but it’ll be 56% cooler for it.

  16. Tungil
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 4:25 AM | Permalink

    As you mentioned “prophecy” as your first topic at the “cliché”-list did you read the massive book series by Terry Goodkind, espacially the new “The Omen Machine”? It’s based heavily around prophecies… I dare to say it may be an exception to the “rule” ;)

    (Excuse my sometimes poor english!)

    • IvoryDoom
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

      yah the whole series is pretty prophecy obsessed. I dont know if I’d make any exceptions for Goodkind though, he is fairly unoriginal even if I do like some of his novels. He generally fits the genre. (Although I did think Confessors and Mord Sith were pretty damn impressive ideas.)

      • daiceman
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM | Permalink

        Wasn’t he pointing to lord rahl about the 3 boxes thing? 1 box kills him 1 box gives him power the last kills them all?

        There was some dumb prophecy that told him which and richard tricked him or something.

        • Tungil
          Posted April 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM | Permalink

          Now that you mention it… Did not think about it as I didn’t re-read them yet and last time I read them was two years ago…

          I still liked the books, espcecially because the world is described and interacted with in a greater deal than in some other books ( I felt that the panem book ( only read the first ) was focusing to much on the single persons, but on this really interesting “world” with all the lies, conspiracies and injustice towards the poorer districts… )… Do you know what i mean? it’s difficult to describe for me in english ;)

        • IvoryDoom
          Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM | Permalink

          Actually, it wasnt a prophecy that told him which to pick, it was the book of counted shadows. But Richards father had stolen it and burned it after he memorized it or some crap. Richard tricked him by being confessed by Kahlan or whatever. But yah, their were three boxes and I’m pretty sure thats what he was referencing in the interview. Although I really didnt think that show went with the book, I could see why they changed that bit up for TV as it was pretty dumb.

          And Tungil, I know what you mean, I like some of the books as well, mostly because you get all kinds of different view points on a world and he also lets you see the viewpoint of his villians which is nice.

  17. Casey9182
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM | Permalink

    “Done well, the movies could be the fantasy equivalent of Citizen Kane, leaving it up to audiences to decide just what sort of person Kvothe really was. ”

    Couldn’t agree more.

  18. Prufrock
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink

    I don’t know if Kingkiller is movie material.

    See, Kingkiller is great because of the language and the unspokens. The action in it is compelling, sure… but unlike Hunger Games (where every motivation must give way to action), Kingkiller spends a lot of time in Kvothe’s mind. I’d hate to see a “Wonder Years” voiceover spoil a potential film… and I’m not sure how else you’d get some of the motivations across.

    Hunger Games has secrets of the mouth (via Teccam*)… Kingkiller hinges on the great, heavy secrets of the heart. The whole plot development hinges around the fact that Kvothe can’t articulate the things that he should, at the times he needs to. Asking Loren about the Amyr. Telling Denna about his parents. Telling Alveron all kinds of things.

    Of course, there would be no book as such, if he hadn’t missed all those opportunities. But try getting this “un-telling” into a movie without looking like a fool.

    And the language. The turn of phrase, subtle poetry and powerful nomenclature set Kingkiller apart. To have all of that go away would hamstring the story. A great storyteller’s autobiography, told in the stilted lowest-common-denominator dramatic tropes of film school? What a tragedy that would be.

    I fear the movie. Would that we could have Whedon direct it with an unlimited budget. He can get the unspokens in (c.f. Mal and Zoe in Serenity, just before takeoff at the end), and the language would be great. But we’re just not lucky enough.

    * “Most secrets are secrets of the mouth. Gossip shared and small scandals whispered. These secrets long to be let loose upon the world. A secret of the mouth is like a stone in your boot. At first you’re barely aware of it. Then it grows irritating, then intolerable. Secrets of the mouth grow larger the longer you keep them, swelling until they press agains your lips. They fight to be let free.
    Secrets of the heart are different. They are private and painful, and we want nothing more than to hide them from the world. They do not swell and press against the mouth. They live in the heart, and the longer they are kept, the heavier they become.”

    • senkura
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

      Well, anything I could say at this point would sound moronic and redundant in light of your observations.

    • Gonzolubitsch
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

      I just logged in to say I was thinking that if Pat did the adaptation and Joss directed it might be good, but there is simply so much internal dialogue and story being told directly to the reader that it would almost certainly lose too much and make me sad. Adventure stories have been told in this way with occasional voice-overs, but I agree that much of the beauty of the books is in the language, much of which would likely be lost. Imagination wins this round.

    • Liam
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 3:08 AM | Permalink

      No adaptation is ever going to be perfect. Moving from the page to the screen is necessarily going to lose some of the subtlety and introspection allowed by the written word.

      However the screen has its own strengths, and the question is whether an adaptation could leverage those to make up for what is lost in translation. The subtle body language of the actors, the way a single shot of a room can instantly convey atmosphere in a way that a hundred pages of text sometimes can’t. There is a reason that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ and not the other way around.

      I think that Pat’s story has a number of elements which would work wonderfully as a movie or miniseries. The relatively small number of settings in NOTW would keep down costs, as would the manageably-sized cast, meaning that more resources could be devoted to making what does exist really shine. I think the University would be magical, and Kvothe’s financial woes could be woven into other scenes through visual cues that wouldn’t have worked well in writing.

      The greatest loss would be some of the wonderfully poetic observations that Kvothe so aptly makes, but I don’t think it would be terrible for some of those to be done in voiceover. A number of times the books already cut back to Kvothe, Bast, and Chronicler sitting around the inn, most notably a couple of the scenes where Kvothe is describing his undying admiration of Denna. Where they worked in the book, I think they would work as often (or more) on screen.

  19. IvoryDoom
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    Did you read all the Hunger Games books? Just wondering as I dont want to slap a spoiler in your face. ( I’ve noticed thats not really your style)

    All I’m saying is I really didnt like the movie, mostly because of the Pin story, didnt really think that needed adaptation and it matters (in my opinion) in the all around story. But also because of the Peeta/Katniss bread scene, talk about a scene that hinges the main characters relationship being butchered. :( But I’m not going to lie, only book to movies I’ve really enjoyed (as in ever) were Harry Potter. LOL And I heard Rowling was a beast to work with because she wanted things conveyed “right”. (Which I happen to love her for)

    /end comment.

    • Oatmeal
      Posted April 6, 2012 at 7:10 AM | Permalink

      IDK, I completely agree with how she got the pin in the book rather than the movie and I’ll tell you why.
      Practicality. Madge giving her the pin was, after all, a very small and inconsequential scene to the overall point of the story. If they had done it the way it appeared in the book, they would have had to cast two other people (Madge and her dad) that aren’t really ever seen again. It wasn’t necessary. I actually think it made it a little more meaningful that she got it for her sister, who gave it back to her when Katniss volunteered in her place.

  20. hewhocomeswiththelocust
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    When you said you were tired of the way dwarves all have axes and the overuse of dragons I was giddy with agreement (If such a thing is possible). I totally agree. I’ve read, seen, and played a lot of fantasy. But I’ve gotten to a point where if anything has an elf in it I won’t get myself involved. I’m tired of elves. I’m going insane with how much I hate elves in fantasy. (Except Skyrim) The overuse of all these creatures and peoples that Tolkien created is getting old. Taking the things that he created and twisting it to some degree seems to be the norm among the fantasy genre. I don’t know why but I’m reminded of the Buddhist saying “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” There are a lot of explanations as to what this means (on the internet anyway) and I only have a very basic understanding of what Buddhism teaches. What I get from it is this. You can never reach the pinnacle; if you think you have forget everything you’ve done and start over. No one work should describe or be an example of an entire genre. I think that’s what a lot of people make out Tolkien’s work to be, a definitive work on what fantasy IS, the pinnacle. So everybody just takes things that he created/defined and they put it into their work. I don’t know, as I stated above I am going insane. I’m sure that there are a lot of works in fantasy that really deviate from Tolkien and become their own thing and I just haven’t got to them yet.
    Off to Skyrim

    • Kerael
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 3:33 AM | Permalink

      To increase the list of “excepts” try:
      In terms of gaming: The Witcher 1/2.
      In terms of reading: (Andrzej Sapkowski).
      Dwarves and elves are presented… “differently”. Even with clishe of elven archers and dwarven miners/warriors.

      P.S. (as a “young adult” from Russia, who lived in English speaking country for the last 4-5 years): Books lose a lot during translation from Slavik language family, sadly same applies to the game.

  21. jasontilli
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM | Permalink

    My comment is awaiting moderation… boring or offensive… ? hahahah

  22. DrizztDoUrden
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM | Permalink

    I get the feeling that some people don’t think that a The Name of the Wind movie wouldn’t sit as well with teens, but I disagree. I’m thirteen and The Name of the wind is one of my favorite books ever.

  23. AO_22
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    I think that Michelle Sagara uses dragons pretty well in her “The Chronicles of Elantra” series. Perhaps because she’s found a way to avoid and work around many of the cliches.

  24. polishgenius
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM | Permalink

    Much as I love a good bit of constructive snarkery, I think the interview on cliches is waaay wide of the mark. Not because it’s untrue that those tropes and cliches should be avoided, heavily limited or twisted about these days, but because, honestly, it’s outdated. The modern genre is absolutely heaving with books that either have nothing whatsoever to do with Tolkienite-knockoff cliche or subvert it with even more vicious enthusiasm than George RR Martin. China Mieville, Joe Abercrombie, Felix Gilman, Daniel Abraham, Brandon Sanderson, Steven Erikson, Kate Griffin, Hal Duncan, Steph Swainston, Col Buchanan, Mark Lawrence, R Scott Bakker, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Mark Charan Newton, Anthony Huso, Jasper Fforde, Guy Gavriel Kay, KJ Parker, Ken Scholes, Richard Morgan and Scott Lynch, for example, would be baffled and in some cases probably mildly offended to be told that they need to get over such things.

    Admittedly, some of them do like to pop in the occasional dragon. But of the above list, I count four, two of whom have not yet actually shown us any dragons within the pages of their series, which isn’t a bad return. Oh, and one vampire, with no romantic element and certainly no sparkling…

    p.s. may I humbly suggest that the above list is a good place to start looking for those commenters struggling to find fantasy outside the discussed boundaries.

    • jesters-armed
      Posted April 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

      You don’t even find magic in K.J. Parker. And when it comes to “grey” characters, Parker beats Martin every time.

  25. deltaflip
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:48 PM | Permalink

    i feel like this is the new hunger games

  26. Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    Unlucky with the bracket Patrick… in the end it was almost 50/50 ! Unfortunately or fortunately (unsure yet) I’m going to have to read “The Fiery Cross” just to see what could possibly rival “The Wise Man’s Fear”… Nothing IMHO

    Also “Ready Player One” also should have won that round. You both got robbed !!!

  27. Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    I liked the movie adaptation of the Hunger Games much more than I liked the novel. It has to do with the perspective from which the story it told, and it inspired me to write a long blog post about it. The short version is the movie’s Katniss is likable because we can’t tell what she’s thinking and the novel-Katniss (and her world) is unlikable because we only see her (and it) through her super-damaged psyche.

    We all have to agree that the last book of the Hunger Games was f’ing terrible, right? I mean, irredeemable-nonsense-level terrible. In that sense, I don’t want Kingkiller to be the next Hunger Games because I don’t want the third book to devolve into totally awful crap.

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