The Wise Man’s Blurbs….

This showed up in the mail about a week ago….

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(Guest Starring: My Thumb)

It’s officially hitting the shelves today (Tuesday, April 2th.) The paperback version of The Wise Man’s Fear.

Or rather, it’s what *I* call a paperback, but what everyone else calls a “mass market paperback.”

I’ve probably seen 80-90 different versions of my books come out in various languages and editions at this point. So by now I probably should be kinda blase about the whole thing….

But the truth is, I still get excited.

This edition I’m particularly glad to see, because when I was a kid, paperbacks were the only books I bought and the only books I read. This is the edition that will be easier for people to afford, and easier for people to carry around with them.

But in addition to that, when I picked it up and flipped it open, I got to see something cool:

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You’ll have to click to embiggen if you want to read the text, but the opening pages of this edition are full of the nice things people said about the book in their reviews and blurbs.

Truth is, I don’t remember getting the vast majority of these blurbs or reviews.

That might seem a little odd, but you see, the month before The Wise Man’s Fear came out, I was doing promotion round the clock: interviews, podcasts,  getting ready for my book tour….

Then when the book came out, I spent three weeks touring. I think I had something like 22 events in 21 days. I didn’t have the time or the energy to obsess about my reviews.

And after that, I just wanted to sleep and spend time with Oot.

So a lot of these reviews were new to me and gave me all sorts of happy feelings.

They also reminded me of something else I did back in 2011 when I finished touring. I went through the 500-600 e-mails that readers had sent me while I was away.

Those were the real reviews I read about my book, and so many of them amused and delighted me that I started cutting and pasting them into a word file, thinking I would eventually post them up here in the blog…

It seems that time has come. So here are the ones I could dig up on my computer, in celebration of the paperback release….

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  • I had a passionate love affair with Wise Man’s Fear. Seriously, I was calling my husband Kvothe for 2 weeks. Still do on occasion. He loves it.
  • My husband and I were sorting out a lot of issues, learning to understand each other… to love each other again. I was ready to give up and call it quits and it was about this time I finally got my hands on your second book. It was as if I learnt how to live again, how to feel, how to imagine, how to create. The few minutes spent with Kvothe each day taught me to love myself again.

That’s once of the nicest things anyone has ever said about my writing.

  • Ok, you know when you find The Shoes? The ones exactly that colour of red. The ones with the slightly rounded toe – not too pointy, not too round. The heel is the right height and shape. When you wear them they make you feel gorgeous and sexy and confident and you can take on the world. They are just wide enough to fit your hideously wide foot and just long enough so that they don’t rub your heel until it’s bloody every time you wear them. You know when you put that shoe on, it feels like…it’s perfect. It fits like the proverbial glove. That’s your writing style for me, Patrick. I’m so glad I found you :-)

I’m not much of a shoe person, but I know where you’re coming from. Extra points for including the u in “colour”

  • For the week leading up to the release of The Wise Man’s Fear, I slept with The Name of the Wind under my pillow. For the three days that it took me to finish The Wise Man’s Fear (and for an additional two days after I finished), I slept with that book directly under my face, as I stayed up so late reading that I was too tired to relocate it beneath my pillow. Now, the front and back covers of both books have face-shaped curvatures in them. Thank you again for a wonderful read. Yours Truly, Lexa P.S. The Wise Man’s Fear smells delicious. It definitely meets my all-good-books-must-smell-like-heaven standards.

Nice to meet a fellow book-smeller Lexa. And no, I’m not being sarcastic.

  • I missed my train stop when Kvothe was fighting Carceret at the First Stone. You know how long it’s been since I missed a train stop? I’m a veteran city dweller. That’s just not done man.

Don’t worry. We’re not judging.

  • The Wise Man’s Fear has the absolute best texture to its pages. Kudos!

I agree. Thank my editor for that. (This is mostly a hardcover issue.)

  • Your characters are 3-D and lifelike. I can just imagine Denna gliding through the doors of a Hilton daring the world to comment while Kvothe watches her meet a senator from the corner of a building, a bag of McDonalds forgotten in his hands. Or Elodin flouncing into a lecture hall in an ivy league college, bewildering his students with impossible questions….
  • I have gotten about seven hours of sleep over the last three days because I have refused to put down Wise Man’s Fear. I’ve failed a test, gotten no work done, missed a class, and shunned my friends. You may have heard of me.

Hell. I’ve *been* you.

  • My name is D– and I am currently deployed to an undisclosed location in Afganistan with the U.S. Armed Forces. I just wanted to simply say thank you. Your two books have given me an opportunity to escape from here while reading for just a minute.

Glad I could help, even if it’s just for a minute.

  • Thanks for putting homosexuals in WMF that are not queens or craven pedophiles, an odious habit of many fantasy writers.

My pleasure. Thanks for noticing.

  • I finished reading the new book tonight (er… this morning), and I just wanted to let you know: I’ve been sad lately, and it’s kept me away from playing music. Your book made me want to play again.

Huzzah!

  • I have just received my copy of The Wise Man’s Fear in the mail. I have not opened the book, yet already I feel the need to apologize to you. I am sorry. I know this is your baby, I know that you have been working on her for years and that you love her dearly. I wish I could feel the same, and that I could show her all of the respect that she deserves. I want to my time with her, but I cannot. I am using all of my patience to send you this message. My first time with this book is going to be fast, it is going to be dirty, and it is going to be all about me. Again, I am sorry. I promise that the next time, and the next time I read this book that I will be gentle and caring. But not this time.

Congrats. It’s rare someone pulls of the hat-trick of “creepy” “funny” and “true” all in the same e-mail.

  • Hi, I really enjoyed your work. Your prologues and epilogues could win awards, if there were awards for prologues and epilogues.
  • I would like to wish you a BIG congratulations on the book! CONGRATULATIONS! I was one of those whiney fans ‘Whens the book coming out. How soon. When? Wahhh Wahh Wahh.’ I regret every word. The time you have spent on such a masterpiece of work was well worth it and I, as a whiney fan, have been quieted.
  • Greetings from the sunny (AND 120 degree) Middle East. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your second book, The Wise Man’s Fear. I dragged it all the way back from Washington, DC with me on a 17 hour flight back to Bahrain. I also brought it to Beirut, Lebanon. It was well worth it, but now I see the advantage for using a Kindle. In short, I loved it. I also wanted to let you know that in a very, VERY serious meeting with NAVCENT Brass, I snickered (for the 40th time) about, “I liked Shehyn’s little hat.” It was just loud enough to get noticed by a full bird colonel. Well, I thought you’d want to know what you were contributing to the global war on terror.

There were many more. Too many to print here.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has sent me a message over the years with a kind word about the books. I can’t reply to all of them, but I do read them, and they make me smile….

Later Space Cowboys,

pat

P.S. That cool thing I mentioned before is over soon. If you like things that are cool, don’t miss it.

This entry was posted in fan coolness, the art of blurbing. By Pat59 Responses

59 Comments

  1. Posted April 2, 2013 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations on the “new” release. I’m impressed and also shocked to hear that you made time to read 600 piled up fan e-mails. That’s pretty awesome: I can only imagine how much will power it takes to resist filing them away into the “I will read this eventually” folder (never to bee seen or heard of again).

    Thanks for sharing some of the responses :)

  2. Posted April 2, 2013 at 6:41 AM | Permalink

    Today’s fun with words, German edition. Everytime I read the word “paperback” I giggle. Because for a long time the only word people used when describing paperback was “Taschenbuch”.
    Which literally means “pocket book”. No matter if it’s a comic book, a small urban fantasy model or something the size of one of the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the Wise Man’s Fear or the Lord of the Rings. Makes me wonder what German publicists think a standard pocket is. :-D

    Also congrats on the awesome reviews…there’s nothing better than finding out your work touched someone on a personal basis, no matter how small the actual effect was.

  3. Not Today
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM | Permalink

    After coming to this blog for over a year now I still haven’t figured out how to send you an email..

    But I’m also confused about the paperback edition- I thought I’ve seen this edition in book stores a couple of months ago?

    • Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM | Permalink

      That was probably the trade paperback. It’s a different animal.

      It has a soft cover, but it’s the same dimensions as a hardcover.

  4. Joan
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:13 AM | Permalink

    It’s funny. I bought this mass market paperback edition in a German bookstore over a year ago and I’ve been carrying it around with me ever since.
    By the way, I loved Brandon Sanderson’s review of WMF. He wrote exactly what I was thinking: “None of that is the reason for the awesomeness any more than a single dab of paint is the reason why a Monet is a thing of wonder. But if you step back to look and digest the piece as a whole – not thinking too much about the parts – you are left with a sense of awe. There is a beauty to Pat’s writing that defies description. Perhaps if Kvothe were here, he could write an appropriate song that would capture it”
    Wow, this man is good with words. Maybe he should pursue a career as a writer ;-)

  5. Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:19 AM | Permalink

    Aw man..! I just finished reading the books for the third time a couple of weeks ago. This made me crave them again.

  6. Constance
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM | Permalink

    It’s so good to read fan reactions and know my own mirror so many others.

    And yay! You have MORE THINGS TO WRITE now. I can’t wait to hear about your video game making experiences.

    • Constance
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

      And a comic book? Epic.

      Speaking of, are there ever plans for a Graphic Novel adatpation of the Kingkiller series? I’d love to get my hands on that.

  7. babblefish
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

    Typo alert! “And after that, I just wanted to sleep and spent time with Oot.”

  8. DevelopmentHell
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

    There’s actually a typo in Sanderson’s blurb. “….sense of cohesion ‘ot’ the storytelling…”

    My BN had this out on the shelves last week for some reason. Needless to say, I bought it. :)

  9. Kay
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    God, I’m going to have to be this person…I haven’t read the book in a while and I can’t for the life of me think of who was homosexual. Sorry for being this person but it must have zoomed over my head. Who was it/Were they?

    • Joe M.
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM | Permalink

      One of the university students, wasn’t it? But yes, hooray for non-horrible gay characters! And kudos to the emailer: “queens or craven pedophiles, an odious habit of many fantasy writers”, that’s the perfect way to put it.

  10. cjones2632
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    I would donate to Torment, but I’m a broke sumbitch who 1.) doesn’t have a computer to play it on and 2.) doesn’t have the money to donate.

    All the same, I’m looking forward to the moment I can play this seemingly badass game.

    • SilverTpt
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM | Permalink

      Even without a computer, you could back at the minimum level ($5) and add $8 for Pat’s pledge-drive-exclusive digital comic.

      Not “cheap as free,” but roughly half as expensive as the next available tier – and you get exclusive Pat goodies!

      • Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM | Permalink

        Maybe you can answer my question, which I think I already know the answer to, but want someone to confirm.

        I added $8.00 to my pledge of $25.00, that’s all I really have to do right? They are going to send me an email/survey that asks what I want for my other $8.00 correct?

        Because I really want that comic and do not want to miss out.

        • Amanda
          Posted April 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

          Yes. As long as you remember to answer the survey when they email it to you, you’ll be fine.

          I have kind of a Kickstarter addiction, so I know these things ;)

          • Posted April 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM | Permalink

            Perfect, thanks for letting me know Amanda!

            My nails thank you also, I was getting a bit worried! LOL.

  11. Posted April 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    Cool!
    I kinda want to get this so I can own matching copies of NOTW and WMF.

    I have the first edition larger sized paperback of WMF, but I’m thinking I’m going to save that copy to get signed. I found a part in it where Bast says Jax instead of Iax, which led to much debate and confusion on Goodreads – good memories.

    yah, totally going to get you to sign that page one day!

    LOL.

    Anyway Congrats.

    Oh yah, and I just have to say, I finished Buffy the Vampire Slayer last night for the first time. I think my favorite character had to be Spike, maybe Willow. Starting Angel now, everyone keeps telling me they liked it better, so we shall see.

  12. ericturner29
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    It’s neat to see the comments heaping praise on you, but it tickled something in my mind:

    Have you ever gotten an unsolicited email with a criticism (and a real one, not “you suck”) that caused you to re-examine a passage or change anything going forward?

    I’m curious if you’re willing to share.

  13. RegistrationIsStupid
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Permalink

    I can’t help myself, seeing a typo in line 2, that is normally even highlighted by spell checking makes me grumpy.

    • Josh S.
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

      Hey, thanks for pointing that out — it will be fixed in the next reprint!

  14. debie
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM | Permalink

    I bought a matched set of the paperbacks on March 28 in Appleton. Finding that I am catching little things I missed by listening to the books read to me on my ipod, and enjoying them yet again by reading the hard copy.

    I love putting all the clues together and having the aha! moments of seeing them form parts of the picture of the story just as putting puzzle pieces together to form a part of the puzzle’s picture.

    But even more I enjoy the way your illustrations reflect how life really works, ie true education: “blue, blue, blue!” and knowledge as depicted all throughout the books. You have portrayed very well the hiding of knowledge so only a chosen few have access.

    Being one and using alternative health care practitioners, I don’t think you even realize just how spot on your “magic” is as noted in using bodily fluids. I won’t go into details here, but it makes for a chuckle for those of us in the know.

    I am looking forward to day three and just hope it is released when I have a bit of time to devour it without having to resort to staying up all night…getting too old for that!

  15. Posted April 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    Speaking of how beautiful your words are, for National Poetry Month, I am talking about another one of my favorite poets each day on my blog. I know you’re usually considered a writer of prose, but your books are perhaps the most poetic I’ve ever read and I would like to include you in my list. Would it be okay if I quoted from The Name of the Wind on my blog?

  16. sandibd
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

    If I was to write a blurb about your books (and I kinda do when I recommend them to anyone who knows how to read) I would simply say: “Patrick Rothfuss is the best weaver of a story I have ever had the pleasure to have read. At first you are reading a story, when suddenly you find yourself surrounded by this world he has created and you can’t really articulate where exactly it took hold of you and brought you inside.”

    Sidenote: The first person I recommended the books to barely started it, put it down, saying she wasn’t that interested. A few months later she picked it up again deciding to give it another shot after I so highly recommended it. This time she was enthralled with the story. After completing WMF, she sent me a message asking “When is the next book due out? What do I do now?” I replied, as I do to everyone who now asks me this question “Wait, like the rest of us.” The standard reply to all who get that response seems to be “WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME??” What better testament to how well loved these books are that people actually get angry when they learn the series is not completed yet. (No pressure, Pat, take your time. Do what you gotta do.)

  17. fitzG
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM | Permalink

    Not that I mean to whine or complain or anything, but I’ve always wondered how people manage to send you fan mail; this sort of stuff and the feature fan messages you sometimes post in your blogs. I was under the impression that all paths leading to had been hidden. Is your email address known to me in my sleeping mind, maybe? Or are these all just people whom you know personally?

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM | Permalink

      Check the FAQ it has his email and mailing address in it.

      I mailed him a letter once and got a postcard in return that he actually wrote words on! Which was pretty dang cool!

  18. renan_kiritani
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

    ありがとう!!!
    私はブラジル人です。でも、つまは日本人。
    今日年、つまに風の名前買いました。 けこんのプレセントのこと。
    あなたの本は私たちのじんせんに改善された。

    ほんとにありがとうございます。

    桐谷へナン

    • renan_kiritani
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

      My english is bad, but let me see if i can translate.

      Thank you !
      I’m brazilian but my wife is japanese.
      Last year I bought The Name of The Wind as a Surprise Marriage Gift (and you signed and wrote felicitations for our engagement and marriage).
      Your book has been improved our lives.

      Thank you very much !!

      Kiritani Renan

  19. Tom A
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, Brandon’s blurb is as impressive as his writing, are you as jealous as I am?

  20. SporkTastic
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM | Permalink

    Regarding WMF, I believe it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read…and I tell people as much. :-) You’re an *amazing* storyteller, Pat, and I feel fortunate to have been alive when you’re still telling ’em.

    Also, the “btw, Torment” throwaway comment there? I squeeed with delight when I saw that you were contributing to the game. Yes, I’m a backer. :-D

  21. Swarn Gill
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    The degree to which my wife and I love your books is quite unhealthy. To give you an example, I become unhappy everytime I see a facebook status that isn’t announcing the release of the 3rd book, and get upset at you for doing anything else in your life, but working on the 3rd book. We postulate which would be worse…what if we died before the 3rd book was released or some fatal accident befell you before the 3rd book. As atheists we had to go with the former.

    I have truly not loved a character more than Kvothe, and I didn’t think anybody would beat Alexei Fyodorovich from The Brothers Karamazov in my eyes. You are just an absolutely wonderful writer. Creative in the cultures you have developed in TKC, detailed and deliberate in the mystery you’ve created but crafty enough of a story teller to not give too much away. We’ve read the books 3 times now…each time hoping to catch a clue that we’ve missed. We’ve theorized endlessly, and have only to wait. I do not become obsessed easily and it is only the richness of the world and your story telling abilities that have me so enthralled with your work.

    If you’ve taken the time to read this, then in this case I will forgive you from taking a break from writing the 3rd book. :)

    • Posted April 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM | Permalink

      You should both join us on Goodreads! We are always theorizing over there too, its fun!

      Plus, new ideas, new people, with the same love.

  22. Jim D
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

    It was like meeting a long lost friend for the first time in years, reading TWF, someone you knew was out there somewhere waiting to take your hand and renew old acquaintances and fill in the story of people you hadn’t seen in years but where dying to know what had become of them.

    Unfortunately, my edition had some kind of printer snafu and pages 55 to 119 where inserted upside down and in reverse order so I got the added thrill of reversing my considerably weighty tome and reading from back to front and upside down..

    Upside, I bought a second copy (after checking the pages were all in order this time.)

  23. banjo
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM | Permalink

    I must say that I have been slightly depressed over the past week or so. It turns out the Lottery jackpot was hit last week in New York. Good for that guy. Unfortunately, it completely messed up my nefarious plans.

    You see, after I won the lottery, I was going to bribe Brandon Sanderson with the entire jackpot. This hefty fee would have been an incentive for a good ol’ fashioned kidnapping plot. The intended victim? Why none other than the one and only Mr. Patrick Rothfus.

    Now this would not be your standard kidnapping ploy. There would not be a ransom letter, nor a threat of bodily harm. With the Lottery money, Brandon would have been instructed to create a miniature Dagobah setting for you to reside in. You could even have laundry for dinner every night. While impri…enjoying your accommodations…Brandon would be instructed to impart the practical skills needed to write insanely good books at Ludicrous speed (watch out for the jam). Eventually, you would reach a heightened state of Serenity which would rescue you from the doldrums of captivity.

    Book 3 would then show up at my door after your escape. This would be quickly followed by the IRS wondering where the taxes were on the payment to Brandon. I would be hauled off to jail and never get to read book 3. After realizing that, I was no longer depressed. So thanks! I really enjoy your site!

    • csreader
      Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

      That sounded crazy.

      But I’d certainly donate money to see more books from certain authors like Patrick Rothfuss. And I’m not talking pre-order either — I’ll pay after again for the actual book.

      If there was a Kickstarter page where if x dollars were raised, the book would come out sooner…I dunno…a year later…I’d donate. Hopefully the author could keep all of that “bribery” money and not split it with the publisher. Publisher’s share comes just out of the actual book sales…

      Might be about time to re-read these two books a fourth time…so good.

  24. Valarya
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM | Permalink

    Mass Market Paperbacks are the smaller ones, ya? Fit perfectly in your hand? Not the huge wobbly paperback ones. Right?

    I have shelves and shelves of those size books – they’re my favorite. I can’t wait to go out and by my 3rd copy of your book! :D

    P.S. Hi, my name is Val and I’m an addict. *Hi Val* Each time I pick up a new (to me) book, I hold the edge against my nose as I quickly flip the pages. There’s no smell in the world like it.. and no feeling in the world as that of hundreds of pages flipping softly across your face.

  25. Daniel Goldberg
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM | Permalink

    I picked up Name of the Wind at a Half Price Books in St. Paul. My wife told me the author was from Wisconsin, and being a native Wisconsinite myself (now living in St. Paul, MN) I thought I’d be nice and help out a local author.

    I was late to the game though. By this time The Wise Man’s Fear was already out, and so after I voraciously consumed the first book, I got on my wife’s bike (she had our only car) and, wearing my headlamp for safety, biked two miles to the nearest Barnes and Noble to pick up the next book. We couldn’t really afford it but it didn’t matter—I needed it. I arrived at the store five minutes before closing, parked my wife’s bike in front of a bunch of college girls hanging out in front of a Starbucks (I had to be careful not to hit them with the wire basket on the front of the bike), ran inside, and purchased the book.

    I immediately consumed book two as well, and now I patiently await book three. I mean that, too. Take your time and continue to write beautiful books! I never thought my favorite scene of all time would be a kid playing a lute trying to earn his pipes—being rushed won’t cultivate that kind of writing. The kind that inspires others to write!

    -Daniel

  26. Kour
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 6:12 AM | Permalink

    The RT Book Reviews comment “where not a single word is unnecessary or out of place” is something I think should please Pat. As far as I can remember he has written an occational blog-post about his obsession for this.

  27. Patrick Johnson
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

    Reading your heartfelt reflections on fans and fame demonstrates what a wonderful human being you are. Thanks for being you and making the world feel like a better place.

  28. LenaWinter
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    I read the books the second time on vacation in croatia. The weather was rainy so my boyfriend and i spend all the time in the tent. I was reading the second book for hours. After a while my boyfriend was so bored that he started to read the first book. So we both read next to each other 2245 pages (German Version) in the little tent for the next two days. We ended the day with reading and started the days with reading. No Sex, less conversations and if conversation then about Kvothe. We were totally fine with that.

    You saved our vacation. Thanks.
    Love,
    Lena from Germany

  29. js207005
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM | Permalink

    I enjoyed the cowboy beebop reference :)

  30. rileyes
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

    Instead of pictures of your old book, how about you release your new book. Stick to stand alone novels next time if you aren’t able to work diligently to finish a series.

    • Posted April 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Permalink

      oh sheesh, someone call the wambulance.

    • gilgamesh
      Posted April 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

      Instead of complaning why can’t you be grateful for the first two books. Patrick will be done the next book when it’s good enough for us to enjoy not before, and you making these snide comments won’t help him finish!

    • darlinkaty
      Posted April 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

      Oh hell no! You go complain on his Facebook page like all the other ungrateful brats. Coming to the man’s blog to share your selfish requests is like going to Julia Childs’ for dinner and complaining that the cherries jubilee is on fire for too long.
      Go away.

  31. Auri Rodrigues
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

    Ouch! Someone has just released the “Hearts of Stone” here!
    Perhaps, “Doors of Hardness” would also fit quite well in this case; Jesus!

  32. Marco Primavera
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM | Permalink

    Dear Mr Rothfuss
    I’m writing from Italy and I apologize for my poor english, I really would like to write to you in Italian, I have many toughts that I would like to share with you.
    I first met your first book in a library: I needed two day to finish it, it was a weekend. Then I needed five days for the second book, but I was working. Let me tell you I needed five days also for “Anna Karenina”. Then I decided to buy your books and I read them about ten times. The only other book I needed to read so many times was “Les Miserables”. Then I bought your books in english and read them in a week. I’m going to read them again.
    Thank you. More than anything else I am a reader. I read Proust, Tolstoj, Musil and many many others. But I have to thank you because your writing brought me back to the time when reading was something done in first person, not as a veil,more or less thin, stands between you and the charcter. The last time I enjoyed reading so much (really a inner joy )I was 14 and I was running through the wild with whitefang.
    hoping my words find you well

  33. Kelsey S.
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    I just ordered The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear in hardcover (I like my books to have some heft to them), and I can’t wait for them to arrive so I can reread them! I’m planning to bring them to your event in Little Rock in the hopes of getting them signed. Thanks for making the trek to Arkansas!

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