Goodbye London, hello Seattle, and an excuse to buy books.

So I’ve been traveling a lot lately.


(Witness the excellent Adem cosplay that happened in London.)

While that means I get to meet a lot of you in person, sign books, and make all manner of amusing tweets about my first time riding first class. It’s not exactly conducive to writing blog posts.


(A great Kvothe from Avilés in Spain.)

I’m back from Spain and London now, and PAX is right around the corner. After that, I’ll hopefully be able to catch up on a few posts I’ve been wanting to write for some time.

It occurred to me today that while I might not write a lot of blogs while I’m on the road, I tend to read more. And when I read, I tend to review the books on goodreads.

As you know if you’ve ever read my reviews, they’re mostly not reviews. They’re usually more of a little story about the book, mixed in with my rambling thoughts about storytelling, and my feelings about the book itself.

And no spoilers, of course. Because we’re civilized around these parts.

Once I stopped to think about it, I realized it was a little odd that I’d tell a story in a book review but I wouldn’t write about the experience on my own blog. So I figured I’d post the first part of a recent review up here today so you can see what I’m talking about.

*     *     *

I walked into the bookstore in a bit of a mood.

Wait, that’s my Midwestern nature talking. We tend to understate. The truth is I walked into the bookstore furious at the world. I can’t remember why. I am prone to dark moods, and when I’m in the middle of one, I tend to rumble through the world like an angry old-testament god.

I went directly to the Sci-Fi Fantasy section. That’s where I live for the most part. That’s where I go when the world gets to be too much for me.

I looked at the titles. I’d read about a quarter of them. I read a lot. But nothing looked particularly good. Nothing does when I’m in one of my moods.

A friendly bookseller walked over. “Can I help you find anything?” she asked.

“I want to read something good,” I said. “I’m tired of gritty depressing shit. I want a fun, light book that isn’t going to leave me wanting to put a gun in my mouth.”

I’m not hyperbolizing. That’s what I actually said. It wasn’t a nice thing to say, but I can be unpleasantly brusk at times.

The bookseller didn’t bat and eye. She pointed out a couple books, then asked how I felt about YA.

“I’ll read anything if it’s good,” I said.

Here’s the rest of the review if you’re interested.

*     *     *

In other news, I’ll be out in Seattle soon, making a nusiance of myself at PAX and PAX dev.

I’ve got a few scheduled events if you’re hoping to catch me there.

Thursday, August 28

5:15pm, PAX Dev, Stories of Game Design Panel, Grand III

Friday, August 29

Sometime after 6:30 I’ll be swinging by Gauntlet’s booth, which is in the South Lobby, to chat about the new game on their live stream, which will be up on PAX’s Twitch channel over here.

And I’ll be playing Gauntlet too. Of course.

8:30pm Late night at Benaroya Hall, featuring Triforce Quartet, The Doubleclicks, and Paul & Storm.- Benaroya Hall at 200 University St.

(I’m not performing at this, but I’m going to be doing a brief cameo appearance in the show. As well as perhaps heckling them good naturedly from backstage.)

Saturday, August 30

3:30-5:30, Signing at PAX, in the Paramount

Sunday, August 31

4-5, An Afternoon with Patrick Rothfuss – Main Theater (Benaroya Hall at 200 University St.)

I’ll be doing some Q&A, telling some stories, and reading various and sundry things.

This event will be streamed online, so if you’re near a computer around 4pm Pacific Time, you can see it over here, along with a bunch of other cool stuff that’ll be up throughout the con.

Monday, September 1

12:00 – 2:00, Signing at PAX, in the Paramount

I’ve got one signing event that isn’t at the convention. It’s on Monday night at a local indie bookstore.

7:00pm, Signing with The Oatmeal at Wit’s End Bookstore
1530 Grove St Suite A
Marysville, WA 98270
Call for Free Tickets: 360-386-8997
Facebook Event

Note that this is *just* a signing. I won’t be doing a reading and a Q&A as we won’t have the time or the space. But the Oatmeal will be there signing his books too, and you’ll be able to get copies of the Princess book as well.

*     *     *

In related news, we’re experimenting a bit by producing a Pinny Arcade pin. Our design is based off the talent pipes.

I don’t have a picture for you yet, but I’ll post one up here when I do.

We’ll be selling them at the Geek Chic booth because…. well…. Geek Chic is awesome.


(Even Oot knows that.)

As always, proceeds from this sort of thing go to support Worldbuilders.

If you’re interested in grabbing a pin, I’ll have some of them with me at the show. So you see me in the hall, you can offer me a trade for one. Or you can probably grab one for cash if you catch me at one of my signings.

Otherwise, you can hit the Geek Chic booth at SKY3. I’ll be lurking around there as well, lowering property values and engaging in general hooliganism.

Rest assured, if we have some pins left over after the convention, we’ll put them up in The Tinker’s Packs.

As some of you might remember from last year, PAX doesn’t have booksellers on site. That means if you’re going to want a copy of Name of the Wind or Wise Man’s Fear, you’ll have to bring your own.

Or… *Pat says in his best used car salesman voice* you can go around the corner to the Barnes and Noble that’s right next to the convention center, where they’ve agreed to stock a bunch of my books.

What’s more, when we called to see if they’d be willing to carry a bunch of extra copies of my books again, they once again offered to do it in conjunction with a Book Fair. So if people show up and buy any books with our Bookfair code (11423936), a portion of the proceeds will go to Worldbuilders.

And it’s not a tiny little piece of the money, either. B&N ends up cutting us a check for about 10% of all purchases made this way.

Just to reiterate: any books you buy with our Bookfair code (11423936) will raise money for Worldbuilders. The code is good from August 28th (today) to September 5th in stores.

Even better, the code works online too. So if you head over to Barnes and Noble’s online store and enter 11423936 during checkout from August 28th to September 10th (a full 5 days longer) a portion of proceeds will come to us from that sale, too.

So if you have some books you’ve been looking to pick up, this is a great chance to kill two birds with one stone…

See some of you soon….


This entry was posted in appearances, conventions, cosplay. By Pat23 Responses


  1. Carlos Garrido
    Posted August 27, 2014 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

    Nice to know that, thank you for the advice! I was hoping a blog about your trip to London and Spain, but this will do for me. My sleep schedule could even change depending on your opinion on Spanish ham, and I don’t really want that.

    • Posted August 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM | Permalink

      I’ll probably be talking about the trips more in the future. Spain in particular deserves some discussion….

      • Khendral
        Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM | Permalink

        Are you seeking treatment for ham overdose?

  2. Steve MC
    Posted August 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM | Permalink

    Many thanks for the reminder of that book, which I’d heard of but never opened to read before. And we subscribe to all the best journals.

  3. Posted August 28, 2014 at 1:23 AM | Permalink

    I still curse my used up travel budget (both time and money wise) that I couldn’t go to London this time around. Well, that’s only one reason, actually. While you and Brandon Sanderson were there for LonCon3, the Gamescom was on at the same time, so there was a conflicting schedule as well. Still, would have loved to catch that panel with you and Karen Miller.

    Likewise, my twitter feed is overflowing with people writing “I’m going to Pax! Yay!” With so many awesome people attending, I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time there.

  4. jackpyke
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 3:04 AM | Permalink

    So did the 2 Adem break character when they saw you?

  5. enginesummer99
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    Out of curiosity, and maybe (just maybe) to help give a boost to potential sales at, say, a Barnes & Noble–any chance you might make an appearance at… for instance a Barnes & Noble in Seattle, like you did last year? I know your schedule is busy, but I thought I’d ask.

  6. Mike Feldspar
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    Just wanted to say Thanks. For all you do. I love reading your books, stories, reviews, and your blog. They make me happy (most of the time, I cried pretty good when Bast tells Rike he’s a good boy, I guess that was a happy cry though) and that is one hell of a gift.
    So keep on keeping on.

    BTW- November can’t come soon enough

  7. Jsherry
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM | Permalink

    In case you didn’t see it on Goodreads, the bookseller who recommended the book responses.

  8. Jsherry
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

    Er, responded. That’s what I get for trying to read blogs between classes.

  9. jujyfruit0
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

    I THINK there’s a different address for Wit’s End in Marysville, the one listed on their FB page is 1530 Grove St Suite A, Marysville, Washington. Also I cannot believe you’re going to be in Marysville. That is very close to where I live. Perhaps I’ll screw up the gumption to come to the reading :)

    • Amanda
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for that – there seem to be two different addresses listed online, but you found the right one. It’s been fixed :)

  10. jordynlynn
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM | Permalink

    So…slightly crazy rambling…but here I go.
    Patrick Rothfuss I would literally (quoting John Green) read your grocery lists and enjoy myself…which is probably why I am on your blog every couple of days…
    Hopefully that doesn’t seem too stalker-ish.
    Anyway my dad found your books my high school freshman year. And he pestered me into listening to them on audible…(I would much rather hold the books in my hands) so he bought me the first one…and I ate it up!
    And now I am a senior and I’m pretty sure I have read your books at least twice a year since.(In case you were unaware…you are a fantastic writer)

    Your books helped me get through the hell that is high school…in fact they still are.

    I just wanted to thank you for all the arguments and theories and conversations you gave to me and my dad.
    So, thank you.

  11. scaldini stone sword
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM | Permalink

    i send a email to pat. but he probably will not ready soon as i want. (im from brazil so sorry for the english).
    pat, there is any chance to come to brazil someday?
    why the name kvothe?
    how can i get a beard like yours?
    do u like pizza?
    where i forget my notebook?

  12. CountCasimir
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM | Permalink

    Pat, you’re telling us…you’ll be at PAX, you aren’t scheduled to be anywhere at 8 on Saturday, and Viari STILL won’t be making an appearance?

    Damn that crippling addiction to drinking songs. Damn it to hell!

  13. Jstiebri
    Posted August 28, 2014 at 11:04 PM | Permalink

    Dang, you’ll be in Seattle right before I move back for the year. Hopefully you’ll be back in Seattle again once one of your next books releases.

  14. Nicham
    Posted August 29, 2014 at 1:25 AM | Permalink

    I want to come to An Afternoon With so freaking bad! But unfortunately I live in Portland, and my wife and I had our first baby on Monday. I’m pretty sure that it would make me a total douche if I took off for the weekend and left her alone. My new goal in life is to not be a douchebag dad :-)

  15. gilgamesh
    Posted August 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    I have a question for Mr. Rothfuss. Do you have a problem with Canada? Specifically western Canada. I am a huge fan and wold love to come to an event that you are at. I know I seem like a really needy fan right now, but I would love to get a book signed by you without having to cross an international border. Is there a way that us Canadian fans could convince you to come to one of the conventions in western Canada. If you come in the summer there a few places in the world as beautiful as Canada. To end this rant I would just like to say I am a huge fan, your books are amazing and I hope this is not taken in a bad way.

  16. Little My
    Posted August 29, 2014 at 6:02 PM | Permalink

    That book is indeed a great escape. Now you have to go read the two marvelous sequels! They are a little less light, but no less magical and gorgeous.

  17. MaxMax
    Posted September 2, 2014 at 1:46 AM | Permalink

    Getting books signed by Pat and finding a great local bookstore: great way to end my 40th birthday! Thanks for coming here and for taking the time to talk with us while signing. Now my daughter wants to read your books, and we hope you come back again soon after the new book comes out in October!
    And that Oatmeal guy has some freaky funny stuff!

  18. schwizzle
    Posted September 2, 2014 at 11:01 PM | Permalink

    “Wait, that’s my Midwestern nature talking. We tend to understate.”

    Yes, yes we do (Hoosier here). No wonder I can’t communicate well with people in Kansas…..

  19. SporkTastic
    Posted September 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM | Permalink

    Do they give confirmation of it being a bookfair order? I just got the 5th Ed. PHB through B&N’s website, and entered the code, but saw no further confirmation or info that it worked.

    • SporkTastic
      Posted September 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM | Permalink

      I did go through the “edit payment” steps to put in the order, too, to be clear.

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