Rings of bone & wood,
& rings for Names, like Midnight,
but thumbs cut clean off.
I finished The Name of the Wind & immediately picked up the sequel; let that be the ultimate testament to its quality. That said, I liked The Wise Man's Fear about twice as much. I spent many an evening curled up with it, just burning through the pages like Will Navidson reading the book House of Leaves & using each page as a candle to read the next. The book isn't perfect-- the shifts from one setting to another are abrupt, too abrupt to be clever-- but that doesn't wreck it for me. Just because you can see how the artist made the work doesn't mean the whole isn't greater than the sum of its parts. For me, I get a special thrill out of the edges & corners; the kennings & skalding for instance, or the fairy sex goddess' distinctions between grammarie & glamour, the orientation of Faerie as Day to Night, & Dark & Light...or Summer & Winter, or Grimward & Grinning...that sort of thing. I couldn't help but think of The Legend of Korra when Kvothe lived among the Adem learning...Jewish Ninja skills, or whatever. Be the Leaf, Kvothe! The Cthaeh is...basically, what and Ent Cthulhu? Radical. I will say that it took me entirely too long to figure out the connection between Kvothe & Lady Lackless, but I'm now convinced that the Lockless Box is what is in the thrice-locked chest. More than that, I also theorize that this whole frame sequence of Kvothe talking to Chronicler is a honeytrap for the Chandrian. Yes, I do think that Kvothe's Alar has been broken-- the "Ramston steel" line has been repeated too many times for it to not be central to things-- & yes, I do think that "Kote" means "disaster." Theories! The third Kingkiller Chronicle ought to come out next year, yes? With any luck. I will devour it.