Monday, January 31, 2011


So, in preparation for book 2, I've been reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothuss again, because I tend to read books I enjoyed multiple times. There's always something there that you didn't notice the first time around, and sometimes things you miss in the second. This time through i'm noticing something very strange that i didn't pick up on too much the first time through. I don't know how to describe it. it's almost like listening to an awesome story told to you in complete monotone. It's like the author doesn't have a clue what pacing or tone are, and just gives you all of the events that happen in the same dry tone. There's no rising action, there's no climax, it's just events in a character's life that just sort of ends like the writer suddenly realized his book was too long and split it into multiple parts, but didn't have a very good place to break off the first one at. It's still a good and entertaining book, but going through it a second time I'm starting to get kind of annoyed with the writer's lack of emotion, no feeling, no excitement, just like he's telling it in complete monotone, droning on like a teacher giving a lecture on historical events. It almost feels like he doesn't even care about what he's writing. Oh well... I'm still going to buy the other two books in the trilogy--hopefully he'll have learnt how to tell a story by then--and despite the weird monotone feel of it, The Name of the Wind is still a pretty good read.

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