Sunday, June 24, 2007
Orson Scott Card likes the book.
The bland, matter-of-fact-ness of the above title in no way reflects my authory delight at discovering this NEWS POST by an author you might have heard of, Orson Scott Card.

The bit about the Name of the Wind about halfway down the page. For those of you who are link-phobic or too lazy to dig the piece about my book out of Card's long, multifarious post. Here's the good bits version:

Not a word of the nearly-700-page book is wasted. Rothfuss does not pad. He's the great new fantasy writer we've been waiting for, and this is an astonishing book. [...]

If you're a reader of fantasy or simply someone who appreciates a truly epic-scale work of fiction, don't go through this summer without having read it. At the very least it will keep you busy till the last Harry Potter comes out. But I warn you -- after The Name of the Wind, the Harry Potter novel might seem a little thin and -- dare I say it? -- childish. You have been warned.

Yeah. I'll take that.

Did I mention that it was ORSON SCOTT CARD who wrote it?

Anyway, I just got back from a family weekend and I'm digging my way out from under about 500-600 emails. So if you're waiting for a response from me, thanks for your patience. If you're not waiting, that's fine too. You just keep on not waiting. That'll work out just fine.



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Blogger Stephanie said...

Of all the authors who have written about how good your book is, I think I'm most excited by Orson Scott Card. I mean ... WOW, I think I would faint!

Wow, it's really early and I can't seem to muster any fancy words to say CONGRATULATIONS properly. But you know what I mean ;)

June 25, 2007 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Comm. Director said...

I have always believed in the greatness of your book. Always spoke out for it in my circles. Even though people around me raise eyebrows and only pay casual attention to my zealotry for your book -- I press on and say your book is the best thing since sliced bread.

Now I have Orson Scott Card to thank for coming to my defense. People at work tomorrow are gonna hear this.

Oh, by the way, CONGRATULATIONS.

P.S. I read OSC's Ender's Game, and it was as good as your book. :)

June 25, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

Seeing as I'm not a Card fan (or reader), his comments don't carry much weight with me.

But his line about "not a word being wasted" sums things up nicely. Despite it's length, you make the reader yearn for more.

June 25, 2007 10:54 AM  
Anonymous jeff hotchkiss said...

Now if all those Harry Potter readers jumped over to TNOTW, you'd be set.

June 25, 2007 12:52 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Let's try that again....

Hell, if just 1% of the Harry Potter readers jumped over, I'd be set....

June 25, 2007 1:42 PM  
Anonymous nathan said...

i'll be happy not waiting...just damn glad that compliments keep coming your way.

though your ego may be a different bear to try and tangle with the next time i wander through point!

June 25, 2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger Betse said...

Oh, dear God. That's the coolest thing ever.

It's almost as good as Tolkien popping out of his grave just to compliment your work.

June 25, 2007 2:55 PM  
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June 25, 2007 5:45 PM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

Woo and two hoos for having Orson Scott Card joining the bandwagon!

I'm a Harry Potter fan myself, and I'm dying just as much for the last book of that, as the second of yours.

June 25, 2007 5:56 PM  
Blogger Jeffery said...

com. director:

MAYBE Ender's Game was as good as TNOTW, but Card's other books aren't even close. I mean Tree/Ewok creatures? the books just got silly.

June 25, 2007 11:50 PM  
Blogger Althalus said...

I personally thing you're much better than Card. I could never get in to his books like I could others, especially yours. There are few books that caused me to literally read it non-stop till I was done.


June 26, 2007 12:20 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Good lord. I can't believe this discussion is happening. I'm intensely wierded out by this....


June 26, 2007 12:57 AM  
Anonymous Josie said...

I've never read Card before, so I can't really compare the two of you, but I must say that your book held my interest very well for being so big. Most books that size have a dull spot in there somewhere. I actually found myself thanking you for making it so long, because then it wouldn't end so soon. It was a bit of a hassle to fit it in my school bag with my notebooks and such, but well worth carrying around.

June 26, 2007 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Mathas said...

First of all, congratulations on the comment, as I'm sure you're extremely happy such a famed author was a fan. As for your book, as much as it pains us all to wait, I'm sure the wait will be well worth it. I can not wait to get my hands on part two of Kvothes adventures, and Bast is another character that I want to learn more about as I'm sure theres much more to him than we already know. Thank you for the honor of reading your book and I wait with much anxiety to continue the story and explore your world.

June 26, 2007 10:36 PM  
Anonymous cameron said...

Congrats again, Pat. You heard from Oprah yet? ; )

I think Card deserves a lot of credit for his imagination, but his books don't connect with me as much as a lot of the others I have laying about. There's something about his characters... it's like there's some transparent barrier keeping them discreet from the reader. I can see them, but I can't feel them.

I got about four books into the Alvin Maker series when I realized I didn't give a fiddler's fart about Alvin, Miss what's-her name- or any of his other characters.

Characters like Fitz, Tyrion, Cazaril and Kvothe - Well, I guess the most succinct way to say it is that they're as fucked up as most of the people you expect to meet on any given day, struggling along as they make due. And ironically, that makes them exceptional.

That being said, I think I would be dancing a flippin' jig if Card wrote anything half as complimentary about something I wrote.

ps - no comment on the editing diatribe

June 26, 2007 11:49 PM  
Blogger CThornhill said...

I'm a huge fan of Orson Scott Card... so much so that I keep up with his website via RSS feed. I saw his comment and, since I hold his opinion in such high esteem, I went out and bought your book. You, officially, have one more fan for life. I'm in med school so I don't have much time for casual reading but this book was the highlight of my summer.

July 1, 2007 10:08 PM  
Blogger Levi said...

I am also a fan of OSC. I bought your book after Reading his review. I was not in the least bit disappointed. there was never a dull moment. Thats pretty incredible for almost 700 pages. Great pacing.
Thank you.
Another eagerly waiting fan.


July 3, 2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger Leon said...

I am a Card fan, though I'll admit he's created a few spectacular failures over the years. But his comments about your book were spot on, exactly what I was thinking when I finished it. Getting kudos from Card is a big deal, don't blame you one bit for being excited. And of course, the fact that he has a legion of fans who may now check out the book doesn't hurt one bit either. :)

July 4, 2007 8:33 AM  
Anonymous bdaexfed said...

Many congrats on your stellar reviews. Although I've already read the Name of the Wind, all the reviews have convinced me to read it again and I'm now getting into my second read.

I am certain that someday us wanna be writers will be just as excited about a comment from you. And there will be a post, "Patrick Rothfuss likes my Book! OMG."

July 10, 2007 6:22 AM  
Blogger I. M. Bitter said...

Congrats on the review!! :) I keep telling all my friends and family the same thing. Tightly written, great story, a must read.

I can't wait for Book 2! And I'm so thankful there is a book 2. After reading the back of the dust jacket where you say you'll only write one book. I had heart palpations when I reached the end of NOTW, until I realized it was a trilogy and the story would be finished. Lol

I now assume that Kvothe will only write “one” story. It just happens to be broken up into three sections.

July 10, 2007 8:50 AM  

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