Thursday, February 14, 2008
Did I mention that I love librarians?

A while back, some helpful little elf sent me an e-mail telling me I'd made it onto a reading list. I took a quick peek at the link, thought "that's cool," then bookmarked it and wandered away to do other things. (I think it was a particularly heavy e-mail day.)

But today I went back and looked at it, and realized that it wasn't just some list. In a lot of ways, it's THE list. That's right. It's superlative.

The list is put out by "The Reading List Council" which "seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merits special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them."

From what I hear, the Reading List Council is an elite branch of the American Library Association. In order to join their selection committee you have to be able to kill a man with paperback copy of Animal Farm book while wearing a blindfold, bend a spoon using only the power of your mind, then deal with ten obnoxious library patrons in a row while smiling and being polite the whole time.

Yeah. Like I said. These folks are badass. I hear Rupert Giles washed out with them and had to settle for joining some other council instead.

Anyway, it turns out that there's just one reading list every year, and only one book from each genre gets selected. Stuff like Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, and, of course, Fantasy.

And I'm their fantasy pick for 2008. You can see the list HERE.

I thought this was plenty cool all by itself, until I scrolled down the page and saw some of the other fantasy titles that had been nominated. I recognized every name on the list: Jim Butcher,
Jacqueline Carey, Guy Gavriel Kay, Terry Pratchett. Rowling. Tolkien.

That's right. Folks like Rowling and Tolkien tied for second place.

And who's number one?

Me, baby.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! That's awesome.

February 15, 2008 2:27 PM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

yeah! *high Five* Pat!

We are proud of you. Ill send you one of those big foam fingers just to make it super legit.

February 15, 2008 2:27 PM  
Blogger Wes said...

Congratulations Mr. Rothfuss! That really is quite an honor. I hope your next books receive similar recognition.

Not that my opinion matters all that much, but you are on the shortlist of authors I recommend.

George RR Martin, Jim Butcher (Dresden Files only), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series only), Gaiman and yourself are THE list.

February 15, 2008 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Pat,

A daytime post!

You beat Scott Lynch too! And its warming up to 5 above 0 today.

All and all a good day...

Michelle from Hudson, WI

February 15, 2008 2:33 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

The librarians love you too, Pat. :-)

Only 10 obnoxious patrons to be admitted? You know that's a daily trial. Animal Farm is a pretty slim book to beat someone to death with though- that's impressive. Of course, there is no spoon.

Giles wasn't allowed in because his presence caused inexplicable cravings for Taster's Choice coffee.

February 15, 2008 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Bibi said...

ahhhhhh!!! Pat!!! I'm so happy for you! The books are amazing and you are an amazing person/writer, so you absolutely deserve it :]

If you weren't so far away, i would totally bake you a cake <3

February 15, 2008 2:52 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Now I really want cake....

February 15, 2008 3:01 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

The cake is a lie!

February 15, 2008 3:06 PM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

Careful your head doesn't swell too much!

February 15, 2008 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so awesome, Pat. Major congrats are in order. Though why settle for cake when you can have pie? Come on, pie beats cake every time.

February 15, 2008 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Oh god, youre right. All the titles I recognized on that list were AWESOME...

Of course, I havent read them all yet, must be time to catch up on my 07 reading.

February 15, 2008 3:23 PM  
Blogger KYDS3K said...

awesome. simply. awesome.

congratulations, sir . . . you are amazing!

2009 seems SOOOO far away now.

February 15, 2008 3:39 PM  
Blogger Mainjari said...

I second the comment on the merits of pie.

And further, well deserved kudos to you of course =)

February 15, 2008 3:41 PM  
Blogger KYDS3K said...

oooh. i just noticed the SPOILER in their review! you should tell them to get rid of that!!!

February 15, 2008 3:42 PM  
Blogger Ambrosia said...

W00t! As a former librarian myself (though not an elite one, I'm afraid - I could never get past the "kill a man with a paperback copy of Animal Farm" bit), I'm totally stoked for you! Librarians are truly some of the coolest people around.

Incidentally, I'm reading your book to my boyfriend right now, and he's enjoying it immensely. He especially loves all the science-geek jokes - you should've heard him laughing at "Label clearly. Measure twice. Eat elsewhere." =)

February 15, 2008 4:53 PM  
OpenID roseneko said...

(Gah, the one from "Ambrosia" was me. It seems like this identity thing changes every time I leave a comment...)

February 15, 2008 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You rock Pat! Woot woot!

February 15, 2008 5:30 PM  
Blogger Bin Bin said...

That's amazing Pat!! See? I knew you were the epitome of badassness.

I can't wait to see you on the 2009 list too!

February 15, 2008 6:01 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

Holy Librarian Batman! Supercongrats.

February 15, 2008 9:36 PM  
Blogger Whittney said...

*squeeee* Awesome, Pat. And your random Buffy reference made me full of joy and joyness - since Buffy references tend to do that to me. ;) Congrats!

February 16, 2008 2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool! You are number one on a list created by librarians. Considering how library school is just an excuse for bibligraphic coupling, say no more, I am shocked they even had time to make such a list. :)

I will need to check out these other authors, this Tolkien and Rowlings. I wonder if they wrote anything good?

Cheer Mate!

February 16, 2008 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Jenna said...

Congratulations, Pat! You (and Kvothe) entirely deserve it (especially over that four-eyed dork Harry).

You deserve pie... AND cake!
(and maybe some ice cream...)

February 16, 2008 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Regann said...

Omg Mr. Rothfuss that is so badass. Giles must be so jealous!

February 16, 2008 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Sienged said...

Mary J if there is no spoon,
And the cake is a lie.

Pat will have to use a fork
to eat his pie.

Congrats to making another list of greatness Pat
... but with all of this success are you not starting to feel the pressure? Everyone expects greatness from you. But in the end it will prove to just be A Wise Man's Fear.

February 16, 2008 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

Woo-hoo! Congratulations! :) If I owned a pair of pompoms I'd shake them in honor of you. Though, if I just shook my fists in the air people might think I'm angry or something. My face has so few different expressions, they sort of look the same!

February 16, 2008 2:29 PM  
Anonymous ToddM326 said...

You rock!

February 16, 2008 3:25 PM  
Blogger LoonLady said...

Just take a look at those you beat out!... WOW!

Bull, Emma. Territory. Tor, 2007. 978-0312857356

Butcher, Jim. White Night. ROC/Penguin, 2007. 978-0451461407

Carey, Jacqueline. Kushiel’s Justice. Warner, 2007. 978-0446500036

Carey, Mike. The Devil You Know. Warner, 2007. 978-0446580304

Durham, David. Acacia. Doubleday, 2007. 978-038550609

Ferrari, Mark. Book of Joby. Tor, 2007. 978-0765316868

Fforde, Jasper. First Among Sequels. Viking, 2007. 978-0670038718

Kay, Guy Gavriel. Ysabel. ROC/Penguin, 2007. 978-0451461292

Kiernan, Caitlin. Daughter of Hounds. Roc, 2007. 978-0451461254

Lynch, Scott. Red Seas Under Red Skies. Bantam Spectra, 2007. 978-0553804683

Moers, Walter. City of Dreaming Books. Overlook, 2007. 978-1585678990

Monette, Sarah and Elizabeth Bear. A Companion to Wolves. Tor, 2007. 978-0765318169

Novik, Naomi. Empire of Ivory. Del Rey, 2007. 978-0345496874

Pratchett, Terry. Making Money. Harper, 2007. 978-006082217

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Scholastic, 2007. 978-0545010221

Tolkien, J. R. R. Children of Hurin. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. 978-0618894642

Valente, Catherynne. In the Cities of Coin and Spice. Bantam Spectra, 2007. 978-0353384048

A most excellent choice was made in choosing "The Name Of The Wind"!

February 16, 2008 11:58 PM  
Blogger joey2times said...

For someone who emphasized plagiarism so strictly in their English classes, I'm surprised that you didn't credit Jack Black with your "Me baby, me" quote.

Other than that, I read your book and I have just one word to say. BRILLIANT!

Congratulations Mr. Rothfuss

February 19, 2008 12:15 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Okay, that is way awesome. Congrats!

February 20, 2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger yellowdog granny said...

but of course..libraians know good books..I am a volunteer at my library in west, texas...and you have me to thank for your book sitting on our shelf...and if my readers are telling me the truth...the reason why at least 10 of them have bought your book...

February 22, 2008 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cake is a pie


March 8, 2008 7:00 PM  
Blogger Little Red-Haired Girl said...

Hey Pat, I just wanted to express some gratitude. I'm one of the librarians on ALA's Reading List Council, in the middle of my 3rd year on the committee - we actually met in Anaheim last year. :)

Working on this committee, while rewarding, can also be brutal - there are hundreds of books to be read and considered, and that's after spending 40 hours a week actually working at my library. What started out as fun was starting to feel like punishment as I ignored my husband and my friends for weeks on end to shove even more pages and plot twists into my tired brain.

Then I happened to re-read this post of yours. The warm fuzzies came back. I remembered WHY I do this. So. Thanks. :)

July 7, 2009 9:09 PM  

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