Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Ursula K. Le Guin

Did I mention that Ursula K. Le Guin read my book?

Did I mention that Ursula K. Le Guin liked my book?

Did I mention that Ursula K. Le Guin agreed to provide a blurb for the book?

"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing not only with the kind of accuracy of language absolutely essential to fantasy-making, but with real music in the words as well. Wherever Pat Rothfuss goes with the big story that begins with The Name of the Wind, he'll carry us with him as a good singer carries us through a song."

Yeah. Can I get a "wow" from the audience?

On a closely related note, if you've never read her Wizards of Earthsea books, you really need to. Not only are they absolutely brilliant, but they're one of the cornerstones of modern fantasy.

If you have read the Earthsea books, you should make sure you've checked out her more recent stuff too. She writes at a consistently awesome level that I hope to emulate over the years.

I've got a cool announcement to make, but you'll have to wait for Friday. It's a leap-day announcement. It's nothing HUGE, but... well... I think it's pretty cool....

Oh, and lastly, the deadline for nominating books for the Hugo ballot is only a couple days away. So if you were planning on doing it, but you're like me and you tend to forget what day it is, don't be caught unawares....

Later all,


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Blogger Jen Fu said...

Swoon. Ursula LeGuin is my absolute favorite. How wonderful for you! I love the Earthsea books, of course, but my absolute fave book of all time is The Dispossessed. (There are an awful lot of esses in that title.)

February 27, 2008 3:10 PM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

You know, your head is going to be as big as Joe Abercrombie's pretty soon.

February 27, 2008 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting! I love her! And since there are so many covers of A Wizard of Earthsea, I was suprised (and pleased) that you picked that one. It's the best and also the one I own. Congrats to you Pat! Your lyrical writing is what I so love about your book.

February 27, 2008 3:24 PM  
Blogger Michael Damian Thomas said...

9 out of 10 SFWA grandmasters agree:

The Name of the Wind is made of win.

February 27, 2008 3:38 PM  
Blogger Micah Cowan said...

ScfFi chan, of course, did a mediochre miniseries on Earthsea.

What really sucks about that, is that Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, etc) has released their own work based on Earthsea, which is already available throughout the rest of the world (it released in Japan in 2006!), but because they have to wait for Scifi's rights to expire, we won't see it stateside until 2009.

Much like another awesome work I'm being forced to wait on until 2009. ;)

Info on it from the Miyazaki fansite:
Note that, although it appears on the Hayao Miyazaki fansite, the movie is not being done by him, but rather his son Goro Miyazaki.

I saw the crappy miniseries, but haven't gotten around to reading the books, which I should probably do (but maybe I should wait until the Ghibli film is available? Howl's Moving Castle departs quite a bit from the book).

I seem to remember names playing a pretty key role in her magic system, though... I suppose it's good that she took pleasure in your like-thinking rather than getting in a tizzy over perceived "idea plagiarism". :)

February 27, 2008 3:40 PM  
Blogger Kenneth said...

You know how much of a geek I am? I can tell that the dragon used in that book cover is a slightly modified piece done by Ciruelo Cabral. (A quick google will show you)

But congratulations, Pat. Having Le Guin's stamp o' approval is no small victory. I myself have not yet got to reading Earthsea, though I'm almost certain it's better than the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries.

Good job! We're rooting for ya.

February 27, 2008 3:41 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I liked the blurb. It explained NoTW perfectly.
When I have free time again (aka when I graduate) I'll definitely read those books.

February 27, 2008 4:35 PM  
Blogger Bin Bin said...

What a wonderful blurb! That's a very glowing recommendation.

I like her book "Changing Planes" and also "The Left Hand of Darkness." They were pretty awesome books, "Changing Planes" is hilarious though, it's a neat variation on satire

February 27, 2008 4:36 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

OK, so this isn't totally as cool--but it's coincidental at least. I saw Michael Chabon speak last night in Davidson, NC and he was going on and on about Le Guin and when I got to his signing line I asked him what the last good fantasy he read was and he said he'd been on a kick re-reading Le Guin, and I recommended NOTW--and he wrote it down. Now, I don't know if he was just humoring me or maybe someone just as cool as Ursula will be reading and blurbing for you. You can send the check to Steve In Asheville. :-)

February 27, 2008 4:46 PM  
Blogger Arevanye said...

Le Guin! You definitely get a WOW from me. I absolutely love her books - just finished her Annals of the Western Shore series. Congratulations, Pat, you couldn't ask for a better author to "blurb" your book.

February 27, 2008 5:31 PM  
Blogger SRH said...

Okay, I will give you a "Wow"



February 27, 2008 7:25 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...


February 27, 2008 8:33 PM  
OpenID bluharlequin said...

Oddly, I'm only just now reading the Earthsea books for the first time. I'm just about finished the second one. Why it's taken me so long, I'll never know.

Yes, I'll hand in my Lifetime Fantasy Geek membership card on the way out the door.

February 27, 2008 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Gehennaheretic said...

Wow! That's awesome! I read and loved her Earthsea novels when I was a kid. I read them between readings of Lord of the Rings, and though they were fast reads, the series is extremely rich and deep. It's definitely one of my favorites. Congratulations!

February 27, 2008 11:05 PM  
Blogger amber_mane said...


That is very cool! I remember reading Ursula K. Le Guin when I was a pre-teen and just loving Earthsea. It must be amazing to get a review like that from such a well respected and noted author as she. Congrats!

And also, good luck with the Hugos!


February 28, 2008 3:02 AM  
Blogger Mike Toot said...

Great news, Pat!

And does your surprise announcement have anything to do with a gentleman named Schafer?

February 28, 2008 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Dischord said...

'Carry his with us?' Is that error hers or yours?

Seriously, though, this is great news. LeGuin is a giant in the field and her support is an amazing thing. Next thing we know, Tolkien's ghost will appear from beyond the grave to give you a blurb. None more deserving.

February 28, 2008 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Dischord said...

"carry us with his"

So it is easy to get things wrong. haha! Something about pitards and foisting or something. Meh.

February 28, 2008 10:46 AM  
Blogger KYDS3K said...

AWESOME! Earthsea was one of the first series that I ever read!

Micah, that Earthsea animation is get-able if you know where to look ;-) ping me if you want to know.

February 28, 2008 10:54 AM  
Blogger kelli said...

Congratulations! Soon you'll be giving blurbs to new authors, i.e.
"Purple, because ice cream has no bones."
-P. Rothfuss
Hugo Award winner
Betcha can't wait!

February 28, 2008 11:35 AM  
Blogger dragongirl said...


Well done, Pat!

February 28, 2008 12:08 PM  
Blogger Kuro Joshua said...

Ursula LeGuin is such a terrific author. Its a shame about that crappy Sci-Fi adaptation. You wouldn't do that to use, would you Pat?

February 28, 2008 12:37 PM  
Blogger LoonLady said...


Well, I am on page 331 of NOTW. Normally I read books MUCH faster, especially one as excellent as this. However, since I found out your next won't be out until 2009, I chosen to savor the last half, instead of burning through it.

I can say I KNOW I will be sad when I read the epilogue, and will be anxious to continue with your next!

Kudos to you and your continual achievements!


February 28, 2008 1:11 PM  
OpenID suziko said...

Wow, what an honor! Congratulations!

February 28, 2008 1:35 PM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

Earthsea is what got me started on fantasy. I read them was I was but a mere mooncalf.

February 28, 2008 1:59 PM  
Blogger Pat said...


Whoops. Yeah. That's my mistake. Embarassing typo....


Thanks for bringing it to my attention...

February 28, 2008 5:12 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Steve: That's awesome. Thanks so much....

February 28, 2008 5:16 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wow wow wow! Triple wow. Awesome wowness.

February 28, 2008 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well...this says something for NOTW...i own 6 copies, a proof and an arc and haven't even read it yet...though i already know it's my type of book.

I have though read The Earthsea Trilogy and it was probably one of the first fantasies i read. Wonderful set of books.

February 28, 2008 6:55 PM  
OpenID lovesmasher said...

I just checked out your Con schedule and it may appear as if I am stalking you. This would be entirely untrue.

I'm willing to bet after your impression at WisCon last year, you'll find a lot more people who are impressive writers who have read your book.

Also, you need to be on my panel 'What the Hell is God Doing Up Here'. I've requested you and Nick Mamatas specifically due to last year's 'Good Books/Bad People' panel.

February 29, 2008 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

Wow. I am in awe for you and of you.

February 29, 2008 9:26 AM  
Blogger Althalus said...

Mmk, I've been refreshing for like 4 hours now. Where is out surprise!

February 29, 2008 2:39 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Me too! Isn't Mr. Rothfuss a terrible tease?

P.S. Stalkers unite!

February 29, 2008 2:41 PM  
Blogger Brian Blomlie said...

Phew, I was scared for a moment that she'd write "NOTW is the new Lord of the Rings" all fantasy reviewers tend to do that... It's REALLY annoying ^_^ But since she is a fantasy author herself she probably thinks that herself :P

I have an idea! Let's all write a blurb for Lord* Rothfuss, I'm sure he will find it awesome!

My blurb (it's gonna be a bit dramatical & theatrical, since I don't have to worry about it ending up on the book anyway!): "In the vast sea of fantasy novels a storm now stirs. All now stare in the direction of Name of the Wind. Enthralled, frightened or both. Because this book marks a major shift in modern fantasy with it's witty humour and grand storytelling. Let yourself be swept away, by The Name of the Wind."

Not too bad if I might say so myself XD

*)Lord of NOTW, and the geeks that follow it's teachings!

March 14, 2008 3:17 AM  

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