Monday, July 7, 2008
New Interview! See Pat's Magnificent Beard in Living Colour!

Captain Joe discovered this youtube video just a while ago. It's a video interview I did with my UK publishers back in January. I suspect that they released this video to help promote the release of the UK paperback, which came out over there in June.

Surprisingly, watching myself here doesn't make me cringe hardly at all. I'm halfway articulate here, so I'm guessing that I managed to have a good strong cup of coffee before the interview started.

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Blogger Captain Joe said...

Seeing the magnificent beard in full colour, with interactive 3-D movement makes me wonder whatever happened to the Action Pat figurine. That would've been so damn marketable.

It was the highlight of my week stumbling across this on the y-tube, as I've taken to calling it. Heh... apart from collegehumor and The Guild, this is the only thing worth watching on y-tube.

Also, folks, check this out:

Online virtual bookshop - search for Wise Man's Fear and read the awesome sypnosis. Man, wish I could read it... right... ... ...
... ... ... now.



July 7, 2008 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Can't wait to see the rest :D
Any other UK promotional stuff we should look out for?

July 7, 2008 12:54 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

dude the synopsis of Wise Man's Fear is awesome.
Man i'm gonna have to go read NotW for a 2nd time this month now...

July 7, 2008 12:58 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Ben, awesome is too light of a word for how awesome it is. We need a new word, a never-before-uttered-word - how about... balawesome?

It works. Sypnosis is balawesome.

July 7, 2008 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Bibi said...

So three minutes into the video I realize that I have been mesmerized by your beard and lulled by your voice without actually hearing what you're saying... hahahah.

But after a while it made sense. Totally understood the whole picking up a fantasy book and wondering if I have read it before, makes me realize how much I appretiate how different and interesting your story is, specially compared to a typical fantasy novel...

This is torture. I can't wait for Wise Man's Fear.

July 7, 2008 2:19 AM  
Anonymous Danna said...

You're so adorable!

July 7, 2008 3:28 AM  
Anonymous Dischord said...

All hail the beard! The Beard is the Way!

*Hides cult robes from Pat*

Ahem. Very cool! I enjoyed watching the interview tremendously.

July 7, 2008 8:08 AM  
Anonymous tomas said...

My friend says you need a comb or she hopes a dog bites your boy bits.

July 7, 2008 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, I almost feel as if I have known you for years. "Pat Rothfuss, yeah, we're buds."

July 7, 2008 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey did i get somethign wrong here ?
I thought The wise mans fear will be released 2009.Now amazon says oktober 08.Please tell me amazon is right

July 7, 2008 9:41 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

All hail the beard!
You look thinner- are you getting enough ramen? (You have to nourish the beard!)

What degree did you end up with? *shudders at the memory of babbling to a psychology major for an hour*

Thank you, Captain Joe! That was so balawesome!

July 7, 2008 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should get your hands part 2-3 of this interview for us and post it. I don't want to sign up for their stuff to get it. I get enough junk mail!

July 7, 2008 10:34 AM  
Anonymous maarten said...

That was fun watching and to listen too.
I'm was also getting kind of jealous. My best friend and I are working on our own world for a while now (aprox 2 years now). I'm writing the story, he and I create a world (in every sense) and he comes up with the mythology. It's hard, but cool in the same time. But when I hear you telling what your inspiration is... Man... I feel small.
But, nonetheless, I enjoyed the interview very much, thank you.
Oh, and yes, I agree with the guy/chick above me. It would be better if part 2 & 3 would be posted here. Though I can guess that would not be a very prudent thing to do. With them being your UK publisher and all...

July 7, 2008 11:16 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Yup. Truly balawesome!

July 7, 2008 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

I signed up I'll post links to the others if needed :) at least a currently located in UK fan like me can do :)

July 7, 2008 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the pictures I've seen don't do the beard justice. You have to see it in real interactive 3d to appreciate Pat's manly facial growth.

July 7, 2008 11:51 AM  
Blogger King Sheep said...

The beard looks great. It has returned to its Walt Whitman stage and we're all better off for it. Also, to the anonymous commenter who wanted Rothfuss's 'boy bits' to be bitten by a dog: I hope your ear turns into your asshole and you shit all over your neck.

July 7, 2008 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Kip, Inquisitor said...

I'm, Reading it again.....again...

Every time I read it there are tiny little questions that pop out. One day I will write them down and submit them to you Pat. Like the Cande-Battle with Fen. There was a much much easier way for Kvothe to win that, Did he not think of it? IDK.

Every tim ei read it i formulate more for D&D in my brain. I have Ideas but I don't want to step on your toes.

July 7, 2008 2:29 PM  
Blogger ringerads said...

Next time you do an interview, right before the guy sits down, slip a little tiny bird figure into the beard and see if he notices. If you can get a remote controlled one, so much the better.

July 7, 2008 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

"Back stage pass" was a good way to describe the book. It definitely has that feel. Im sure pitching is a nightmare and dont look forward to it myself. I have a question. you said you have worked on the whole story for 14 years. In that time, what was the longest you spent without writing anything in the world of Kvothe? day, week, month, year?


p.s. - If i move to Wisconsin can you teach me hhow to grow a beard like that?

July 7, 2008 6:09 PM  
Anonymous kevin said...

Love your interviews, as usual.

I also want to let you know that I can't send you an e-mail via the contact submit box for some reason. Please fix ;_;

July 7, 2008 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Kevin is right, the submit message box will not allow messages to go out.

July 8, 2008 5:43 PM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

danna said: You're so adorable!

HAHAHHAHAHA... that deserves a Pat Point.

Note to Pat: Rest assured, beard is more manly than adorable.

July 9, 2008 7:53 PM  
Blogger Steve Weyerts Jr. said...

That was awesome. You remind me of my uncle. As a matter of fact, I’m going to start calling you Uncle Pat. It fits.

July 9, 2008 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

y'know, I was half expecting you to sound like some booming god.


July 10, 2008 12:20 PM  
Anonymous danna said...

ARGH! I get so anxious and jumpy waiting for a new blog entry!!

And I can't find a NOTW or Rothfuss forum ANYWHERE to pass the time.


I beg of you


July 10, 2008 1:11 PM  
Blogger Count wes said...

Captain joe,
Here's to you, my good sir.

I've been reading and checking up on this blog daily for the past i dont know how long.

Up until now, i have not bothered to interact or comment myself. Thanks to you Joe, I am no longer content to just sitting here reading Pat's lovely posts and comments by his legion of loyal fans.

So from this point on, I'll be making myself known. It's nice to make your virtual acquaintance!


&& btw, that virtual bookshop is really kickass.

Thanks again,


July 11, 2008 1:14 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Count Wes, it is a pleasure. I formally extend greetings from this humble community of Rothfussians.

As a new member, you are awarded 3 starter 'Pat Points', and should receive your complimentary lock of Official Beard in 3-10 working days.

Awesome to make your acquaintance, dude. That virtual bookstore is the next best thing to actually being in a bookshop. It's awesome.

Stay out of trouble, mate,


July 11, 2008 1:27 AM  
Blogger Count wes said...

Ahhh, Sweet acceptance.

It's great to be a rothfussian, officially speaking.

I have a shrine prepared for the lock of beard, with all the necessary materials; incense, sage, candles, etc.

Pat Points


just saying it makes me tremble.

What a delicious concept.
What can do these Pat Points get me exactly?

Thanks again


July 11, 2008 2:36 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Ah, Wes, to be young again...

Pat Points were unwittingly suggested by an anonymous comment left oh so many blog post ago, and from there Sailor Matt awarded that guy a Pat Point for suggesting Pat Points, and then I awarded Matt half a dozen points for taking it one step further, and I think Marky took a further step, and we tried to bribe Angela with a bajillion Pat Points if she had proof that sexy-pillow fights do actually take place in the real world...

Basically, the Pat Point system is a reputation/popularity matrix of untold power and wealth. Garner the points, my friend, and garner them well, for they represent your standing in the eyes of Action Pat.

Yeah - it's a piss-around, when you break it down.

All the best,

~Cap'n Joe

July 11, 2008 4:58 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Some tool on youtube is saying that Pats borrowed heavily from LeGuin and McCaffrey. Tool.

July 11, 2008 5:43 AM  
Anonymous danna said...

"Some tool on youtube is saying that Pats borrowed heavily from LeGuin and McCaffrey. Tool."

Awwie! He's just expressing his own opinion.

Though I strongly disagree with it.

Just thumbs him down!

July 11, 2008 5:53 AM  
Blogger marky said...

thumbs down it is!
I've read the Authors he's talking about and he's totally full of it. He said "Younger fantasy fans don't realize it but A LOT of Pat's ideas in the book are clearly borrowed from LeGuin and McCaffrey"
THE GUYS 22!! hardly a huge amount of life experience there.
again with the TOOL!!

July 11, 2008 6:02 AM  
Anonymous danna said...

Well, at least its nice to see Pat has a whole legion of fans behind him!

July 11, 2008 6:13 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

That guy's a whole toolbag - spanner and 1/4 wrench included. WTF, man, expressing ur op1nion on teh internet like that.

Thumbs down hard, so hard...

July 11, 2008 6:15 AM  
Anonymous danna said...

"That guy's a whole toolbag - spanner and 1/4 wrench included. WTF, man, expressing ur op1nion on teh internet like that.

Thumbs down hard, so hard..."

I'm starting to get a little freaked out... o_o

Now I know to stay off of Pat's fans' bad sides! Jeepers.

July 11, 2008 6:17 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Damn straight! If I had an opinion I'd well keep it to myself! TTTTTTOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!

July 11, 2008 6:20 AM  
Anonymous Kip, now with Spatula said...

you mean besides expressing your opinion of his opinion?

Anyways, anyone with half a brain knows Pat stole NOTW almost whole hog from Dr. Seuss's Green eggs and ham. DUH!

I just want to know why Kvothe calls himself "disater" in Sairu

July 11, 2008 7:05 AM  
Blogger marky said...

That was the implied sarcasm kip. I’m off to vent my anger at T- in the park. Have a lovely weekend everyone. Even if you are a tool!

July 11, 2008 8:24 AM  
Anonymous danna said...

Have fun!

July 11, 2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger Oresika said...

So, I have to ask. Why is glass and the way a river shapes the earth and stuff so significant with you? I've read Name of the Wind three times now and this interview only confirms your sort of fascination with the subject.

July 12, 2008 2:19 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Thank Tehlu, you said the name outloud. Now all the people who I wanted to set on fire because English was their first language and they claimed to be unable to pronouce Kvothe or even Quothe properly can please die in the aforementioned fire.

July 12, 2008 5:29 AM  

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