Excerpt from Patrick Rothfuss' THE WISE MAN'S FEAR



Hey folks,

You're probably wondering what happened to the excerpt that used to be posted here, right? Well, Patrick Rothfuss revised this particular chapter, and he was uncomfortable with the idea of having the unedited version floating around on the internet. Since we both want to avoid potential confusion, I've accepted to delete it from the Hotlist.

But if we are lucky, Rothfuss and Daw Books might allow me to post the revised version down the line. . .=)

51 commentaires:

Dliwir said...

If this was supposed to help my craving for the next book it failed miserably. It just got worse. Significantly.

Thank you for posting this Pat, I enjoyed the read alot.

Cheryl said...

I knew that if I read the excerpt I would develop a craving that I hadn't had before. I was right. I will wait until this book is published and then I will read both of them together.

Lots said...

Please write quickly Mr. Rothfuss.

Aura said...

Yeah, it's a good excerpt... Can't wait to read the whole book.

Icarus said...

That excerpt was a wonderful surprise on a day when I'm between books and looking for something to read.

Maybe it is time to go re-read The Name of the Wind....

Adam B. Shaeffer said...

That excerpt was everything I had hoped it would be.

Anonymous said...

It was boring. Kvothe takes his friends for a midnight stroll in the Arcanum? No wonder he gets expelled. How dumb.

The excerpt is underwhelming but I am willing to give it a chance.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what this is but I don't think this is the actual excerpt from the book.

Roland said...

Knowing how much time there is until the next book is out, I don't think I'll read this...

Bryce said...

Excellent. Just what I needed today.

Anonymous said...

Why are all my anonymous brethren haters? Great excerpt, great writing, really got me ready for the next volume.

I think what my brothers and sisters of the Anonymous faction are not seeing is that Rothfuss's *way* of telling the story is just as important as what's happening. I think he could make a novel about a cinder block interesting.

In essence, he's like Hawthorne with a pulse (put that on the back of the book!)

Anonymous said...

actually i would assert his bland prose and sentimental leanings are compensated for by the story's plot and the story's emotions.

you don't read hawthorne for the plot.

Anonymous said...

The frustrating thing is that Pat Rothfuss has already written the books, but we still have to wait for one a year. Scott Lynch is the same and don't get me started on GRRM. Why can't they just publish the damn books now? It's not as if we wouldn't buy them; delayed gratification is a good thing, but this scenario is becoming very tedious.

Jared said...

Some say that the plausible release date for this book is overdue. I would agree, but I would also venture to say that this is a good thing. Any piece of literature that has us straining at the bit with such frustrated force is well worth the wait.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a different writer than the first book. If Pat wrote the whole story, as his blog says, this does not sound like the first book. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps he is tempting fate to see if he can pull a Robert Jordan (WOT) and leave the series unfinished.

Anonymous said...

When I first finished the first book, for weeks I kept thinking "I should pick up the book and finish it". The ending horribly torturous. But reading that excerpt and meeting puppet . . . yeah, I'm craving the next volume. Please hurry.

Anonymous said...

I don't see anything in this excerpt that would make me think that Pat didn't write it. I'm confused, what about it makes some of you think that?

Anyway, I loved it and I think Puppet is going to be a favorite of mine soon. I think a little metal instability makes the most amusing characters! Loved it, Pat. Can't wait for the book.

Aubrey said...

“Still looking for something,” he admonished me, but more gently then before. “You need to go chase the wind for a while, you are too serious. It will lead you into trouble.”
I really, really hate to correct an English teacher but then/than seems wrong here. Thanks for the sneak peek!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely thrilling! I take my hat off to Rothfuss.

Jonathan said...

I have bought "The Name of the Wind" twice now so that I will have it when the others are finally released.

Definately taught me a lesson. I won't start a series that hasn't been finished ever again.

Very good writer. But someone needs to take away his red pen and release a book already!

Anonymous said...

I need to agree with the observation that this appears to be written by someone different. I have read Name of the Wind twice (just finished the 2nd pass two days ago)only to find that Wise Man's Fear wont be published until Fall '09. Hopefully the section selected is an anomaly. The style and cadence seen different, even the vocabulary seemes skewed.

Anonymous said...

my goodness a few of you are really picky. just be happy that he's made progress, the book will come to us eventually.

now, we know that there are 8 books about the amyr that exist in the archive

Anonymous said...

Greatly enjoyed the first book, started rereading it because I was expecting the next book out, but found the author complaining about people asking when his book will be out. First, get publishers to changet he dates to realistic dates. Not taunt us, or if they're doing this to see how much support you'll get, fine but don't waste time complaining about us. Filling in blogs, etc. The author started this. Don't complain about us, just get it done.
Then I read the authors comics about his fans, and your photos, and your blog, I wonder if buying the book was a waste. Because the author is spending all this time doing various 'things' he calls Life. Tell you what, stop explaining and bitching about us, and about why it's late. It's anti-productive, and pisses off your fans. I for one was greatly disapointed when the date was pushed back, and back, and back, and I see the author doing goofy things. Great, that's fine, but then he posts jabs about people asking about the book? You have a publisher, get them to deal with it, and you focus on LIFE.. not US. Life also includes finishing the series, because you'll get more Life enjoyment from the money it would bring the Author.

namelessone789 said...

Excellent excerpt...can't wait for the book to finally be released.

Stop telling him to hurry up and write quickly. Give him all the time he needs to write the best damn book he can. I'd rather wait and then read an excellent book than not wait and read a shitty book.

Sarah said...

The description of the door was a copy/paste from the first book...word for word...

Anonymous said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

I cant wait. I finished the first book in one night. And now I have junky cravings. Reading this did NOT help...

Desmond said...

loved the book. Excerpt sucked! seriously!

Cant wait for the next book.

Jason said...

I thought that Kvothe earned a promotion to Re'lar at the end of NOTW...but the excerpt refers to him as an E'lir. Yeah, I'm right, paperback version p.668 "Kvothe is raised to Re'lar with Elodin as sponsor..." maybe i'm nitpicking or this gets a revision before TWMF is released. anyway, great stuff regardless!!

Nathan said...

to anonymous, about why they can't publish the book now: IT IS NOT FINISHED YET!

Nathan said...

also, not to be a total dick, but: paragraph 17 -

"No matter how hurried or tired or busy or busy I was..."

typo?

cat said...

The first book i loved and hope to love the second and third.
i see writing as an art and know that any artwork takes time for it to have the right flow and feel to it.
Like the music Kvothe makes, how he captures a memory, a thought in his music. For writing to be unique and to have that feel should be the true quest of any writer, not restricted by simple bounds of time.

Anonymous said...

/sigh I wish Pat would just release the book, we don't mind a few grammar/spelling errors... Hell in my copy of NOTW there are a few errors. Why can't he realize good enough is good enough! His writing is way too addictive (orgasmic) to have this much time between books. At this rate my expectations for the book will be so high that there is no chance the real thing will compare. (Furthermore, I don't know about everyone else but I would prefer him to give up on the touring and just crank out this next book. imo writers should be chained to a desk until there entire series is COMPLETED!)

Anonymous said...

to those saying this isn't Pat, WHAT THE HELL... i've read NOTW 63 times to date. Rothfuss is the only writer i have read with this style.

Anonymous said...

Dude...Puppet was awesome. I bet all the books about the Amyr are behind that door ;)

Anonymous said...

The Name of The Wind is one of my favorite books. I was disappointed when the date was pushed back, so I hope the wait is worth it. Judging by the excerpt, it looks like it will be.

Anonymous said...

first off the author said that he had written all three books before he even got a publisher. It is pretty bad if there are typos in an excerpt and if an author can not seem to fix his mistakes in a years time. I will still buy and read the book but i don't think it says much for the author that he can't get his books out quicker, it is not as if they would sell less because of a shorter time between publishing.

Anonymous said...

when the book comes out, protest the long wait by stealing it

Anonymous said...

I don't know. Too much I said, he said, Simmon said in this to make me thing its real. Could just be me though.

Oh and to the people bitching and frothing angrily about how the books been delayed? Shut up, grow up, and learn to be patient.

It'll be out when it is out.

Anonymous said...

I don't disagree that this is great writing, but even with all of the great storytelling that is the Kingkiller Chronicles, there is rarely any physical description of any character, of which there are serveral. When reading tNotW I had to go back to figure out which master arcanist was which, which student was a friend, foe, or how they knew each other, and all the characters take up previously constructed faces in my head because there is nothing describing how they look. i.e., Abenthy is Gandolf, Ambrose is that British villain from "The Patriot", and whichever master arcanist with the beard is Leonidas from "300" with wizard robes. I wish I could be given a clue as to what Puppet looks like! This is the only peeve I have, but when there are so few even the little ones stick out so much more. Anyway, when the book comes out I will buy it, sit down, and forget to eat until I finish or my light bulb burns out.

Anonymous said...

This doesn't seem like Patrick Rothfuss's writing; it's not written in his usual style. And because it's not written on his official Blog (http://patrickrothfuss.com/blog/blog.html) I have to question the authenticity of this excerpt.

Anonymous said...

Very well done! Great writing takes time and I am more than willing to wait. Thank you for providing me with the chance to read a small part of your masterpiece.

Can't wait!

And to all of you who grumble - learn to be appreciative. Who are you to say it "doesn't sound like Pat? He has only written one book! Give the man a little breathing room. He doesn't fit into your tiny little box - that is what makes him such an incredible writer. Jeez.

Minoli said...

pls pls when can i read the full book???????????????????????

Anonymous said...

Wow, that was a really good excerpt. Simmon and Wilem really help in the story, they are my favorite characters (including Kvothe of course) and I even named my gerbils after them. I don't care if I have to wait for 2 more years, as soon as that book comes out, I'll camp outside of Borders until they open so I can get my copy first.

Dale said...

I agree about the cravings; my appetite is now going wild from this little delight, oh my word.

But! it only makes me more excited for the book, WHICH PAT SHOULD TAKE HIS TIME WRITING! There's a reason it takes so long, and that reason is greatness. You can't rush a masterpiece, it just asks for wasted potential. That's not Mr. Rothfuss's style, "If you're going to do something, do it right the first time", a lot of people can take something from that. Yes, it takes a little more time, and yes, it takes patience, but patience is worth it. Especially for something like this. When Pat takes his time polishing this diamond, the wait will be worth the shine.

Patience people, seriously

Dante the Derelect said...

Dear grumblers:
If Patrick had never written the first book you would have nothing to be craving. Secondly, you, I repeat: you, read the book in the first place. Whether this is authentic or not, who cares? I was just glad to hear about the characters and refresh the book in my mind a bit, regardless of typos or grammar problems. Patrick, unlike the numerous copies you all seem to have of the book, does not belong to any of us. He will finish his book in his own time and then we will read it. It happens nearly every single time a book comes out that is amazing and the beginning of a series. In regards to the sequel; I for one will be looking forward to it.

Renvault said...

Okay, first off, if it doesn't sound like Pat, that's probably because it's not finished yet. I've read a lot of his blogs, and there are a lot of typos in them, and I'd imagine that that's because he doesn't proof-read them as much. I'd also imagine that while he's writing, he loses track of what he writes, and lets the story flow. That's how anyone with a knack for words does it.


As far as the delay goes, he's said it himself: he's obssesive. Tiny little things bug him, and it's a huge book. While I would be fine with a few typos, or even a whole slew of them, he wouldn't, and since it's his masterpiece, it's his call.

And for all of you that think it's wrong for him to try to be close to his fan's, I think it's rather noble that he appreciates us as much as we (most of us, anyways) do him. He's really trying, and it's not like a story this great can just be slogged through like some cookie-cutter fantasy novel. It takes real creativity, and creativity takes time. It requires one to walk a fine line between relaxed and motivated. So please don't try to rush him and tell him that he needs to stop blogging. Some of us actually appreciate his concern for us.

Anonymous said...

"This sounds like a different writer than the first book. If Pat wrote the whole story, as his blog says, this does not sound like the first book. Sorry."
Yes this is absolutely true. Someone has written around someone else. The language the pace, the use of the vernacular is way out of kilter. My impression of the first work was that it was honed by many skilled weavers of the word. This has nothing to do with that.. Hunch! Varied!
What's this?
"Each time some part of me was sure that this would be the time I might find the door ajar. Or with a key still left in one of its locks. Or perhaps the great piece of grey stone would simply swing open to the pressure of my hand."
This excerpt almost seems Harry Potter City.
Something is not right HERE!

Anonymous said...

Normally I wouldn't comment on something like this- I'd just read and run. But after skimming the comments I decided that some of you here are in need of my two cents.

A few people have expressed concern that this excerpt was written by someone else. Now I'm probably silly for allowing myself to be goaded into responding to something so ludicrous, but hey, I'm bored so whatever. Anywho, getting back to my original point. I just finished rereading the Name of the Wind (it was even more scrumptious the second time around, I have to say) and I can tell you all with certainty that Patrick Rothfuss did indeed pen this excerpt. The voice is exactly the same. In fact, he even repeats some phrases from the first book. For example, I can recall Kvothe saying "let me explain" before going into detail on something in his story several times in the first book.

Now most of you have been waiting some time for the sequel. I know, and so have I. But let's not get out of hand here. Why would someone else write the excerpt? Who would benefit from such a thing? Let's all take a collective breath and go back to leaving reasonable comments or, in the case of some of you out there, leaving thinly veiled threats on Patrick's health and well-being if he doesn't complete the sequel in a timely fashion. I for one have already begun sharpening my pitchfork, just in case I don't have the book in my hands sometime this summer.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I see we have a plethora of literary critics reading this excerpt. If that's the case, then their sense of professionalism is sorely lacking. Who are you to say something that isn't finished doesn't sound like the author who so clearly wrote it? I doubt this relatively well-known site (at least among fantasy readers) would have posted the excerpt without some sort of correspondence with Pat in order to authenticate. Has anyone here an ounce of understanding regarding the revision process? Have any of you ever tried to write something of your own? It's not easy. If you find writing easy, odds are you're not a very proficient writer. When one of you gets a best-seller published and then follows it up with an sequel of equal quality in under two years, then you can begin to question best-selling authors. No preliminary excerpt is going to sound like the fully-revised, finished text of a published book. That's the whole point of revision. Armchair warriors and back-seat drivers ultimately just waste the time of the real professionals. So, unless one of you blood-sucking leeches is a world-renowned author in disguise, I suggest you shut your ample mouth, lest it gather any more foot. I know very few people who would prefer a premature ejaculation to a well-timed and rapturous mutual climax.

This is all to say: "Pat, take your time and deliver a winner."