I just re-started "A Wise Man's Fear." I can't remember why I put it down, maybe something new came out that caught my interest. But I'm back into it now & am looking forward to finishing it off. I really enjoyed the first in the series. I'm not usually a fan of the fantasy genre but these books are excellent.
I'm just finishing Wise Man's Fear
this morning. I liked parts of it very much, at least as much as Name of the Wind
. Other parts seem aimless. There are huge digressions into settings where what happens there has nothing to do with what came before, and has no lasting impact after. One long section (maybe 100 pages) reads like a too-long adolescent sexual fantasy.
This lowers my opinion of Rothfuss as a craftsman quite a bit. It's unfortunate when a writer becomes so successful that their editors let them get away with anything they want, and their books get published with long dead spots or pointless digressions that a writer with less clout never would've gotten past the editor. This reminds me of a problem Stephen King and Anne Rice both suffer from at times.
Oh, and Denna may be the most annoying character in all of fiction.
Having said all that, I don't regret having read it, and I'm sure I'll read the 3rd book. It's a good, ambitious tale, if a bit sloppy and loose in places. I definitely want to know what happens with Kvothe. Many of my friends respect these books quite a bit. I think followers of the fantasy genre are more interested in "the tale" and less about tight storytelling. It's possible some of the things I consider flaws here will not bother others as much.