Patrick Rothfuss Reread

Rothfuss Reread: Admissions Questions for Pat?

Welcome to my reread of Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles. This week we’re doing something different. We’ve nearly finished going through the book in insane detail, just one more post to go, which will be next week. But to finish the series, I’m going to do an email interview with Pat, which will be posted in two weeks. And you can have input into the questions.

Behind the cut will be spoilers for all of The Wise Man’s Fear and The Name of the Wind.

Abbreviations: NW = The Name of the Wind. WMF = The Wise Man’s Fear. D3 = Day Three, the forthcoming final volume. K = Kvothe or Kote when I can’t figure out what to call him and I’m feeling Kafkaesque. MT: Myr Tariniel. D = Denna, 4C = Four Corners, CTH—that thing I can’t spell!

Useful links: The Sleeping Under the Wagon post, in which there are lots of ted in WMF, none of them really came up explicitly in NW. The first is the Amtheories. The re-read index. The map. The timeline. Imaginary Linguistics.

So, we’re almost at the end of the read and we have a lot of questions. Pat has graciously agreed to answer some of them. However, he doesn’t want spoilers for D3 and neither do we. He says he’s prepared to talk about the world and questions about things he said in interviews, like the Auri thing.

Now I know we have a lot of questions, so I want to keep this under control. Also I don’t want to distract Pat too much from getting on with D3. So I want people to think carefully about what they really really want to know, and avoid repetition. Also, I want it to be fun. So let’s do this in the form of Admissions, where questions are strictly limited.

Anyone may ask one question. E’lir may ask two. Re’lar may ask three. I reserve the right to amend and merge questions as feels best, and obviously to arrange the order in which I pass them on to Pat.

Next week we’ll finish with the last five chapters, and we’ll conclude this re-read the week after with the interview.

Questions, everyone?

Jo Walton is a science fiction and fantasy writer. She’s published two poetry collections and nine novels, most recently the Hugo and Nebula nominated Among Others. She reads a lot, and blogs about it here regularly. She comes from Wales but lives in Montreal where the food and books are more varied.


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