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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss


Blood Song -Anthony Ryan

Both are in my top favorite books but....

If you could only read one?

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Posted 8/15/15
I absolutely love the Kingkiller Chronicle. Rothfuss is ridiculously quotable, and his style is probably my favorite of any fantasy author I've read thus far. (Admittedly, I'm still sort of new to the genre--used to read a lot of historical fiction.)

I haven't read Blood Song, but if you consider it a favorite alongside Name of the Wind, I'll take that to mean it's definitely worth checking out.

It's hard to see myself choosing anything else over Rothfuss though. >.<
Posted 8/25/15
Without reading the description or seeing the covers:

The name of the wind sounds poetic so I will go with that one

After reading the descriptions and seeing the covers:

Blood Song.

I have read too many books about wizards that they don't interest me that much anymore. Blood Song seems like my kind of book. Will read it someday!
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Posted 12/10/15
Huh, how interesting that you should compare these two books. I feel very strongly about this subject because I absolutely love The Name of the Wind, and however I thought Blood Song was acceptable, I was also thoroughly annoyed by its major flaws.
I think that someday, Anthony Ryan will be a great author. He's really got worldbuilding down. However, for me, there are two flaws that did sort of spoil it for me and kept me from reading book two:

1). Vaelin is the perfect hero.
I just couldn't care for him at all. He's such a Gary Stu! No task too big for him. I really did not like his predictability. Also, halfway through the book his superior moral compass forces him to make a terrible choice. People die, because he is too stupid to think about the consequences of his actions. He does not seem to give a shit about that, at all.

2) Punctuation? Anthony Ryan has yet to discover what commas are for. Punctuation really isn't his strong suit, and that's pretty unfortunate if you're a writer. Also a skill he can improve for the future, but it made reading Blood Song a pretty disappointing ordeal. A friend recommended this book to me, and she warned me about the punctuation, so I kept reading. Had I not been warned, I would probably have stopped after the first few pages.

I think these are both things you can train yourself in as an author, so I hope he will write some great books in the future!
As for The Name of the Wind, I don't think I can give a critical review. I just simply loved it, it is my favorite book ever. Ok, there may be some flaws, but I am willing to forgive them because Kvothe is introduced and layered in such a wonderful way. I am dying for book three.

Can I add a new book to this comparison? People often compare Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch to each other. People who loved The Name of the Wind usually also love The Lies of Locke Lamora. Have you read it? Did you enjoy it? And, OP, what book would you choose if you could read only one?
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Posted 12/10/15
I've only read The Name of the Wind and it was absolutely brilliant. Can't wait for the films/TV series!
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