The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss  (Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

name-of-the-windTold in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

Published 27th March 2007

830 pages

Rating: Should Read, 4 stars

Read from 27th February to 10th March

There’s so much to talk about but at the same time it is so overwhelming that I don’t know what I’m meant to write about. So with that shaky start let’s give this a go.

So this started off in a weird way. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I was really enjoying the writing so I continued on.  I liked when we FINALLY got to the story itself. It took a long time but persevere. I really liked how it started to build the characters, the world, and the foreshadowing.

It was so focussed on the details and building everything from the beginning that I’m surprised we didn’t start at birth. You could tell how well thought through and researched everything was. Everything had a basis and this was such a fleshed out world in terms of the small scale rather than the large overarching atmosphere.

At some points it was really hard to deal with all the different elements that were going on because it felt like dealing with everything from someone’s life. And this is exactly what it’s supposed to be.

I don’t like Kvothe, he’s fine and you feel sympathy but at the same time I just wouldn’t be friend with him. And you know what? That’s all right with me. I’m also not a fan of Denna, she’s an unpleasant woman, and before you say that women don’t like her, it’s not because of those reasons.

Too many bad things happen in this book that it’s impossible to connect with the characters and the situation. It’s definitely not the strong point.

There were elements throughout the story that I really wasn’t expecting. We do get some more traditional fantasy elements but they have their own spin on them.

I liked the university but it was just really weird. I didn’t understand its purpose or structure and promotions. One moment it was slow and we were taking it day by day and then it flows by and skips time around the tuition time. It was just so weird.

There are so many small elements throughout the story and it just really all got so muddled about. I liked all the elements but only one was focussed on at a time that it sort of ruined the fluidity of the story. Never mind, the stupid decisions that Kvothe makes and how annoying that makes him.

My favourite thing was when we go back to present day. I just really liked the dynamic and the small stages of reflection that we got. It just made the story that more interesting for me and that was one of my favourite parts of it.

I don’t know what else I can say.

Have you read this, and did you enjoy it?

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WWW Wednesday – 29th March

So today marks the official hand in date for my dissertation. In 6 months I wrote 20,000 words on accounting and I’m so glad that it’s done.

I did think about not doing a WWW Wednesday today because I’m still reading the same book but I finished two other books since last week s here we go again.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Just Finished

SO I FINALLY FINISHED OUTLANDER! it feels like such a massive achievement for me, not only because of it’s size but sheerly due to the fact that it’s been on my TBR for so long and I continuously put it off. I really loved it, although it took me such a long time to read I really wanted to go back to reading it and would constantly think about it. I really want to pick up the sequel soon but I need a break from big books for a month or so after 1632.

Traitors of the Tower is just something I stumbled on. I’m not really a big history buff, quite shocking is my lack of historical knowledge, but I really enjoy books about monarchy’s and nobility, admittedly this does fall more into British/mostly English. I really like the way Alison Weir writes her stories and I’m looking forward to picking up some more of her work.

So I needed a break and Hopeless was the perfect book for this. I still can’t decide whether I’m going to write a review for this or not. I enjoyed it and put myself some of the problematic elements involved. I kind of just wanted a plain romance contemporary but it is starting to appear that I’m not going to get this from Colleen Hoover. I have a couple more of her books out from the library because I do enjoy them and get through them so fast.

Currently Reading


I’m really loving this so far. It’s not at all what I expected. Going into it, I never thought that I would like the authors writing style so much but it’s just so perfect to me. It’s got a really good mix between description and dialogue, which always pleases me. It jumps around perspectives as well, something else I didn’t know how it was going to handle it. I think my favourite thing however, is how he deals with the cultural discrepancies. It’s hard to explain it but he acknowledges that some characters speak the same languages but due to the development of language there is a disconnect between what certain words mean as they have not been invented and used in society of that time. I’m just really looking forward to continuing it.

Read Next

So Strange the Dreamer recently came out and at the beginning of this year and last year I decided that this was going to be my last attempt with Laini Taylor. I loved the Daughter of Smoke and bone but absolutely hated the sequels. So I’m not really sure what this is going to involve and I’ll be honest, I haven’t really seen anything positive about it. I know a lot of people read her books for her writing but it’s something that actually puts me off of her books. So, I’ll get to this soon.

I read Between the Salt and the Sea a couple of weeks ago and adored it so as soon as I finished it I had to order Between Shades of Gray from the library. I keep staring at it on my shelf knowing that I’ll get getting to it soon but other books just keep jumping in front of it.

So my reading has actually taken quite a back seat because I started crocheting. I don’t really know whether to put that content up on my blog or to perhaps include any book related content I make or perhaps include it in my book features and picture.

That’s all folks!

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Comic Book Monday #4 – Great Pacific, East of West, Deadly Class

So this was a good comic week but I wasn’t really too interested in the books I read this week which wasn’t such a great feeling. But I have picked up some really cool comics from the library so I’m more excited next week.

Great Pacific #1When fugitive oil heir Chas Worthington settles the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plants a flag, and declares it his own sovereign nation, the reality of the environmental catastrophe is only the beginning of his odyssey. From acclaimed writer Joe Harris (Ghost Projekt, Spontaneous) and artist Martin Morazzo (Absolute Magnitude) comes a sprawling adventure across earth’s newest, strangest frontier!

Issues 1-6

Published 14th May 2013

Read on 20th March

Skip It – 3 Stars

East of West 3

It’s the third volume of the Eisner-nominated East Of West. There Is No Us sees the breaking apart of the future-scape of America as the world races forward towards the apocalypse.

Issues 11-15

Published 21st October 2014

Read on 23rd March

Should Read – 4 stars


Deadly Class

It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

Collecting the first arc of the most critically acclaimed new series of 2014, by writer RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, Fear Agent) and rising star artist WESLEY CRAIG (Batman). Experience the 1980s underground through the eyes of the world’s most damaged and dangerous teenagers.

Issues 1-6

16th July 2014

Read from 23rd to 25th March

Skip It – 3 stars

So the only one I enjoyed this week was East of West. Its such an abstract story but I am enjoying it. I would still tell people to pick up this story.

So I remember reading The Great Pacific a few years ago and thought I would pick it up to give it a try and it was just not interesting. I appreciate when stories go for some original idea but there was just very little plot in this one to keep it interesting.

I have heard so many things around Deadly Class and I’ve got to say that I was really disappointed in it. I just didn’t enjoy the story or the art style and I read a lot of books and comics so I know that I can’t expect everything to be a winner but I was sad after hearing so much about these.

What’s some of your favourite comics/graphic novels.

So that’s all folks!

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The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa #1)

the search for wondlaEva Nine is a curious and sensitive twelve-year-old who has existed only in a subterranean home called Sanctuary, cared for by a robot named Muthr. Eva’s great desire is to go aboveground, and her wish comes true, though not as she had imagined. On the surface, Eva goes in search of other humans–she has never met one–and soon meets both friend and foe.

Published 21st September 2010

484 pages

Rating – Should Read, 4.5 stars

Read from 10th to 12th March

So I think I read this book at the perfect time. I had just finished up reading the Name of the Wind and that was slow and really in depth and I wouldn’t say it was a difficult read, but it was time consuming.

I absolutely flew through this, mostly because I gave myself a full weekend off, which I have not done in so long!

So this is like an adventure mystery but its set in a really cool place and I really enjoyed the creatures and the world. The title is sort of the main theme around it and it has an answer as to what ‘WondLa’ means and I really enjoy it when books, stories, comics etc. do that. It just adds another layer to the story. And I am actually really happy with the answer which you don’t find out until the end of the book. It was such a smart and unique way of doing it.

So I did enjoy the characters and it seemed like a really nice group once it expanded. Everyone sort of complimented each other and it allowed you to get a better picture of the world and its history. I really liked how we got to see the ‘surface’ but I wished we got to see the city more and a bit more of the civilisation. I understand why there was less exploration because of the audience but I would have really liked just a bit more.

Although I really enjoyed it there isn’t much else I can say about it. It’s just a great book and I would recommend reading it.

Are there any other book similar to this out there?

That’s all folks!

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Starflight by Melissa Landers (Starflight #1)


Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

Published February 2nd 2016

369 pages

Rating: Try It – 3.75 stars 

Read from February 27th to March 2nd

So this is exactly the type of sci-fi I needed after the disappointment of Empress of a Thousand Skies. I read this as a buddy read with Rakel over on MiRakelBooks.

I’m not going to go around saying it was the best sci-fi ever and scream how everyone should read this but it was pretty good for a ya sci-fi.

I really liked the story and the plot was ok but I was just glad to be on a ship. The way it was set out really reminded me of Mass Effect which is one of my favourite video game series just without the aliens. I really liked the crew as a whole but it did take such a long time to get pretty much any character depth or development.

This feels like a book of three sections; first, there’s the escape from life, then we move to small side stories and missions, then we have the culmination of the plot. I don’t know how I feel about how the story was constructed but it was enjoyable overall.

The main thing that was missing from this was simply the world building. There’s so much travelling but no exploration, I think we have 2, maybe 3 occasions of shore leave and one totally doesn’t even count. I think that was something that Rakel and I both noted.

I enjoyed the characters and I think that’s the best part of this book. The sci-fi element was sort of there but it wasn’t to an inaccessible level and as someone who loves books such as the Martian then that is kind of always going to be a let-down with me. I did like the snippets we did get especially with Solara just like the way in Gemina’s climax I loved the nuts sci-fi that we got when other people didn’t.

So I’ll come back to the characters. It took such a long time to get any connection to them. All of the characters are flawed and I do like that but it took such a long time to get their backstory that I didn’t understand why the reader should be caring about them. I didn’t like Doran (stupid name, I hate the name, I want to say Daren or Dorian, what is this mix?!). I just think that the jump between his two personalities was too much that I couldn’t get behind them. Even the explanation for his abhorrent attitude wasn’t enough to redeem it for me.  Solara was fine, she was kind of hard to connect to and I just think there was a strength in herself that was missing to make her a full character. I did like the side crew; they brought something completely different to the table and the relationships that it was really fun to read with them. My only qualm was how similar Remmy and Kane were. Their personalities were meant to be so different but I just really struggled to distinguish the two, don’t know why.

Overall I would say to try this out. It’s a pretty good ya sci-fi but there are better out there and I would say it’s my first pick. I will read Starfall when I get the chance but I don’t know when that will be. It seems like a really different storyline and I’m interested to see how it goes. I am super glad I got to this because I’ve been interested since January 2016 when it was due to be released. Other books just got in the way and another reason why I love buddy reads.

Do you have any si-fi recommendations?

That’s all folks!

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WWW Wednesday – March 22nd

So today marks the official hand in date for my dissertation. In 6 months I wrote 20,000 words on accounting and I’m so glad that it’s done.

I did think about not doing a WWW Wednesday today because I’m still reading the same book but I finished two other books since last week s here we go again.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Just Finished

So I read these both pretty quickly. They are really short, and no they aren’t part of Big Book March but I had to read something else.

I have a review for Nothing is Strange here. It was sent to be for review. I liked it and it was different but I just didn’t connect with some of it.

Another Brooklyn was a good premise but I just didn’t like the story or style and I just sort of wish it was done in a different way. It just came across as so abstract and pretentious and for the topic in question I don’t think it was the best decision.

Currently Reading


So yesterday I went up to some mountains in Scotland and read some of Outlander. I’m getting there and I’m really enjoying it but it’s such a big book! I’ll include some of the other snowy pictures that I took. For those of you who don’t know (I’m gong to guess everyone) I went to a place called Rest and Be Thankful, it was a strategic point for the English Army to quell any highland uprising as they built a military road and it still stands to this day. It is one of the most beautiful places near me in Scotland and I always forget how lucky I am to have such spectacular views only an hour out of the city.

Read Next


I read a few pages of this and got really into it. But I had to pick it down because I need to finish Outlander but I’m really excited to get to this now.

So my reading is sort of falling apart because I’ve picked up crochet and I’m obsessed with it. Don’t judge me, I’m 20 but I also have a lot of anger and stress so it’s really mellowing me out because I’ve been having some heart/ blood pressure issues so I have to calm myself.

So here’s some pictures from my snowy escape.

If you have a WWW Wednesday leave  a link in the comments below. If not, let me know what you’re currently reading.

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Comic Book Monday #3 – East of West and Flash

This is going much better than I originally imagined. However, this week I did have a freak out about running out of comics to read……

East of West 2The second volume of the most exciting new book in the industry is here! We Are All One follows our cast around the fractured future-scape of America as we learn more about a world that’s rapidly coming to a end.

Issues 6-10

Published 9th April 2014

Rating – Should read, 4 stars

Read on 14th March

Flash 1

Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!

The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!

As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.

Issues 1-8

Publshed 20th August 2013

Rating – Must Read, 4.5 stars

Read on 17th March

So I’m glad to be continuing on with East of West because I am enjoying the really weird style and story. I can’t really tell if it’s more or less confusing but I’m so far in that it all seems good, there’s no expectations or confusion about what I am getting into. I did try reading the Manhattan Projects by the same author and it was so awful. I couldn’t even continue on with it, which is horribly disappointing.

So I love the Flash, he is one of my favourite DC characters. He’s actually what started my obsession with DC comics a few years back. I read his story just before new 52, out of dumb luck he was like a central point to the whole world getting a rewrite. I just love how interesting a premise and concept it is. I accept that it is maybe overpowered but in this one it sort of confronts that as well as ding a good explanation of explaining the speed force.

I picked up even more comics at the library today so long may this continue!

That’s all folks!

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