Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I would love to read with my Book Club

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to join the fun and share their answers. This week’s list features the top ten books I would love to read in a book club. Here is my fantasy fiction list:

1. The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
This should show the mettle of the book club members *g*

2. The Warrior Prophet by R. Scott Bakker
This will definitely reveal those who appreciate deep philosophy.

3. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Yes, this book club is definitely made of tough stuff!

4. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabeleis
I took up the mission of making everyone aware of this supreme classic from the medieval times. One of the first and finest examples of fantasy literature (even though it’s a satire, it’s full of magic and fantasy elements so I count it as fantasy)

5. Dragons of The Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
For the sake of nostalgia, for those who haven’t read it yet and those who miss Raistlin.

6. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Heist anyone? I would very much love to read this in a book club…

7. The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore
Another great classic… I sure miss reading the adventures of Drizzt and would love to share the joy with the book club!

8. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
It’s the holy scripture for me, to read over and over.

9. The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
I think this would be fun to read with a book club,it’s quite a different sort of fantasy.

10. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Let’s see everyone’s favorite characters and curse the Chandrian!

Book Review: Slow Regard Of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle
Author Info: http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/

Review for the first book
Review for the second book

This is a little novella, showing us a week of Auri’s live in the Underthing along with her strange relationship with nooks and crevices of it and the inanimate objects there. I got a bit bored after fifty pages but I was able to finish the book. I must say it took me half the time it took to read the monstrous 1000 page The Wise Man’s Fear, and this book is not even 100 pages. This is not to say it’s bad, it’s just not an action packed page turner.

The most action we see is Auri making soaps and a candle. There isn’t even a need to give a spoiler warning at this point, since it’s not about what happens and what’s in the book, but rather how it’s told. Rothfuss writes beautiful and poetic prose and I think no one is going to disagree with me about that. This story is not for everyone, however. It is different, it breaks every writing rule out there, yet it’s something I really enjoyed reading, although like I said it got boring in some parts.

I also got annoyed with Auri’s immense OCD and I am curious how she got so cracked in the head. I can’t help but feel sad for her. I’m a bit OCD myself, but gods, she went off the deep end for sure. The author’s words in the end by Rothfuss explains the birth of this story and how he decided to publish it, and that is quite touching and inspiring for an author. I was having issues about breaking a few writing rules in my own book but I felt much more confident after reading that part. So, I have to recommend this book to all aspiring authors, not only for the story itself but also the priceless wisdom Rothfuss was kind enough to share in the end of it.

In the end of the day, it’s a nice little book to read. It doesn’t progress Kvothe’s storyline, but it shows a glimpse of the Underthing and you get to see inside Auri’s head and her feelings for Kvothe.

Rating: 4/5 Roman Solidus

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Book Review: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear

Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle
Author Info: http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/

Warning: Might contain mild spoilers.
Review for the first book

I must say this book is even better than The Name of The Wind. The stories are much more exciting to read, the adventures are absolutely thrilling and we get to learn more about Kvothe and the other characters. I am particularly happy that I got to read more of Elodin. Dear Patrick Rothfuss, please put more Elodin parts in Doors of Stone. (Confession moment: I have a crush on Elodin…)

Auri is my other favorite character, and I’m happy to see more scenes of her too. Her dialogues with Kvothe made me warm and fuzzy inside. Such a sweet and likeable character.

I must add that the university scenes in this book are even better than those in The Name of the Wind. I was quite excited about Kvothe’s adventures in Ademre after seeing the mention of them in some reviews, but those parts disappointed me, except for exploring the alien culture parts. Generally speaking, I found the Ademre chapters sort of boring. Not awfully boring, but not exciting, either. I was very happy when Kvothe finally got out of there.

I felt like strangling Denna more than once, but I am quite happy about Kvothe’s love life. Saying anything more would spoil it, thus I can’t go into the details. Denna still sucks, but there is some justice at last, this is all I can say.

Kvothe’s adventures in Vintas were the best. I loved the court politics, the subplots and the chess game sort of dialogues. I really have a thing for mental chess games between sharp witted characters.

There were quite a few awesome quotes in this book, and a lot of wisdom. I should print out some of those and them on the fridge door. The tales by the campfire during the travels were really good. I really like the stories characters tell, Rothfuss masterfully weaves all the lore and myths into the main story by using these storytelling dialogues.

Verdict: Buy it! I will re-read this after I’m done with my TBR stack.

Rating: 4.5/5 Roman Solidus

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