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The Left Hand of God
The Left Hand of God
by Paul Hoffman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.50

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliched and sexist, 20 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Left Hand of God (Paperback)
I just about managed to get through half of this book before I gave it up as a lost cause. What an absolute load of twaddle and a waste of my time. It does nothing to challenge tropes in the slightest - in fact, I'd say the author based his book solely around a list of tropes he wrote down and did his utmost to fit them all in regardless of how badly they affected the plot.

I honestly felt this novel had potential when it started off. I'll admit, I was intrigued. Sadly, I just don't think the author knew what was happening. Though I didn't manage to read to the end, it's clear the author is not very good at addressing plot holes and tying up loose ends. He just wanted to create a bad-ass hero and sadly made him 2 dimensional in the process. He also made absolutely no effort to give the few female characters any substance - they are firmly rooted in the male gaze and I have no interested in reading about women whose sole purpose in a story is to provide a bit of titillation for the male hero and continue to enforce gender stereotypes. It actually angers me how lazy the characterisation was.

Do not give this piece of crap the time of day. Move along.
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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
by Patrick Rothfuss
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+, 23 May 2010
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Now one of my favourite fantasy novels after only finishing it yesterday. Kvothe is a fantastically involving and exciting main character, and most of the minor characters are hardly less so. In the build up to the appearance of Kvothe's love interest, I was very sceptical and prepared to dislike her. She was being build up to be The Perfect Woman and I was rolling my eyes. However, Rothfuss did not let me down. I ended up loving her almost, if not as much as Kvothe, and I can't wait to find out more about her. A very intriguing, mysterious and tortured young woman, and not in any typical, cliched way.

Other favourite characters include Bast, who, though he doesn't appear much throughout the novel, is also very intriguing and endearingly loyal to Kvothe. I was also personally very drawn to Elodin - once again a very mysterious character, and exceedingly eccentric. I'm not sure how much more we'll see of him in the following novels, but I hope to see at least a little backstory for him before we leave him behind.

All in all, although it's rather long, I was very rarely disinterested in what was going on. Occasionally we have cuts to the present day where Kvothe is telling his story, which caused some frustration on my part where all I wanted to do was find out more about the events he has been narrating. However, these little snippets are equally interesting and become ever more important to the story as a whole.

I highly reccommend The Name of the Wind to anyone who enjoys fantasy, magic and adventure, character driven stories. It really won't be a waste of your time.

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