Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind


I must be moving up in the blogging world because now I'm getting unsolicited hot tips from publishers.

Anyhow, I have been kindly informed that Patrick Rothfuss has a podcast at Penguin Group discussing his debut fantasy novel, The Name of the Wind.

Here's the link to the podcast.

He has some interesting comments about religion in the 'cast. I don't entirely agree with him, but he has a few good points. He combines his view of religion with some interesting comments on writers and writing. He views the "muse" of the writer as similar to a primitive god who a person evokes out of fear. I am not of the opinion that primitive religions are inspired by fear only, but it's a display of the unique thinking that has, by the accounts I've looked at, led to quite a unique fantasy novel. "Real writers are not scientists. They are mystics...they are freaks and deviants." After all that, he clearly doesn't take his religion seriously.

He mentions in the 'cast that he was interested in writing a fantasy novel without a distinct villain in order to focus on conflicts between characters who are doing what they think is best but have disagreements about what is best.

I forgot to time it, but I'd judge the podcast at about 15 minutes, much shorter than what it might take you to read some of my more long-winded posts, so give it a listen.
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