So, I am on the road alot. I probably drive somewhere between 5-7 hours a day every single weekday. This means that I have two options:
- Listen to Miley Cyrus' newest hit pop single 3x every hour or
- Listen to an audio book
I have chosen the latter. Lately, I have been on quite the fiction kick. In the past five months, I've made my way through seven Harry Potters, five Dexter novels, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Did I mention that I drive alot?
So up until now, I've kept it fairly comfortable mostly books that I've read in the past - my latest edition, however, was a step outside of my go-to choices. It is a book entitled "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. This book follows the life of Kvothe, pronouced almost nearly the same as 'quothe.' Here's a little excerpt from the book of Kvothe describing himself:
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
I'm still in the process of listening to this book, but, in short, it is the tale of the truth behind a legend. It has elements of magic and schooling reminicent of Harry Potter. It has a historical setting in the same fashion as Tolkien, yet is such a far cry from Middle Earth most might miss this conenction. No, Kvothe's land is much more modern - imagine if the entire Lord of the Rings took place in Gondor. Finally, The "Name of the Wind" has the mystery of a good Dexter novel. In short, it has ended up a precise mix of everything that I love about fiction. I'm almost done - I'll be finished in another 200 or so miles, but I can already highly recommend this great peice of fiction.