Thursday, April 30, 2015

Name of the Wind

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This has been my favorite book since both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. It features a hero who gives up on the life of adventuring, fakes his own death, and now owns an inn in a small town. Patrons regularly tell stories around the hearth, some of which are actually about the hero Kvothe (our bar owner) and they get the details terribly wrong. After years of hiding from his past Kvothe is given the chance to tell the true story of what really happened to him from his time with a group of traveling minstrels, to surviving feral in London-esque town, getting into a magic school, and his triumphs and failures along the way. What I love about this book and its sequel, Wise Man’s Fear, and the novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, is we really get a different kind of story than what has been the world of fantasy over the last twenty years. Wise Man’s fear continues the story from Name of the Wind without a pause with Kvothe getting into all sorts of new trouble and more adult themes and Slow Regard of Silent things gives us a glimpse of a week in the life of another character that lives beneath the school. The story telling is honest, we get both Kvothe’s triumphs and horrible failures, and some of them seem minor as they happen only to shatter his world when things catch up with him. We are all looking forward to a book three, Doors of Stone, but in the meantime I am happily reading other series and rereading the first books a few to many times.  For teens and up 
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During the year Pat also does tons of fundraising via Worldbuilders, an organization he started to help people around the world.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Book List

This is my most up to date list of favorite books  

Adult books: (titles are first in the series)
13 ½ lives of captain Blue Bear by Moers
American Gods by Gaiman
Call of Cthulhu by Lovecraft
Conan by Howard
Darkness Forged in Fire by Evans
Dragonflight by McCaffrey
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Weis and Hickman
Eliminster: The Making of a Mage by Greenwood
Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien
Game of Thrones by Martin
Game of Thrones by Martin
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Adams
Homeland by Salvatore
Lies of Locke Lamora by Lynch
Magicians by Grossman
Name of the Wind by Rothfuss
Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman
Practical Demon Keeping by Moore
Red Shirts by Scalzi
Swords And Deviltry by Leiber
The Thousand Names by Wexler
Theft of Swords by Sullivan
Way of Kings by Sanderson
Wizard of Earthsea by Le Guin

5th Wave by Yancey
Alchemyst by Scott
City of Bones by Clare
Divergent by Roth
Enders Game by Card
Eon by Goodman
Eragon by Paolini
Fault in Our Stars by Green
Graceling by Cashore
Hobbit by Tolkien
Hunger Games by Collins
Last Apprentice by Delaney
Leviathan by Westerfield
Looking Glass War by Beddor
Naming by Croggon
Revenge of the Witch by Delaney
Sea of Trolls by Farmer
Steelheart by Sanderson
Vladimir Tod by Brewer

Young Reader Books:
Amulet by Kibuishi *
Artemis Fowl by Colfer
Athena the Brain by Holub
Bad Unicorn by Clark
Bone by Smith*
Candy Shop War by Mull
Charlie Bone by Nimmo
Copernicus Legacy by Abbot
Crowfield Curse by Walsh
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder by Nesbo
Dragons Tooth Wilson
Emerald Atlas by Stephens
Fablehaven  by Mull
Fairy Tale Detectives by Buckley
Glass Sentence by Grove
Golden Compass by Pullman
Graveyard Book by Gaiman
Gregor the Overlander by Collins
Harry Potter by Rowling
Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Healy
Hollow Earth by Barrowman
House of Secrets by Columbus and Vizzini  
How to Train Your Dragons by Cowell
Iron Hearted Violet by Barnhill
Land of Stories by Colfer
Lightning Thief by Riordan
Lockwood & Co by Stroud
Loki’s Wolves by Armstrong
Magyk by Sage
Maze of Bones by Riordan
Middle School by Patterson
Narnia by Lewis
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Foxlee
Peculiar by Bachmann
Pendragon by MacHale
Red Pyramid by Riordan
Redwall by Jacques
Ruins of Gorlan by Flanagan
Scepter of the Ancients by Landy
School for Good and Evil by Chainani
Search for WondLa by DiTerlizzi
Seven Wonders by Lerangis
Sidekicks by Santat *
Spiderwick Chronicles By DiTerlizzi and Black
The Doll People by Martin
Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by Grisham
Three Times Lucky by Turnage
Tombquest by Northrop
Tunnels by Gordon
WildWood by Meloy
World Without Heroes by Mull
*Graphic Novels

Picture Books 
Animalia by Base
Caps for sale by Slobodkina
City Dog Country Frog by Willems
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Willems
Dragons Love Tacos by Rubin
Edda by Auerbach
Extra Yarn by Barnett
Flora and the Flamingo by Idle
Grandpa Green by Smith
Heart and the Bottle by Jeffers
I Want My Hat Back by Klassen
Instructions by Gaiman
Journey by Becker
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Hatke
Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Shea
Knuffle Bunny by Willems
Meet the Parents by Bently
Monster’s Monster by McDonnell
Penguin and Pinecone by Yoon
Pirate, Viking, & Scientist by Chapman
Puff the Magic Dragon by Yarrow
Stinky Cheese Man by Scieszka
Stuck by Jeffers
Tea Rex by Idle
The Adventures of Beekle by Santat
The Book With No Pictures by Novak
The Circus Ship by Van Dusen
The Dark by Snicket
The Day the Crayons Quit by Daywalt and Jeffers
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Joyce
This Book Just Ate My Dog, by Byrne
We Are In a Book by Willems
Where the Wild Things are by Sendak
Wilfred by Higgins 

Chapter Books
Beast Keeper by Coats
Beast Quest by Blade
Boris by Joyner
Dragon Masters by West
Ivy and Bean by Barrows
Magic Tree House by Osborne
Never Girls by Thorpe
Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe by Jones
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Pilkey