Going straight to #1 on the March 20th NYT Hardcover Fiction list is The Wise Man’s Fear, the second in the fantasy trilogy, by Patrick Rothfuss.

The first book, The Name of the Wind, came out in 2007 and was a hit with libraries. It won both the Alex Award and the RUSA Reading List Fantasy Award in that year. Librarian Nancy Pearl talked about it on NPR Morning Edition and recently tweeted that the new book is “a worthy sequel…Well worth the 4 year wait.”

In fact that wait may be part of the secret of its success, allowing time for a fan base to develop (The Name of the Wind did not become a best seller until its release in mass market paperback), aided by the author’s appearances at various comic-cons.

Rothfuss will appear at the upcoming Texas Library Assoc. conference, as part of the panel, “Science Fiction: Beyond Earth’s Borders,” on April 15th from 10 – 11:50 am, with a signing after. He will also sign books at the Penguin booth, #2029,  on the 14th, from 2 –3 pm.

For those who need to catch up on the plot of the first book, Rothfuss begrudgingly offers a comics version on his site.

The book is also available in audio from Brilliance (CD, 9781423389385; Library Ed., 9781423389392).


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