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The best of the moment

March 3, 2011

This will be the first in an ongoing, semi-regular (read: when I feel like it) series highlighting things that I’ve come across that I like and want others to know about. They won’t be reviews so much as comments and links to places where you can find out more about the particular thing or things that I’m liking at this particular moment.

Here are a few for today:

The Name of the Wind is the first book in a fantasy trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve known about this one for some time, but I’ve only just recently read it. It is amazingly good, and I went through it in about a week (this is quite a feat for me as I’m generally in the middle of more than one book at a time). The story is well crafted and weaves together flawlessly, and the writing is simply wonderful. I’d say it was like Harry Potter meets the Lord of the Rings, except I’ve never actually read the Harry Potter books. No matter, it’s awesome and you should read it.

Which brings me to my next recommendation:

The Wise Man’s Fear is the second book in Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. I am not even done with it and I’m still placing it on this list. Remember all those things I said about his first book? Yeah, well that book was apparently just a warm up. This one is even better, and I’m only halfway through it. Once you read The Name of the Wind you’ll want to read this one right away, I promise. You might as well get them both at once.

Anyway. Moving on.

There are two CD’s sharing time in my car’s CD player right now, and only two. I will need no others for the foreseeable future.

The first is High Violet by The National. Think alt rockers with real talent mixed with lyrics that you’re pretty sure you heard wrong only to find out that yes, he did say “I was afraid… I’d eat your brains…” Totally awesome and probably the best album of 2010.

Unless that title were to go to Mumford and Sons’ album Sigh no More. I don’t want to bother describing them, just listen to this, or this, or this. Yeah, you get it. Oh, and thanks to Michele for both of these CDs. When it comes to music she’s pretty much always right, and this time was no exception.

So that’s it for now. Next time I have something I like, I’ll let you know. And if you have something you think I might like, please say so in the comments. I’m always looking for new, cool stuff to distract me from my actual work.

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  1. March 4, 2011 10:00 am

    I feel the same way about the Patrick Rothfuss. I’m nearly half way through the 2nd book, and although it’s a little different than the first, it is even better, and everything I hoped it would be.


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