Profile: Epic Fantasy
I’m deeply suspicious of books that receive universal praise. The NYT Bestseller list has burned me more often than not, (I’m looking at you Dan Brown) and there’s something unsettling to me about taking book recommendations from anyone. Readingis a very personal sort of thing and even my very good friends have proven to be less than perfect in their reading suggestions. So when no fewer than six people recommended The Name of the Wind to me, I was understandably cautious. After literally hours scanning the Amazon reviews, blogs and podcasts, I decided that it might be worth the risk. And it was. I don’t think it’s the second coming of Tolkien that many claim it to be, but I haven’t read a more compelling classic fantasy in a very long time.