2017 Reading Challenge - A Book that is a Story within a Story

Good Evening bookworms :)

Todays book is for the category a Book with a Title that is a Story within a Story.
There are quite a few books to choose for this category even if its not too easy to find one if you don´t already know one to read

The Name of the Wind II or The Wise Man's Fear
by Patrick Rothfuss

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The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two) is a fantasy novel released in  2011.
It´s the second volume in The Kingkiller Chronicle, released in two books...at least the german version I have ^^ So this is Part 1 of Part II
I´ve read part one a few years ago and actually started part two but for some reason I´ve stopped then and now I want to read it again and I am very excited ^^

And as aways I helped myself to a review from goodreads

"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.

My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trehon. 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.
You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man's Fear, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's Road.

All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived...until Kvothe.

In The Wise Man's Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time"

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I´ll give it a 9 out of 10
I LOVED part one a lot its just...its an epos - its a book every phantasy book lover must read and the second one is just as nice ^^
First of all I really recommend re-reading Part I if it has been a long time between I and II ^^ I didn´t
I enjoyed the story of Kvothe once again very much ;) All the characters are very nice and I really felt like being a part of the story somehow ;) I hope you all know what I mean.
I´ve read in in german so unfortunately can´t say too much about the original writing style, but I did like the translation I read by Jochen Schwarzer and Wolfram Ströle.
Its a thick book and many pages to read and yes I have to admit there are a few you have to get over where the story is indeed a bit slow, before it gets exciting again but thats okay its not bad ^^
Anyways ;) I cant wait to get to part two of part two ;) and I am constantly hoping that Part three of the series will be out soon...finally .

Now...for a little more inspiration and if you don´t want to read such a huge book as The Wise Man's Fear is,
here are some of the many alternatives:

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite.
Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter.
From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history.  But the story doesn’t end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.  As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling new novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist.
 In The Blind Assassin, a novel that is entertaining and profoundly serious.  The novel opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister Laura's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as you expect to hear Laura's story, a novel-within-a- novel starts. The Blind Assassin is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist.  Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms and clichés of the 1930s and 1940s, The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniquely rewarding experience. The novel has many threads and a series of events that follow one another at a breathtaking pace.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. When she finds a letter on her steps. A hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. Late one night while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.  As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate, her childhood home. Both women will have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets... and the ghosts that haunt them still.

The Storyteller by Evan Turk
From Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as
author-illustrator: an original folktale that celebrates the power of stories and storytelling.  Long, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the Kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great, dry Sahara. It had fountains of cool, refreshing water to quench the thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together. But as the kingdom grew, the people forgot the dangers of the desert, and
they forgot about the storytellers, too. All but one young boy, who came to the Great Square for a
drink and found something that quenched his thirst even better: wonderful stories. As he listened to
the last storyteller recount the Endless Drought, and the Glorious Blue Water Bird, he discovered the
 power of a tale well told.  Acclaimed illustrator Evan Turk has created a stunning multidimensional
story within a story that will captivate the imagination and inspire a new generation of young storytellers.

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
Secreted away in a garden, a lonely girl spins stories to warm a curious prince: peculiar feats and
 unspeakable fates that loop through each other and back again to meet in the tapestry of her voice. Inked on her eyelids, each twisting,
tattooed tale is a piece in the puzzle of the girl's own hidden history. Tales of shape-shifting witches and wild horsewomen, heron kings and beast princesses, snake gods, dog monks, and living stars each story more strange and fantastic than the one that came
before. From ill-tempered mermaid to fastidious Beast, nothing is ever quite what it seems in these
ever-shifting tales even, and especially, their teller. Adorned with illustrations by the legendary
Michael Kaluta, Valente's enchanting lyrical fantasy offers a breathtaking reinvention of the untold
myths and dark fairy tales that shape our dreams. And just when you think you've come to the end,
you realize the adventure has only begun.

Still in need of some suggestions?
There are so many many others like:

The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Which one is your choice?
Did you read The Name of the Wind and its sequels and what did you think?

With lots of love


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