Waterstone's Liverpool One Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club

Waterstones Liverpool One Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club

"This is space. It's sometimes called the final frontier. (Except that of course you can't have a *final* frontier, because there'd be nothing for it to be a frontier *to*, but as frontiers go, it's pretty penultimate...)"
- Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

About Us

This is the official blog for the book club held in the book lounge of Waterstones Liverpool One.

The group meet at 6pm on the first Monday of the month to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the books selected. The books range from classic fantasy to brand new science fiction short story collections.

It's a fun and friendly atmosphere and all are welcome: from those who have never read any science fiction or fantasy before, to those who don't read anything else.

The group, and this blog, are administered by Glyn Morgan, the Bookseller responsible for the Science Fiction section of the store and an avid reader of SF who is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Liverpool.

If you would like to comment on any of the books we've read, this month or in the distant past, please feel free to contribute to the comments section of the relevant posts.

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Monday, 10 January 2011

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. 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. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me' So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.

What Did We Think?

[Notes Coming Soon]

Votes were as follows: 7, (8 in absentia), 8, 8, 10, 10


  1. I did it again, read the book and was all primed to come along having missed so many and unfortunately didn't make it right at the last minute. Curses!

    I really enjoyed this one and will look forward to seeing what everyone else thought... I'd probably say 8/10. Thanks for the suggestion.


  2. a very enjoyable book well writen and though a bit longwinded does actually get to somewhere eventually when narration begins. normally bit reticent with flashback tales, usually they have survived upto this point, i am aware that not always the way but hay ho. Kvothe as the innocent who becomes the great feared killer in the future is a bit slow. the composition aspects of music bit well bewildered about playing music to decribe a colour for a person with no concept of any, but then not exactly an expert. the tale does have the usual aspects of a quest novel, innocent boy develops through adversity with unnatural natural ability to be superior to most others. the love story aspect bit long or making him super innocent, do want to read how he develops though and should be a good read. the concept of knowing the Name of things to gain power is a good one, would have marked this as an 8