Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Rothfuss’

Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss to visit ABC Amsterdam

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

He’s one of our favorite authors, and was a huge hit with you last time he visited ABC. We’ve had lots of tip-offs from you that the great man would be in Europe again in November, and of course, lots of requests to please, please, PLEASE get him to come to ABC. (Seriously, some of this guy’s biggest fans clearly live right here in The Netherlands.)


Our people talked to his people, and… they have confirmed that Patrick Rothfuss will visit us in November!

Updated on 29/9/2011: Sadly, due to personal circumstances, Patrick Rothfuss’s visit will not be happening in November.  We really hope he will come to visit us at some stage in the future, though, and we sincerely hope everything will be alright for him and his very soon.

Rothfuss is the author of epic fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle, which so far includes The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear.

The details of his visit are still being ironed out, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we know more.

For now, whet your appetite with an interview Tiemen did with him earlier this year in which he told us what his kit would include  in the event of a worldwide zombie apocalypse. ;-)

Win Patrick Rothfuss’s new book!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Missed your chance to win a signed copy of Steven Erikson’s The Crippled God?  Never fear, we have another fabulous fantasy title for you to get your hands on!

We have 3 copies of Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear to give away!

Not signed, it must be said,  but still very much free.  For the purists among you, we’re talking about 3 copies of the US hardcover editionAll you have to do is tweet a caption to the following picture:

Follow these steps to send in your caption:

1. If you already follow our tweets then we love you and you can skip this step. If not you can earn our love by popping over to our twitter page and clicking on the ‘follow’ button to see our tweets. (If you’ve not already signed up for Twitter, the first thing you’ll see on the page is a big yellow SIGN UP! button. It’ll take you about 30 seconds.)

2. Send in your caption – and please include @wwwabcnl in your tweet so we can find your entry!  Due date is this Friday, March 11th.

3. Wait patiently. :-) We’ll pick a winner at random from all the tweets.

ABC talks to: Patrick Rothfuss

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

We are HUGE fans of Patrick Rothfuss here at ABC. We still talk about the day he came for a visit, a couple of years ago, and we recommend his first book Name of The Wind to everyone who asks us for a good fantasy novel.

His next book The Wise Man’s Fear is in stores now, and we’re so excited! It contintues the story of Kvothe, the hero of Name of The Wind, a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen.

ABC Amsterdam’s Tiemen wrote to Mr. Rothfuss and asked if he could interview him for Do You Read Me? He very kindly obliged and Tiemen was thrilled. :-)

Part two of the Kingkiller Chronicle, The Wise Man’s Fear is finally finished. How does that feel? Does it feel very different from when you finished the first part The Name of the Wind?

It feels good. But it does feel different than when I finished The Name of the Wind. The first book I worked on for years as my hobby. It was fun, and getting it published was, in some ways, the fulfilment of a dream.

But writing The Wise Man’s Fear was work. I needed to write this book to prove that I could be a professional writer, not just a hobbyist. Now that it’s finished, I feel a greater sense of pride. I’ve proven that I can do it twice.

You have been busy working on The Wise Man’s Fear longer than expected. You wrote on your blog that the main reason for the delay was that you wanted to turn the book from good into awesome. How do you make something that is good into something that is awesome?

Revision. Lots and lots of revision. Then more revision. They you get feedback from people on the book, and use it to do more revision.

Do you listen to music when you write and if so, what music do you listen to?

Nope. It takes up too much headspace. I need all of my brain to write.

A lot of people are very happy that book two is coming out, how long do you think it will take before people start sending you e-mails asking when book three will be finished?

People have already started asking. Everyone thinks it’s a clever joke, “When’s book three going to be done?” I suppose it is clever for them, they just thought of it. But I’ve already heard it 30 times….

You recently became a father. The pictures of your son on your blog are ridiculously cute. Has being a father influenced your writing?


The robots are coming!: Sci-Fi for the new year

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

What are we waiting for in 2011 in the sci-fi and fantasy section at the ABC? Well, there are a couple of biggies coming our way. One of the big new titles is the third book in The Genteleman Bastard Sequence: The Republic of Thieves by fantasy writer Scott Lynch, will hit our stores in the second half of February. Another big one, with a whopping 932 pages (that is aproximately half a tree!), is A Wise Man’s Fear, the second installment of The Kingkiller Chronicle, by one of our favorite authors – Patrick Rothfuss.

Typically for the sci-fi and fantasy department, these two big titles are parts of a series. But probably the biggest new title of them all is a book you can read without having to read another book in the series, and that is Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. This one will be released on July 11th. This is a major epic thriller which has already been optioned by Steven Spielberg and slated to be in the cinemas in 2013. What is it about, you might ask? Robots of course!

Twenty years from now, an unprecedented high-level artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and kills its creator. This first act of betrayal leads Archos to gain control over the global network of computers, machines and technology that regulate everything from transportation, utilities, defense, and communication. In the early months, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans, but most of them are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is far too late. In the span of fifteen minutes, at a moment known later in history as Zero Hour, every mechanical device in the world rebels against humanity, setting off the ‘Robot War’ that both decimates and unites humankind…

If you don’t want to wait until July and are looking for a good book right now, try I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (written with a bit of help from Jobie Hughes and the infamous James Frey). Nine children have left the war-ravaged planet Lorien and taken refuge on Earth with their adult teachers. Here, each child develops powers called Legacies, which help them fight the evil Mogadarians, who want them dead and must kill the children in order. They just got Number Three. Now they are after Number Four.  The movie will be out next year.

Or what about the first book in The Hunger Games series? You’ve probably heard the buzz about these juvenile dystopian fiction stories, in which children must fight to the death to prove the power of the government in a televised game show.  Stephen King is a fan. Obviously there’s going to be a movie. And what about the horrormeister himself, who just published four brilliant novellas/long stories under the name Full Dark, No Stars. Chills and thrills aplenty.

Which sci-fi and fantasy books are you looking forward to in 2011?

A letter from our SciFi/Fantasy buyer

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Dear Patrick Rothfuss and all fantasy fans,

It was so great to see so many of you show up last Thursday at the reading and Q&A with the very enthusiastic Patrick Rothfuss at our ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam. The atmosphere was just wonderful and that’s probably why, after reading a short story and answering many questions, Pat was unstoppable, signing books and talking to people so that what was supposed to be a 1,5 hour event… went on for 3,5 hours!!!!!

To give you an indication of who was there: one guy drove all the way from Paris to see Pat and Frank A. Dudley travelled for 2,5 hours from Cologne, Germany, to interview, film and take photo’s of Pat. He had a much better camera than ABC so check out his blog (mostly in German, but also partly in English) for an interview with Pat and some photo’s. He also put some video material on YouTube.

Pat also came back to the Amsterdam store the next day to sign the rest of his books in stock.  If you missed the event there are still some signed copies available (as consolation).  He is truly a great new fantasy author!

Thanks again Annemarie for tipping me about Pat’s trip to Europe.

And to ALL of you: please do let me know when you know of authors coming over and I’ll see what I can do about meeting them at ABC.

Your humble Amsterdam SF/Fantasy buyer