Patrick Rothfuss writes a great blog. It is frequently funny, has nuggets of great information, pictures of babies. Everything you look for in a blog. He posted a huge list of book recommendations the other day: http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2011/06/fanmail-faq-looking-for-good-books/

I’ve read about 50% of the material on this list, including the items that are entire series and not just single volumes, and reading this list was hugely nostalgic. It also gives me a measure of confidence in the rest of the recommendations, since overall it indicates that my tastes roughly align with Mr. Rothfuss’.

Recalling the thrill of reading those books the first time makes me wish I could selectively wipe my memory on demand, so that I can read them for the first time again. Some opinions on this very nice list:

  • I can’t really forgive the omission of Steven Brust’s Dragaeran Cycle though, even though I feel that the recent entries in the series were a little weaker. Aside from his Dragaera books, Brokedown Palace was also a great read, as was his Firefly fanfic, My Own Kind of Freedom.
  • If any Neil Gaiman book should be on that list, it should really be American Gods. Stardust is great and Sandman may be one of the most critically acclaimed comics of all time, but American Gods is … glorious. His magnum opus.
  • Touché on only listing The Wizard of Earthsea and not the entire series, I completely agree with that decision.
  • I know he likes Brandon Sanderson’s books so the lack of B.S. must be an oversight. I’m kind of sad he decided to go the 10 volume epic route with his Stormlight Archive especially since I’m already sure it’s going to be one of those series with a plethora of characters, of which I will only really care about one or two (Kaladan Stormblessed). But I love all of his books so far, so we’ll see.
  • What happened to Guy Gavriel Kay? To say that his last 3 novels aren’t a patch on his previous work is a serious understatement. Tigana, Lions of Al-Rassan, Sarantine Mosaic… these will make you weep. WEEP. I will still read anything he writes just for a chance at a glimpse at a shadow of that former glory.
  • Martha Wells’ Death of the Necromancer, and most of her other books are pretty good too. At least, when she’s not doing that rather annoying “Here are the ruins of an ancient civilization that was infinitely superior to the current civilization. Nobody really knows how they died out or how to use their magic, and the resolution of this novel occurs when you accept the fact that you’re never going to find out, muahaha” thing.
  • How come The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss isn’t on this list?!