Just wanted to let everyone know that while I'm only ~150 pages in, Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is an excellent page turner! This may be old news because its in paperback and the next in the trilogy is due in the fall.
One of the most appealing parts of fantasy books is fresh takes on magic, magic systems, or how they intertwine magic into rational reality. I am really enjoying Rothfuss's interpretation/explanation.
I mentioned page turner but this book has a unique feel. Its what I can only subscribe as a dense page turner. you can quickly lose yourself in it. Time passes quickly while reading it but yet I'm only ~150 pages in of a 700 page book. I can't shake the feeling I should be further despite not being able to devote more than a hand full of sittings with it.
It is also difficult to describe what is so great about it. It doesn't have extraordinary dialogue, details or descriptions. But yet it puts the reader into its world firmly, effectively and immediately. The author gives you a lot of details passively. He doesn't describe characters in detail upon introduction. As a matter of fact the main character is introduced as being worn, wise and having fiery red hair. The rest we get through actions and dialogue. One of the most threatening dangers is described as a wagon wheel heighted spider with blade legs. Yet, the reader understands the fear if the unknown in the story's environment instantly.
But enough going off into long tangents. I highly recommend "Name of the Wind" to Goodjers.