Ranke, save the meandering ms. stuff for the Writing Forum. These are readers here. And you can kind of understand that they resent being told that their views of works they read don't count and yours do.
As for the stoned dragon in Name of the Wind -- there are two reasons that Rothfuss appears to use this. (Possible spoilers if you don't want to read.) Okay, three, because having a drug-crazed dragon is just really cool to some of us. But the main reasons are first of all so that Kvothe is able to kill it, because it can't be helped and it's an extreme danger. Otherwise, if it was just a creature of magic flushed out into the world, Kvothe, as Rothfuss has created him, would not have been able to do it. Second, is to play with the idea of heroes and legends and how legends get built, which is a major principle of the story. Instead of a fierce, deadly dragon that must be outwitted and out-fought, the dragon is a damaged, confused, drug-crazed animal who has been used. Instead of a fearless hero who tackles the dragon with sword or massive spell, Kvothe is a panicked young man who desperately
knocks the dragon dead by dropping a large wagon wheel on its head.
Not terribly poetic, and that's the point
Now, you may think that Rothfuss was ill-advised to do this or didn't do it very well. But it certainly wasn't one of the problems I had with the story as it fit quite neatly into all the things Rothfuss was trying to do with the story -- it was the end of Kvothe's childhood, the creation of the first, big, iconic legend about him that wasn't true, the acceptance that magic couldn't solve everything, the knowledge that there were even more mysteries to deal with coming up.
We can go round and round about this and have an interesting discussion about it, though it should probably be in the Rothfuss thread or in the Writing Forum. I can also talk to you about the mixed viewpoint format structure versus a purely first person one and why Rothfuss did it that way and why I think it works for the story from a craft standpoint, in my opinion.
But the topic of this thread is for people to mention their experiences with books that they did not enjoy or did not enjoy totally that other people did. And if we're going to get upset that people have different experiences, we're going to be here all year. So again, I think we can stop the objective-subjective discussion -- move it to another thread if you like -- and go back to the topic proposed for the thread.