Unfortunately, the second thing you notice is how close Kvothe steps to Mary Sue-dom. (Mary Sue-hood? Gah, nomenclature). I won't say he crosses the line, but he comes close. Fair enough, he's naturally talented: but that can only take you so far, and Kvothe is a genius at (seemingly) everything. The factor that saves this from bcoming a mash of cliches is that it's explicitly stated that Kvothe's tales have become similar to legend: he's deliberately a larger-than-life character. That, and the fact that his abilities don't always save him from the consequences. We know how his story ends, not as a hero but an innkeeper. We know something tragic happens, so Kvothe escapes the 'author's darling' category. (On the other hand, his colour changing eyes did make me roll my eyes - when I noticed on reread...)
I also like the University sections more than I used to. Yes, they're a little - well, regular at times. But Elodin and others are fantastic characters, and no matter how much University discipline procedures seem laughable, Kvothe's constant cultivation of his reputation never fails to raise a smile. The 'Bloodless' epithet? Because he drugged himself before a whipping. Brilliant.
With every reaction, there is one equal and opposite: so conversely, his interactions with Denna have begun to annoy me more. Or not, I should say, the conversations themselves - which are witty and occasionally wonderful (as well as convincingly awkward) - but the narration of them. Kvothe is meant to be older; jaded: so why does he narrate each encounter from the perspective of someone newly in love without interrupting? Jars me a little, considering his cynicism. But a minor complaint, all things considered.
Altogether, The Name of the Wind is as interesting on reread as it was originally wonderful - even considering my new jade glasses and cynical eyes. Yes, it has flaws, but Kvothe often lampshades them himself (he is a legendary figure so his genius - generally - avoids being irritating). So onto the Wise Man's Fear. And here's me hoping it's less episodic than I remember...