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The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella (Kingkiller Chonicles) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Rothfuss
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Book Description

The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways - and in the heart of it all lives Auri.

Formerly a student at the University, now Auri spends her days tending the world around her. She has learned that some mysteries are best left settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so treasured by the University, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names.

At once joyous and haunting, THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS is a rich, atmospheric and lyrical tale, featuring one of the most beloved characters from Rothfuss' acclaimed fantasy series.

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The writing by Patrick Rothfuss is as exquisite as ever. The number of beautiful metaphors, the authenticity of Auri's voice and the emotions that the story evokes are as strong as we'd expect (Marc Alpin Fantasy Faction)

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a charming, if rather melancholic tale, that leaves the reader feeling rather sad that it has finished (SFF World)

It is wonderfully written, the prose verging on poetic in places...There's a sense that Rothfuss has chosen every one of those words with great care and precision, using them to tell a story that's lyrical, heart-felt and unique (Starburst Magazine)

This book is worth the excitement and frantic scrabbling of pages; it's worth waiting to get to know Auri that little bit better, to step further into her world and see how she survives. Anything Rothfuss-related is a must-read, whether it be an epic novel, a short story or a novella, and The Slow Regard of Silent Things is no exception. (Wondrous Reads)

For those who have read The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, this is an absolute must read. (The Bookbag)

an incredibly rewarding read, for an avid reader it's like taking a reading holiday - the differences are a breath of fresh air. (SF Book)

I really loved this story and It made me fall in love with Auri even really is a very special book and It is one I am going to revisit again and again. (Sleepless Musings)

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This is a stunning new novella in the Kingkiller universe, and a genuine must-read for fans, showing us a little of the world from the perspective of Auri, one of its best-loved characters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18708 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (28 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick Rothfuss had the good fortune to be born in Wisconsin in 1973, where the long winters and lack of cable television encouraged a love of reading and writing.

After abandoning his chosen field of chemical engineering, Pat became an itinerant student, wandering through clinical psychology, philosophy, medieval history, theater, and sociology. Nine years later, Pat was forced by university policy to finally complete his undergraduate degree in English.

When not reading and writing, he teaches fencing and dabbles with alchemy in his basement.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting tale - brilliantly told 31 Oct. 2014
I was expecting a lot. I was given even more. Thank you so much, Pat Rothfuss! Reading this novella was an absolute pleasure for me. Still, many people seem to dislike or even hate this book. Why is that?

Patrick Rothfuss has given ample warning that this book is not for everyone, and it is true. It is set in the same world as his epic trilogy, but it has only little in common with the Kingkiller books. This story is not an epic adventure story - it is a delicate, poetic tale that draws the reader into its own magical world. The style of writing is amazing and I caught myself rereading sentences to savour the beauty of the language, as well as drinking in the mood of the scenes. Rothfuss manages to make the reader perceive the world through Auri's eyes - and I can't say too much about that without spoilers.

Still, the reader needs to give this story a chance. Some will let themselves be enchanted from the first page on, but others may let their wrong expectations spoil the experience. This tale wants to be read carefully, caringly. Pay attention to the details and read with your heart. This book will not convince you with elaborate plots and explosive magic - after all, it is the slow regard of silent things.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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I thought I’d love this book. Unfortunately - and to my own surprise - I didn’t. I feel kinda guilty about that. Not least because I dismissed Pat’s warning from the foreword & Goodreads that “you might not want to buy this book”.

So, before I start reviewing, a strong word of advice: if you are not an existing fan of the Kingkiller Chronicles, don’t buy this. At least, not yet. Go out and buy The Name of the Wind. Right now. It is amazing. Then, read The Wise Man’s Fear, which is pretty good, too. And after that, if you’re addicted to Pat’s wonderfully musical way with words, maybe you’ll be the sort of fan to also enjoy The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Unfortunately, I was not that fan.

So, Auri. One of the most bewitching and adorable characters of the Kingkiller Chronicles - and perhaps the second craziest (after Master Elodin), this is a girl who lives in the tunnels, crypts and sewers beneath the magical university, an area which she calls The Underthing. She flits in and out of Kvothe’s story with great charisma and greater endearingness. An entire novella about her sounds like it should be AMAZING.

What is clear from Slow Regard of Silent Things is that Pat, like his readers, is in love with Auri. Who wouldn’t be? She’s the ultimate Manic Pixie Dream Girl, only more manic, a huge dollop more pixie, and plenty dreamy, too. It’s also clear that Pat hasn’t lost his knack for beautiful, playful, musical prose-wizardry. Seriously, the man can write and enchant like no other. But, as Pat himself points out in the afterword (which is apologetic, full of anxiety and worries), he has not actually written a story. There is no plot here. He has written a 30,000 word vignette. And that takes some adjusting to.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gentle but of no consequence 15 Dec. 2014
I bought this -foolishly - without knowing much about it. I thought it was the third book in the series and I was entirely wrong.

As Rothfuss freely admits in the prologue and the epilogue, this book won't appeal to everyone and it certainly didn't to me.

Essentially the 'plot' revolves around a girl who has OCD and who has a peculiar relationship to physical objects. There are no characters, no events, no suspense or excitement.

Bits of the writing and language are enjoyable, but ultimately to no end; whilst I liked the illustrations, they're generally not of dramatic subjects. The setting is banal and mundane rather than aloof, fantastical, awe-inspiring or gritty, which for me are the essential elements of a fantasy tale.

All of which I would have realised had I done some research beforehand.

Another salient bit of info: I was reading this in haste, when, rather like poetry, it is surely meant to be savoured. So be it.

I'm not cross with Rothfuss, then, even if -for me- this is a flawed and somewhat self-indulgent piece of work. A complete standalone rather than something that contributes anything to the wider world of the Kingkiller Chronicles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully witten story but without closure 18 Feb. 2015
First things first - the is NOT book 3 of the Kingkiller Chronicles; it is a side note to the main story (or maybe a filler while the author wrestles with the main text). The most interesting part to me was the author's note at the end. This is not a traditional story; there's no action sequences, there is only one character (unless you count the skunk, but he only has a bit part), there's no closure at the end and, I suspect, it is missing a chapter. What you do get is almost a 'slice of life story' about a week in Auri's life and honestly it's not that exciting a week. However, through it all we do learn a little more about this most intriguing character and the Underthing where she lives. We don't find out why she went to live there or much about her relationship with the university under which it exists.

BUT - this is beautifully written and easy to read. Its the sort of book to read on a long plane/train journey when you want to ignore your fellow passengers. Depending on whether you are a literati or not, this book will either hold you spell bound or put you to sleep within the hour. Personally I feel that although I liked the book, I don't feel happy with parting with cash for it. I know that sounds weird, but it is just the way I feel. I like the book for what it is, but I can't say I enjoyed the book or could honestly recommend it to a friend without a number of caveats.

Buy it or not? Overall, I would say don't, but it's a close run thing and others may well have different opinions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book is a good read if you want a better insight in Auri
Published 19 hours ago by Scott Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, like Auri
I really enjoyed reading about Auri. It was a bit confusing but I like it because is how it supposed to be. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Eva Vañó Seguí
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick is my favourite Author and so I had to get the physical ...
Patrick is my favourite Author and so I had to get the physical copy of this book asap. I was worried I would feel like the story went off on a tangent but I was intrigued right... Read more
Published 6 days ago by JADWright
5.0 out of 5 stars Auri Heaven.......👍🏻
Set in 'the Underthing' but, I was totally engrossed by Auri!
It's different, but, I never missed any of the other 'King Killer Chronicles'... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mr. A. R. Luckock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I recommend Patrick Rothfuss to anyone looking for something different to read - excellent
Published 9 days ago by Kettle
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not up to the standards of his other works
Published 11 days ago by Samuel W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Unconventional and beautifully written. I highly recommend it.
Published 11 days ago by Luke Orme
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but good
Pat rothfuss has truly delivered yet again. There is no getting away from the fact that he is a true genius in his field of writing. Read more
Published 13 days ago by james hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time in good condition, thought the book would have been...
Arrived on time in good condition, thought the book would have been bigger, for the ammount being payed for this size of book seems a bit exsessive. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Norrie M.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Kingkiller fans.
This book is great. I loved the break from convention in the written word and found it a refreshing and somehow enthralling read. Read more
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