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The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella Paperback – 14 May 2015


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473209536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473209534
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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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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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 more....it 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Federhirn on 2 Nov 2014
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna-Leena on 31 Oct 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silver on 29 Oct 2014
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This book is as the title says, different. It is only a novella. It rests on a secondary character, rather than the main one of the Kingkiller chronicles.It is written with the same detail of words which is a key part of Kingkiller, and while the tone and the phrasing might seem unusual to some, they ARE Auri. In the same way we get a look into her unique mind, and the complex Underthing,. And if you know what you're looking for, there are the hints about the main story arc, and her perspective on Kvothe.

Thank you Rothfuss, this was wonderful, and no less unusual
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fife Granny on 17 Nov 2014
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Although this book was fine I was so disappointed to read a note from the author saying this did not relate to the saga. I would NOT have bought this book and feel it is misnamed! I have no idea what the point of this story was, the location that seemed to have been destroyed and a strange man she would be meeting the next day and I guess she had decided his present would be the start of a sexual relationship. Hope if you buy it you can understand it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan on 30 Oct 2014
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This is not about Kvoth - it is not a full-length book, it is a short story. It is expensive. It is however a poignant and sweet interlude in the life of an interesting, frail and mysteriously OCD girl. I really enjoyed it but feel that £6.95 is too much and trading on the probable misunderstanding about what this book is. I pre-ordered it so had no chance to research it before it was wirelessly delivered to my eager hands!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Dodd on 13 Nov 2014
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Poetic, achingly honest, wonderful. Patrick Rothfuss is a magical author, and this book is as beautifully written as any of his previous efforts. The only issue that I have is a personal one. For fans like me who have read the first two Kingkiller Chronicle novels, Auri is something of a treasure. Her world is private, and despite the fact that the main character of The Kingkiller Chronicle isn't exactly known for his social grace or tact, he still never asks Auri too many questions about her life and where she lives. The Slow Regard of Silent Things does away with the pretense, and dives right in to Auri's most private of things: her life. We are given a completely unapologetic tour of her privacy, and it nags at me that I even read it at all, despite how much I LOVE this book. I just couldn't accept it wholly because I felt as though I were intruding upon Auri's secrets. I urge any fan of the novels to try this for themselves and see how they feel about it.
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