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The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella Paperback – 22 Oct 2015

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (22 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473209536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473209534
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,425,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Hardcover
Before I start my proper review, two things need to be made absolutely clear. One, this is emphatically not the third book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, nor is it anything much like the two "proper" books in the series in style. Two, if you're not familiar with the series, though this is technically stand alone, it is not a good place to start. To enjoy this, I suspect that you both need to be a relatively hardcore fan of the series, and that you need to have an appreciation for gentle, literary works, not just dramatic, plot heavy fantasy.

The plot of this 30 000 word novella can be summed up in a couple of sentences. Auri, one of the more mysterious characters from the main series, relates a week in her life. Living alone in the "underthing" below the magical university, she spends her time obsessively trying to put random objects in what she sees as their correct place, coming up with whimsical names for different objects and rooms, and working out what she should give "him" (presumably Kvothe, the hero of the main series) as a gift the next time she sees him. No other characters appear. There is no dialogue, and very little real action. To state that this isn't action packed would be a massive understatement.

This is definitely not for everyone, and in the course of the first few mindboggling pages, I wasn't entirely sure it would be for me, despite my love of the Kingkiller Chronicles. But I pressed on, and grew to love the strangely detailed descriptions of places and things, and the perfect insight into Auri's mindset. I adore both epic high fantasy and literary novels, and with the KKC's intriguing literary devices, Rothfuss proved that he is one of those rare authors that can pull off both simultaneously.
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