Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things
By: Patrick Rothfuss
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: October 28th 2014
Publisher:  DAW Books
Pages: 159
ISBN: 0756410436
Format: Hardcover

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows...

In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.


You might not want to buy this book.

I know, that’s not the sort of thing an author is supposed to say. The marketing people aren’t going to like this. My editor is going to have a fit. But I’d rather be honest with you right out of the gate.

First, if you haven’t read my other books, you don’t want to start here.

My first two books are The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. If you’re curious to try my writing, start there. They’re the best introduction to my world. This book deals with Auri, one of the characters from that series. Without the context of those books, you’re probably going to feel pretty lost.

Second, even if you have read my other books, I think it’s only fair to warn you that this is a bit of a strange story. I don’t go in for spoilers, but suffice to say that this one is ... different. It doesn’t do a lot of the things a classic story is supposed to do. And if you’re looking for a continuation of Kvothe’s storyline, you’re not going to find it here.

On the other hand, if you’d like to learn more about Auri, this story has a lot to offer. If you love words and mysteries and secrets. If you’re curious about the Underthing and alchemy. If you want to know more about the hidden turnings of my world...

Well, then this book might be for you. (Goodreads)
 I want to get something out of the way before starting a small review. So here it goes. I don't understand the negativity surrounding this novella. Especially those saying this book is a "money grab" or some other ridiculous baseless statement about him delaying the third instalment. Listen, with all respect, don't buy it if you think it's just for profit. There is a beautiful thing called choice that we all have, feel free to exercise that glorious human right. Instead of directing all this hate why don't we thank a brilliant author for not only this beautiful novella but also thank him for his amazing works, and allow him whatever time he needs to put out a product that he feels is adequate. He even had the decency at the beginning AND end of this novella to explain that it wasn't for the every day reader, yet haters gonna hate right? I said my piece.

As for this book, I understand both ends of the spectrum in terms of its contents. I understand those who may not fully appreciate or downright hate it, to those who love it. I tend to fall in the category of the latter. This book is Auri. If you have read either of the instalments of kingkiller chronicle then you know what I mean. Auri is an enigma, and so is this book. It was so wonderfully rich with a dark and beautiful "Auri-esque" world. One that lacks of comprehension but screams with skin deep innocence and darkness at its soul. I loved it. To hate this book is to not understand Auri as a character, or maybe I look at her through a different lens then others. Thank you Mr. Rothfuss for giving us the opportunity to glimpse into the madness and brilliance that is your mind. And thank you for allowing us to try to understand Auri.

5/5 Carls

1 comment:

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