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Praise for Patrick Rothfuss:
 
"As seamless and lyrical as a song... This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
"Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and similar in feel to the narrative tour de force of The Arabian Nights, this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale."
Library Journal (starred review)
 
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words.... Wherever Pat Rothfuss goes...he'll carry us with him as a good singer carries us through a song."
—Ursula K LeGuin
 
"The Wise Man's Fear is a beautiful book to read. Masterful prose, a sense of cohesion to the storytelling, a wonderful sense of pacing.... There is beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
—Brandon Sanderson
 
"Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
—Terry Brooks
 
"[Rothfuss is] the great new fantasy writer we've been waiting for, and this is an astonishing book."
—Orson Scott Card
 
"As with all very best books in our field, it's not the fantasy trappings (as wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss."
—Tad Williams
 
“This is an extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well.”
—Jo Walton, Tor.com
 
“It is the best book I have read it years, fantasy or otherwise.... The world is so deep, the stakes are so high, the characters so real, the mysteries so magical, the magic so mysterious, the plot so twisty…every day you haven’t read it is a day in your life that could be better.”
—Hank Green
 
"This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology."
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Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have also appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kingkiller Chronicle
  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756410576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756410575
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,641 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off, if you have not read both Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear don't even look at this book, go read them. Once you've read them ask yourself, "Am I interested in learning more about the character Auri?" If the answer is no then move along. If the answer is yes you then need to ask yourself if you could read a 177 page book that is nothing but character development about Auri, because that is all this book is.

As many other reviewers, and Rothfuss himself writes in the Foreword and Author's Note, this is not your typical book. Many people will not like this book. If you do not satisfy the above questions then you will not like this book unless you enjoy reading things simply for the poetic aspect of the writing. Rothfuss constantly writes how he wasn't sure what this book was, what niche it satisfies as a book. Many of the people reviewing this say the same thing, both the detractors and the fans. I, however, can tell you why I enjoyed this book: It was simply insight and character development into Auri, one of the more interesting characters in the King Killer Chronicles.

This book is a look into a typical week in Auri's life, what she does with her time, why she does it, how she does it, etc. It does give you some very interesting insight into a few things towards the end of the book, but not enough for anyone who doesn't care about Auri to be worth it to them. There is no real point to it, it does not further the story in any meaningful way, it does not have the typical flow of a story, it simply ends without any real meat to the story.

Do you like Auri? Do you like character development? Do you like words as an art form? If yes, give this book a try. If not move along safely with the knowledge that you did not miss out on anything. I, however, loved this book as much as any part of Name of the Wind or Wise Man's Fear.
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It's beautifully written. It's a great demonstration of Patrick Rothfuss's mastery of language and poetic skill. It has some lovely passages and some really clever and beautiful illustrations.

And I couldn't finish it.

Yes, I know it's very short, but it's also impenetrable. Fact is, it bored me to tears.

So maybe Rothfuss was right in his foreword, and this book just isn't for me. But who is it for, then? It's very well done, but nobody seems to be able to explain why it was worth doing. Yes, Auri is broken and strange. Great. Does it make me heartless if my first response is "so what?" This is a story about a girl who wanders around underground alone and gathers junk, all the while investing the junk with more significance than it deserves. That's it. Near as I can tell, there's really no greater understanding of the KKC universe, although maybe that comes at the end and the gear that she finds in the first chapter reveals all the secrets of the Amyr. I doubt it, though. So why is this a story I should care about?

On the other hand, I'm afraid I have little sympathy for those complaining about the price. I'd be happy to pay this price for a great short novella, but it's the content, not the length, that I find off-putting.

Sorry to be so negative. Can't wait for Book 3!
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The Slow Regard of Silent Things isn't a story. It is a writer trying to sound intelligent and clever, which is the worst kind of book to read. The first time I realized this was when it took a few paragraphs to describe the main character, Auri, lowering herself into a pool of water. Naked. With the phrase "alltogethers" used multiple times to describe her naked body/genitals.

Ack. Even worse are the lists of homonyms and slight word changes that exist for no reason at all. Here's one I made up that sounds similar to the ones in this book:

"The image of the rock lingered in her mind like a still frame. Film. Firm."

I really, really like the Kingkiller books, but this side-journey that involves not much at all isn't worth buying. Please don't buy it.

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I decided to edit my review and add actual text from the book. That way you can judge for yourself whether or not I am being too harsh:

Auri looked around the room, all startle sweat and fear. She was tangle and cut-string. Even here. She could see traces. Mantle was all eggshell. Even her most perfect place. Her bed was almost not her bed. Her perfect leaf so frail. Her box of stone so far away. Her lavender no help at all and growing pale.

...She went looking for her name and couldn't even find it flickering. She was just hollow in. Everything was. Everything was everything. Everything was everything else. Even here in her most perfect place. She needed. Please she needed please...

But there. Against the wall she saw the brazen gear was all unchanged. It was too full of love. Nothing could shift it. Nothing could turn it from itself. When all the world was palimpsest, it was a perfect palindrome. Inviolate.
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If your usual sleep aid has stopped working for you, buy this book! It will not fail you.

I truly hate writing this one star review as I absolutely love the KKC series and want to support Rothfuss in continuing his promising career. But this was awful. To call this a "story" is a flat out lie. There was no story. It was just 150+ pages of rambling on about a week in the life of the most overrated character in the series. I know people love Auri because there is something mysterious about her. In the first two books, I found her to be interesting too, but not nearly as much as most. So when a book completely devoted to her character was coming out, I was slightly hesitant but I thought I would still read it to get a glimpse of her view of the world. But now I wish I hadn't. She was more interesting to me before I read this. I only wish I could unread it.

It has nothing to do with the cost of the book, as most people have complained about. I would pay double this amount for a book half as long if it were interesting. I've been following Rothfuss's blog for a while and was really looking forward to it, despite his warnings that this was different. I even pre-ordered it, which I've never done for any book. I really don't mind it being different, and I actually think it should be. But seriously, where's the plot? Doesn't a story have to have a plot?

I can summarize the entire novella in a single paragraph (not a spoiler, just a silly interpretation of how the book sounds in my head after reading it): Auri wakes up. She washes her feet. She looks around the cave. She finds an old broken gear at the bottom of a deep puddle. She puts it next to her bed. No, she doesn't like it there. She puts it on the windowsill. No no, that's worse.
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