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The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Kingkiller Chronicle) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Original and poetic. Beautiful setting from a unique perspective. Loved it!Published 1 day ago by David Arnold
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is just that. It's kind of slow. It's not in any way an action book. There are no battles and no grand quests. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sunwolf
Freaking beautiful. Do you like Auri? Do you want to know more about how her fragile, frail, frayed little mind works? Buy this book, read it, love it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alin Munteanu
This is no ordinary book. Indeed not. If you're looking for the stereotypical expectations of a story, you won't find it here. Read morePublished 2 days ago by L. K. Mason
Since this is a book only people already invested in The Kingkiller Chronicle would read, and there is so much vitriol about it, I want to remind some of you about a few scenes in... Read morePublished 2 days ago by S. Morgan
A very appealing state of mind...an excellent wander through psychePublished 4 days ago by Hulda Armine
Patrick Rothfuss warns the reader, "You might not want to buy this book" in his foreword. I still bought it to support him but I can understand why he would include a... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Stan
The main (and only) character of this slim volume was introduced to us in the first book of The Kingkiller Chronicle, The Name of the Wind. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Adrienne