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The Slow Regard of Silent Things Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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About the Author
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 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 appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.
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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.
That said, I'm all for experimental writing and such. Just not for me.
Auri is a timid, selfless woman who sees life in everything. Every inanimate object that she encounters exhibits feelings and emotions. The doors along a certain passageway are often shy and easily offended. Her most recent discovery, a large gear, is brazen and bold. Every chamber and tunnel and crevice of the Underthing where Auri dwells has a personality of its own. It is her self-proclaimed duty to set right everything in her world, to make sure that all of her trinkets and possessions are content and happy and in balance. In this, the reader can clearly see how utterly broken Auri truly is. In the author’s note, Rothfuss says of her, “Auri knows she isn’t quite proper true inside, and this makes her feel very much alone.”
The Slow Regard of Silent Things isn’t so much about the story as it is about the telling. The language that Rothfuss uses to convey Auri’s connection to lifeless items is heartbreaking and wonderful. Because of Auri’s tender care, the readers will find themselves more connected to a bottle of peas than they ever thought possible. Rothfuss manipulates words and meanings in a way that is bizarre and alien and breathtaking. He often invents words that just fit into place, much in the same way that Auri finds a proper place for all her treasures. The tale of broken, beautiful Auri is sprawling and dark and terrifying and exciting — a perfect replica of the Underthing where she lives.
I will be straightforward: The Slow Regard of Silent Things is certainly not for everyone. It is easy to get lost in the labyrinth of language Rothfuss employs. There are those who will put it down and wonder if I’ve lost my mind, the way I’m raving about this crazy and strange story. There are others who will completely agree with everything I’ve said and wonder how anyone could feel differently. This is one of those books. Whether you read it more than once or leave it unfinished out of frustration, The Slow Regard of Silent Things deserves your attention. It is completely unlike anything you’ve read before.