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.
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Strange and wonderful
I have to admit, when I first started reading this book, it felt a lot like DLC in book form (tacked on and not quite the same quality and feel as the main story). Then I found myself shedding that expectation and opening up to really understand and accept Auri as the fantastically quirky yet remarkably wise character she is.
I can't say that I would recommend this book to everyone, however, it is a nice diversion from the norm and an insightful look into the inner machinations of an otherwise vague, nondescript character.
Not the Kind of Story I would Pay To Read
So let me start by saying how much I love Patrick Rothfuss. I enjoy his writing, his wit, humor and overall way he can capture me into his creations. Now that being said, I did not find this "story" to be a good "story".
Rothfuss wrote his own concerns about this in the end notes of the story. He talks about how it is missing all the things a story truly needs such as action, dialogue, plots. He just really loved this story and being in the world of Auri. Personally, wish the publisher would have informed us of this first before spending money on this non story.
This story shows what Auri's world is like for 7 days through her eyes and mind. There is no dialogue. It's like that movie with Tom Hanks on a deserted island.
If you are truly a reader of more sophisticated tastes and have read and loved books like Old Man and the Sea. You will love this. I, however, am not, unfortunately. I love action, plot lines, suspense and relationships. These are the things that connect me to a story. I will continue to read Rothfuss' books because he is incredible. I'm just not as sophisticated of a reader as I thought. If anything this has taught me a little bit about my personal tastes so maybe it wasn't a complete waste.
Novella, at a Novel Price.
I don't want to fault Patrick Rothfuss for this, as I enjoyed the Kingkiller BOOKS immensely, and there is nothing wrong with this little tale either. However, it is exceedingly difficult not to feel cheated when paying this much for a short story, as that is the most appropriate term I can assign to it. My suggestion would be to wait for this to cost $2.00 or less, and to hope that profit hasn't become all that matters to what has been a refreshing addition to the genre.