The Slow Regard of Silent Things

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., 2014.
ISBN: 9780756410438
Characteristics: 159 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Nate - Illustrator


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sjpl_rebekah Jul 02, 2020

Before deciding to read this novella, I recommend three things:

1.Read at least the first book of the Kingkiller Chronicle prior to picking up this novella to establish the character of Auri.
2.Heed the author’s advice in the author’s notes and do NOT expect there to be a plot.
3.Listen to this in audiobook format.

If I had to describe this audiobook in one word, it would be: soothing. It is a long and meandering stroll through the broken mind of Auri. For those who have read any of the Kingkiller Chronicle books, it is already established that Auri is an airy, mysterious, and sweet-natured young woman. She often brings Kvothe gifts with cryptic descriptions, and this novella delves deeply into her thought process in choosing those gifts, and gives a glimpse of her life in the “Underthing.” It’s less of a story and more of a snapshot of her life.

The author has a fantastic voice for narrating, and though I often found my thoughts drifting off during his reading, I found the listening experience to be very pleasant. With all the stress in my life right now, I found it to be a nice reprieve to just tune out with this playing in the background.

Oct 29, 2019

I read this book after I caught up with the Kingkiller Chronicles and wanted to know more about Auri. Going in I thought it would be a small side piece about the doings of Auri and the workings of the Underthing. Boy, I was wrong. I was smacked in the face with a masterpiece that was written in a way I have never read before. Auri was the only character in the book yet Rothfuss brought the world around her to life and making me create an attachment to the Underthing itself and all of its odds and ends. Seeing things through Auri's eyes made me see my world differently. The way she treated everyday objects made me second guess they way I see things. Is that gear really just a gear? Or does even that have secrets that it wants to share? Rothfuss breathed life into his world in such an amazing way that by the end you are not only left smiling (because Auri just has that effect on people) but curious if you should try and talk to the road you walk on.

Jul 16, 2019

Read this. Read the forward. Read the author's notes. Read the Library of Fracking Congress boilerplate. Delight in it. Relax into it.

JCLZachC Jun 13, 2019

As the author states in the introduction, this is not going to satisfy fans looking for more of Kvothe's story. It is a unique look into the story of one character, Auri, which really leans into language and Rothfuss creates a compelling story with not much more than a beautiful tapestry of words.

May 21, 2019

There is almost no plot in this book whatsoever but it still manages to be compelling and fascinating.

May 13, 2019

Not my cup of tea, what with the nonexistent plot and the madness throughout the "story." It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, which I also did not enjoy. I'll stick to the main series (which I loved) thanks!

Jul 22, 2018

loved it..& proud to be part of select group who get this..i love that patrick rothfus wrote this weird different thing..he is just so talented!

Sep 06, 2017

Well, the author did warn you it was gunna suck.

So the book is weird and un-eventful. Un-eventful may even be an understatement. I might say however, for a story with so much absolute nothing, it had a lot of something.

I'm not even mad about the void of dialog, lack of events, and the 8 pages of Auri making soap being noted as the most action you would read in this novel. I was most disappointed in the repetitiveness of this piece. An example paragraph:

Auri made her way through Wains, ran along the pipes, careful to not disturb anything. Everything was in it's proper place (or other cases not). She moved (an object) into it's right place. No. no no. That wasn't the perfect fit for it. She washed her hands and face and came back to decide where to put it. He would be here in X amount of days. She moved (said object) into new place and smiled wide, wild, waned even, as the moon because everything was in it's right place.

This book is the equivalent of reading the above example paragraph a few hundred times. Interchanging small things like the order of what is done, and objects which are moved.

Auri is a very beloved character, and this really showcases what she goes through, and what The Underthing looks like. Readers might even feel a connection with Auri, or newfound appreciation for her. That is all. This book doesn't really tie into the Kingkiller chronicles chronologically. It doesn't reveal a divine revelation, or plot twist relevant to the main story.

I definitely do not recommend this to anyone who hasn't read the other Rothfuss novels. I read this and didn't think it was great. however all that being said. I was glad to read it.

I'm hoping the next Kingkiller Chronicles book can use something from The Slow Regard of Silent Things to tie it better into the story.

Jul 13, 2017

Slow Regard is an odd story and one might understand it better by reading the Name of the Wind first. At the beginning I thought I would not be interested enough to finish reading it, but Auri got in my head. The way she gave personality to inanimate objects was slightly familiar to me. She was broken by something that happened to her and a subtle reference to a wrist being held down by a hand, breath of wine and want brought a thought of abuse. Another familiarity. The mere idea that she existed alone in the underthing, yet all of humanity went on above kept me moving along in the story line until the end. Self sufficient, reliant upon her 'balance' of the world against her unbalanced mind is brilliant. I was actually sorry it ended. That being said, it is true that this may not be the story for everyone. I felt oddly attached. I liked it enough to give a review and that for me is a rare thing. Rare like this story.

Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Mar 15, 2017

With beautiful literary writing, this is a significantly different sort of book from the Kingkiller Chronicles, although they exist in the same story universe. In fact, I think you could read this without having read the original series at all and still appreciate it. There is almost no real action in this book, and somehow I felt super involved in every little thing that happened because of the emotional weight it clearly holds for Auri. As Rothfuss explains in the afterword, he never thought people would want to read such a book, but everyone who requested to see it loved it because they could relate to Auri's brokenness. He says he wrote this for all the broken people in the world who can understand where Auri's coming from. Auri has always been my favorite character in the Kingkiller Chronicles and I loved reading more about her--the fragmented hints of her past, the explanations of her thinking, and the experience of her daily life.

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Oct 29, 2019

“She knew if you weren’t always stepping lightly as a bird the whole world came apart to crush you. Like a house of cards. Like a bottle against stones.”

Oct 29, 2019

“She knew. She knew how quickly things could break. You did the things you could. You tended to the world for the world’s sake. You hoped you would be safe. But still she knew. It could come crashing down and there was nothing you could do.”

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