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The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

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Goodreads Choice Award
Nominee for Best Fantasy (2014)
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is set at The University, where the brightest minds work to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Auri, a former student (and a secondary but influential character from Rothfuss’s earlier novels) now lives alone beneath the sprawling campus in a maze of ancient and abandoned passageways. There in The Underthing, she feels her powers and learns to see the truths that science—and her former classmates—have overlooked

159 pages, Hardcover

First published October 28, 2014

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Patrick Rothfuss

64 books233k followers
It all began when Pat Rothfuss was born to a marvelous set of parents. Throughout his formative years they encouraged him to do his best, gave him good advice, and were no doubt appropriately dismayed when he failed to live up to his full potential.

In high-school Pat was something of a class clown. His hobbies included reading a novel or two a day and giving relationship advice to all his friends despite the fact that he had never so much as kissed a girl. He also role-played and wrote terrible stories about elves. He was pretty much a geek.

Most of Pat's adult life has been spent in the University Wisconsin Stevens Point. In 1991 he started college in order to pursue a career in chemical engineering, then he considered clinical psychology. In 1993 he quit pretending he knew what he wanted to do with his life, changed his major to "undecided," and proceeded to study whatever amused him. He also began writing a book....

For the next seven years Pat studied anthropology, philosophy, eastern religions, history, alchemy, parapsychology, literature, and writing. He studied six different martial arts, practiced improv comedy, learned how to pick locks, and became a skilled lover of women. He also began writing a satirical advice column which he continues to this day: The College Survivial Guide. Through all of this he continued to work on his novel.

In 2000 Pat went to grad school for English literature. Grad school sucked and Pat hated it. However, Pat learned that he loved to teach. He left in 2002 with his masters degree, shaking the dust from his feet and vowing never to return. During this period of time his novel was rejected by roughly every agent in the known universe.

Now Pat teaches half-time at his old school as an assistant-sub-lecturer. He is underpaid but generally left alone to do as he sees fit with his classes. He is advisor for the college feminists, the fencing club, and, oddly enough, a sorority. He still roll-plays occasionally, but now he does it in an extremely sophisticated, debonair way.

Through a series of lucky breaks, he has wound up with the best agent and editor imaginable, and the first book of his trilogy has been published under the title "The Name of the Wind."

Though it has only been out since April 2007, it has already been sold in 26 foreign countries and won several awards.

Pat has been described as "a rough, earthy iconoclast with a pipeline to the divine in everyone's subconscious." But honestly, that person was pretty drunk at the time, so you might want to take it with a grain of salt.

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Author 64 books233k followers
November 9, 2014
So this book is coming out on the 28th of October, just two weeks away, and I'm growing increasingly nervous.

This isn't an unusual thing. Authors are always anxious before the release of a book. We worry if people will like it. We worry about the publisher being satisfied with the sales. We worry about the translations being good.

I am all those types of worried. But I have other worries too.

One of my biggest concerns is that despite my best efforts to spread the word, people will pick this book up thinking it's book three. (It's not.) If that happens, they can't help but be disappointed. If you take a drink expecting milk and get orange juice instead, you're going to be unhappy. It doesn't matter how good the orange juice is. It's shocking and unpleasant.

Equally troubling to me is the thought that people will see this book and think, "Oh, I've heard of that Rothfuss guy. Maybe I'll try him out..."

And then they'll pick up this book and start reading. And it won't make one damn bit of sense to them because they don't have any idea who Auri is. Because this story is about her. This is Auri's book.

For all these reasons, I wrote my first ever Author's Foreword. I expected my editor to cut it. But she didn't. And when I asked her if I could share it here. She said I could.

So here it is.

* * *

You might not want to buy this book.

I know, that's not the sort of thing an author is supposed to say. The marketing people aren't going to like this. My editor is going to have a fit. But I'd rather be honest with you right out of the gate.

First, if you haven't read my other books, you don't want to start here.

My first two books are The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. If you're curious to try my writing, start there. They're the best introduction to my world. This book deals with Auri, one of the characters from that series. Without the context of those books, you're probably going to feel pretty lost.

Second, even if you have read my other books, I think it's only fair to warn you that this is a bit of a strange story. I don't go in for spoilers, but suffice to say that this one is... different. It doesn't do a lot of the things a classic story is supposed to do. And if you're looking for a continuation of Kvothe's storyline, you're not going to find it here.

On the other hand, if you'd like to learn more about Auri, this story has a lot to offer. If you love words and mysteries and secrets. If you're curious about the Underthing and alchemy. If you want to know more about the hidden turnings of my world....

Well, then this book might be for you.
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September 20, 2023
Update: I am going to leave my earlier rant about Rothfuss below, since it received so much commentary — both positive and negative. Here I will leave my thoughts on the novella, now having read it.

There is no way I can review this without it looking like I am just piling on and confirming what I ranted about, but let me assure you, despite my wish that he finish the Kingkiller trilogy first, I really wanted to like this. I did enjoy The Lightning Tree, another diversion of his, a great deal.

That all said, this is a beautifully written and illustrated story in which almost nothing happens — except Auri being generally strange, giving names to various objects, and making soap. Mysterious minor characters like Auri seem to work a lot better in smaller doses, not following their every odd action for an entire week. The only time the prose wasn't beautiful was when the title — "the slow regard of silent things" — was awkwardly inserted into the text at one point. Kvothe isn't even mentioned by name, although he is clearly alluded to. The end of the novella did allude to Kvothe's future in an interesting way, although it wasn't worth the 160 pages getting to it.

Also, I wasn't a huge fan of Rothfuss's afterward non-apology apology, that read, "If you’re one of the people who found this story disconcerting, off-putting, or confusing, I apologize. The truth is, it probably just wasn’t for you." I didn't find it any of those things, I just didn't find it compelling.


This is not a review of this book, as it is not out yet. I just needed to vent after hearing about the upcoming release of this novella.

Am I the only person that thinks that Patrick Rothfuss may be getting lost in the echo chamber of his fanboys' squeeing adulation?

Let me back up and explain a bit. The Name of the Wind is an amazing book, and it brought me back to reading the fantasy genre, so don't think I hate this author or all of his works. But he committed to the Kingkiller trilogy, saying, for one thing, that it would only be a trilogy, and for another, and I will just quote this directly from his blog:
The second and third books of the trilogy should be coming out fairly quickly, considering how long they are and the fact that I’m fairly obsessive when it comes to my writing. That means book two should be out about two years from now. Book three will be a year or so after that... The trilogy is already written all the way through to the end, but there is still some editorial work to be done. I want the second one to be at least as good as the first, if not better. That takes time.
This blog was written on April 18, 2007. Note that it says the books are "already written all the way through to the end" and that the releases should be in 2009 for The Wise Man's Fear and 2010 for Doors of Stone. The reality is he overshot both of those predictions by not publishing The Wise Man's Fear until 2011, and there is no sign of things improving, since Rothfuss has already said Doors of Stone won't be out until at least 2015-2016.

So why am I mad that I am getting this in the meantime? Shouldn't this help tide me over until the final book in the trilogy comes out? Shouldn't I be more supportive of his creative process and understand that "it will be done when it is done?" Maybe, but I think I also have a right to be annoyed that I was promised something by the author and not only hasn't he delivered, he is more than five years overshot his estimate. I get optimistic estimates, but this is well beyond that.

I think its possible that Rothfuss has become too enamored with his own celebrity, hosting shows about writing, penning children's books, running an annual charity drive, becoming involved in a myriad of Kickstarter projects, and now writing three short pieces in the Four Corners universe — How Old Holly Came to Be, The Lightning Tree, and now this novella — instead of finishing his long-overdue promised trilogy.

And despite all this stalling, all I see is his fans tripping over themselves to placate his procrastination. I think he should remember what made him famous in the first place and focus on that. And I realize it is not popular to shame authors into writing, but fact is, he claimed this was written back in 2007, and no amount of editing could take this long.

Will I read those short stories and this novella? Almost definitely. But I won't pay money for them, and I will likely be annoyed the entire time that Rothfuss refuses to instead deliver what he promised seven years ago. Sour grapes? Surely. A valid complaint? I think so, obviously.
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October 29, 2014
I loved his first two books, but this is dire. There's absolutely no plot, it's just ~150 pages of a girl running around in the sewers doing Feng Shui and kissing inanimate objects.
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May 4, 2023
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4.5/5 stars

Atmospheric, bizarre, and absolutely enchanting.

Before you start reading The Slow Regard of Silent Things, please make sure you read the author’s foreword first and set your expectations accordingly. Rothfuss has mentioned it himself, this is a different kind of storytelling from his main series, and we won’t get a continuation to Kvothe’s story here; I didn’t listen to his advice on my first read, and it indeed stopped me from enjoying the novella to its fullest potential. I expected something different, found myself disappointed, and I also made the mistake of rushing through the novella on my first read because I decided to read it in the middle of reading The Wise Man’s Fear.

Don’t do what I did on my first read.

On this reread, I savored each page, paying proper attention to the beautifully composed structure of words that gives life to Auri, one of the most enigmatic characters in The Kingkiller Chronicle series; I’m blown away by how much I loved this book upon rereading it.

Picture: The Underthing by Adam J. Marin

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a novella about Auri’s daily life and her seven days of making sure everything is in their right and proper place before Kvothe’s next visit. It is worth noting that although the novella takes place in-between chapter four and eleven of The Wise Man’s Fear, there isn’t an actual storyline, dialogues, or action scenes to follow here; Auri’s characterizations are entirely defined through her behavior, actions, and her internal thoughts. It’s definitely a bizarre book, it’s unconventional, it’s different, and it’s beautiful.

“Soon. She knew. Soon he would come visiting. Incarnadine and sweet and sad and broken. Just like her.”

I constantly praise Rothfuss’s prose, and even though it’s true that The Slow Regard of Silent Things is written in a different style compared to the main series, it doesn’t change my opinion that Rothfuss is seriously one of the best writers in the genre, maybe even THE best when it’s solely prose-related. The prose in this book is poetic, vivid, and stunningly written; there’s a palpable feeling of proper attention given towards each chosen word. And I genuinely believe that Rothfuss has chosen the right narrative style to tell Auri’s line of thinking.

“She felt the panic rising in her then. 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. And yes, she knew she wasn't right. She knew her everything was canted wrong. She knew her head was all unkilter. She knew she wasn't true inside. She knew.”

People who know me closely—my family, girlfriend, and my co-bloggers—know how organized and fixated I can be regarding my books and the arrangement of my inanimate possessions. It honestly troubles me when I know that some things aren’t in the right place. Sometimes, it aggravates me how much time I spend on making sure things are organized and set at the right place/angle/order.

I wish I could let it go, but I can’t.

“Some days simply lay on you like stones. Some were fickle as cats, sliding away when you needed comfort, then coming back later when you didn’t want them, jostling at you, stealing your breath.”

On this reread. I found that The Slow Regard of Silent Things speaks to me profoundly on a level that I thought wasn’t possible. It asked me to listen to Auri’s inner voice, and she told me that it is okay to pay extra care towards the silent things you cherish. It’s good to make sure everything is where it should be. Sure it’s slow, but it’s worth the time; doing things the proper way is right if it means revitalizing your day. It’s lovely to be unique and imperfect in your craving for perfection, even if it’s for the arrangement of things that have silence as their only voice.

“Answers were always important, but they were seldom easy. She would simply have to take her time and do things in the proper way.”

Auri is one of my favorite side characters from the series, and the significant level of emotional resonance found in the brief glimpse of her life in The Underthing is one of the main reasons why The Slow Regard of Silent Things is important to read for fans of the series. This won’t be a book for everyone, and I’m sure many readers would have valid reasons on why this book doesn’t work for them. I, after all, was one of those readers on my first read. On the Author’s Endnote of the novella, Rothfuss has mentioned that readers might enjoy The Slow Regard of Silent Things more on a second reading because most of Rothfuss’s stories are better on reread, and I have to 100% agree with this notion.

“I cannot help but wonder how many of us walk through our lives, day after day, feeling slightly broken and alone, surrounded all the time by others who feel exactly the same way… This story is for all the slightly broken people out there. I am one of you. You are not alone. You are all beautiful to me.”

Please do not skip reading the author’s 9 pages long endnote; in it, Rothfuss states the conception and importance of this novella. The Slow Regard of Silent Things in the hands of the right readers can be a friend, and I consider myself one of those readers. I hope you are, too.

Picture: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Marc Simonetti

The interior artworks are illustrated by Nate Taylor. I personally think he did a fantastic job of amplifying the atmospheric nature of the novella with his illustrations.

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431 reviews4,225 followers
August 4, 2023
The Slow Regard of Silent Things centers on Auri (Kvothe does not appear) after The Name of the Wind. Her life is a solitary one but full of wonder.

This book is like taking the long way home, taking a moment to pause, taking a moment to feel instead of constantly moving, moving, moving. Rothfuss has a very addictive writing style, writing in very digestible, short paragraphs that constantly keep the story flowing. Additionally, this book has some gorgeous illustrations which were so enjoyable that I hope that some illustrations are included in the third installment of The Name of the Wind (if that ever comes out).

Overall, a delightful, charming quick read for fans of The Name of the Wind.

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Author 10 books163 followers
November 14, 2014
Rothfuss's new novella, "Things Are Picked Up And Then Set Down Elsewhere" certainly lives up to its title. If you have a sexual fetish for descriptions of things moved from one place to another look out because Christmas has come fucking early.

Now look- I'm as hardcore a Rothfuss Partisan as they come but by page fifty or so I started doing this...


And I didn't stop until the Author's Note where Rothfuss assures you not to worry if you didn't like the story it's just because you weren't enough of a beautiful and unique snowflake. Which is when this review went from 2 stars to 1.

So -er thanks for that.
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Author 72 books51.7k followers
November 7, 2022
I fully applaud authors following their vision and writing for themselves.

And on this occasion it just happened to be clear to me that the author was not also, by happy happenstance, writing for me.

I knew this story was going to be "non traditional" but I thought I would enjoy it more than I did. I really loved Rothfuss's prose in The Name of the Wind & Wise Man's Fear. I thought that in what some described as an indulgence, that prose might be dialed up to 11. Instead, whilst still excellent, it felt dialed down to a 9. Still better than most authors but lacking the heights of the "silence of three parts" etc.

The story here felt like an extended subterranean exercise in feng shui and, whilst it had a gentle charm to it, I wasn't captivated. It also struck me that there might be an autobiographical element to it, since the sole character spends her time endlessly making small adjustments to the scenery in search of perfection, and the prize dangled before us throughout the book - the arrival of Auri's guest - never happens.

None of this is to say that the writing is not excellent, or that there's nothing compelling here. There's a wealth of imagination on show, presented with rare skill, and I enjoyed it.

I feel torn here between wondering if I'm a philistine who missed the true marvel of the piece, or if I'm simply not seeing the emperor's new clothes because they're not there. I'll stick with my gut - it was good, 3*.

In other news: I now have a perfect excuse for not tidying up when repeatedly encouraged to do so.

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1,119 reviews44.8k followers
June 7, 2019
“People are going to read this and be pissed.”
-Patrick Rothfuss (2014)

Well Pat was right. People are pissed. I’m pissed.

I’ve been warned about this, several times in fact. I’ve been told that it's terrible. I’ve been told that it has no plot or any string of story. I’ve been told that it is utter garbage, and I disbelieved it. I consider myself a huge fan of Patrick Rothfuss. His first book was great and his second book was almost the same. His writing is fantastic, his world is superb and his magic system is as complex as it is brilliant. So, when I was told that this was abysmal I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it.

Then I read it.

And wow!

This was so bad, so surprisingly bad. Not just bad, but absolutely crap.

That’s a whole new level of badness! (SCREAMS SILENTLY INSIDE)

It’s just a complete mess. There is truly no plot or any excitement. It gave me no reason to read it. It is a glimpse at Auri’s life, which is to say the whole thing is a young girl exploring a whole lot of nothing. It’s dull, painful and redundant. I couldn’t get into it. Well, I say nothing because Auri hasn’t got a clue where she is. She is like a child in a vast and complex world. She perceives things in an oddly unique manner. This isn’t bad in itself; it just makes the whole thing hard to follow because it is so easy to form misconceptions. Auri just seems lost within herself as well as the world at whole. I hated it in its entirety.

Certainly, she is a strong enough character for her own side story, but this story isn’t strong enough for her. Nothing really happens. There is no plot driver or reason to read; it’s a waste of time. The writing felt quite awkward as well. Shocking I know, that I could say this of Rothfuss. He focalised the narrative through her. For me, it didn’t work; it just seemed strange to the point of awkwardness rather than a representation of her character. The result was a narrative that felt expressionless and flat. I didn’t like it one bit.

Rothfuss mentions in the forward that this story is “different.” It clearly deviates from the standard expectations of his writing, but that’s a bad thing. That’s a terrible thing. I think, after this, Rothfuss should stick to what he does best. I sincerely regret reading this. I’d like to forget that it actually exists, but, alas, my perceptions of a character I previously liked are swaying toward the negative.

On a positive note, I do recommend the author’s novels. They’re great fantasy stories that are worth reading. This, however, was utter garbage. Pat, again, sums it up better than I could in his weirdly self-defeating forward.

“I was writing a trunk story. For those of you who don’t know the term, a trunk story is something you write, then when it’s finished you put the manuscript in the bottom of a trunk and forget about it.

He knew this was weird. He had doubts. So why publish it?

p.s- when do you think Doors of Stone will be released? I’ve got my money on late 2018.
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July 31, 2022
note - the title alone gets five stars. it is one of the most pleasant sounding and more meaningful titles i have ever come across.

i was only going to rate this 3 or 4 stars. its intriguing and follows a minor character from the main series that i was interested in getting to know better, but this novella is a little weird, somewhat disjointed, and not a whole lot happens. i mean, theres a 10 page description of making soap… however, auri is a little weird, somewhat disjointed, a whole lot broken. but she is also beautiful, and the writing shows this.

there will be many people who will not enjoy this, and i mean many. and i get that. but after reading the author note at the end, this story is not meant for those people. this was written for the lonely and the broken. and i think that is beautifully fitting.

4.5 stars
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546 reviews34.7k followers
July 13, 2019
”Under the surface, something brushed against her. Something slick and heavy pressed its moving weight against her leg. It did not bother her. Whatever it was, it was in its proper place and so was she. Things were just as they should be.”

Well, if I would have been Auri I probably most certainly would have squealed like a little cat, but thankfully Auri is more dignified than I and no scaredy-cat when it comes to slippery creatures in dark water. This said I wish that I would be more like her. Well, truth be told, it wouldn’t hurt if everyone would be at least a little bit more like her. ;-)

The character of Auri always intrigued me and I was very curious where Pat would go with this story. To claim it was not what I expected would be the understatement of the century, but then again I should have known better than to expect a normal story from Pat, right? *lol* Did I confuse you already? Yes, okay then let’s try to put my thoughts into coherent sentences and words.

”He was not a one for fastening. For holding closed. Neither was he dark. Oh no. He was emberant. Incarnadine. He was bright with better bright beneath, like copper-gilded gold.”

I just loved the way this book was written. Yes, it was an unconventional novella and didn’t follow the rules of a normal story but even though there didn’t happen a lot and even though this story had absolutely no plot, it still worked somehow?! I think it mainly lived from the atmosphere and the way Auri perceived her environment. And Kvothe for that matter! It’s obvious she’s in love with him and it was nice to know that my theory actually had a real foundation. ;-P

”But he was coming. He would be here soon, all sweet and brave and shattered and kind. He would come carrying and clever-fingered and oh so unaware of oh so many things. He was rough against the world, but even so…”

I mean this woman truly loves him, right?! *lol* Still, she also sees him the way he is and I loved that about her. <3 Auri is a character who sees everything exactly like it is and she’s a gentle soul that is content with the things she has. She lives her life in the underground and believe it or not, but she’s really happy there. Well, except of when some vile creature steals her soap and eats it! Then she can be a force to be reckoned with. XD I never thought I’d see her that angry but apparently even a young and soft girl like Auri has her boundaries. *lol*

”She stamped her foot. She hoped the greedy thing shit for a week. She hoped it shit its awful self inside-out and backward, then fell into a crack and lost its name and died alone and hollow-empty in the angry dark.”

Remind me never to get on her bad side. ;-P Beneath it all you can see that she’s a broken soul though. I mean there obviously happened something to her that caused her to seek solace in the world below and the repetition of her actions, her need to be clean, the urge to set things right and to put them in order, to arrange everything like it’s supposed to be. It tells a sad story and it’s no surprise she seems to suffer from OCD. Auri is a beautiful character and I think after reading “The Slow Regard of Silent Things” I love her even more. <3

”She felt the panic rising in her then. 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.”

Pat, you’re right, this is no ordinary story, but it’s a lovely and marvellous story nevertheless!
As it seems I’m one of those “slightly broken” people you referred to at the end and considering your struggle with this book I’m more than just grateful you eventually decided to publish this story for us. Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet Auri and to be a part of her world! =)


I’m sure this is going to be one of the weirdest books I ever read and I’m so ready for it.
Auri is such a unique character and I want to see the world the way she does!
Plus I’m curious about what she thinks and feels about Kvothe. <3 They are certainly an interesting pair. XD

I have a feeling this will be super confusing but I also hope that it will be worth it. =)
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October 15, 2020
The Slow Regard Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle,#2.5)
Lovely and very strangely written short story. We must heed the author's warning as it is not written in a conventional manner. Was very excited to see Patrick as a narrator of his own story and that worked out nicely.
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July 27, 2021
I’m not exaggerating whatsoever when I say, this very well may be The Worst Book I Have Ever Read. Yes, worse than every children’s book, pop-up picture book, Twilight, teen romance, Dean Koontz, Scooby-Doo mystery, you name it—I’ve leafed through more entertaining chemistry textbooks. As far as literature goes, this is the bottom of the barrel scrapings! This opinion, no less, is coming from a Rothfuss fan who really enjoyed each of his first two books. Yes, they were kitten squishers, but the writing was quite good, the worldbuilding and magic system were highly immersive and well defined. If I could remove say 80% of the Denna sections from that first book it would rate close to five stars for me. But this book . . . no, this Abomination felt like a blatant money grab!

What you have here is an author who’s built up a tremendous fan base off the back of a promised epic fantasy trilogy. Book two, however, came out way back in 2011, so I can only imagine that his publishers are starting to get a little antsy. Book three has been promised basically every year since, only to fall back into endless re-edits. Supposedly, the entire story was written years ago in college, but it’s taken a tremendous amount of time to iron out all the kinks. In the meantime, what’s a greedy publisher to do, with the fans clamoring for that final chapter? The pressure’s mounting. People are starting to lose patience. Well hell, why not provide them with a side story of a minor character to tide things over? Not only is this the perfect opportunity to milk the public out of some of their hard-earned cash—the sheer number of preorders alone will no doubt make this a roaring success—but who knows, some morons may even think, “Oh my God, book three has finally arrived!”

So what we’re left with here is an entirely pointless and plotless novella about an OCD girl mired in feng shui issues.

Auri lives in the sprawling maze of tunnels and basements under the university. She’s a quiet, shy little mouse of a girl, hiding away from the world. Only to be occasionally drawn out of the “Underthing,” by her only friend, and trilogy main character, Kvothe. In the other books, this was the only time we saw her when she was lolled out by his music and stories. This novella takes place over a six-day period in between a couple of his visits.

The feng shui she’s concerned with isn’t even over say, some handsome leather chair, or antique vase, or that perfect rug that’ll tie the whole room together. Oh no, not hardly. Her entire world revolves around the perfect placement of worthless trinkets! It goes a little something like this, “Oh dear, where does this broken gear belong, next to this belt buckle, or over by the holly berries? Oh no, now the lipstick is lonely. Oh good heavens. NO, NO, NO this will not do! The mirror’s become upset, I’ll need to cover it with the blanket. I must kiss it and reassure it.” On and on it goes. The entire book is filled with this absolute nonsense!

Her only other concern is what gift to bring Kvothe. “The ice-blue bottle wasn’t entirely at home. It huddled on the lowest, leftist shelf upon the eastern wall. Auri touched it gently, doing her best to reassure. He liked bottles. Might this be a seemly gift?”

When the most captivating part of your story is an eight-page description of soap making, you seriously need a reality check, Pat. You need to step away from whoever’s advising you. They’ve obviously either got their head so far up your ass that they believe every yarn you weave is a finely woven masterpiece, or more likely they’re just some money-hungry shills.

I know that you know better when you feel the need to preface your story with a warning,
You might not want to buy this book.

I know that’s not the sort of thing an author is supposed to say. The marketing people aren’t going to like this. My editor is going to have a fit. But I’d rather be honest with you right out of the gate.

First, if you haven’t read my other books, you don’t want to start here . . .

Second, even if you have read my other books, I think it’s only fair to warn you that this is a bit of a strange story. I don’t go in for spoilers, but suffice to say that this one is . . . different.
Oh, you don’t say. And then you tack on an author’s note at the end where you apologize even more profusely.
Well, let’s be honest, I was more than a little nervous about this story. I knew, deep in my heart of hearts, that my new-wrought story was a train wreck. A colossal, smoldering mess of a train wreck.

“It doesn’t do the things a story is supposed to do,” I said to her. “A story should have dialogue, action, conflict. A story should have more than one character. I’ve written a thirty-thousand-word vignette!”

“People are going to read this and be pissed.”
Why yes, Pat. But amazingly his friend advises, “Let those other people have their normal stories . . . This story isn’t for them. This is my story. This story is for people like me.”

Later Pat realized,
I was writing a trunk story. For those of you who don’t know the term, a trunk story is something you write, then when it’s finished you put the manuscript in the bottom of a trunk and forget about it. It’s not the sort of story you can sell to a publisher. Not the sort of story people want to read. It’s the sort of story that you write, then on your deathbed you remember it and ask a close friend to burn all your unpublished papers. Right after they clear your browser history, of course.
All this doubt and second-guessing, and yet this story still sees the light of day. WTF man? If you’ve got all these worries over a silly little novella, just trash it, Pat. Go with the gut for God’s sake. Is it really worth burning your loyal fan base to make a quick buck? I hope you’re happy because what you’ve left them with is a steaming pile of SHIT!

I dare you to buy this. Better yet, this would actually make the perfect gift for someone who thinks you’re friends, but whom you secretly despise. Just imagine the joy that will fill your heart, as they actually thank you for your thoughtfulness.

I, for one, would rather burn my ten dollars. I promise it’ll provide you with more light and warmth than what you’ll glean from reading this pretentious drivel. And no, Pat, as you’ve suggested, I don’t think my opinion would change with a reread. I Think I’d Rather be Waterboarded!
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October 29, 2014
*This is a copy/paste of my opinion on the release date and general money grabbing of Patrick Rothfuss, not a review of an unreleased book, dissimilar to what other people are able to do?*

First let me say; before the release of the name of the wind, Patrick Rothfuss announced the completion of all three books, the three books in this trilogy were completed, the three books who would write for this series had been finished, he planned to release these books in one-year intervals, as he announced, completely understandable, it's almost tradition for not just authors but for many other forms of entertainment to release a new form or medium for enjoyment to release new models at yearly intervals.

When i heard about the completion of the novels and the general praise the book was getting i decided to pick it up, of course i completely fell in love with the books cliche yet beautifully written story, the characters were deep and full of life, i was really in love with the book.

I couldn't wait for the wise man's fear, i couldn't wait to see what questions would be answered, how they'd be answered, what new riddles would pop up within the pages. Unfortunately, this books release date was pushed back several times due to reasons i do not understand.

Instead of a 2008 release date like the fans were promised the book was pushed back four years. Four years. I will admit that the book was extremely well written, but the depth of the story is no where near as long or as deep as a series such as the game of thrones, which George Martin has taken just as long to write a single novel in his series.

This in my opinion is unacceptable, the series was claimed to be finished and yet the book is pushed back three years for what? editing? three years would not be allowed at all for anything other than a book, if a movie, game, tv series, even a new phone model was pushed back three years there would be an outrage, but since we fans are the pawns of authors we have to abide by their will.

I cannot make excuses for authors, Patrick Rothfuss might have really been editing his book for four years, however the much more likely occurrence would have to do with the side stepping of his writing, the general distractions that Patrick has enjoyed immersing himself in so joyfully. (more on this later)

So, it has been three years since the release of the wise man's fear and even now, may/2015 the release date has been pushed back several more times for the doors of stone, looking at reviews from 2012 i can see people expecting the book to release in 2013, this was then pushed to 2014, to may 2014. It would be about the time i'm writing this review that the book; the doors of stone would have been published, a book that was apparently written seven years ago. We can't assume why it's taken so long, we can only defend Patrick, that he has been editing his book this entire time or take the offense, that he has been caught up in distractions and knows about the money he can make by jumping a hype bandwagon that has been leaving fans in it's trail for years.

So, what has happened in those three years since the wise man's fear?
- Fundraisers (of course for a good/great cause, raising money for the people in need can never be looked down upon)
- side books (to be released in october 2014, months after the announced release date of the doors of stone)
-Children's books
- Kickstarters (Nobody cares about the card game that you're trying to force down our throats Patrick, you wouldn't need people to donate money for a kickstarter if you released your novels earlier anyway, since when do authors even engage in such gimmick money grabbing events anyway? Also those stones or coins? really? really??)
- Constant interview after interview (if you follow Patrick on facebook you'll know what i'm talking about, every few days is another interview that barely seems to intervene with his writing schedule, almost as if he doesn't have one at all)

There are more i could list but anyone would get the gist of what i'm saying, Patrick has obviously gotten so involved in the money making events his books could potentially create that he's lost sight of an actual goal, this to me in disgraceful. To release a book seven years ago, telling his fans that all three books were finished only to have released the second book four years later is pathetic. Patrick has release 2 books of his Kingkiller chronicles trilogy in 7 years. Let that sink in.

I can't see an end to this series. What initially was introduced as a quick trilogy for us to enjoy and finish with a quick smile has been turned into seven years of money grabbing and lies, dates constantly being pushed back for no reason, books that have no relevance to the series are being released. Sure Kvothe's story might only last a trilogy, but what about Kote's? we all know that Patrick will never fit both 'characters' stories into one book, will we see the final book split into two? My guess is a new series all together, a sequel if you like for Kote to regain his 'powers'. Not only that but books that are to occur within the four corners have been announced, not only has Patrick ridden the fame train for 7 years for these two books, he's preparing the rest of his life as an author to be based around this world.

If you are really blinded by how much Patrick spits into the face of his fans, you deserve the wait, you deserve to wait another who knows how many years before you have your trilogy finale. Another book coming out in october this year only confirms another year or more before the doors of stone is to be released, and if that book is coming out in october what does that say about the doors of stone? a book that was meant to be finished 7 years ago, a book that Patrick has supposedly been editing for 3 years is now being pushed back because Patrick was writing a different book altogether.

Pathetic Patrick Rothfuss, just pathetic, for an author praised for his writing ability you sure do like to make fans who have been with you for almost 7 years wait for a third book. And then there are authors like Brandon Sanderson, who take their writing as a job seriously, who know how to make their fans happy. There are Authors like J.K. Rowling; who work tirelessly and are completely great full for opportunity their writing has brought them, people like them are able to write their books, please their fans, make their money, donate to the needy and are praised.

You however have been praised for releasing 2 books over the course of 7 years and milking his fans down to absolutely nothing.


EDIT: If you're planning on commenting, read the comments first, i've been getting a lot of negative feedback which i have addressed almost a dozen times now, if your negative feedback hasn't been met with an equally negative, sarcastic response from me; feel free to tell me how much of a shitlord i am, however please note that you're wrong.
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October 29, 2014
4.5 filled with secrets stars

I have wondered for two books now more about two very specific characters Auri and Bast and does this ever deliver on Auri. I longed to know more about what Auri does in the Underthing, how she ended up there and what else goes through her mind. One of my favorite things in The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear were Auri’s interactions with Kvothe things like:
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“I have an apple that thinks it’s a pear. And a bun that thinks it’s a cat. And a lettuce that thinks it’s a lettuce."
"It’s a clever lettuce, then."
"Hardly," she said with a delicate snort. "Why would anything clever think it’s a lettuce?"
"Even if it is a lettuce?" I asked.
"Especially then," she said. "Bad enough to be a lettuce. How awful to think you are a lettuce too.”

I really wanted to get in her head and see what really is happening in there because I find her absolutely fascinating. Well, Rothfuss heard my wish and put me inside Auri’s head for an enthralling 159 pages.

DO NOT read this until you have read at least The Name of the Wind, although I would recommend reading both TNotW and The Wise Man’s Fear first.
DO NOT expect see Kvothe because he isn’t here. It is all Auri all the time and it is enough.
DO NOT expect this to be a normal story because it isn’t. I think this falls into more of a character study. Auri is an interesting character, enough to carry an entire story like this, enough to follow around like a reality TV show but better than a reality TV show because she is far more interesting.

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She is so different. She pretty much lives in the steam tunnels under a school and so far we have only seen her through Kvothe’s eyes. She is a wild, feral thing and seems sorta like a skittish creature in many ways. But that is just the very tip of the iceberg, she is so much more.

Right away I was drawn into the way she sees her world and the way she wanders through it. Is she crazy or is she more in tune to the world around her. She has actual relationships of sorts with inanimate objects. The way she sees them they are almost sentient.
Skipping close, she saw a crystal had fallen from the chandelier to lay unbroken on the floor. It was a lucky thing, and brave. She picked it up and put it in the pocket that didn’t have the key inside. They would only fuss if they were put together.

We get to follow Auri through a week in the Underthing as so goes through what she believes is her purpose there. She is also looking for the gift to bring Kvothe when she knows they will meet. It is such an interesting journey to see that world through her eyes. Nothing is mundane not even a belt buckle.
Might the buckle be for him? That would be a good beginning to the day. A nice thing to have settled early on, his gift all ready with his visit days away.
Auri eyed the buckle sharply. Was it a proper gift for him? He was a tangled sort. And he was much hidden, too. Nodding, she reached out to touch the cool dark metal.
But no. It didn’t suit him. She should have known. He was not a one for fastening. For holding closed. Neither was he dark. Oh no. He was emberant. Incarnadine. He was bright with better bright beneath, like copper-gilded gold.

Auri is smart, so much smarter than I expected. She gathers and coerces and makes silent deals with inanimate objects. She seems to intuitively pick up on signs and there meanings she knows something that is coming and she is getting ready for it. Also there is a hint to her power that I really wasn’t expecting.
She closed her eyes. She drew her shoulders back. She took a slow and steady breath.
There was a tension in the air. A weight. A wait. There was no wind. She did not speak. The world grew stretched and tight.
Auri drew a breath and opened up her eyes. Auri was urchin small. Her tiny feet upon the stone were bare.
Auri stood, and in the circle of her golden hair she grinned and brought the weight of her desire down full upon the world.
And all things shook. And all things knew her will. And all things bent to please her.

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This left me wondering though what will become of Kvothe in the next book. It seems that Auri has a hint of it and a plan. I’m really excited to see them together again.

I think this will be a love it or hate it story for most. Since it isn’t traditional I can see why some might not like it. But I enjoyed the character study of Auri. I swam around in her head and learned a bit of how she made something that should have been like a sewer of sorts into a breathtakingly magical place full of hidden chambers and unexpected treasures. This is why I fall on the side of LOVE.
September 21, 2018
Wow! Wow?? What kind of magic is this? I feel like memorizing this book!

It was wise enough to know itself, and brave enough to BE itself, and wild enough to change itself while somehow staying altogether true. (c)
This story is for all the slightly broken people out there. I am one of you. You are not alone. You are all beautiful to me. (c)
And all things shook. And all things knew her will. And all things bent to please her. (c)
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June 27, 2014
Being one of Pat's beta readers I had the pleasure of reading this last month. I absolutely adored it. The way it's written, I highly advise you read it twice. You will pick up on a lot of interesting things the second time around. Everyone is definitely in for a treat. Rothfuss has never let me down. Absolutely a fabulous writer! I can't wait until it's out so I can discuss it!!
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Author 5 books513 followers
August 31, 2023
This is the story of several days in the life of Auri, the reclusive, innocent, and damaged girl whom Kvothe befriends in "The Name of the Wind." In fact, it is Kvothe who gives Auri her name, a perfect name for this girl who only emerges in the moonlight.

Auri lives in the Underthing, an underground labyrinth below the University, where no one can find her. She is obsessive-compulsive and makes sure that everything in the Underthing finds its right place. Or perhaps she is just more in tune with the true nature of objects and helps them to find their right place.

Kvothe and Auri have a tradition of exchanging gifts when they meet, before enjoying Kvothe's beautiful lute music. In this short novella, we follow Auri in her daily life in the Underthing. She also spends a lot of time preparing her special gift for her next meeting with Kvothe.

Auri is my favorite character in "The Name of the Wind." She is so sweet, kind, and innocent--a perfect cinnamon roll. She has captured the hearts of countless readers and inspired beautiful fanart and music, most notably the amazing folk band, Auri, based in Finland. (Check out their music!)

Some reviewers have criticized that not much happens in this novella. That is a valid criticism. But this book is so beautifully told and paints such a beautiful picture of Auri and her simple life. I love it. I hope you will too.
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9,564 reviews46 followers
August 26, 2020
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5) , Patrick Rothfuss

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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زیر زمین دانشکده، در آن اعماق، مکان تاریکی وجود دارد، که تنها عده‌ ی انگشت شماری از آن باخبرند: شبکه‌ ای مخروبه از گذرگاه‌های باستانی و اتاق‌های متروکه. در آغوش تونل‌های پیچ‌ در پیچ و پراکنده‌ ی نهانگاه و در قلب این مکان از یاد رفته، زن جوانی پنهان شده است. نامش «آوری» است و زندگیش در یک کلام، اسرارآمیز. موسیقی سکوت، نگاهی اجمالی به زندگی تلخ و شیرین «آوری‌» است. داستان ماجراجویی‌هایی که هرچند کوچک؛ اما تماماً متعلق به خود اوست. این رمان کوتاه که در عین لذت‌بخش بودن، غمگین و فراموش نشدنی‌ است، جهان را از دریچه‌ ی چشمان او به تصویر می‌کشد و به خوانشگران فرصتی می‌دهد تا اسراری را کشف کنند که تنها خود «آوری» (یکی از مرموزترین شخصیت‌های سه گانه‌ ی «سرگذشت شاهکش») می‌دانست...؛ نقل از متن: «کتاب اول: چگونه راج پیر مُرد: پیش از هرچیز، چوب آن پدید آمد. جنسش محکم و ستبر بود، و عمرش زیاد. کنار جویباری که از نزدیکیهای یک برج سنگی میگذشت، قد کشیده بود. خورشید به گرمی میتابید؛ که مطلب خوب و دلپذیری به حساب میآمد. پیچکهای رونده هم بود، که این موضوع بدی محسوب میشد. باد نیز میوزید، که جزو هیچ دسته ای به حساب نمیرفت. نه خوب، نه بد. فقط برگها را میچرخاند، و شاخه ها را به رقص وامیداشت. همچنین، بانویی بود، که نه خوب بود و نه بد. او به برج رفت. زمین را شخم زد، و باغی بنا کرد. درختان دیگر را قطع کرد، و چوب آنها را در قلعه سوزاند. به جز درخت راج، که آن را نبرید، و نگه داشت. راج بزرگ شد و بالا رفت. شاخ و برگش را آزادانه گستراند، و این، چیز خوبی بود
تابستان از راه رسید، گرم گرم. سپس زمستان سررسید، سردِ سرد. پرندگانی هم در آن حوالی زندگی می کردند، که نه زمستانی بودند و نه تابستانی. برای خود لانه میساختند، و گاهی هم آواز میخواندند. بانو نیز، که نه سرد و بود و نه گرم، همانجا روزگار میگذراند. درخت راج، در همسایگی رودخانه قد میکشید، شاخ و برگش را پخش میکرد، و بر زمین سایه میانداخت. بانو زیر درخت مینشست، و کتاب میخواند. از آن بالا میرفت، و به لانه ی پرنده ها سرک میکشید. به تنه اش تکیه میداد، و در سایه سارش، چُرت میزد. هیچکدام از اشیای دیگر نیز، نه سرد بود و نه گرم. نه خوب بود و نه بد
روز روشن و پرنور بود، و شب، تیره وتار. ماه آسمان، هم نور داشت و هم تاریک بود. یک روز، مردی از راه رسید، که هردویشان بود، تاریک و روشن. او به برج آمد. بانو به همراهش زیر درخت راج نشست. حالا هردو در سایه اش بودند. هردو، روشن و تاریک. مرد، چیزی به بانو گفت. چیزی نشانش داد. آوازی برایش خواند. مرد، برج را ترک کرد. بانو از برج رفت. هردو آنجا را رها کردند. هردو.؛
گیاهان به رشدشان ادامه دادند، و باغ وسیعتر شد. هیچکس به آن سر نزد، و شاخه ای هرس نشد؛ بنابراین، تغییر پیدا کرد. باغ، بزرگتر میشد، و تغییراتش بیشتر، تا اینکه عاقبت دیگر خبری از آن نبود. برج بلندتر نشد. کسی به آن سر نزد. تغییر نکرد. برج، عوض نشد و به همان شکل باقی ماند. راج، قد کشید. تغییر نکرد. همان جا ماند.؛
بانو به برج آمد. او یکی از شاخه های راج ��ا برید، تا تاج گل بسازد، که کار بدی بود. پیچکهای رونده را از ریشه درآورد، و آنها را از شاخه ها جدا کرد که کار خوبی بود. زمین را شخم زد، و باغچه ای ساخت که نه خوب بود و نه بد. او زیر درخت نشست، و اشک ریخت. خورشید تابید، در سایه ی راج نشست و گریست. باران زد، زیر درخت نشست و گریه کرد. او زیر نور ماه و سایه ی راج، اشک میریخت. هیچ کدام از اشیای دیگر، نه خوب بود و نه بد. نه سرد و نه گرم. ؛
بانو زیر درخت راج آواز خواند
بانو زیر درخت راج آواز خواند
بانو زیر درخت راج آواز خواند
او پای درخت راج نشست که مطلب خوبی بود. اشکهایش جاری شد. این بد بود.؛
بانو آواز خواند. مطلب خوبی بود. او از برج رفت. این بد بود. برج سر جایش ماند، که نه خوب بود و نه بد. راج تغییر کرد که هم خوب محسوب میشد و هم بد؛
درخت پابرجا باقی ماند. رودی از آنجا میگذشت که ��یبا بود. بادی میوزید، که زیبا و دل انگیز بود. پرندگان نیز زیبا بودند. او نغمه خواند. آوازش زیبا بود. گوجه های باغ رسیده شدند، و بانو از آنها خورد. این خوب بود. او در سایه ی درخت راج نشست، و کتاب خواند که هم خوب بود و هم زیبا.؛
خورشید میرفت و باران میآمد. شب میرفت و روز میآمد. تابستان میرفت و سروکله ی زمستان پیدا میشد. راج قد میکشید، و رشد میکرد. مطلب خوبی بود. بانو روی ریشه های کلفت و گره خورده اش مینشست، و ماهی میگرفت که کار خوبی بود. او به تماشای سنجابهایی که لا به لای شاخ و برگهای درخت دنبال هم میکردند، مینشست و میخندید؛ و این خوب بود.؛
پای بانو به قلوه سنگی گرفت و پیچ خورد. اتفاق بدی بود. او به تنه ی درخت تکیه داد، و اخمهایش درهم رفت. این هم بد بود. بانو برای درخت، آوازی خواند. راج گوش سپرد، خم شد. او به خواندن ادامه داد، و شاخه به یک عصا بدل شد. این خوب بود. بانو به عصای چوبی تکیه میداد، و به کمکش راه میرفت و این، موضوع خوبی بود.؛
بانو از درخت بالا رفت، و خود را به بالاترین شاخه ها رساند. سرک کشید، تا داخل لانه ها را نگاه کند. این خوب بود. دستانش به خارهای کوچک درخت گرفت و زخمی شد. اتفاق بدی بود. قطره های روشن خون را از انگشتش مکید. ناگهان لیز خورد. جیغ زد و سقوط کرد. راج، خود را خم کرد و خم کرد و خم کرد. شاخه و برگش را پایین آورد، تا او را بگیرد. و لبخندی بر لبان بانو نقش بست، که زیبا بود؛ اما دستهایش خونی بود و این، بد محسوب میشد؛ با این حال، او نگاهی به لکه های خون انداخت، و خندید. خندید و آواز خواند، و آن زمان بود که تمشکهایی به رنگ خون پدید آمد. اتفاق خوبی بود.؛
بانو با درخت حرف میزد. این خوب بود. او به راج چیزهایی میگفت. این هم خوب بود. برایش آواز میخواند و میخواند و میخواند که کار خوبی بود.»؛ پایان نقل

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Profile Image for GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott).
619 reviews111 followers
November 3, 2014

A lot of people are saying that this book isn't for everyone. Even the author warns the reader ahead of time that this book is...different and may not be suited to their tastes or what they are used to.

I beg to differ. I'm sorry...but if you DO NOT like this book...well...it means you are dead inside!! If you did not enjoy this story it means that YOU ARE WRONG.

Its just that. Plain and simple. Clear cut and right to the point. This story...its magic on paper. I will defend this story until my death. I will make people read The Kingkiller Chronicles just so that they can have the opportunity to submerse themselves into this short story as well!

Good gravy, Mr. Rothfuss, I love you.
Profile Image for James Tivendale.
317 reviews1,343 followers
March 1, 2017
Auri is adorable. I love the insight into her mind and her life. I like the way this builds up nicely to a lovely scene in The Wise Man's Fear. The descriptions of the underthing were amazing and very complex. It upset me when she went depressed. Her mind seems scrambled at times, a bit of obsessive compulsive disorder but she is adorable and I think highly important to the series overall. I think I love her. Yes I do.
James x
Profile Image for Jerry Smith.
50 reviews7 followers
May 1, 2015
This section is not a review. For that see further below. Also, those of you who rate books before they are released and haven't read an ARC, what the hell? 5-star , 1-star, whatever-star, you haven't read the book yet so withhold your judgement. Or is that a way of you just rating your excitement for the book? Maybe goodreads should have a "Hype" indicator you can vote on so you can get your fix that way.

This is mainly focused towards all you keyboard warriors out there. I'm being a bit of a hypocrite right now, I know.

I don't even really know where to begin with this so I'll just start with the "he said they were already done 7 years ago and blah blah blah..." Cry me a river... That was a mistake to say and Pat knows it, let it go. He's said in numerous interviews that he's a far better writer now than when he originally wrote the trilogy, so he basically just uses the original material as a rough outline for the new books. He has a editor now that probably wanted many things altered as well. Many characters and side plots (including the Waystone Inn framing) have also been added, so he obviously has much more work to do in that regard. You try rebuilding a 1000 page novel from scratch without having any hiccups in a 'timely' fashion.

For those of you who compare Pat to Brandon Sanderson and the like, just stop. Not all writers work at the same pace or in the same way. They're different people. Rothfuss also writes more poetic prose than say Sanderson, and Brandon will tell you the same. This takes time. Especially when you have to work on a sentence that sounds right to you, while also conveying the message it needs to. That can take hours.

For those of you that call people like me "Fanboys," go right ahead. I wouldn't be here if I wasn't a fan. But you know what, you're here too. The most angry comments are those always complaining the books aren't coming out fast enough. Strange, that. I'd say you are the biggest "Fanboys" here since you seem to be the ones most desperate to get your hands on Doors of Stone. If you're this angry about a book, then you have some bigger problems you need to worry about. We Rothfuss apologists aren't defending him because, while we may like his books and personality, we have some semblance of empathy and understanding in our bodies. The man has a family, people. His obligations aren't strictly to you. Deal with it.

And lastly, for those of you complaining this is a "money grab," you... you are the worst of all. He started this as a short story, and it became something longer. That's all that happened. The man needs to work on other things so he stays sane. He could have just kept it for himself as world building material and start slaving away again at your leisure - Yah, Rothfuss! Yah! - but he decided to take the time to polish this work, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, to tide you over because so many of you seem to be foaming at the mouth. If you like the series, then you probably like the world and characters. Here is something for you. Stop looking a gift horse in the mouth. Also, I noticed some of you are complaining about price. It's $11 for a hardback! Are you kidding me? That's cheap! Comparing to say The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I open up the dust jacket and it says $25.99 for a novel of roughly the same length. I loved the book, so I'm not trying to give an impression in that regard, but just as a point of comparison. I never saw anything about that price, though there could have been. Rothfuss probably had to fight to get the price down. Or the people at DAW are just the most lovely ever.

To the other Rothfuss apologists out there who 'get it' - preach on brothers/sisters.

And thank you Patrick for writing this, Auri is one of my favorite characters so this will be a pleasure to read.


Having finished the book, I suppose I can see why some people would find it off putting. It's different. But... Auri is different. It took me a while to read this book, not because it was too boring or bland, or I just couldn't get into it for some other reason, but because it was sweet like honey and was something I wanted to savor, like bottled moonlight.

I didn't give it 5-stars because it does lack a certain depth of plot that I usually look for in a book, but I still very much enjoyed it and became quite captured by Auri and her nature. However, the poetry of words one will find in this book itself makes it an interesting read.

Most people read books for the characters and the relationships they forge, so looking at the Characters section here on goodreads might turn off more than a number of people, as it simply says "Auri." But I didn't really see this book as having but one character. Some of the objects in The Slow Regard... are so important and central to the story, that they feel like characters themselves in a way. At one part I was actually saddened when one particular object broke. I have to commend Pat for that.

While it's not BOOK 3, Pat definitely slipped some information in here if you're paying close enough attention. If you're somebody who reads between the lines and is interested in what's going on behind the scenes in Temerant (man + tree ?), this is worth your time.

The art also really helps to make this book. It's really integral to see what Auri sees so you feel more connected with her doings.

I should say that this book isn't for everybody, and Pat tells you this from the start. But if you're somebody who has ever sat on your bed and listened to the white noise in your room, laid on your carpet and fingered its threads, kissed an inanimate object *raises hand*, sat in the sun filtering through a window and watched the particles of dust floating in the air, touched all the objects you could in your room just because they seemed lonely, then you might like this book.
Profile Image for Eon ♒Windrunner♒  .
435 reviews483 followers
September 20, 2021
A wonderful, lyrical story that was everything it needed to be.
Nothing more, nothing less. Everything in it's place.


I have seen that some people didn't enjoy this book. I think how much you like it depends on how much you love Auri and the way she is. So ask yourself if you want to delve a little bit deeper into her world. If you do, grab the book and take the tumble down the rabbit hole.

As my endnote, here are a couple of lines from the author's endnote:

“Readers expect certain things. People are going to read this and be disappointed. It doesn’t do what a normal story is supposed to do.”

Then Vi said something I will always remember. “Fuck those people,” she said. “Those people have stories written for them all the time. What about me? Where’s the story for people like me?”
Her voice was passionate and hard and slightly angry. She might have slammed her hand down on the table at this point. I like to think she slammed her hand down on the table. Let’s say she did.
“Let those other people have their normal stories,” Vi said. “This story isn’t for them. This is my story. This story is for people like me.”

It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me.

If you’re one of the people who found this story disconcerting, off-putting, or confusing, I apologize. The truth is, it probably just wasn’t for you. The good news is that there are many other stories out there that are written just for you. Stories you will enjoy much more.

This story is for all the slightly broken people out there.
I am one of you. You are not alone. You are all beautiful to me.

Profile Image for Cher.
817 reviews281 followers
March 26, 2016
2 stars - Meh. Just ok.

Sigh, easily my biggest disappontment of the year, especially because it was so anticipated. I have long felt that novellas within a series were pointless, needless fluff driven by publishers to increase sales. If even King Rothfuss cannot pull it off, I am now more convicted in that belief. Listen to the man when he tells you in the foreword and the author's note, that you might not want to buy this book.

This is essentially a plotless story where the reader follows around an OCD, mentally off-kilter character. Auri was a favorite character of mine from the other two books in The Kingkiller Chronicles as I found her to be fascinating and quirky. Sadly, after this novella I now find her to be a tedious, dull, exasperating character that I couldn't wait to get away from.

Favorite Quote: N/A.

First Sentence: When Auri woke, she knew that she had seven days.
Profile Image for Jeff.
115 reviews502 followers
April 4, 2015
I want to get something out of the way before starting a small review. So here it goes. I don't understand the negativity surrounding this novella. Especially those saying this book is a "money grab" or some other ridiculous baseless statement about him delaying the third instalment. Listen, with all respect, don't buy it if you think it's just for profit. There is a beautiful thing called choice that we all have, feel free to exercise that glorious human right. Instead of directing all this hate why don't we thank a brilliant author for not only this beautiful novella but also thank him for his amazing works, and allow him whatever time he needs to put out a product that he feels is adequate. He even had the decency at the beginning AND end of this novella to explain that it wasn't for the every day reader, yet haters gonna hate right? I said my piece.

As for this book, I understand both ends of the spectrum in terms of its contents. I understand those who may not fully appreciate or downright hate it, to those who love it. I tend to fall in the category of the latter. This book is Auri. If you have read either of the instalments of kingkiller chronicle then you know what I mean. Auri is an enigma, and so is this book. It was so wonderfully rich with a dark and beautiful "Auri-esque" world. One that lacks of comprehension but screams with skin deep innocence and darkness at its soul. I loved it. To hate this book is to not understand Auri as a character, or maybe I look at her through a different lens then others. Thank you Mr. Rothfuss for giving us the opportunity to glimpse into the madness and brilliance that is your mind. And thank you for allowing us to try to understand Auri.
Profile Image for Salma Thabet.
67 reviews7 followers
August 19, 2014
I feel as if book 3 is being kept as a hostage,:

"If i buy this book patrik might be encouraged to finish book 3.
NOW that he's done with THAT project , he might finally say something about book 3.
NOW that his kickstarter project is halfway through, he MIGHT find time to finish the bloody book.
NOW that he's done with this or that reading and signing event, He MIGHT actually..."
blsh blah blah...

I don't follow his blog anymore, a major point for some people to start buying a book series is when authors say that this series wont take a decade to be done, many people started reading kingkiller for this reason.
I didn't read game of thrones to this day , i don't enjoy waiting 20 years to know the end of a story, i am a very fast reader, and would rather wait for all 7 books to be done and read them all, or wait for the author to die and for someone else to finish the story for him.

By 2015 , book 2 would be 4 years old , if book 3 was a thousand page long , and Mr Rothfuss wrote only 1 page a day , he would still have time to write mails , do charity , go to bars , post about his life , go to events , drink coffee and still have 460 days left to edit and print the book.

Maybe he lost inspiration?
Maybe he's got other projects he would rather work on?

I don't know , but i would be lying if i said i am not just a little bit angry with Mr. Rothfuss

I would still buy all his books though...
Profile Image for Eric Allen.
Author 3 books740 followers
January 3, 2018
Well that’s a whole lot of nope. Believe it or not, I don’t think that Patrick Rothfuss is god’s gift to the universe. The man has published two whole novels in an entire decade. One of which was mediocre at best, and the other of which was a dumpster fire of epic proportions. He has since gone on to do some really shady, con-artisty shit, and make some very questionable, and outright offensive comments about entire genders and such that just makes me never want to hand another penny of my hard earned money over to him again. The guy knows how to bask in his fame, I’ll give him that, but you know what, going by reader reviews posted on Goodreads for his forthcoming (maybe) third book, that fame is drying up fast. You can call me jealous of his success if you want, but why would I be jealous of a man who had the world in his hand and threw it all away through procrastination and treating his fans like dirt? I’d rather be nobody. I’m not buying this. I’m not reading it. And I’m never supporting this man’s career again. Honestly, after so many years of defending my unpopular opinion that his second book was a vapid, pretentious pile of crap where the only thing epic about it was how large of a dumpster fire it became, I’m pretty well done. If you enjoy his work, keep on truckin’. If you’re content to wait decades for a book that’s probably not even going to be all that good, you go right ahead. If you want to defend this man and all his sketchy shit over the last seven years, power to ya. If you want to call me jealous, that’s your right. But me, I have the right not to give a shit. I also have the right to tell people that I don’t give a shit, and why I don’t give a shit. So this is me doing that. If you have a problem with that, you can bite me. That’s the beauty of not giving a shit.

Young people these days, that’s anyone under 35 to me, seem to have a real problem with understanding the fact that just because you like something, it doesn’t mean that everyone has to. I don’t have to. Is saying so such a crime? Am I not allowed to voice my displeasure about anything? Are you the only one that gets to do that? Are you the only one allowed to have an opinion of your own? Are opinions with the majority the only ones that matter? You really need to learn to understand that just because I do not care for something that you love, I am not an idiot, or jealous of its creator, or any number of thousands of other absolutely stupid shit people have said to me over this. I simply didn’t like it. And the author’s behavior since producing it has left me feeling that he’s more than a little morally bankrupt, and someone whose career I don’t really want to support. Sometimes, you’re just going to meet people who hated things that you love. It’s called humanity. There are 7.5 billion people on this planet, and every one of them has different likes and dislikes. Every one of them is looking for something different in a story. And Rothfuss’ work just doesn’t have what I’m looking for. I’ve read details about this novella, and I’ve got to tell you. It sounds like something I’m going to find boring and painful. It’s not because I’m an idiot who doesn’t understand the complexities of the story, the character, or am jealous of its creator. It’s because I’m not an exact copy of you, and have my own thoughts, feelings, likes and dislikes. Honestly, if you are so offended by one faceless guy on the internet disagreeing with you, maybe you need to take stock of who you are as a person, and make some changes in the way that you see the world. Basing your entire life around pounding sense into people who disagree with you, with your trusty shovel of justice, isn’t really the best way to go about dealing with those insecurities. This PSA brought to you by the cranky, middle-aged asshole foundation. The more you know. *ding*

The thing that I really find funny is that I have had, literally, hundreds of people leave comments similar to this one for me: “Nobody cares what you have to say. You’re just a nobody jealous of someone else’s success.” Usually it’s liberally laced with profanity or uninventive insults. First, I don’t expect anyone to give a crap what I have to say. I find it odd when anyone actually seems to. Second, just because nobody cares what I have to say, doesn’t mean that I don’t have the right to say it anyway. Third, YOU clearly care what I have to say, or you’d not have taken the time out of your day to finish reading it and then comment on it. If you didn’t care what I had to say, you’d have read a few lines, rolled your eyes, and moved on. And lastly, why do so many people accuse me of being jealous? I don’t even understand that. To me that’s like trying to prove it’s raining outside by painting a wall. These two things are not related, and yet people, somehow, draw lines between them. I don’t lash out at things I envy. I work toward them instead, and anyone that does otherwise is wasting opportunities. I lash out when I wasted my time and money reading a book that was a complete waste of time and money. I only have one life, I’d rather not waste it reading long-winded, sexist garbage when I could be spending that time and money on something I actually enjoy.

And that’s it. That’s my last word on Patrick Rothfuss. I’m done complaining now. Everyone who has been harassing me about it can shut up now. I don’t care. You really shouldn’t care. Let’s all just shut the hell up about the whole mess, shall we? You can keep liking Rothfuss’ work, and I can keep not liking it, and everyone will be happy.
Profile Image for Chris Rhodes.
263 reviews541 followers
December 31, 2014
I just don't understand why this even exists. Honestly, it's useless - I don't feel like I've learned a single thing about Auri, whom I love as a character in the Kingkiller Chronicles, that I couldn't have already gathered, or that couldn't have been told in a much shorter five page short story. Ten pages at the most. The writing honestly isn't even up to par with his other books. It's not that it's boring, it's not that it's confusing, it's not that "it doesn't do what stories should do" (as Patrick Rothfuss says in the Endnote); it's that it's pointless and just doesn't add anything to the character or the world this takes place in. I like Patrick Rothfuss as a person, but there are times - the last third of The Wise Man's Fear, for example, or the entirety of this book - that I just can't tell if he knows what he's doing as a writer. There are such meaningless little "metaphors" in this book that just reek of trying-too-hard, like, "Foxen was frightened and full of mountains." Don't even get me started on both the Author's Foreward and Endnote - at first seeming to be a harmless justification for this book's existence, fine enough, but then becomes a statement of, "If you don't like this, you just don't get it. It wasn't for you. It's for a special club of people who are oh-so-special because they like aimless stories, like I do." The thing is - I completely get the feeling he describes; that feeling of being alone, of being slightly or totally broken depending on the day or the hour. It's just that it wasn't written very well. Don't sit there and try to make the reader feel bad because they didn't "get" what you wrote.

The best thing about this book is the cover, the hardback itself, and the illustrations inside. Meh.
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