The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book came out in October of last year, but I only just now committed to reading it. I had it previewed from Amazon and everything. I even have the audible version. I love the other two books in the series and am eagerly awaiting the third. This book is not part of that series, per se, but is a bit of an advanced look at one of the more intriguing characters that appears in the book. I like the idea well enough and I like the character Auri very much. But when I first tried to read this, I couldn’t get farther than the first dozen or so pages. That’s okay, I thought, I’m distracted and I really want to be able to focus on what I’m reading here. Maybe I’ll just wait until Winter Break when my head frees up a little bit and give it a shot then. So I did, but it was still a difficult book to get through.
Pat Rothfuss apologizes for the book in the beginning and then re-apologizes for it at the end. He says that it is not a book for everybody and I guess that’s true. It wasn’t a book for me.
Frankly, I hate leaving a negative review of any sort here. I sincerely like Pat Rothfuss. I follow him on Facebook and I read his blog. I appreciate the charity work he does for World Builders, and his interactions with his young son always make for interesting reading. He is very much the kind of person I feel that I would like to be friends with. I respect him. I like him.
But I don’t care for this book. I don’t think I’ll ever read it again, even though I’ve read the other two books in his series 3 times each at this point. And I wanted to give it a fair rating, the same way I would hope he would do for me if he ever read one of my books. Part of me wants to give him a five just because I like him as much as I do, and part of me wants to give him a four because the things I don’t like about the book are the things he tells me I’m not going to like in the beginning and apologizes for again at the end. But a three is fair. The book is not poorly written as such – just, nothing much happens. You know, I probably would’ve rated at higher if I felt that I had actually learned something about Auri here. Maybe some background, some history, some idea of what makes her mind tick. I just didn’t get that feeling enough.
And to be honest, if you read the series (which I definitely recommend you do) then you should read this book also. Get a good full understanding of the characters and situations in the series. I’m just saying that this book specifically is nothing to write home about.
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