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"The Slow Regard of Silent Things" by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is not your typical book. This novella lacks substance, dialog, character dynamic, and plot development. But somehow, it works. This book is missing so many things that make up a standard story, but I was engaged the whole time.


Rothfuss's writing style is the equivalent to a chatty person. He has so much to say, and he needs to get it out. But, everything he has to say is essential for the story he is trying to tell. You can really see Rothfuss's quirks come out on the page. His writing style is strangely unique. He has a habit of personifying objects, and it is terrific. 


The main character, Auri, is bizarre. I could not relate to her, but that's a good thing. I am happy I couldn't relate to her because she is OCD and living in an underground ruin. Rothfuss literally wrote a book vividly describing everything she did for a week. Most people would find that boring, but if you are a fan of his writing and his books, then you will understand. 


The world that Rothfuss created, specifically the Underthing, is exceptionally intricate. The minute details he adds creates a specific atmosphere throughout the book that is hard to describe. 


My favorite part of the novella is the personification of the objects. I thought it is a genius idea to give inanimate objects thoughts and feelings. Since there was one character, the dynamic of the objects created an illusion of multiple characters. 


I did not have a least favorite part. 


Overall, I thought this book was fantastic. I thought the writing, Auri, and the world was fantastic. Rothfuss earns 5 out of 5 stars. The book is only 130 pages, but within that time, Rothfuss conceives a perfect world for this character to live in. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Rothfuss's books. But, if you haven't read The KingKiller Chronicles, then you will be utterly lost if you read this book. I would also recommend this book to anyone that likes odd short stories.


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