It's hot news that "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will be working with Patrick Rothfuss to film the Kingkiller Chronicles. Last year, I purchased Rothfuss's critically acclaimed novella, "The Slow Regard of Silent Things," but then noted that he recommended reading at least some of the Kingkiller Chronicles as an introduction to the world. I read the first volume of Patrick Rothfuss's trilogy (“The Name of the Wind”), so I’ve “done my homework.”
“The Name of the Wind”
was enjoyable, similar to epic fantasy series by Robert Jordan, Brandon
Sanderson, and Stephen R. Donaldson, so if you’re a fan, I think you'll
like it. But, as Rothfuss warns, “The Slow Regard of Silent Things” is
quite different. In my opinion, different is better.
stars Auri, a fairly minor character from “Wind.” She is an ex-student
at the University who has obviously experienced some sort of psychic
break during her magical studies that has caused her to become insane.
She is living alone in the bowels of the city, avoiding people and
slowly starving. She prepares for a visitor she expects in seven days.
We worry that she won’t survive the whole week, but in spite of her OCD
foot- and hand-washing and other bizarre behavior, she knows the secret
names of things, so she wields considerable power. It turns out that the
visitor is Kvothe, who has stumbled across her lair while finding a
secluded place to practice his lute. They become fast friends.
Auri obviously loves Kvothe, and we’ll have to wait to see if he can help her regain herself.
dedicated the novella to “all the slightly broken people out there.” I
don’t *feel* broken, but, come to think of it, I think we can all
identify with Auri.
The ebook features beautiful art by Nathan
Taylor. His illustrations of the dark crevices and tunnels beneath the
city of Tarbean illuminate the story almost as much as Rothfuss’ prose.
A nice bit of music to read this by is “Lock All the Doors” by Noel Gallagher.