Book Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things

The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss

This was an odd book, but I enjoyed it.  I couldn't remember quite where it fit in the Kvothe story, but it probably doesn't matter too much.  It is about Auri, a strange girl hiding/living in the underground tunnels below the school.

Rothfuss really pulled out all the stops on vocabulary use this story, and I had to look up quite a few words.  Lots of literary gems though.  Here are some sections:

But all the world around her was still storm.  All tumbledown.  All crumble pale and ache.
You did not want things for yourself.  That made you small.  That kept you safe.  That meant you could move smoothly through the world without upsetting every applecart you came across.  And if you were careful, if you were a proper part of things, then you could help.  You mended what was cracked.  You tended to the things you found askew.  And you trusted that the world in turn would brush you up against the chance to eat.  It was the only graceful way to move.  All else was vanity and pride.
And from the author himself:
The truth is, I'm fond of Auri.  I have a special place in my heart for this strange, sweet, shattered girl.  I love her more than just a little...I know how she feels...It wasn't until I started gathering feedback that I realized how common this feeling is.  I've had person after person tell me that they empathize with Auri.  That they know where she's coming from.  I didn't expect that.  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.