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KayKay CBR6 #42 The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Goodreads Summary

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.

The author opens this story with a warning that you may not like this book.  It isn’t quite the same as the others, and it doesn’t follow all the rules.  Don’t let the warning fool you, this book is beautiful.  It is delightful, it is art, it is lyrical and magical.  If you are a fan of Patrick Rothfuss’s other books, you will love this one as well, we all know that he breaks the rules in all the best ways.  In The Name of The Wind and Wise Man’s Fear Auri is a quirky character and we may think she is damaged.  After reading this I think she has the best understanding of things (“She knew the true shape of the world. All else was shadow and the sound of distant drums.”).  I hope Kvothe will come to understand her wisdom and accept her help.

The hardest thing about this book, is knowing what to read next.  It’s like listening to Bach, then going to a 7th grade orchestra concert.


KayKay #CRB6 Review #41 Rogues by Various

I normally don’t read anthologies, but who can pass up a new short story by Patrick Rothfuss?  And it would give me the ability to try out authors that I haven’t read.    I give this book 3 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…


My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

I am going to admit that I did not read all of the stories, and I am not going to review all the stories that I did read.

Tough Time Over All by Joe Abercrombie

– This is my first real experience with Joe Abercrombie.  I did purchase Best Served Cold, but I wasn’t able to get into the book.  This short story was really well done- as it was about an artifact (which is never exposed) being stolen by several groups.  Each time a new person took the artifact, the story changed to their perspective.  Since I haven’t read any of Abercrombie’s other stories, everyone was unfamiliar to me, but it was a well built world.  After this short story, I will finish one of his books.

What Do You Do by Gillian Flynn

-This is also my first Gillian Flynn story.  This was a creepy (and hopefully highly unlikely) mystery.  A former prostitute (this may be too strong a term, as she just gave hand jobs) turned psychic gets hired by a clients wife (this relationship is unknown to her- and him) to help her rid her home of evil.  The wife’s son seems evil- perhaps a cause of the house, but at the end we don’t know if it is the wife or the son that is really crazy (perhaps both).  She ends up taking the son to a convention he wants to attend and she’s decided he may be helpful in her scams.  I enjoyed the writing but the mystery got to twisty for me to really think about.

How the Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman

-I loved this story.  I did read Neverwhere, but I had not remembered the character of the Marquis.  After this I did wish to know all of his background and where he is going to go!

The Lightning Tree by Pat Rothfuss

-Ahhh…the reason I bought this book.  I loved this story about Bast.  I wish it would have told more of his back story, because I’m curious about how he got with Kvothe.  However, the insight into the character was fantastic.  I can’t wait until the next book in the series.

Final Thoughts?

I enjoyed all the short stories that I read.

KayKay CRB6 Review #40 Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis

Goodreads Summary:

After graduating from college, Jennifer isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she’s crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

My normal policy is to only read books that are for entertainment only.  This normally eliminates non-fiction books.  After a couple of mediocre fantasy novels, I thought I may need to revise that policy, so I picked up this book.  I had no previous knowledge of thru- hiking and have only done 3-4 miles max on a trail, so the concept was new.  I enjoyed the sample, but once I started reading the book, I got bored.  She hikes, she gets hungry and wet and tired- day after day.  She meets some good people and some bad.  And, she talks about God…I wish that had been on a warning sticker.  I signed up to read about hiking, not about her religion.  To be fair, I only got 54% of the way through the book.  But, I’m done.  Life is too short for this mess.

KayKay CRB6 Review #39 Kill The Dead by Richard Kadrey

Good reads summary:

What do you do after you’ve crawled out of Hell to wreak bloody revenge? If you’re Stark you turn to bounty hunting, tracking and decimating whatever rogue monsters you’re paid to kill. Stark hates the work, but he needs the money, especially the big bucks Lucifer is offering. In town as an adviser on a biopic of his life, Lucifer needs protection, and he wants Stark as his bodyguard. But the gig isn’t all bad; there is the very sexy, very hot French porn star Brigitte Bardo, a friend of Lucifer’s in LA to remake her reputation as a legit actress. While it isn’t love, it’s pretty damn good, and after 11 years of demonic chastity, it’s enough for now.

Stark has enough trouble juggling a diva devil and a scorching French bombshell without a zombie plague to complicate matters. And just what happens when a human-angel half-breed is bitten by the living dead? His human side begins to die, transforming him into an unstoppable angel of death—a killing machine devoid of emotion or thought, with no regrets or future to worry about. Not a bad way to be when your choices are limited. Now, Stark has to decide . . . if he does finds a cure for the zombie infection, will he take it?

I really enjoyed the first installment- Sandman Slim, but the sequel was not as good.  The characters felt contrived (a zombie killing porn star from France) and the plot was rambling and frankly, Stark doesn’t make all the best decisions.  This was such a disappointment.  I had such high hopes after the first book, that I would have several books to read (since there are already 4-5 published in the series).

KayKay CBR6 Review #38 Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

Goodreads summary:

Life sucks, and then you die. Or, if you’re James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.

Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you’d expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.

Resurrection sucks. Saving the world is worse.

Darkly twisted, irreverent, and completely hilarious, Sandman Slim is the breakthrough novel by an acclaimed author.

James Stark (aka Sandman Slim – although I’m not exactly sure why he got that nick name) is a solid main character- gruff on the outside, heart of gold on the inside.  He has an entertaining side kick- a head that he decapitated with a special sword that doesn’t kill unless explicitly desired.

This book was fun.  The characters are interesting, the plot is action packed, and it was an original story line.  I liked it enough to pick up the second book immediately after I read the first one.

I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys fantasy procedurals.

KayKay #CRB6 Review #37 Horns by Joe Hill


I picked this book because I’ve been hearing positive buzz about Joe Hill and they are making a movie of this novel.  I normally like to read the book before the movie, so I decided to give it a shot.  Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King, and he has his dads skill of making observations that gives the novel a realistic feel.  For example, I remember in one of the Stephen King books a character blows his nose and then ‘peeks at it’.  It’s that kind of careful detail that provides additional layers and reality to the characters- and Joe has a similar style.  The book was fast paced, interesting and pulled me in when I was not reading it.   I give this book 4 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…


My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

Ignatius Martin Perrish wakes up with horns growing out of his head.  He finds the horns give him power to influence others, and that they will confess their deepest sins.  He can also touch someone and see their experiences.  He is not oblivious to pain, but, with fire, he can restore himself.  When people look away, they forget that he has horns, and when he leaves, they forget that they even saw him.  Ig is a pretty good guy, and even with the power of the devil, he generally uses it for good.  Mostly a nerdish rich kid, he had a girlfriend (Merrin) that he loved completely and a best friend (Lee).  He also has a great relationship with his older brother (who is famous).

His girlfriend is killed in a sex-murder.  Ig is the main suspect, and although they never find enough evidence, the public judges him as guilty.  His best friend stops talking to him, he doesn’t take his promising job in England, and basically shacks up with high school friend.

The book is about his journey in finding who really killed Merrin (Lee), and why (Lee is a sociopath), and what he does about it.

What did I think about this book?

I liked the writing a lot- a lot of it reminded me of the style of a young Stephen King.  I love they way a simple idea can be played out in a novel.  It was well done.

I also like that even though Ig had horns and certain powers, he wasn’t infallible.  He took a few beatings.

The characters had layered relationships, and the depth to Lee’s craziness was suspected, and shocking all at once.

Final Thoughts…

I will read more by Joe Hill.

KayKay #CRB6 Review #36 City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett


This book had a lot of buzz about it and I had pre-ordered, even though I did not know the author.  I normally read the preview before purchasing the book, and I’m not sure I would have purchased this had I read the preview first.  The book takes the philosophy that gods draw power from their supporters.  The slaves in this book have become the masters and the conquerors must, amid social unrest, must try to stay ahead of rebel factions.  I give this book 3 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…


My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

The Continent is run by gods, with Bulikov being the seat of the country (and the place where all the gods come together).  Outside of Bulikov, each god has their own areas, where their own mythology is true.  The Continent enslaves the Saypurins, who eventually rise up and to fight.  The Kaj creates a weapon (by practicing on his servant, who is part god) that kills gods and the Saypurins conquer The Continent.  When Kaj kills the gods, all the ‘miracles’ they had done to create the city and their territories vanished, crumbling most of the Continent.

After being conquered, all acknowledgement of the gods is forbidden (causing civil unrest).  Dr. Efrem Pangyui, a Saypurin, is in Bulikov to study their gods and history (information that is forbidden to the the Continent).  Dr. Efrim is killed, and Ashara’s (Shara’s)  goes to Bulikov to find out what happened.  Her auntie- Vinya- runs the Foreign Ministry and her grandfather was the Kaj. Ashara goes to Bulikov to find out who has killed . Ashara is from Saypuri, former slaves of The Continent.

Shara’s assistant / body guard / friend- Sigrud is my favorite character.  We find out that he is a long lost prince, who at the end of the book is going to go back to his people.  In their search for why Efrem was killed, they realized not all the gods are dead.  Shara eventually kills the god who is resurrected (and finds that one god lives in peace with her people).  She also realizes that her grandfather- the Kaj who slayed the gods, was really part god.

One of the themes is that the people’s desires really drove the gods decisions.  It was as if the gods were made/controlled by the belief of the people.  For example, when the people wanted to mingle with those of different beliefs, that’s when the gods came together and formed Bulikov.

What did I think about this book?

Being the first in a new world, it was complex and at times hard to follow.  I also felt it was too long and required skim reading to get through some sections.  Although it was good, it didn’t pull me into it when I wasn’t reading it.

Final Thoughts…

There will be a follow up, but not sure I will read it.  It may be easier, since the world is already established.  Or it may be more challenging because it will be impossible to remember all the plots points of the first book.