Robin Hobb

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  1. Overread

    Overread Wolfing it up! Staff Member

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    Best news is she is writing a new series in that world - set in the Rainwalds with the dragons :)

    So its not Fitz or Farseer lands - but Bingtown, dragons and, I hope, more of that country that so far we have heard so little of - the evil nation!
     
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    Harlequin Everyone loves a Jester !

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    Anyone who reads the book forums will already know that Hobb is my fav author of all time.

    The true hero of the Trilogy of Trilogies, yes they are all linked in many overt and covert ways, is the Fool ,or Amber ,or whatever he/she is truly named.

    The changes that this prophet goes through are fascinating and completely original.

    Fitz is awesome, Burrich a demigod but the Fool as sooooo interestingly different.

    Has anyone read the SOldiers son Trilogy yet, what did you think of it.

    I'm just about to start the last book.

    I don't think it is as good as any of the other works, but has a character all of it's own.

    Still thoroughly enjoying it though.

    P.S. HOW UPSETTING IS IT WHEN NIGHTEYES DIES, SAME GOES FOR BURRICH (man mountain).
     
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    I liked solider son - I think I disliked it at first for the same reason I disliked Liveships at first - and that was because Hobb sets up an obvious story that we can see possibly happening - and then follows a totally different path - and its hard to argue against her as so much of the time its the characters driving the story forth.
    I think Soliders Son started off well and I liked it - it got a little slow in book 2 and then picked up again in book 3, but I think slow books are part of long and complex fantasy in general - getting a fast paced and high fantasy story together is a mark of great skill.
     
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    I couldn't agree more.
    Hobb 100% over achieves in this with the Farseer Trilogy (my fav trilogy of all time btw).
     
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    Has anyone read Robin Hobb?

    I'm in love with her books. Has anyone else read them? What did you think?
     
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    Re: Has anyone read Robin Hobb?

    If you search this forum you will find more than a few notes already devoted to Hobbs
     
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    Re: Has anyone read Robin Hobb?

    no, are they good?
     
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    I'm just about finished with the Tawny Man trilogy. Interestingly, this isthe first series of hers I've read, so I'm out of order :D But hey, if it works for Star Wars (sequels and then the prequels) maybe it won't be so bad :)

    I was on holiday and my wifey was reading the Tawny Man trilogy, and I finished Magician but hadn't brought the second book with me, so as she finished the first book of Hobb, I started reading it. And thanks to her gentle recaps along the way, I felt very well informed of Fitz's life story and history.

    I must say I'm enjoying the first person style, very different from what I've read before. And after reading Magician just before it, which races along at breakneck speed, I'm really enjoying how Hobb takes her time to tell a story. It never feels like unnecessary padding, it just feels like taking her time. Like chewing a delicious meal slowly and savouring it rather than wolfing it down (no pun intended).
     
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    Meteorain Magical & Mystical

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    You really should have read the Farseer trilogy before Tawny man.
     
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    Meh, it was read the Tawny Man, or watch hotel television. In Malay. Which I do not speak :)
     
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    Well that was lovely. I just finished the last of the Tawny Man trilogy, and what a pleasant, realistic ending for Fitz and everyone else. Quite a sweet and simple reward for such a life of hardship. The way some things end, and others begin, or resume - it's like real life. Flowery speeches and tearful goodbyes are not very common in real life, and I like the way Hobb has made her relationships very real.

    Now I'm not sure if I can be bothered reading the original series or not :D

    Can someone outline for me please in what storyline chronological order her other series' go in? Is the Soldier Son trilogy a continuation of these characters, or something totally new?
     
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    Meteorain Magical & Mystical

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    The only one linked to Farseer and the Tawny Man books are the Liveship Trader books. They are set in the same world but a different continent as it were.
     
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    It's :-Farseer trilogy, Liveships trilogy then Tawny Man.
    The three trilogies are linked via a character who appears in all 9 books and by that persons quest in life. I won't give the game away but the quest is only completed near the end of the final book.
    P.S. Fitz is not the real star, nor the character with the quest.
    It's as far as I know a one off situation, although Fitz is undoutably the main character, the books are about the life quest of another character, who appears throughout all 9 books of the Trilogy of Trilogies, trying to achieve their life quest throughout them all.

    Soldiers Son is a stand alone trilogy, set in a different world with totally different characters in it.
    In my opinion Hobb tries something different that does not achieve anywhere near the same levels that her other three trilogies deliver.
     
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    I disagree about the main character thing but there you go.

    Personally I feel the Liveship books aren't really as good as the others and can be skipped. You're not missing anything imo.
     
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    ditto met ~ I thought the Liveship books were a bit dull tbh
     
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    I kinda read them out of sequence as I started the tawny man and the fool series, really enjoyed that and now want to read the assassin series.
     
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    so, whats it about?
     
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    could someone explain the plot of these books to me? :D