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Robin Hobb

Discussion in 'Books and Anime Discussion' started by zUzaque, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. zUzaque

    zUzaque Seventh Year

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    I'm about to finish the farseer trilogy, and am looking forward to reading the rest of Hobbs series. The only real complaint I have is that Farseer victimized the protagonist too much, and in the Soldier Son trilogy thread

    "Plus, despite being a Farseer fanboy, even I have my limits when it comes to victimizing your hero."

    Is all her series like that or just the 2?
     
  2. Antivash

    Antivash Until we meet again... DLP Supporter Retired Staff

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    All of it, more than likely... >_>

    Hobb is a hack of an author. I lost respect for her when she started bashing her fans that wrote fanfiction.
     
  3. Feoffic

    Feoffic The Chosen One DLP Supporter

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    You are correct sir; I've read her other two series, the Liveship Traders and the Tawny Man, and both include heavy helpings of character victimizing.
     
  4. zUzaque

    zUzaque Seventh Year

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    god damn. Are they still as good as farseer? would they still get a recommendation?
     
  5. JWH

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    As the author of the quote in the first post, I stand by what I said. Don't read Soldier Son. Or at least stop after the first book.
    As for Tawny Man, well I couldn't help myself, I had to know the end of Fitz's misadventures. Readable, I guess, since I actually managed to finish it without throwing the book at a wall. A bit like DH.

    People keep telling me I should read Liveship Traders but I've grown wary of Hobb now.

    And yeah, she's a bitch for banning fanfiction. Insecure much ?
     
  6. FantasyDuck

    FantasyDuck Second Year

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    The Tawny Man is good enough. And definitely worth of reading, at least if you're even half as desperate to read anything that would continue Fitz's story as I was after reading Farseer. Imagine a little less angsty version of Farseer and you got the general atmosphere of Tawny Man pinned down.
     
  7. JohnThePyro

    JohnThePyro Headmaster

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    I read the first ans second book of the soldier son trilogy, and have to say I have mixed feelings about her.

    Hobb really is excellent at creating worlds, the first soldier son trilogy was done well enough to make me read the second, no matter how maddening it was.

    I havn't read her other books however, the second soldier son one really put me off them. I despised the main character in it, just couldn't read anything where I was actively hoping someone would kill him.
     
  8. Feoffic

    Feoffic The Chosen One DLP Supporter

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    I would definitely recommend Tawny Man, if only to read more about Fitz, as well as Liveship Traders, as the writing style is much different than any of her other works and there are a few things in it that are mentioned in Farseer/Tawny Man and vice versa.
     
  9. Garrus

    Garrus Groundskeeper DLP Supporter

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    I really liked the Farseer trilogy. I thought the premise was cool and it isn't hard to like Fitz. That said, he and the Fool go through more shit in the 6 books the two share then any other character I've seen with maybe the exception of Rand al'Thor. Robin Hobb seems to take particular delight in fucking him over. . . repeatedly. I do wish she wasn't such a bitch about fanfiction. She's irrational to an extreme and completely wrong about it. But I guess there's nothing we can do about it.
     
  10. Nocdia

    Nocdia Sixth Year

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    I rather enjoyed the Farseer trilogy as well, though it was somewhat spoiled by the rather unoriginal and poor ending coupled with her stance on fanfiction. Oh well Farseer was still a lot better then Solider Son, the first book was great but the second one lost my interest
     
  11. KHAAAAAAAN!!

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    So, I really enjoyed the Farseer Trilogy, and dove right in to Liveship Traders. I started pretty interested... but with each successive book I began disliking it more and more. At the very end of LT, I can safely say I fucking hated the trilogy. It took me 4 months to finish. I had to keep taking breaks with other books.

    It was basically just long and boring Master and Commander fanfiction written by an author that clearly was going through a Scalie phase. Furthermore, it ultimately went nowhere and had virtually no payoff besides that one singular bit where you find out one of the characters is actually a central Farseer character.

    Honestly, fuck every single character in this story besides maybe Paragon and Vivacia. Everyone is clever and capable until it's suddenly their turn to hold the idiot ball. Kennit chapters, Wintrow chapters, and everything Bingtown/Rainwilds was just a massive chore to read.

    Is there any point continuing with Realm of the Elderlings books if I hated Liveship this fucking much? Do the next 6 Fitz books make up for this shit? Can I skip Rainwild trilogy entirely?

    Also, do I win biggest Necro of the Month Award?
     
  12. Mordecai

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    Hobb is an author I desperately want to enjoy, I like the world that she builds. But her writing is just so...bad. I just cannot get into it.
     
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    I get annoyed at stories where it seems like the author just cannot let the main character have any sort of happiness without yanking it away.

    After a while it just becomes tiresome and seems more like a device to write more books (Fitz is miserable = a story; Fitz is happy = boring) and at that point I stop caring.
     
  14. Ched

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    I read one trilogy by Hobb - don't remember which, but it featured a guy who kept getting fatter and fatter until he turned magic or something - and ... frankly hated it. Did not enjoy it at all. Tried another of her books for a few pages at the library and it didn't draw me in enough to overcome my dislike of what I'd read from her previously.

    I've heard good things some of her books but first impressions and all.
     
  15. Heleor

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    I read all three trilogies a while back and I don't generally have a strong memory of them -- good or bad. I remember they were mostly depressing things that loved fucking the main characters, but some of the worldbuilding was pretty interesting.
     
  16. Feoffic

    Feoffic The Chosen One DLP Supporter

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    I have a soft spot for the Elderlings series, but in retrospect none of the books were good.