The Inheritance (Realms of the Elderlings)
Notwithstanding its author credits, this short story collection was written by one person. "Robin Hobb" and "Megan Lindholm" are both pseudonyms used by California-born Margaret Ogden, who from 1983 to 1992, published exclusively as Lindholm. This generous, 400-page hardcover original brings together short stories and novellas penned under both authorial bylines. As Hobb h...more
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I've been a fan of Robin Hobb for many years -- her FARSEER, TAWNY MAN, and LIVESHIP TRADERS series are some of my favorite epic fantasies. That's why I was looking forward to reading The Inheritance and Other Stories, a collection of short stories written by Robin Hobb under that name and her real name, Megan Lindholm.
Why write under two names? She explains this in the introduction to the book: the two authors have completely different styles. As Lindholm...more
There are only three 'short' stories written in the style of Hobb but they account for 50% of this collection as (in Hobb's usual tradition) they're fairly lengthy. They ar...more
Reading through this...more
Megan Lindholm's short stories are (whilst not too short) shorter than Robin Hobb's, but they have stayed in my mind since I finished this anthology a week or so ago. They're...more
And you know what, this book of short stories just reinforced my feelings about the two authorial voices. The Lindholm stories were short, disturbing and quite uncomfortable, usi...more
What I discovered here is that while Robin Hobb is still one of my favorite authors, that her alternate ego Megan Lindholm is not. I LIKE Lindholm's short stories in this collection, but her contemporary fantasy has a dispassionate edge that doesn't reach me as deeply. Hobb also has a lot of characters which are more pragmatically r...more
I fell in love with Robin Hobb from the moment I picked up her books, and discovering Megan Lindholm has been just as rewarding. Though I know they are one and the same,...more
The stories themselves are a mixture, with Megan Lindholm’s collection being more eclectic and varied, whilst Robin Hobb’s are longer and more intricately woven and are written in the style we’ve come to ex...more
I don't usually like short stories, or rather, I find them frustrating to read because it takes me awhile to get into a new characters world, and by the tie I do, it is done. These stories were almost all worth the ef...more
It's interesting to see how far back the misery goes, actually. Some of the Lindholm stories are twenty years old, or more, and they're just as grim and depressing as the newer stories by Hobb. Well-crafted misery, b...more