Bitter sweetness or sweet bitterness...Epic. I was absolutely crazy when I finished the final, 6th book about The Fool and the Assasin, I couldn`t re...moreBitter sweetness or sweet bitterness...Epic. I was absolutely crazy when I finished the final, 6th book about The Fool and the Assasin, I couldn`t read, couldn`t sleep, concentrate or communicate with people - I got lost in the thoughts and emotions after absorbing this Story. The funny thing is that currently I spend my summer vacations out of town and without any internet. But after I finished the last pages and the understanding that THIS is the end, no more Fool and Fitz relationship for you dear, it all...got on me. And I went to town to buy 3G modem and forgot about the promise given to myself - no computer on vacations!))) I sooo want to share what I felt with fellow-readers)
I think I am very lucky to read the Farseer and the Tawny man trilogies as a whole, at once, when all the books were already completed, because if I got a taste of the Fool`s inner world, which he reviels piece by piece during the narration, and collected all the quotes about his attitude towards Fitz and his feelings like precious gems, and had to wait for the final book to come out and THEN got such an ending... I would probably...I dont even want to think about it!))) Also, I got spoilers and knew that a lot of readers consider the ending not happy at all but a mockery to Fitz and a sacrifise from the Fool. Anf here I join this crowd))))))))
For me reading both sagas was PURE BLISS. I wont elaborate about the complex web of intrigues and beautiful language of Robin Hobb, because lots of critics made high praise and all long before me. I want to talk about the pain which is so GREAT right now, as if I myself have lost a dear friend.
I heard a lot of discussions (some of them are pretty hot))))) where fans of the Fool argue about his gender. LOL, people, that is SO not important!! Fool is unique. I don`t have a slightest doubt about his gender, for there are too many hints, I would say - it`s plain as daylight because the answer is right there in the text! Fitz knew him through by Scill, he knew him by Wit, he was inside of his body and he, about whom the Fool had said - "you know me the best", never questioned his identity. For Fitz it was NEVER a question. Fool was his friend.
But what our dear author makes of their frienship by the end?
Fitz, who was partially "forged" even then realizes that he can`t live without HIS Fool. They become something way closer relatives, lovers or friends usually are - they really ARE the halves of a whole. No woman ever could give that to Fitz.
And I like Molly, I really do))))) She is strong and self sufficient character, a woman knows how to earn respect!))) And she was Fitz`s true and first love, but the key world here - WAS.
She is PAST. A wife of another, not a woman in love anymore, no-no!! MOTHER in the first place. Mother of another`s babies. Nothing here belongs to Fitz anymore! I dont get how he doesnt see this((( The Fool brought him back as people say "the missing pieces of his soul", but that were the late memories of the past. That girl existed NO more. The woman in NOW is a different person Fitz knows NOTHING about. And lets be honest - Fitz never was her priority - babies, candle-shop and the strong household were.
And the Fool? The only one who could UNDERSTAND Fitz, who loved him crazily? Note that he compared himself with Nighteyes - but the Wolf never competed with the female, he knew Fitz needs "a mate and cubs" and was OK with it, wheras the Fool says - I have to go because IF I stay you will HAVE to CHOOSE between me and Molly, I wont make this happen, I will sacrifise my love for your happiness.
And Fitz? What does he say? Is he happy with another`s wife who doesn`t know ape`s shit about him, except he was a cute boy who f***ed her well once... Is he? He says... I am content.
But Fitz was always a bit slow when it came to feelings, so he can decieve himself all he wants, telling it was FAAAATE, and it left no choice for them and now it`s too late...
but the truth is simple - he COULD HAVE the brightest gem, the highest of love if he only reached his hand towards what have been offered to him...but... he f**ed it up.
And the Fool? He came back with the final poem, revieling his feelings with "ILOVEYOU but I WILL SACRIFICE MY LOVE for your happiness and walk away" BUT his last dance of CHANCES smashed me to little ashes! it made me remember the scene where he finds out the flowers he received every morning were not from Fitz. But he kept hoping!!!!!
I was never wise...
Silly, silly Fitz. It`s not "a riddle" - it`s a plain answer to your question "Who I am to you?"
Because the Fool was the only one who saw and accepted Fitz for what he was and around him Fitz could let himself the most precious thing - BE HIMSELF.
Not play a role. How can a person loose THIS feeling and say " I am content"?... How can he be honest, when the other part of his soul walked away?...
I understand why the author ended the books like THIS: it was logical. For the Fool Fitz is the Alfa and the Omega, the whole Universe. So he sacrifices his feelings to give him "a life he always dreamed about".
Fitz is a man of duty. So thanks to (easy here, no bad words about the dead, remember?) yes! thanks to Burrich he ends up with another responsibility. (when he was READY to leave with The Fool!!!)
But do you believe that THIS is THE END of their Story? I will never be convinced that the Fool and Fitz can be happy apart. It feels like a betrayal. They shall exist - that`s true. But TO LIVE one has to have a heart and a soul - and Fitz`s have walked away from him. What else is there to say except "I am content?"...
And it HURTS!... Hurts so much... Didn`t they...after all they`ve been through deserve each other? A bitter sweet book, YES!
I hope - and hope is this strange thing - when even the author herself tells you that it`s impossible... you keep dreaming that we shall hear from them someday!
"Fitz, I cannot. I was not made for this, this slaughter! This taking of life is not why I came. I have never seen this, not in any dream, nor read of it in any scroll. I fear I may lead time awry."
"No. This is right. I feel it. I am the Catalyst, and I came to change all things. Prophets become warriors, dragons hunt as wolves." I hardly knew my own voice as I spoke. I had no idea where such words came from. I met the Fool's unbelieving eyes. "It is as it must be. Go." "He embraced me almost convulsively, and shocked me when he kissed my mouth. He spun and ran toward Girl-on-a-Dragon".
."I hope he wears an earring of silver and blue. The fingerprints he left on my wrist have faded to a dusky gray. I think I will always miss him."
P.C. With LOVE, to Robin Hobb. You are amazing!!!!!!!(less)
After reading "Crossing boards" - which was an entertaining and humorous romance I liked very much - I decided to check the other creations of Z.A. Ma...moreAfter reading "Crossing boards" - which was an entertaining and humorous romance I liked very much - I decided to check the other creations of Z.A. Maxfield and "Drawn Together" was the next one in line. And, boy! How surprised I was. I mean - the author is a grown-up, intelligent woman, but this seems to be written by a teenager at least. And one who LOVES anime\manga and has the same mentality. It was a fun read for the first pages and then it all went to YAOI. No plot - or plot, fine for manga ;-) and lots of sex. So - if you are looking for a fap - reading, with young and handsome guys who have a permanent boner - this is a choice for you. There is nothing more.(less)
I loved the humour and the relationship development between the characters. It was a fun and easy read. Why I don`t give it a 5-star - it contained lo...moreI loved the humour and the relationship development between the characters. It was a fun and easy read. Why I don`t give it a 5-star - it contained lots of "BEEE SAFE, USE CONDOMS!" references - which is useful when you are teaching a teenager "how to live", but for a reader seeking a romance and fun - it`s just plain boring. That`s why I like fantasy\paranormal better than contemporary novels) (less)
It`s a written yaoi. I can`t rate it as "good" or "bad" for it wasn`t a "book" to me - just smth to skim through when you wanna have a fap time. If you...moreIt`s a written yaoi. I can`t rate it as "good" or "bad" for it wasn`t a "book" to me - just smth to skim through when you wanna have a fap time. If you are interested in clever dialogues, intrigue, literature style or relationship development - there is NO such thing. But - lots of "pretty" faces. (less)
I REALLY don`t get why so much ado about this book. And why people rate it so high. I understand, for example, when people don`t like Linn Fleweling`s s...moreI REALLY don`t get why so much ado about this book. And why people rate it so high. I understand, for example, when people don`t like Linn Fleweling`s style - it`s a very slow-build romance and has too many descriptions, it`s more fantasy than love story etc. We all love different things and that`s OK)) But this one - so highly rated and recommended - was a plain disappointment.
The one and only thing I wanted to scream during the reading was bold and big "DISBELIEVE!!!!!" with lots of exclamation marks) So we have a boy who sacrificed himself for his family - sold himself off for the debts and became a prostitute, and the narration starts with the descriptions of his AWFUL FATE, and what a hard and unbearable work it is - to be a whore. OK. got that. Also - SURPRISE, surpriiiiise!!!! - we have a boss who gives him away to clients every night, buuuut! - attention here, people!)))))) - secretly LOVES him! Yep)))) Knows how the boy hates himself for being a prostitute, knows that he is being tortured actually, not just fucked, every single night - but still. Gives him away to random men and.... secretly loves him)))))))) Goooooood))))))))))
I. REALLY. can`t see how a book can be more dumb))) WTF - is all how I want to describe it) (less)
It`s a great conclusion of the story with 2 conflicts - 1) misunderstandings and fears of our beloved characters about their relationship, trust issue...moreIt`s a great conclusion of the story with 2 conflicts - 1) misunderstandings and fears of our beloved characters about their relationship, trust issues and "what to do After??" - all the standard questions any young couple is faced with, if they only plan to stay togather. 2) all the bad guys got what they asked for - justice!)))
However there is NO feeling of final dot in the end. I would be really happy to know there is at least one more to come out!)))(less)
It`s LOVELY! An absolute must - read. I skimmed through the first pages absent-mindedly and didn`t notice how the narration devoured me! It`s a fantas...moreIt`s LOVELY! An absolute must - read. I skimmed through the first pages absent-mindedly and didn`t notice how the narration devoured me! It`s a fantastic m\m romance and thriller-fantasy novel! Not just mindless sex, but a way from trust to friendship and, eventually, love.... It`s tender, intelligent and extremely beautiful! High five to the author. Can`t wait for her new book!
p.c. Warning^ Oh, and book 1 ends with a terrible cliff-hanger, so make sure you have Book 2 at hand ;-))(less)
I honestly don`t understand why so much ado about this trilogy. I read the first book a couple of years ago and decided this was not my style. It`s ra...moreI honestly don`t understand why so much ado about this trilogy. I read the first book a couple of years ago and decided this was not my style. It`s rather simple - though it would seem strange if a girl from a working district suddenly talked like a graduate, but in general..
The whole impression of it was like it was written for very small children or for slow people. The narrator is telling such obvious things during the whole story like they were some kind of revelation. The grass is geen. And the Hunger games are awful! Oh my God, but they are! tells evertyone and shocked readrers. Well, good for you. But it`s kind of boring and primitive to dwell on it every single minute.
After the film (which was rather dynamic and interesting)) I decided to give it a second chance and at least read till the end. And was shocked double-sized. What kind of nation and people is this that when they do a "revolution" the symbole of it wears dresses and does make-up and has a whole army of stylists that they puff-up and powder her face between the riots?))) And others - instead of doing something! sit at homes glued to the screen watching this crap non - stop)) oh.my.god. oh LOL people)))) This is all) Watch LESS reality - shows - it destroys your brains!!)))))
I don`t pity a society where people are too lazy to take their heads out of their asses and all they do - want MORE and More glamourous faces on the screen. So for me this trilogy was a waste of time. There is nothing new in it - if you at least google historical examples - but it`s written poorly, simple and bitter.(less)