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Robin Hobb

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** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star 'I liked it' rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It's a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I'd loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it. A 3 star means that I've ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes. A 4 star means I'm probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book. But I wa ...more

So I have a dilemma when I post reviews here.

Often I read books that I know I won't love. Books that were not written for me. I read them to find out why they were best sellers, or because a friend gave it to me, or because a horde of people have recommended it to me.

Let me pull an example from the past.

Marvin K Mooney, Will You Please Go Now? by Dr. Seuss. I've read this several hundred times... Read more of this blog post »
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The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox
"Being a history nerd, I went into The Riddle of the Labyrinth hoping to find a twisty linguistic mystery I might be able to keep in my back pocket for my World History classes. What I was thrilled to find running parallel to that mystery was a lov..." Read more of this review »
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I love puzzles. Jigsaws and crosswords and such.

This book is about decoding inscriptions when you don't know what language it is in, nor do you know what the symbols stand for. I will freely admit that some of it went over my head, but it is so well
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The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
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I own the lovely Subterranean copy of this Novella.

And, as I always do when I'm reviewing a book written by an author I know, I will reveal that I know Wes Chu, and I find him a very enjoyable human being. I don't think that affects this book review,
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The Body Reader by Anne Frasier
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And with January and 2018, I've decided that it's time for me to refresh my reading experiences in genres not my own!

So, I hied me to my local library, a Timberland Library in Yelm, and checked out a handful of books. I opened this one last night, an
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Wings by Aprilynne Pike
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recommended for: teenagers who enjoy fantasy.
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I go to a lot of conventions and comic cons. While I'm there, I usually pick up a sampling of books from my fellow writers. Sometimes I am given free copies. I don't think I let that affect my reviews, but I like to be transparent about such things. ...more
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Running From the Night by Ramon. Terrell
Running From the Night (Hunter's Moon, #1)
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recommended for: people who live in Vancouver and have nightmares about vampires!
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Here is my usual caveat! I met Ramon Terrell at a convention. He's a fellow writer, a nice fellow and a friend. I try not to let that influence a review, but I like to be transparent about such things.

Okay, it's a book about vampires in Vancouver, Ca
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T'is the Season! Time to decorate, bake cookies and watch old movies on TV while I decorate them. And it's the time of year to read a book that's on the sweet side, too. I wanted a read that went with Christmas!

I chose this one for several reasons. I
" Allison wrote: "Still reading American Gods. Liking it but it's taken quite a bit of time to get to the point that it comes together. I think some of ...more "
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“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”
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“When you cut pieces out of the truth to avoid looking like a fool you end up looking like a moron instead.”
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“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”
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“Wolfe was drinking beer and looking at pictures of snowflakes in a book someone had sent him from Czechoslovakia...
...Wolfe seemed absorbed in the pictures. Looking at him, I said to myself, "He's in a battle with the elements. He's fighting his way through a raging blizzard, just sitting there comfortably looking at pictures of snowflakes. That's the advantage of being an artist, of having imagination." I said aloud, "You mustn't go to sleep, sir, it's fatal. You freeze to death.”
Rex Stout, The League of Frightened Men

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
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“I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.”
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“Sometimes it doesn't matter too much what choice you make, as long as you make it quick and stick to it.”
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“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
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annabelle Thanks so much for adding me as your friend! I love your books so much. It was after reading them that I became an avid fantasy reader.

Rosemary Burns Hello Robin
I wanted to tell you that I love your books, I read your latest books first. After I had read them, it makes me want to read the next one. So then have started reading all your other earlier books, they all capture my imagination and transport me to somewhere else. My favorite characters are Fitz and the Fool. Thank you so much for writing your books, and creating them, and in so doing, delighting our souls. Best wishes to you.

Myswedishbookcase I got the Farseer-triology, from my older brother, for christmas and was instantly hooked. I spent all spring reading all of your books, which are flawless and wonderful. I love all of your characters, but Fitz and the Soldier's son really has touched me. Keep up your good work!

Ps. Can Fools Quest be released already? :D


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Luke Taylor Thank you for your friendship and your wonderful books!

message 12: by Tony

Tony Duxbury Thanks for becoming my friend on this site. I love your books. Keep up the good work.

message 11: by Gene

Gene You have my vote for 2014 best fantasy novel

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Steve Thank you Robin, for accepting my friend request.


Dustin Hi, good day, Robin!

It's an honor to befriend an author of such high regard, thank you so much for accepting.:)

message 8: by Joyce

Joyce Happy New Year Robin! Hope it is filled with good times and happy memories!

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Joyce Happy New Year Robin! Hope it is filled with good times and happy memories!

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Freya Thank you for accepting! I look forward to reading your reviews, and I can't wait to start reading the Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince :)

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Niks Also! Sorry for flooding - I am not a stalker, honestly!))) I want to tell about my jornalist friend who has finished the Tawny man trilogy long before me. I was begging her for a review (she is russian), for she is marvellous with picking words and digging for the essence and also writs poems, but she said - God, I can`t even closely imagine WHAT the author had to go through in the end!! Writing the Fool with such Love and almost giving him the happiness he craved but never even secretely hoped for - that Fitz would finally understand that he is full and complete only with him, and then taking it all away from both of them...
Now I understand her.
I guess we are masochists))) for we love you even after that))))))
So I sending her Hellos to the Creator of the Fool also, thank you, excuse us for intruding and have a good day!!!

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Niks English is not my native, so I was afraid to write smth to the author whose narration is always like music to me. But then thought - o.k, at least I am gonna try!))) For your books are REALLY important to me, and after I finished the last, Fools Fate, and couldn`t find a place anywhere, I felt like I was gonna burst with the emotions in me - desperately needed someone th talk to, the one who Understands!... And then thought - no)) First I ll try to send you my Love and Gratitude for a Beautiful story which rocked my world. I have many questions and would like to ask you some of them, but also get that they probably would be the same ones you get each day for so many years!)))) So... once again, the main thing - Thank you!

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Shawn Wickersheim Thanks for the friendship. I hope you have a wonderful day. :)

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Robin Hobb Meagan wrote: "I am thrilled to see you here! xxx" Thank you so much. I'm finding I really enjoy sharing the books that shaped my life.

Meagan I am thrilled to see you here! xxx

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