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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 usual caveat: I received a free advance reading copy of this work. I've met the author and found him to be a very pleasant person. Still, I don't think this affects my response to the work.

I jumped into reading sf and fantasy at a very young age.
" I seldom re-read a book from start to finish any more. But yes, I have shelves of books in my offices. They're my friends. Some, such as LOTR, I can o ...more "
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" Robin Hobb here. I write fat fantasy novels.

I have found that as I've gotten older and written more, my reading speed has slowed. It's really hard to
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As always, my honesty post: I received an advance reading copy of Street Freaks from the publisher. I’ve known Terry Brooks for years and I consider him a friend. I don’t think either of those things affect how I reacted to this book.

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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.”
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“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


message 13: by Luke

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

message 10: by Steve

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!

message 7: by Joyce

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

message 6: by Freya

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 :)

message 5: by Niks

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!!!

message 4: by Niks

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!

message 3: by Shawn

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

message 2: by Robin

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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