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Cloven Hooves, by Megan Lindholm

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Zaz | 2983 comments For #29 (A book by an author who writes under more than one name), I chose a book by Megan Lindholm who also uses the pen name Robin Hobb.

I've read most of her works under Hobb but never tried her Lindholm books. It's fantasy so it won't totally change from her usual genre, but it seems more oriented fairies.

Evelyn is a solitary child, preferring to wander in the woods in all weathers rather than socialise. Her secret is a fantastic companion: a faun with whom she plays in the woods.
Years later Evelyn finds happiness as a wife and mother, but life turns sour when the family move to Tacoma where her husband is asked to fill in at his father’s business.
Miraculously, when she needs a friend, Evelyn’s childhood companion reappears in Tacoma.

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Zaz | 2983 comments Another fail this year for me. I didn't like the characters (the husband's family was unnerving and he wasn't really better and Evelyn was angry half the time) and the story dragged and was full of boring stuff (I think Evelyn spent around 25% cleaning the house and complaining). There were also long descriptions, which is a problem for me as I can't concentrate while reading them, so I skipped a lot.

Things I liked were the childhood memories and the faun. He was interesting, even if he was used too much as a sexual object rather than a full character.

For a Hobb's book, I don't think it's a bad one, she knew where she wanted to go and the writing was ok. It's different from what she usually write in fantasy and with the pace and story, it's probably more similar to the Soldier's Son (that bored me to death) than Liveship or Assassin (that I enjoyed a lot).

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