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02 September 2014 @ 07:04 pm
 
This is my first post and the reason I joined LiveJournal, although I'm interested in the journal itself now.

What would you like to be called?
Nothing fancy, Supreme Ruler will suffice.

Where do you hail from?
I hail from England although I don't live there, unfortunately.
What age are you?
Old enough to be your Mum. Nah, not really, I'm the same age as Nettle is in the Fool's Errand.

Which is your favourite series?
[Long answer (click to open)]I'm not sure. I read the Rainwild Chronicles first of all and those were the best books I had ever read and I've heard most Hobb fans like their first series the most of all.
I loved the Liveship books as well because the story is told from so many perspectives which gives the book many sought after details while giving you an overview of the entire story, leaving you knowing exactly what's going on.
That's what I don't like so much about the Assassin and Fool books, they are told from only one perspective (from a character I don't particularly like) so you miss out on a lot of the story (which has to be retold and so slows down the book), you have to hear the details instead of experiencing them and also miss out on other main characters' thoughts and feelings.


If tl;dr, the short answer is I like the Ship and Rainwild books most, not because of the story but because of the style. BUT- I didn't really like Amber whereas the Fool/Lord Golden/Beloved is the character I love most in the world.

And which is your favourite book?
I haven't read all the books yet - although I'm getting there - but it's the first or second Rainwild book tbh.
How did you find out about the books?
Do you seriously want the honest answer? OKAY, fine. I read the blurb on EVERY SINGLE book in the sci fi section at Waterstones, until I found something that I liked and I'll tell you now - that sci fi section is BIG.
I'd actually been walking past Robin Hobb books for years but I didn't think they were my type of book because I thought Robin Hobb was a man and THAT made me think they were Terry Brooks or Terry Pratchett style books. Yes, my style of reasoning is unique.
What made you love the books?
The Fool. The style. The RofE universe. The creativity and detail that went into making those books, the way every character has a unique and realistic personality that is more than skin-deep.

What's the most memorable part of the books for you, and why?
The dragons and their abilities, their swirling eyes and iridescent scales, their telepathic communication and the way the people who live on the Rainwild river go scaly. Why? Because it's like nothing I've ever seen before.
Was there any part of the books that you yawned your way through?
The serpent parts. The parts where Fitz is recovering from a near-death experience - AGAIN. When Fitz is living his quiet life and nothing is happening. The parts were Fitz is reflecting on past failures, regrets and stuff. Anything that Fitz goes on and on about really.
Which bits kept those pages turning and turning?
Learning more about that elusive and mysterious White Prophet. The funny parts (I thought Nighteyes and Jek were funny). The parts where Althea is in danger (don't ask me why, she just gets into more interesting danger than most). ;D

Who is your favourite pairing?
Um... Hard one. Althea and Brashen. Malta and Reyn. Shrewd and the Fool. Rurisk and Kettricken. Etta and Wintrow. Thymara and Sintara. Leftrin and Alise. Amber and Jek.
Who is you favourite character and why?
The question is not which character but which role. The Fool is mocking and playful. Amber is calm and artistic. Lord Golden is extravagant, witty and outrageously aristocratic. Beloved (in my opinion this is his/her most natural self) is kind, insecure and unconditionally loving. I like Beloved and the Lord most.
Who is your least favourite character and why?
*sigh* I don't hate any character but there are characters I don't like. Too many to list. Regal the most, probably and his henchmen. Then Kyle and Kennit. Serilla. I haven't read about the Pale Woman yet but I think she tortures Beloved so she will probably be up with Regal when I get to her.
If you could change one thing about the books, what would it be?
I would love the Fitz books to be narrated by Beloved, at least in part. And maybe some other characters. Different perspectives anyway.
Was it a cop out ending?
What was?
The Farseer trilogy: kinda yes, because I wanted Fitz to come back and surprise everyone not mope around on his own. The Liveship trilogy: def. NO, the ending was amazing and all the loose ends were nicely tied up. As for Fool and Rainwild trilogies, I haven't finished either of the last books.

Know where we can find some good fanworks?
No, I've never thought of looking for any.
Know of some good websites we all might be interested in?
Not off the top of my head.

Any last words?
I'm REALLY, REALLY sorry for writing so much, I don't mean to spam, I just got carried away.
 
 
 
Sisämeren kalastaja: goldstrategyofbeing on September 2nd, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome on board! This community is quiet, but I hope we see a bit more action with the new book. : )

I agree with you on the greatness of scaly stuff- I simply adore the way Robin writes dragons and rain wild magic, the swampy quality of it that is high-tech and primal at the same time. I'm sucker for lost tech/magic that people unearth from somewhere but don't quite know what to do with (it echoes the world of Stalker by A&B Strugatsky, my favourite sci-fi book ever.)

I'm pretty sure that many people have a love-hate relationship with Fitz's narrating. I feel very mixed about him, because in a sense he's the greatest annoying whiner on earth but I still feel so much sympathy for his struggles. Fantasy books have a tendency to make their protagonist suffer horrible things and still make them heal rapidly and dust all their horrible experiences off with maybe a two nightmares and a new lover, yes, ready to be the perfect hero again! Fitz is a bit more ...realistic take on how frustrating it can be to deal with somebody so broken.
Licht Todlichttod on September 30th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
sorry that I'm late to greet you, but welcome!! and don't feel bad about writing a lot, because if there's one thing i can't get enough of it's other people's opinions about the books c:
foolforpi on January 30th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Absolutely