- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1784 KB
- Print Length: 417 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008244995
- Publisher: HarperVoyager (31 March 2011)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004QGYHR6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 135 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Robin Hobb writes achingly well'
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Not to be unexpected and it proved to be a nice collection of past works.
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I thoroughly enjoyed both of these series' so decided to purchase another Robin Hobb book, but wasn't ready to invest my time into another lengthy series so this appealed to me as it appeared to be comprised of multiple shorter stories.
Now I didn't read other reviews beforehand and was hoping for another serene magical adventure so was at first disappointed to see it was more of a book revolving around the author and her personas as Megan Lindholm VS Robin Hobb (same author 2X different writing styles). This book entails true insight into her creative process and connections to her actual life which inspired her to write these stories before each one. This said however they're only short snippets and last a few pages at most. I was initially hesitant about this new more personal connection to the author but by the third story found it gave a new perspective for reading her works in the way she wanted the reader to view them.
This first half or so of the book consists of a multitude Lindholm stories varying in length while the latter half is original Hobb with 2X stories from the Cursed Shores (one linked to Bingtown and the other the Rain Wilds)
The Hobbs stories aren't of major significance in her world however the Rain Wilds story gives insight into the lives of the first settlers generations before the events of the Liveship traders series.
All in all a good mixture of short stories from Robin Hobb's masterpiece universe aswell as a variety of stories in the diction of Lindholm.
Lindholm stories vary slightly from our real world with touches of magic and science fiction in comparison to her overhaul of the world like Hobb does.
Perhaps it should have been made clear that the UK version had all the same stories by both Megan Lyndholm and Robin Hobb identities of the author as the US version and not just 'The Inheritance', viz : A Touch of Lavender, Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man, Cut, The Fifth Squashed Cat, Strays, Finis, and Drum Machine by Megan Lyndholm and Homecoming, The Inheritance, and Cat’s Meat by Robin Hobb - all with introduction and a preface to the collection.
This was not made clear at all in the blurb about the book when it was first offered for sale in the Amazon UK pages, but I see the page has now been updated and some comments are there now that make this clear.
Nevertheless it was a pleasant surprise at the time to find that there WERE the ten stories in the book !
For fans of both identities of the author, I'm sure it need no further recommendation than their names....................
In Hobb's writing I love the way she sets human problems or living situations into fantasy surrounding and atmosphere. Sometimes so subtle that it feels like a description of our every day life. That as well as her insight in the depth of people's ways as well as in the shadows of personalities makes her short stories as much a treat as her books.
The bias towards the witted is fully explained. Another great book in the series.
If you do know who they are, I personally loved the one about Lavender the alien, but I'll let you all find that out for yourselves.