Well I'm sure you've all heard through tumblr/facebook/twitter etc, but Robin has written more F&F! It's gonna be a trilogy and the first book, The Fool's Assassin, is scheduled for publication in August 2014.
Also. She'll be touring the UK and Sweden in late October/early November which is a nice change from the US/Australia/France routine, eh? :)
As always, see robinhobb.com for all details of the tour (or the confirmation about the book if you don't believe me :P) or you can bore yourself watching me trying to keep up with the news at theplenty.net
I think I blinked for a year or two, and when I woke up from my slumber, all of fandom was gone. And not just this fandom, either. There sure is not a lot happening here, despite the fact that Blood of Dragons came out earlier this year. I get that this community is pretty much dead, but if there's anyone still reading this, could you perhaps take pity on me and tell me if there is somewhere else on the web where one can find semi-active discussion concerning these books?
The original intention with this post was a sudden urge of mine to find someone to roleplay a bit with in that Farseer fandom and I figured maybe one could scrounge up one such person, even though it was never a big fandom or anything. So if anyone's game for that, please poke me for further talk about that. But at this point, I'd gratefully take directions to whereever on the internet fandom has gone. And not just this fandom, any fandom. I feel suddenly like a relic of old times.
Reading City of Dragons. Haven't finished yet, but hey, Fitz made it into the book. Well, indirectly.
To put it with SPOILING, Alise found the evidence of him being in the Elderling tower of Kelsingra. Not really a spoiler to plot of this book since we knew they'd make it to Kelsingra...but hey. I love how things from other stories are woven into this book, not to punch you in the face, but as a subtle reward for those who make good connections. The Fool is also there, in part. The rooster-crowned performer has a memorial to her group. And Malta thinks about the Elderling cloak Reyn gives her, which made me think of Homecoming and the Khurpus beginnings. Wowza, that's all I can say.
I don't know how many of you have heard about the French comic adaptation of The Farseers and The Tawny Man. It is currently running in France, but sadly, there is no English version of it.
A group of fans I'm part of has attempted to retranslate it back to the English by using quotes from the novels themselves. There are currently 4 comics available, 2 have been translated and we're working on the third.
So if you are interested in reading this very interesting adaptation in English, you may find it on afoolsmind's journal. All you have to do is be friends with the account :)
I hope you don't mind this little advertising, I am sure many of you would like to discover it, it's definitely worth a look! And it's hard to make our project known.
Stupid Fitz with lineart and colors, isn't that nice ;)
I've been running a super cool contest this week on thePlenty.net, thanks to the wonderful folks at HarperCollins who offered a prize package that includes
- a US paperback copy of Dragon Keeper by robin_hobb - a US paperback copy of Dragon Haven by robin_hobb - a US galley copy of the upcoming The Inheritance and Other Stories by robin_hobb & meganlindholm - a fantastical dragon figurine
Yes, you read that right: one winner walks away with THREE Robin Hobb books and a dragon*!
The contest is open for everyone, not just US citizens. But please enter before Sunday evening 11PM UTC+2!
The next Robin/Megan book comes out in hardcover March 31st in the UK and Australia and as a mass-market paperback in the US May 3rd. The UK Title is simply The Inheritance while the US title is The Inheritance and Other Stories. You can find all the details you need at PlentyWiki.
UK covers (first pic) by Jackie Morris, US covers (second pic) by ?? (Yes, there are lots of cats in these stories.)
And these are the stories included
Megan Lindholm: - A Touch of Lavender (sci-fi, a Hugo and Nebula nominee and a winner of the Asimov's Readers Award) - Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man (contemporary fantasy, Nebula nominee and Asimov winner) - Cut (set in the future, Nebula nominee) - The Fifth Squashed Cat (urban roadside fantasy) - Strays (urban fantasy) - Finis (vampires, previously unpublished) - Drum Machine (science fiction, previously unpublished)
Robin Hobb: - Homecoming ( won the Best Short Story Award in Imaginales, a prequel to Liveship traders) - The Inheritance (a story from the Bingtown area) - Cat's Meat (previously unpublished, takes place in Buck)
If you're interested in reading my full review of the book, it's here. To summarise it, this is a wonderful collection of a wide variety of stories and characters. The only one that didn't have much of an effect on me was Finis, but that's likely to be because I'm allergic to vampires of all sizes, shapes and breeds. Everyone should read at least Cut and Homecoming, from the new stories Drum Machine and Cat's Meat are the ones that left me really thoughtful and I'm still feeling raw after my heart was ripped out by Strays. There's also a preface to each story by the author that gives some background info about how and why each story came to be.
Some of you might remember the virtual cage matches Suvudu.com organised last year—it’s where fantasy heroes battle one another until one final winner is left standing. Well this year the contest features our very own FitzChivalry Farseer, and his first opponent is Martin the Warrior from the Redwall books. At the moment Fitz is losing his first fight! You can read the match description, vote and leave your comments here — but remember the match ends on Sunday, March 13th at 5 PM, ET.
narniadear posted about this in buckkeep: Tor.com is asking readers to vote for the best scifi/fantasy books of the last decade, and I think we all here agree that there should be some Hobb titles included right? Go HERE to read the rules and cast your vote, but do it quickly because the poll closes 11:59 PM EST on Friday, January 14 - that's TODAY. For a quick help, here are the eligible Hobb books (ones that were published during the last decade, and yes they are including the year 2000) - quite a few people have simply chosen to vote for the Tawny Man trilogy as a whole.
Jackie Morris (Illustration) and Dominic Forbes (Art Direction) have been shortlisted for the Ravenheart Award for the UK cover art of The Dragon Keeper. The cover is among the top five voted by readers online.
The second phase of the David Gemmell Legend awards has started, and it’s again up to us readers to pick our favorites from the shortlists. Voting for the Ravenheart award is HERE. No registration is required to vote and voting is open to all. (Don’t forget to vote in the other categories as well!) The winners will be announced in June.
The David Gemmell Legend Award is a newcomer among fantasy literature awards, it was present for the first time last year. The winner is chosen by the public, and there are two rounds of voting - the longlist is open to all fantasy books (submitted by publishers) that were published in English during 2009. Voting is open from 26th of December to 31st of March 2010. ACT SOON if you're planning to vote! You can only vote once per category. The top 5 books to get most votes during the longlist period will then form a shortlist and then there will be another round of voting in April.
Robin Hobb's the Dragon Keeper is on the longlist for the Legend Award, and the UK artwork by Jackie Morris is up for the Ravenheart Award for best cover/artist.
Here's the website for the awards where you can vote. No registration is required. However, I've noticed that the site is a bit wonky in some browsers (you have to hover over the award titles to see the link for voting), so here are the subpages where you can cast your vote: Voting for the Legend award Voting for the Ravenheart award (The link doesn't seem to work on all browsers, in that case go here, hover over the word "Ravenheart" in the navigation and click "vote!").
BSCreview is holding it's annual Book Tournament for the fourth time and Robin Hobb's The Dragon Keeper is included. Read the rules of Best 2009 Release Tournament, register at the forum and get ready to defend Thymara & co against other competitors. The first round is against "Red Claw" by Philip Palmer and will be fought HERE. Voting will begin the morning of 18th of March (that's tomorrow!) and end around 8:00 PM EST on the 19th. The winner will then move on to the next round starting the morning of 20th. So there's not much time! (Here's a time zone converter to help you. Convert EST North America to your own time.)
(If you managed to dodge all my cross-posting about this, CONGRATULATIONS. XD)
One of the ongoing projects at the PlentyWiki is to build a gallery of all the different Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm book covers. I've run into a problem trying to add some of the German covers for the Liveship books (the gallery for Realm of the Elderlings books is here). My question is about the unicolor (purple, blue, green...) German covers by Bertelsmann Media on Demand. I've found (and uploaded) the one for 1st part of Ship of Magic (Der Ring der Händler) but not for part 2 Viviaces Erwachen. No matter where I search, it just doesn't turn up. Also, I found corresponding covers for both parts of Mad Ship, but for the two parts of Ship of Destiny (Die vergessene Stadt & Herrscher der drei Reiche) none seem to exist? Can anyone even guess at an explanation? I could believe that the publisher simply dropped the series after Mad Ship, but then why is the 2nd part of SoM a no-show as well? The publisher's website (http://bmod.de) is long gone. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)
(And yes, I know the omnibus liveships are still missing. I have the covers, I just need to figure out the best way to add them.)
I went to a Dragon Keeper reading and signing by Robin Hobb recently. One question in particular was asked whose answer I thought might interest you all.
The question was, "Where did the idea for the Farseer Trilogy come from?" The answer: Robin Hobb said that her trouble with ideas is that she has too many, not too few. When she's writing something else and she gets a new idea, she writes it on a scrap of paper and drops it in a drawer. If she's bored or needs some inspiration, she may pull out a bunch of the scraps, read through the ideas, and maybe put a few ideas together to create something new and interesting. The Farseer Trilogy was the result of two ideas coming together: (1) Can you take all of these old tropes of fairy tales - the outcast who is really the rightful heir to the throne, the wise old king, magic, dragons, [I can't remember what else she said] - and make them into something new and compelling and not cliched? (2) What if magic were addictive, and its use destructive?
Just thought that was neat to think about. In some ways I have always thought of the trilogy as the story of Fitz (and the Fool), but in the author's eye Fitz sounded sort of incidental to the story; he was, as she said, just the best person to tell the story because he was there to see so much of it.
The David Gemmell Legend Award is a newcomer among fantasy literature awards, it was present for the first time last year. The winner is chosen by the public, and there are two rounds of voting - the longlist is open to all fantasy books (submitted by publishers) that were published in English during 2009. Voting is open from 26th of December to 31st of March 2010. You can only vote once per category. The top 5 books to get most votes during the longlist period will then form a shortlist and then there will be another round of voting in April.
Robin's Dragon Keeper is on the longlist for the Legend Award, and the UK artwork by Jackie Morris is up for the Ravenheart Award for best cover/artist.
Here's the website for the awards where you can vote. No registration is required. However, I've noticed that the site is a bit wonky in some browsers (you have to hover over the award titles to see the link for voting), so here are the subpages where you can cast your vote: Legend award Ravenheart award (There is also a Morningstar award for best debut.)
Hey, folks. Long-lost moderator here. (I'd forgotten the password, but I just found out that you don't even need passwords to log on as a community mod anymore. Whoops!)
Anywho, I've been MIA from this community for ages, obviously. Back in the day it never needed much moderating and it doesn't seem like it really does now. But I haven't been paying attention, so I could be wrong!
So. Just wanted to post and ask if anyone else who's still active here wants to be a maintainer of the community. Please leave a comment if you're interested.
[ETA] Also, regardless of whether or not anyone else wants to moderate - would anyone care to link me to or provide a user icon for the comm? It's kind of sad that I never got one for it.
P.S. Am going to a Robin Hobb reading/signing this week. Very excited. I still <3 Robin Hobb, I'm just too lazy to be really gung-ho in a fandom. Hence the mod slacking.
I really need to go get some sleep, but I'm going to post this link one last time tonight: "Amber" from the last post (the girl who couldn't remember who she is but was able to quote Fool's Fate) has been identified. CNN has the updated story.
Please feel free to repost/link to again!
I'm not sure if anyone reads hobblings or buckkeep anymore? It seems that fitzandthefool and this one are the most active communities, and I feel bad for spamming you guys so much anyways so I'm not cross-posting this time.
This link goes to a news article about an amnesiac girl in New York City. Please read it. To sum it up quickly, she is using the name Amber and can quote a passage from Fool's Fate, but does not recall who she is. She is between 14 and 19. She is also quoted as saying that she's writing a story that features a character called Rian “who’s been raised by the commander of the guard post on the edge of a fantasy kingdom.”
Given these details, I think it's possible that she may belong to an online community that shares an interest in Robin Hobb or writing. I've already checked all my friends here at Livejournal and on Myspace, looking for females using the screen name Amber.
If you know "Amber" please contact the New York City police. If her photo looks similar to any online friends who share an interest in my work, or if her story line and character name from her writing sound familiar to anyone, please let the police know.
Some of the comments following the newstories on this that I've seen have been pretty snide and skeptical. I'd prefer to offer help even if I'm later shown to have been gullible.