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review 2020-08-19 14:24
Dragons & Mythical Creatures
Dragons & Mythical Creatures - Gerrie McCall,Chris McNab

by Gerrie McCall, Chris McNab


This is a beautiful book! Full of amazing full colour illustrations of various kinds of dragons and related creatures and other mythical beasties. Most I had heard of but there were some new to me too!


Snippets of information and 'Did you know' sections inform the reader of accepted legend or any actual creatures that might have inspired the myths. A hard copy of this would make a great coffee table book.

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review 2015-12-01 14:49
I thought there was more of this
Blood of Dragons - Robin Hobb

...but I guess not since it ended. So abruptly. Or maybe that was just me tuning out. In any case, I'm glad I wasn't more invested in the characters or this might have affected my emotions someway. Anger, disappointment, rage... those are the things The Tawny Man evoked in me. Here, not so much.


I'm slightly afraid to start the next Realm of the Elderlings book.

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review 2015-11-25 15:20
Yeah, nope.
Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #2) - Robin Hobb

It was toeing the two star line right up until that particular heap of virulent slut shaming towards the end.


Hobb's problem is that as a fantasy author she lacks imagination. She once created something magical and now, this particular penname at least, is very much stuck in the rapetastic mud that is her worldbuilding. For someone who berates her fans for not creating their own worlds instead of writing fanfiction in hers, should do better than this.


Just like with the Tawny Man, Rain Wilds reads to me like a meta discussion or rather a lecture from the author to her critics. "Someone said I was queer baiting, LOOK, I'm not now!" "Someone said I can't write strong women who save themselves, LOOK, Malta escapes all by herself!"


Wait, that last one is from the next book, oh well. The sentiment fits.


Too bad Hobb didn't consider that maybe Bingtown and Chalced don't have to subscribe to Six Duchies moral code, but you know, that might have been an original thought gone too far.

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review 2015-11-18 16:07
This is not the gay relationship I wanted
The Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb

Yeah. So, nope. I can safely say that had this been my first Hobb book, it would have also been my last.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-11-11 18:10
It turns out I can both hate and love the same book
Fool's Fate - Robin Hobb

I first read the Farseer trilogy when I was about fifteen, in Finnish. I first read the Tawny Man trilogy about ten years later in English.


To this day I love how the Farseer ends and not just, because it's not the same old where the hero saves the day, gets the girl and lives happily ever after. It's because in all its depressive misery, it is an emotionally satisfying ending. For me.


After all he's been through Fitz deserves some peace and quiet.


And then the Tawny Man happened. The first time I read these books I loved, loved, loved them up until the second half-last quarter of the third book. On second this second read, I realise it's only the last three or four chapters that I loathe. Well, those and the gay-panic scene.


Fool's Fate and thus the Tawny Man trilogy doesn't have an end, it has a tacked on baby-epilogue-like chapters that undo all the emotional build up of Fool's Errand and The Golden Fool. Those last few chapters also cheapen Molly's character into a trophy.


Hobb leaves the story unfinished. She skips the emotional resolution of all those delicious complications she created for Fitz in these six books, just like she skipped Althea's rape in the Liveship Traders trilogy. Hobb's asking the readers to believe that recovery happens at the snap of her fingers.


And that's what Fitz's *happy* ending is here, an unearned wish granted by a genie.


I know I should be happy that by choosing to end the story this way, Hobb basically reaffirms that The Fool is the love of Fitz's life and that my ship is stronger than ever even if the boys are apart.


But I'm sorry, that's not enough. As much as I love, love, love these characters, reading Hobb's work in my thirties has opened my eyes to the flaws. The way she uses flowing florid language to distract reader from lack of content or actual plot progression. Or character growth. The way she uses rape to explain ALL ILLS including Burrich's abuse of Fitz—it's her preferred shortcut and it's really tiring. The way she breaks her own canon...


I used to say that the Tawny Man reads like fanfiction of her own work. I was wrong. It reads like bad fanfiction. It reads like Hobb wanted to explain herself to all her critics. It reads like her admitting she wrote lazily in the Farseer. It reads like her going back to her cash cow—I've read other Hobb books and none of them are as compelling without the Fitz and The Fool.


An author can't explain her canon without diminishing it, or maybe it can be done, but not by Hobb.


I accept the story, Hobb's canon, but that doesn't make any of her books good. It's really too bad I lost my heart to these characters decades ago and now I have to know. I just have to know.

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