Now, that truly was a dawn of wonder! I had mixed feelings about this book. The writing took me a while to get used to, as it's quite unusual. If you're the sort of reader who frequently skims, then you'll miss a lot of details in this book. There's gems hidden between phrases, making it difficult to understand the story if you miss them.
WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT THIS BOOK???! I think it's one of the best books I've read in my entire life. To think it was written by an 18 year old boy.... Puts me to shame. It's hard to believe this book was written by a teenager. I wouldn't believe if I hadn't known otherwise.
Read in October, 2013
Back when I was first published, people made a lot of comparisons between me and Scott Lynch. The sentiment was mostly along the lines of "Pat Rothfuss is the next Scott Lynch!" Here's the thing, Lies of Lock Lamora had come out almost exactly a year before my first book, The Name of the Wind. It was Scott's first book, the first in a fantasy series. The world was gritty and real, and it had knocked everyone over with how good it was.
*The following is more a blog post about blurbing City of Stairs than specifically a review. But it's mostly pertinent, so I thought it would fit here.*A few months ago, I teased about a book I’d read that I loved, but I didn’t tell you what it was. Partly because I didn’t want to scoop the author’s own marketing efforts, and partly because, hey, I believe in obnoxiously enjoying small perks to the hilt. But here’s what I was enjoying
I haven't read a lot of fantasy in the last decade, so the fact I've read 12 of Robin Hobb's books in the last 5 years says a lot about how much I enjoy reading her work. The adventures of Fitz through three trilogies account for a big chunk of that reading. Robin Hobb can write a first person story with rare skill. She shows you a world though Fitz's eyes and makes it matter, makes it vital. Some elements of Hobb's fantasy are fairly old school, but written with a modern style and a literary skill that one almost never used to see in fantasy and is still hard to find in the genre.