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#45901
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
I thought that was a different series. Should I read that series first?
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#45902
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
Yes!

The Live Ship trilogy picks up time wise right after the end of the Assassin's trilogy. Then the Tawny Man trilogy (Fool's Errand, Golden Fool & Fool's Fate) picks up time wise right after the Live Ship books. The Liveship books are all about the Rainwilds, and the Bingtown Traders and pirates and serpents, and its written from 3rd person perspectiver instead of 1st, but there is one character from the Assassin's series that is an important person in the Live Ship trilogy, only you kinda have to figure out who it is :)

Reading the Liveship books really fills in a lot, so that when you go back to the Tawny Man series you are *armed* (in a sense) with the needed info to make mroe sense of what happens in that series. Plus, Captain Kennit, Althea, Paragon, Wintrow etc are all wonderful characters in their own right. The Live Ship books are just as full of excellent characters and writing!
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#45912
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
Harneloot wrote:
@Arcarius2001 - How are the Liveship books treating you?


I have the first book but have not started it yet. Like Jericho, I bought the Tawny Man books and got a couple chapters in before you informed us of the Liveship series. I am currently sidetracked in my reading by the new Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG book. I want a new direction for my next campaign so it is narrowed down to DCCRPG or Swords and Wizardry Complete ( which is a retroclone of the original DnD brown books and supplements). I have promised to run a DCCRPG table on Free RPG Day which is June 16. I know that if I start Liveship it will suck me in like the other books and I will not be as prepared as I want for Free RPG Day.

But after that I intend to devour both series!!
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#47681
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
Just finished The Tawny Man series. Wow! What a great read and coninuation of the Fitz saga. I know I should have started the Live Ships but couldn't resist. I have a bunch of Fritz Lieber Fafrhrd and Gray Mouser books to read and then Live Ships.
Thanks again for the tip, Harneloot!
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#47692
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
Indeed!

I have just finished the Liveships series and am struggling trying to bring myself to read the Tawny Man series again...there is just so much deep gut wrenching pathos in it that I'm not sure I am ready for it again LOL!
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#48973
Re:Books and Authors 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Harneloot, if we ever meet I am buying all the beers. I just finished Ship of Magic, the first in the Liveship series. Wow!
It took me a few chapters, didn't hook me initially like Fitz's story, but it was so worth it. What a great book, thanks again for the recommendation and introducing me to Robin Hobb's work.
I just downloaded the second book to my Kindle app and am starting it as soon as I post this. Just wanted to take a moment to say thanks.
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#48974
Re:Books and Authors 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
The last and final (14th) book of the Wheel of Time just came out. I had goose bumps all through the last 400 pages! The last Battle is EPIC. Lord of the Rings is now in second position for me. WOT is that good!
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#48976
Re:Books and Authors 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Thanks everyone for this great thread. I might have to look for some books I haven't read yet. It might even get me to start with the wheel of time again when I stopped a few years ago.

But I felt I should also contribute by adding a recommendation. I'm going for something less well known - so you can actually discover something new (old)

The Riddlemaster - by Patricia A McKillip - for more information look up Wikipedia

This is a trilogy written 1976 to 1979. So it's quite old - this means no worry that you don't get a finished series. I checked - you can still get the books. Amazon still sells a 1999 paperback version. And it's very cheap if you buy it used.

I did somewhere see an ebook but it needed an iPhone version of the reader (it wasn't on kindle or iTunes). Search and you will likely find it.

I did read the series approx 30 years ago when there was The first German version. It is one of few books / series that I read more than once. actually I might even have read it three times which would beat the 2 and a half times of Lord of the Rings.

And it's the origin of he name Thod. In the English version Thod is Deth, the High ones Harpist. I played my very first PBM game - starweb - shortly after I read the series And was looking for a name for my Empire Builder. The name has followed me.

I might be tempted to get the English version and read the original now. And share it with my son.
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#48977
Re:Books and Authors 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Thod, thanks for the recommendation (I will definitely look for it) and the personal insight into your handle!

Acarius 2001 - very glad you finally gave them a shot. Very different from the Fitz books, but just as rich and enjoyable! As you will find out, there is some cross polination between the two series series, and much of what you read in the Tawny Man books will make more sense from reading these. Kennit, Malta, Althea, Kyle and his son Wintorw....even Davad and Vivacia and Maulkin...there are just so many incrddibly rich characters that she slowly reveals to you as they live, grow, collide and change. Ah, to go back to being able to read them all again!

Enjoy, enjoy!


ps - maybe some year at Gen-Con we can toast Fitz and the Fool and the wonderful Robin Hobb!
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#48982
Re:Books and Authors 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
biowizard wroteLord of the Rings is now in second position for me. WOT is that good!
I'm not sure whether to thank you or curse you for this post ;) I discovered Wheel of Time in high school and feverishly read every book available at that time (I believe through book 7). I patiently awaited and read the next book in the series, but after that the wait between books was simply too long and I gave up.

With the series complete and such a glowing review I'm compelled to give it another go. Although, since it's been so long, I'll probably need to start from the beginning. Guess I know what I'll be reading for the next year...or two :)
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#49010
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I just reread all the wheel of time books over the last 6 months to prepare for the final book which I finished last night.

Great Series. My thoughts

Books 1-3 Tolkienesque Great books
Books 4-6 Jordanesque Good to Great books
Books 7-9 Slower but much more enjoyable after you go back and read them a second time after reading up to book 11. I appreciated them more.
Book 10-11 Character development Good Books
Book 12-13 Great books wrap things up and setup final battle
Book 14 Very satisfying.

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#49024
Re:Books and Authors 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Harneloot, have you read the Rainwilds Chronicles? I will be devouring those next,
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