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I Loathe and Despise SPOILERS!

Jul. 16th, 2014 | 10:18 am

Originally published at Robin Hobb. You can comment here or there.

How much do I hate them? Well, I hate them so much that even if you give my book a glowing review, if it’s riddled with spoilers like an apple with maggots, I will not repost or promote it!

Seriously.

So when a reviewer sticks to the old standards of reviewing which is to talk about the book without spoiling it for readers, I am delighted! So many amateur reviewers write as if a review is a book report! And as amateurs, I can forgive them, even as I cringe.

Here, my friends, is what a review should look like! And I’m not saying that just because they said nice things about Fool’s Assassin. Though that helps, of course!

http://fantasy-faction.com/2014/the-farseer-trilogy-by-robin-hobb

Fantasy Faction is a great website to add to your list of favorites if you are interested in the news of the field. They cover a lot more than just reviews.

And a final quick word about spoilers. If you send me a comment here on the website and don’t see it posted or answered, ask yourself, “Did my question contain a big spoiler?” That may be the reason it’s not publicly posted. I will answer such questions, but only by private email! Thanks for being thoughtful.

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UK Only!!!! Give Away of Advance Reading Edition of Fool’s Assassin!

Jul. 16th, 2014 | 09:29 am

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Dash over to Harper Voyager UK Facebook page for a chance to win. https://www.facebook.com/HarperVoyagerUK

And I will now answer, yet again, the inevitable question! WHY IS IT ONLY FOR THE UK?

Ginger

I try to notify all readers of every contest or promotion for my books. My books are now published in over 20 languages! So, sometimes the Chinese publisher or the Italian publisher might decide to have a promotion that targets Chinese or Italian readers. And the giveaway of the Chinese or Italian edition is ONLY for their readers, even if you are fluent in Chinese or Italian but live in Poland.

The US publisher and the UK publisher are two different entities. Even though both books are in English, if you look you will see the differences. Example: The Fool asked, “What color is it?” (That’s American English and punctuation.) The Fool asked, ‘What colour is it?’ (That’s ‘real’ English and punctuation.)

So the different publishers target their own readerships with their promotions.

Truly, I do my best to get word out for every promotion. And when I do something as Robin Hobb, I promise I’ll always make it world wide. Even if the postage is truly hair-raising!!!!

And (even though no one asked me yet today) yes, the writing is going well, and I think I’ll hit my deadline, even if Ginger the Belgian Malinois thinks a squeaky toy slapped on the keyboard is the funniest dog joke ever!

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New Polish Editions of The Farseer Trilogy

Jul. 13th, 2014 | 10:05 pm

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I hope my readers are enjoying the new cover art as much as I am!
Here are the covers for Assassin’s Apprentice and Royal Assassin for the new Polish Editions. The cover artist is Dagmara Matuszak.

Assassin's Apprentice, Polish edition, artist Dagmara Matuszak

Assassin’s Apprentice, Polish edition, artist Dagmara Matuszak

Royal Assassin, Polish edition, artist Dagmara Matuszak

Royal Assassin, Polish edition, artist Dagmara Matuszak

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Win an Advance Reading Edition of Fool’s Fate. And books for your friends!

Jul. 8th, 2014 | 01:37 pm

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http://pages.email.atrandom.com/foolsassassin?ID=6&ISBN=9780553392425

Suvudu is hosting a contest. Enter HERE for a chance to win an Advance Reading Edition of Fool’s Fate, AND to receive several copies of Assassin’s Apprentice to share with your friends.

Only 110 people will win, and the contest ends on July 11, 2014. This is for US residents only.

NB. The site initially said that the contest ended on July 3. This has been corrected! Hurry, now, go enter!

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Editions Soleil: Forthcoming Cover Art for French Graphic Novels

Jul. 4th, 2014 | 04:06 pm

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Starling Birdsong

Starling Birdsong

AventuriersMer2_C1

Didier Graffet 2

Didier Graffet Royal Assassin

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Hints of July and August

Jun. 28th, 2014 | 01:57 pm

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Hello!

Currently I am in lovely Wellington, New Zealand and very much enjoying myself!

But the Office Kat is at home, hard at work, and she has already thought far ahead to events in July and August.

So, in this very hasty post without lovely photos, I offer you the following possibilities

July

I will be at the EMP (http://www.empmuseum.org/calendar/events/myth-magic-faire.aspxScience Fiction Museum) in Seattle for their Myth and Magic Faire. I’ll be doing a panel from 10 to 11:30 On July 12. The Myth and Magic Faire offers wonderful fun for all, so do be sure to come for the full day.

July is also the month for the San Diego Comic Con! I will be there for the full weekend wandering about, and will also be on a panel and doing signings.

And we possibly have an event with Terry Brooks in Seattle at the B&N bookstore. As soon as I have full details, I’ll share them here!

August

And August is even busier than July!

August will find me in the United Kingdom for a book tour and Loncon3, The WorldCon!

Here are some but by no meals all of my stopping places outside of the convention in London

Saturday 9th August
1.00pm Signing at Waterstones Reading Oracle, 12 Holy Brook Mall, The Oracle, RG1 2AQ. For more information please contact the store on 0118 950 3400

7.00pm Talk at Waterstones Birmingham, 128 New Street, Birmingham B2 4DB. For tickets and more information please contact the store on 0121 631 4333

Sunday 10th August
1.00pm Signing at Waterstones Sheffield, 24-26 Orchard Square Sheffield, S1 2FB. For more information please contact the store on 0114 272 8971

6.00pm Talk at Waterstones Liverpool Waterstones Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, L1 3DL. For tickets and more information please contact the store on 0151 709 9820

Monday 11th August
7.00pm Talk at Waterstones, 15 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL. For tickets and more information please contact the store on 01904 620784

Tuesday 12th August
6.00pm Signing at Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR. For more information please contact the store on 020 7420 3666

There will, of course, be other events within the Convention, and I hope to see many of you there. This is a very hasty update. I promise a much better post when I’m typing from home with all my schedules set out neatly side by side!

Robin

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In Perth, Australia

Jun. 19th, 2014 | 02:51 am

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And getting ready for SupaNova tomorrow! And yes I’m excited for it!

I know I’m a bit behind in keeping this website up to date, but I’ll blame that on not much time to sit down at the laptop.

I have been doing updates on the Robin Hobb Facebook, and even on the twitter @robinhobb for day to day short news. When I get home, I hope I’ll be able to put up more of the cosplay and SupaNova photos.

I’m hobnobbing (HA!) with some amazing people this weekend as we ride to and fro on the bus. John Barrowman (Captain Jack from Torchwood!) and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite and Blades of Glory) Katie Cassidy from Arrow. And that’s just the a few of the famous folk you can see at SupaNova. I think we have almost the entire cast from Star Trek Continues.

And then there are the graphic novel people! Alan Davis and Paul Ryan for example.

And, well, too many others to name. Check out the guest list at http://www.supanova.com.au/guests/ It’s a cross section of popular culture, featuring talented people from all across the arts spectrum.

So I consider myself very fortunate! And I’ll try to post more photos when I get home.

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SupaNova!!!!!! And Arty Bees in Wellington, New Zealand

Jun. 10th, 2014 | 09:16 pm

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So this will be a very quick update as I’m sitting in LAX waiting for the boarding announcement for my plane.

I am doing SupaNova in Australia this year. Not just Sydney this weekend and Perth the next weekend. In November I will return to do both Adelaide and Brisbane. (By November, the new book, Fool’s Assassin, will be out. So SupaNova very kindly invited me to return for that!)

Very cool news. Guess who else is doing SupaNova? Stan Lee! I hope I will get the chance to stammer and try to express my admiration. Here is the complete Guest List. It’s impressive!

And I’ve scheduled an ‘after Supanova’ jaunt for myself to New Zealand. I will finally get a chance to meet John Howe. He did the first covers for the Robin Hobb books in the UK, and also for Soldier Son. We’ve corresponded but I’ve never had the chance to meet him in person.

And then, I will be making a special stop at Arty Bees Books on Thursday, June 26th at5:30 PM to do a signing there. I’m very pleased to do it as they were so helpful during my Birthday Game!

So that’s it, and I’d best put away the laptop and get ready to board soon!

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Things to Make You Happy

Jun. 5th, 2014 | 08:12 pm

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Well, I’m not having the cheeriest day here, for reasons that are completely within my control if I just exert some self discipline.

But who wants to do that?

So instead I have gathered some charming links guaranteed to brighten the day of any sane person. And most of the rest of us, too!

First off, if you are willing to contribute to a very good cause (A wolf sanctuary) you may receive an amazing reward. Such as George RR Martin’s Hat! Or perhaps a helicopter ride with him. Donate $20,000 and with both style, elan and gore, George will slaughter you in his next book!!! Go here to see what else you might get!

Now if I were as adept at these things as George RR Martin, I’d hop on there and say that for $50,000, I’d devise an interesting fate for George in my next book!

What else is nice to hear? Well, this was a nice bit of news for me. :) There is a Best of Robin Hobb e-book collection (UK only this time) available from Sainsbury. They selected the novels they think are my best and are offering them at a reduced price. I’m not sure how long they will have reduced prices.

Another bit of news that cheered me was a Twitter from my editor. Anne is at Phoenix Comic Con, and said: “The look of surprise and joy on the faces of longtime fans when I give them copies of @robinhobb’s Fool’s Assassin is totally making my day!”

And that twitter makes my day!

And now I am off to brighten my own day by remembering where I put my noise canceling headphones and my only comfortable pair of black heels! Time to pack for Australia and SUPANOVA in Sydney and Perth!

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Cover Reveal for Fool’s Assassin (UK)

Jun. 3rd, 2014 | 06:17 pm

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And, of course, it is from Jackie Morris!

Look how handsome!

fools-assassin

It will be keeping company on the shelves with these, of course!

18th Feb Assassins Apprentice PB indd

17th Feb Royal Assassin PB indd

18th Feb Assassins Quest PB indd

And a bit of an interview with Lucy Walton at Female First to go with it!

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