I have mentioned I have had some trouble this year beginning my reading proper. Partially this is because I went on an amazing holiday from ~14 December 2015 to ~16 January 2016 and also, admittedly, because I have been in something of a reading funk. I am very good at creating reading plans, and much less skilled at sticking to them.
So, after almost the entire month of reading spurts of books, but not completing any, I decided to dip into the fantasy genre, to kind of kick-start my reading, with the intention that something I knew I would enjoy on a purely pleasurable level would be what I needed to really get back into reading.
And so I chose Robin Hobb’s new trilogy. I have read the previous two trilogies, and the first trilogy, which I have in my bookshelves, remains a trilogy of fantasy books I can actually enjoy into the present. I don’t really like or dislike the second trilogy – it’s fine – but the first holds sentimental value to me and, surprisingly, also captures well, I think, the competing ties of friendship, family and loyalty that a young person experiences as they mature and age.
Now, Fool’s Assassin concerns a middle-aged Fitz, and it is the seventh book in this trilogy of trilogies, so there is both a lot of baggage attached to the series, and to the character. And, I found, Hobb can’t quite deal with a mature character as well as she can someone young. This was beginning to become evident in the second trilogy, but there it’s quite striking. Reading about a 50ish man bumbling and over-feeling his way through events is a bit much. And everyone keeping secrets to themselves when they could just have a conversation and and resolve plots points is also a bit much. And the convolutions of it all is a bit much.
But and but and but. When Fitz and the Fool, in the last 80 pages, come together again – ah, my youth! It came back to me, and I raced through the pages. I savoured the plot. And I am not a plot person. But there it was. So, really, for the first 500 pages, I was not going to bother with the second book (which has been published), or the third (which has not – yet). With the Fool back, well – well! I don’t know.
But I’m reading again, and that’s nice, too. I also starting an Adorno book, Minima Moralia, which, really, coming off this book is a bit heavy. But I’m back. And that’s the big thing.
The Books, Read page contains a list of all of the books I have read over the years.